How to Manage Your Dry Eye Syndrome When You Return to the Office
Returning to the office after working from home for such a long time is daunting for many. If you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome you may find that your symptoms worsen when you change your environment and return to office-based working.
Air-conditioning, less regular breaks and a different routine can all result in your eyes becoming dryer, more irritated and sore. Here are our top tips for managing your dry eye condition as you return to the office.
Step away from the screens
Blink rate reduces considerably when using screens, which, combined with increased incomplete blinking, can drastically worsen dry eye symptoms.1
Take regular breaks to rest your eyes from digital screens and reduce dry eye symptoms. One technique to ensure this is the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You can also complement this by doing eye exercises.
Opt for glasses over contact lenses
Keep a pair of glasses in your desk drawer. Contact lenses can dry out your eyes so reducing the amount of time spent wearing them can ease the symptoms of dry eye.2
Avoid the air conditioning unit
Sit as far away from the air conditioning unit as possible. Air conditioning reduces the amount of humidity in the air which can dry out your eyes causing them to become itchy and sore.3
Look down at your screen
Simply adjusting your compute monitor so it’s below your eye level can help prevent dry eyes. When you’re looking down your eyelids are partially closed which stops your eyes from drying.3
Use a lubricating eye drop to relieve dry eye symptoms
Eye drops can provide lubrication to the eye to relieve dry eye sensations. Introduce VisuXL Gel into your morning routine. The smart gel dry eye treatment provides 12-hour dosing with just one drop.4-7
To find out more about eye drops and to find an eye drop that suits you and your lifestyle visit our Visufarma website.
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3. Vision Direct, ‘How to avoid dry eyes and eye strain in the office’ https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/blog/dry-eyes-in-the-office Last Accessed August 2021
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