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Do you have zombies working in your office?

by , 10 June 2013
Do your employees look like zombies from horror movies? When you go into a meeting do you have vampires staring back at you with blood shot eyes, complaining of headaches?

Maybe it's that extra glass of wine they shouldn't have had the night before, OR maybe it's eyestrain...

Just because your employees work in front of a computer the whole day, doesn't mean that they aren't faced with any risks!

Most of your employees spend their days at work staring at a computer screen. By the end of the day they've got a monster headache and eyes that feel tired and sore.

This results in lower productivity - and less revenue for you - so it's in your interests to read this now!

What is eyestrain?

Eyestrain happens when you overuse your eye muscles. When you concentrate your eyes on something for too long, your inner eye muscles tighten, which causes your eyes to hurt and become irritated, dry and uncomfortable.

Headache and eyestrain triggers can include:
  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Bad posture
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Stuffy work area
  • Reading when tired.
The question is, how do you know if your employees are suffering from eyestrain? What are the symptoms?

Eyestrain could be the cause of your employees' headaches

Your employees could be suffering from eyestrain if they complain of:
  • Headaches while working with, or after using, a computer;
  • Irritated and/or dry eyes;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Slow refocusing when looking from the computer screen to distance objects;
  • Difficulty seeing clearly at a distance after prolonged computer use;
  • Occasional doubling of vision;
  • Changes in colour perception.

Relieve eyestrain with these 3 tips

If your employees' eyes are strained, their productivity at work is reduced – and so are your profits. Here are some suggestions to improve or prevent eyestrain.

  1. Palming- It's quick and easy enough to do at your desk. Rub your hands together briskly until they feel warm. Without touching the eyelids or eyeballs, put the palms of your hands over each eye. You'll feel the warmth of your hands over your eyes. Breathe deeply and relax.
  1. Blink more often– Blinking is very important when working at a computer because blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.
  1. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen– Adjust the display settings on your computer so the brightness of the screen is about the same as your work environment.

If all these treatments don't work to relieve your employees' eyestrain symptoms, then encourage them to get their eyes checked by an ophthalmologist.

Read Chapter E09 on Eye Injuries at work and E07: Ergonomics in the workplace in your Health and Safety Advisor to find out more about the health and safety of your employees eyes.

Stay safe.

Kerusha Narothan
Product Manager: Health and Safety Advisor


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