October is Global Ergonomics Month aimed at increasing awareness of ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs are injuries of the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons, and account for over 40 per cent of all work-related injuries.
Since ergonomics is about creating a positive interaction with our work environment, we thought we'd touch on digital eye strain, a topic that is becoming increasingly relevant, especially with the younger generation. Did you know that 30 per cent of adults spend more than 9 hours on a digital device? (Source: LensCrafters). With technology becoming a permanent fixture in our lives, it is important to learn about digital eye strain and what you can do to alleviate the symptoms.
Symptoms associated with digital eye strain include:
These symptoms usually occur after using a digital device (e.g. television, laptop, desktop, smartphone, video games and tablets) for more than two hours at a time. Some of the main causes for digital eye strain include focusing on tiny text, the fixed position of the eyes, a reduced blinking rate (one-third of our regular blinking rate of 18 blinks per minute), partial lid closures while blinking and the presence of blue light which is what gives the screens their brightness.
Below are some of the ways to alleviate digital eye strain:
For more information visit: Canadian Association of Optometrists.
Ergonomic links: fitzbody.com and focusonergonomics.com
About the Author
Farzana Ismail is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE), and a Senior Consultant at Focus On Ergonomics.
"I've been working from my home office for many years, but usually I am out to employers and clients at least 3 days/ week. Now that I'll be working from home entirely for the next while, it's time to take my own ergonomic consulting advice. Here are some tips for considerations if you are working from home too."
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