Digital eye strain

Do you have the symptoms of digital eye strain? It might be your career that suffers.

We spend a lot of the day in front of screens. Phones, tablets, TVs and laptops have infiltrated our lives, and our workplaces increasingly rely on technology.

Some people experience blurred vision, dry eyes and headaches on a daily basis. It’s caused by digital eye strain – and it’s now a serious health issue.

This may come as no surprise to you. You might wake in the morning, pick up your phone to check some emails, then head to work – and read your tablet on the train. Your day is likely spent in front of a computer, or checking your phone, and then you’ll head home and spend your evening watching TV.

Before you realise, you’re getting headaches and finding it hard to sleep. You’re also finding it hard to concentrate – and even the train timetable is difficult to read.

If this sounds worryingly familiar, it’s time to be proactive – and protect your eyes before irreversible damage is done.

Why the strain?

When you look at a screen, the muscles in your eyes tighten together to focus. This is because short wavelengths of energy are coming off the screen – called blue light. Blue light irritates your eyes, and causes you to squint unconsciously, leading to blurred vision, headaches, sleep disruption and poor concentration. And without a break from screen time, your eyes never have time to recover – causing chronic digital eye strain.

Added to this, blue light causes your sleep to suffer by restraining the production of melatonin. This is the hormone that controls your sleep cycle, so this reduction makes it harder to fall and stay asleep.

The symptoms of digital eye strain can have dire consequences for all aspects of your life – but especially for your career. If you have reduced concentration at work and difficulty focussing – not to mention general exhaustion –­ it’s no wonder sufferers experience a huge loss of productivity. They may often need time off work.

The new tech tool for work

Smart employers understand the impact of health issues in the workplace. They provide ergonomic chairs and desks and ensure OH&S standards are met. And some are now adding blue light filter glasses – like Baxter Blue – to their standard office equipment.

With digital eye strain being such a harmful (and common) workplace injury, Baxter Blue glasses are win-win investment. Specially designed to filter out harmful blue violet light, increase contrast and reduce glare, these glasses also look good. Which means they’ll be one HR initiative no one will want to resist.

It’s time to make eye care a workplace priority. So lead the way in your office – we’re pretty confident those new glasses will capture attention for all the right reasons.