increased screen time – which has become a common phenomenon amid the pandemic – which can lead to various eye problems. In such a situation, while working on a computer, laptop or scrolling on your mobile, it is very important to keep some things in mind.
Dr. Manoj Rai Mehta, an ophthalmologist who consults on Practo, shares some “golden rules” for good eye health and sharp vision.
7 good office habits
*Read and write while sitting in a comfortable chair with a straight back and neck and a lumbar support if necessary. Your hip and knee joints should be bent at 90 degrees.
* Your books and papers should have sufficient direct light in front or from right to left (when writing/reading left-to-right scripts). It prevents shadows from falling on the text for reading or writing.
*No light should come directly towards the eyes as it causes glare and reading becomes difficult. There should be diffuse background light and focused light on the work table in the room.
*working distance should generally be kept between 30 and 50 centimeters
*When you are sitting upright in your seat, the top-end of the computer or laptop screen should be in line with your eyes. You should not look up or down. The ergonomic arrangement is important.
*There should be no reflection on the computer or laptop screen. There are no windows or light bulbs in the background. A wall with a matte finish painted in the background is best suited.
*take regular break from work. get into open space with fresh air; Walk 20 steps, take 20 big breaths, blink 20 fully and look 20 feet ahead. So refresh yourself and get back to work. Lubricant eye drops may be used, preferably preservative-free.
7 Good General Habits
* Regular routine with enough hours of sleep. Sleep in a dark room, the light filtering through the eyelids does not make you sleep peacefully.
* Wash your eyes with running water or filtered water before sleeping and after getting up in the morning. Wash your hands thoroughly and put your hand in the cup to catch the water and open the lid by dipping one eye in it. Repeat twice with each eye for effective cleaning.
*Do not use “Soorma” or “Kajal” on the inner part of the lid. Never share kohl pencils or any makeup items used around the eyes.
*a balanced diet Which provides the adequate daily requirement of vitamin A is important. The daily requirement varies at different stages of life. Supplementation may be required if dietary deficiencies are detected. Foods rich in vitamin A are sweet potatoes, carrots, dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, dried apricots, tropical fruits (like mangoes), fish, liver meat, etc.
*Avoid using eye drops from the bottle for 15 days after opening and throw them away when no longer needed. Do not attempt to store them in the refrigerator for future use. Keep eye drops away from the makeup area where talcum powder, perfume, etc. are kept. Keep the bottle cap on and do not touch the opening of the dropper. Always discard the first few drops of the medicine when you start instilling eye drops from a bottle the next day.
* Immediately remove your contact lenses if redness, glare, frank discharge, excessive watering of the eyes, fainting or pain occur. Don’t ignore these signs
*If a foreign object gets into the eye, do not rub the eye or try to remove it with a piece of cloth, cover it with a clean cotton pad or a sterile eye pad and report to an eye surgeon.