Eye Strain is Brain Drain

Eye strain.

It's headaches, blurred vision, light sensitivity, and fatigue rolled up into a messy package. And it's tied with an ugly bow of lower productivity, flattened moods, and a general feeling of unrest.

Ugh.

Just thinking about it makes me nauseous.

Here's the good news: If it's just ocular fatigue, you can modify your surroundings and habits to reduce these annoying symptoms. Is the primary culprit your computer screen? Your eye doctor can fit you with computer glasses.

Dr. Andrew Dahl shares easy-peasy ideas when he writes, “If you experience eye strain while working at your computer, increasing the resolution of your screen (CRT) and reducing ambient lighting may be helpful.” *

Test out the addition of these strategies to your daily routine:

  • • Look away from electronic screens on a regular basis
  • • Close your eyes and massage your temples now and then
  • • Use saline eye drops to reduce dry, red eyes
  • • Reduce ambient lighting with DesignScapes® light filters

According to Job Accommodations Network (JAN), "Although the direct cause of migraines is unknown, they are often a result of controllable and uncontrollable triggers. Examples of controllable triggers include lighting.... Add fluorescent light filters to existing fluorescent lights to create a more natural lighting." **

Apollo DesignScapes® light filters reduce the flicker and glare associated with standard fluorescent lights while lowering ambient lighting. Select a calming image to view or a solid filter such as .6 or .9 Neutral Density, or upload your image for a uniquely yours Custom DesignScapes®.

I feel better already. How about you?

*Dahl, A. A. MD. (2015). Eye Strain. Retrieved July 10, 2017, from http://www.medicinenet.com/eye_strain/page3.htm

**Job Accommodation Network. (Updated 2013). Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Migraine Headaches. Retrieved on October 5, 2017, from https://askjan.org/media/Migraine.html