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Returning to Work: How to Take Care of Your Vision

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In the coming weeks, you may start to return to the office more frequently than you have during the last 18 months. As restrictions lift and a gradual return to work is being encouraged, it’s safe to say that many businesses can begin to operate almost normally again. While it’s still important to minimise the risk of coronavirus exposure, the likes of offices and other such workplaces are beginning to open up again.

If you typically work in an office and are going back for the first time, it will certainly take some getting used to. Here we look at some of the eye health and vision considerations that should be made when returning to the office.

Looking after your vision on the commute

If you drive to and from work, it’s so important that you have a clear, uninterrupted vision behind the wheel. There are a number of problems that you might experience on the road, the first of which is being able to see either close-up objects, such as the dashboard, or objects far away like street signs. There are minimum eyesight standards for driving that you must meet, with glasses if necessary.

If you struggle with seeing things up close or from a distance, single vision lenses will be able to help you. They have one prescription power across the lens, correcting refractive errors like myopia and hypermetropia. If you need glasses for both closeup and distance, you should look into varifocal lenses

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Sometimes on the road, you might experience glare and reflections, which can come from all directions and sources such as headlights and traffic lights. This can be very distracting, but it can be resolved. Consider lens enhancements such as Crizal Drive, which can help to reduce reflections and maximise your vision on the road. 

Sitting at your desk.

Many of you will likely sit at a desk for 8 hours a day or longer, which can play havoc with your posture. If you have bad posture from sitting at a desk, you might notice a strain on your back, neck and shoulder muscles which could lead to more frequent tension headaches. Blurred vision, pain around your temples or even migraines can all be signs of sitting incorrectly at your desk.

If you’ve returned to your desk after a long period of being at home, you might want to readjust your desk setup to ensure optimal comfort. Make sure your screen is at eye level and placed about an arm’s length away. You should also ensure your chair height is adjusted so that you can use the keyword with your wrists and forearms parallel to the floor and make sure your feet can rest flat on the floor.

Using digital devices

You have no doubt used digital devices through the pandemic, especially if you have been working from home. If you are back in the office, it’s important to check the lighting. Overhead lighting or sunlight can cause glare on your screen, so you may need to reposition your monitor. 

Eyestrain can be a common side effect of working with digital devices, also sometimes known as Computer Vision Syndrome. You might notice signs of tired, itchy eyes, blurred vision or sensitivity to light. It’s important to take regular breaks from your screen throughout the day, but you might also find wearing glasses for the computer can help.

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Eyezen lenses can help to prevent eye fatigue and deliver sharper vision. Even if you don’t have a prescription, you can still benefit from Eyezen to help keep your focus.

Book an eye examination

It’s crucial to attend regular eye examinations to make sure your eyes are healthy, and your vision is being corrected appropriately, if necessary. Your optician can help you find the right lens to suit your lifestyle and visual needs.

If you work with computers and other display screens, you can ask your employer to pay for your eye test and any glasses if needed.

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