In today’s fast-paced society, eye care is often taken for granted, especially among working adults. What most working professionals fail to realize is that good vision is key to working productively and getting things done easily. Having healthy eyes and the right pair of glasses or contacts can significantly improve the quality of your work and life.
Since working professionals are exposed to frequent computer use and may tend to have higher consumption of tobacco, their eyes are more prone to visual fatigue and optical nerve damage, respectively.
Common Eye Problems
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
Staring at a computer for long hours can strain your vision. Computer Vision Syndrome occurs from frequent computer usage. Studies suggest that nearly 90% of people that use a computer at least three hours a day suffer from some type of visual problem or complaint. Prolonged exposure to electronic screens is taxing to the eye. It can lead to headaches, blurring of vision, fatigue, dry eyes, shoulder pains and the overall degradation of eye health over time.
Dry Eyes occur when a person’s tears are not able to provide adequate moisture for his or her eyes. One may experience dry eyes in a number of situations such as in an air-conditioned room or after looking at a computer screen for two or more consecutive hours. Its symptoms include a stinging or burning sensation. If this condition is not addressed properly, it can develop into a long-standing dryness that causes other eye problems such as chronic redness and irritation of the eye surface which can eventually cause permanent damage to the eyes’ stem cells.
Another eye condition that strongly affects working professionals is Presbyopia otherwise known as “Laohua”. It is an age-related condition that usually occurs in a person’s late thirties or early forties. It usually results in the eyes’ inability to focus up close. As such, when people develop presbyopia, they experience blurred vision when reading newspapers or working in front of the computer. They may also feel fatigue as well as develop headaches and eyestrain.