5 Feel Good office eye care tips

Thursday, 03 May 2018
5 Feel Good office eye care tips

Early morning starts and late evenings spent in front of a computer have become the norm for today’s busy office worker. All that time in front of a bright screen however, can have a negative effect on your eyes, with many people experiencing dry eyes and irritation as a result.

While they make our lives easier, modern day conveniences such as air conditioning, heating and bright lighting can also add to the problem. We’ve compiled 5 handy tips to help you keep your eyes in mint condition from the start of the day to the very end. 


Wear the right contact lenses

Everybody has different eyes and will require a different type of contact lenses. Those with dry eyes may want to opt for a silicone hydrogel lens. Dailies Total 1 is an exceptional daily disposable silicone hydrogel lens that offers a high level of hydration, clarity and comfort, as well as 16 hours of wearing time. This makes them perfect for long days in front of the computer screen and late nights finishing off reports.

Acuvue Oasys is a popular choice if you prefer two weekly lenses, or you can consider Air Optix Plus HydraGlyde if you prefer monthlies.

If you wear a monthly or two weekly lens, the contact lens solution you store them in also makes a difference to how your eyes feel during throughout the day and during their wearing cycle. We recommend comfi All-in-One multi-purpose contact lens solution. The handy solution is available in a one month, three month and travel-sized supply. It offers fantastic value for money and saves time during the cleaning process.

It’s important to consult your eye care practitioner before making any changes to your lenses, so they can recommend the best contact lenses for you


Blink regularly

When you’re deeply focused on a task, you tend to blink less, even if you don’t realise it. If you’re not blinking enough, your eyes are not receiving regular hydration and moisture from your tears. As a result, your eyes will begin to feel dry and irritated. Get into the habit of deliberately blinking more often. Perhaps time certain moments where you blink intensively. Don’t worry if you look odd suddenly bursting into 100 blinks a minute, your eyes will thank you for it.


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Stock your office desk with some handy supplies

There are a few handy products that you may want to keep close to you to help fight tired and dry eyes throughout the day. Blink Intensive Vials are small pocket-sized vials that contain enough drops to rehydrate and awaken your eyes. Its incredible formula also works to reduce blurred vision.

If you find using eye drops troublesome, there are some fantastic alternative options you can use for your eyes instead. Biotrue Daily Eyelid Wipes are preservative and detergent-free and come in a packet of 20 handy disposable wipes. Blink Refreshing Hydrating Eye Mist also offers quick and effective relief from dry eyes and is particularly good for warmer days.

Alternatively, you can even start giving your eyes a much-needed boost the night before with Artelac Nighttime Gel. Developed by manufacturers Bausch & Lomb, the handy product was developed to aid people with chronic tear dysfunction and can offer up to 24 hours of relief and protection from dry eyes.


Watch the brightness of your computer screen

Check the brightness of your computer screen. If it’s set to the highest setting, turn it down slightly and see if it makes any difference to how your eyes feel. An incredibly bright screen can be very harsh on the eyes. Alternatively, you can also invest in an anti-reflection cover for your computer screen.

Also take note of how close your computer screen is to you, it shouldn’t be too close or too far from your face.  


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Take a break

We know it can be difficult to take a moment to yourself in a busy office with reports to write and deadlines looming, but a 5-10 minute coffee break can work wonders. Give both yourself and your eyes a rest from your computer screen so you’re not too burnt out by the end of the day.  Asides from that, simply just looking away from your computer scree screen for a minute or so every now and again can give your eyes a much-needed break.

As a last note, make sure you drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration, which, aside from making your eyes feel dry, will also make you feel drained overall.


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