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Published on December 15, 2014

Avoid eye and body fatigue

Avoid Eye and Body Fatigue in the Workplace

Whether your job requires long hours at a desk or is more physically demanding, tired eyes, sore backs and stiff necks are common complaints.  Ali Hafezi MD, a PIH Health Physicians WorkCare and Pain Management doctor, said individuals can take steps during their workday to relieve stress and sore muscles.

“It’s important to change positions frequently,” Dr. Hafezi said. “If you sit at a computer desk, you can use a footrest and rotate the rest between your feet to relieve pressure on the spine and lumbar.”

For jobs that require extended time outdoors or exposure to dangerous materials, proper eyewear is key.   Chester Cheng OD, an optometrist with PIH Health Physicians Eye Care Center, recommends sunglasses to minimize the amount of sunlight that reaches the eyes.   Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause many eye problems such as eyelid cancers, calluses on the white part of the eye (pinguecula and pterygium), premature cataracts, and macular degeneration.  Safety goggles are ideal for protecting the eyes from debris in more industrial settings.

“Staring at a computer screen or focusing on small objects for hours at a time can also lead to eyestrain and dry eyes,” said Dr. Cheng.  “Computer or reading glasses can help reduce fatigue with anti-reflective coatings to limit glare off a monitor and lens power to aid with focusing.”

Survive the workday with these simple tips:

  • Review the ergonomics of your work station
  • Allow time for breaks
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear proper footwear
  • Pay attention to posture
  • Take time to stretch throughout the workday
  • Give your eyes a break — every 30 minutes, look far away for 30 seconds

Quick Fact: We blink up to 50% less than normal when doing extensive near tasks, which can dry out the surface of the eyes. Artificial tears are a quick remedy. – Dr. Cheng

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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