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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #24: Keep your eyes HEALTHY!

Today is graduation day (and the last day of school) at the high school where Mom teaches. It's a furry long day for Mom, so I'll have hours of unsupervised time on the computer to visit bloggies and catch up on all of the latest in the blogosphere. All of that computer time will certainly wreak havoc on my beautiful amber peepers, so I present you with this week's Thursday Thirteen (plus one):

The American Optometric Association's Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

1. tired eyes
2. eyestrain
3. sore eyes
4. periodic blurred near vision
5. occasional blurred distance vision
6. headaches
7. dry eyes
8. slowness in changing the focus of your eyes
9. red eyes
10. burning eyes
11. contact lens discomfort
12. changes in color perception
13. glare sensitivity

... and the plus one
14. excessive tearing

Obviously, the easiest way to prevent CVS is to stop using the computer! But, as that is simply not an option, so here are 5 tips to help you monitor your natural monitors: your eyes.

1. Make sure your workstation, whether on the job or at home, is set up ergonomically. A poorly located computer screen causes awkward body positions. Viewing distance of 20-28 inches is most common.

The center of the computer screen should be 4-9 inches below your eyes, because your eyes work best with a slight downward gaze.

2. Eliminate glare in your work area. Glare is an all-too-common cause of eyestrain and eye fatigue. Lights should not shine directly on the computer or into your eyes. You may need to use a low-wattage bulb.

3. Adjust your screen as the best visibility is attained with black
characters on a white background. You can also adjust your brightness/contrast controls, and use a larger
text size.

4. Take a break. It's easy to lose track of time at the computer. Always remember the 10-10-10 rule and at the very minimum take a break at least once an hour for about 10 minutes and blink frequently. Computer use can also cause an increased rate of tear evaporation.

5. Stay healthy. Although you can relieve dry, itchy eyes with artificial tears from the drugstore or supermarket, it's best not to rely on them. A better way to prevent dryness is to stay hydrated with good old-fashioned H2O. Of course, eating your beta-carotine-rich foods is always good for maintaining eye health, and a Japanese study suggests that supplementation
with the amino acid taurine appears to alleviate vision fatigue.


Jake and Bathsheba said...

Good tips, DaisyMae! Our mom is having a lot of trouble with her vision. She is nearsighted and wears no-line bifocals. A few months ago she started having trouble at the computer because she was straining her neck to look out of the bottom of her glasses to see properly. She ended up getting some "computer glasses," but finds that she's constantly switching glasses at the office. The computer glasses also don't work well when she has to work from copy at the computer. She's just frustrated at age 49. And we thought that WE were geezers!


小芥 michico said...

good advise.
I will suggest michico to do some good activity for eyes.

Chairman Mao said...

Superduper great advice, DaisyMae! My momma had a pretty bad bout with RSI a while back, and she has to be furry careful and take regular pooter breaks. Thanks for givin' such good help to alla our beans!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

Thanks for sharing that DaisyMae. We didn't know most of that.

Also, thanks for the kyoooot pillow. We love it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tips!

The Furry Kids said...

It's funny that you posted this TT this week. Momma was just scoping out filters for her computer monitor. She has really bad glare at work.


Gattina said...

I must be a miracle ! since I am at least 6 h per day sitting at my computer, my eyes IMPROVED ! I even had to change my glasses they became too strong. My shortsight became better isn't that strange ? My optician said I was the first case !
If you want to see our new cat family member 6 weeks old Rosie, it is on my "Cats & funny stories" blog

Daisy said...

Those are some very good tips. Taking care of your eyes is very important.

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Karen Jo said...

That's very good advice, Daisy Mae. I also have special computer glasses. They help me a lot.

Eric and Flynn said...

Good advice Daisy Mae. Our mum is going to get a higher chair cuz she keeps getting a stiff neck.She wears varifocals and finks she is probably doing the same as J&B's mum, and tilting her head up to look out the bottom part of the glasses

jcfloresinc said...

Great stuff to know DaisyMae, our beans need to keep good eyes or we'd be in trouble with the blogging. We never knew some of those 13. Thanks for the information.
Samantha & Tigger

Lux said...

My mom has *all of those symptoms - she doesn't have any glasses, though, so she "overwears" her contact lenses, according to the eye doctor.

Kimo & Sabi said...

Wooo hooooo! Yipeeeee! Yer momma was #50! She's da bomb! We gits a stroller! Woooo hooooo! You will gits special recognition fer this!!!! Can you tells we is excited?! We is jumpin' all over da place! This is da best day of our lives...well, when we gits our stroller, that will be da best day, but this is da bestest day so far!!!! Thanks to yer momma!

Skeezix the Cat said...

That's all vary good infermayshun, but I don't think I cood ever give up werking on the compyuter even if my eyes fell owt!