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Smart Vision Labs Releases New e-Book on Nine Reasons to Add On-Site Vision Exams to Your Employee Wellness Program

New York, NYFebruary 2, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (https://www.smartvisionlabs.com), the world leaders in providing telehealth eye exams, released a new ebook outlining 9 important reasons companies should add on-site vision screenings to their employee wellness programs. The free e-book, “Nine Big-Payback Reasons to Add Vision Coverage to Your Employee Wellness Program,” is available for free download from the site: https://www.smartvisionlabs.com/nine-reasons-add-vision-coverage-employee-wellness-program/

According to Jennifer Mele, Director of Business Development, there is compelling data contained in the e-book that will resonate with corporate benefits managers. “Some benefits professionals may not be aware  that 79% of employees suffer from at least one daily vision disturbance (like headaches or eyestrain) at work. Or that employees lose 60 hours of productivity each year because of eye-focusing issues. How much of the $22 billion lost annually in the United States from uncorrected vision is coming straight off their company’s bottom line? These statistics don’t just affect one company – they affect them all!”

Mele cites a recent study which revealed that only 37.3% of employees with vision insurance actually used it during a 2-year period. And the two biggest reasons employees don’t get their vision tested turns out to be that vision exams are perceived as time-consuming and inconvenient. The e-book includes data from these studies, along with suggestions as to how to overcome these barriers to employee health and productivity.

Smart Vision Labs works with companies interested in offering on-site vision testing as part of, or to supplement, their corporate wellness program. Wellness screenings are an extension of Smart Vision Labs expanding telemedicine network of stores in NY and CA who are offering on-site Smart Vision Exams. The Smart Vision Exam uses the same advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture a person’s vision correction prescription. The data is sent to a remote network of eye doctors who provide new or updated eyeglass prescriptions. The whole vision test takes about 5 minutes and customers can access their prescription online, within 24 hours. The Smart Vision exam measures a customer’s visual acuity, refractive error, pupillary distance, and current prescriptions (if applicable), while also collecting answers to basic health questions. The test is available to healthy adults between 18-60. If customers haven’t had a full eye exam within the last two years a full eye health exam is recommended.

With Smart Vision Lab’s new 5-Minute Vision Exams, companies can offer their employees a solution that is easy and convenient for their employees, and affordable to the company. In the United States alone, 240 million Americans are in need of vision correction, but only 114 million eye exams are performed yearly. On average there is one eye doctor for every 5,000 people. Personalizing telemedicine promotes ownership of one’s own medical data, and with Smart Vision Labs, prescriptions are always accessible with a click of a button.

The growing network of partners offering 5-Minute Vision Exams currently includes: Bauer Optical, Devonshire Optical, EuroOptika, Kalmus Optical, Modern Day OptX, Vint & York, Visual Optique, Digital Optiks, Strand Pharmacy Optical, Marine Park Family Vision, EyeCrave Optics, Vu Frameworks, Thosoo Eyewear, and 92nd Eye all located in the NYC area. In California, premier partners include Brighter Optical, Sun’s Up Optical, Daas Optique – Los Angeles, Daas Optique – San Diego, Devlyn Optical Walnut Park, Devlyn Optical Chino, Devlyn Optical Panorama City, Devlyn Curacao Chino, Devlyn Curacao DTLA, A B See Optical, 9FIVE Optical – Los Angeles, 9FIVE Optical San Diego, Hye Optic- Los Angeles, Hye Optic-Glendale, Eyetailor, Palo Alto Eyeworks, Valencia Eyewear, Eclipse Eyewear and Garrett Leight California Optical.

About Smart Vision Labs

Smart Vision Labs is making vision care less expensive, less complicated, and more accessible. The company offers a mobile-phone based vision exam where patients can obtain an eyewear prescription in minutes without the need for a doctor on-site. Their proprietary technology shrinks expensive, bulky equipment to a portable device that is adapted to a telemedicine platform. Smart Vision Exams are currently available in over 50 locations in New York and California, and the company is looking to expand to other states in the coming months. Founded in 2013, Smart Vision Labs aims to increase access to vision care by leveraging technology and innovation. Over 50,000 vision tests have been performed to date in 23 countries, including in partnership with numerous nonprofits and NGOs providing eye-care services to underserved populations here in the US, as well as in India, China and Africa.

If you are interested in providing Smart Vision Exams technology in your store, contact sales@smartvisionlabs.com

Many Headaches Can Be Prevented by Eye Exams - Smart Vision Labs

Why Many Headaches Can Be Prevented by Vision Exams

Why Headaches Are the Leading Cause of Employee Absenteeism . . . and Why Many Headaches Can Be Prevented by Vision Exams

“Headaches cause substantial individual impact on work productivity and employer and societal burden from direct medical costs, lost work time, and underemployment, and, in more severe persistent headache, unemployment. The lost work time costs greatly exceed medical care costs. Chronic daily headache (15 or more headache days per month) represents a widely accepted stage of pain progression that occurs in 2-4% of the population.”

“Headache and Migraine: A Leading Source of Absenteeism,” by K. Baigi and W.F. Stewart, Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 2015

When employees suffer from headaches on the job, costly problems arise. Their productivity suffers and they are more prone to make mistakes. Plus, employees who suffer from chronic headaches call in sick more often. And as we noted previously, other health problems can arise from poor or uncorrected vision, including depression, a greater likelihood of falls, and even shortened life expectancy.

Yet when a company takes steps to help employees see better and experience less eye strain, they suffer fewer headaches – and problems of absenteeism and poor productivity are reduced.

What Causes Poor Vision and Headaches on the Job

  • Poor workplace lighting. Headaches are more likely to happen when ambient light in a work area is not sufficient, or when it is provided by old fluorescent fixtures that do not emit a “natural” spectrum of colors. Eyestrain and headaches also occur when individual workstations or desks are not equipped with lights that direct sufficient illumination at documents that are being processed, products that are being assembled or repaired, etc.
  • Incorrect placement of desks and work stations. When desks are placed in front of bright windows, employees must squint to shut out background glare so they can see what they are working on. The results? Again, eyestrain and headaches.
  • Dry conditions. When a work area is not humid enough, dry eyes and eye irritation result. It is a problem that can be rectified through the use of inexpensive humidifiers.
  • Excessive computer use and failure to take work breaks. Studies from the National Institutes of Health have found that eyestrain is significantly reduced when computer-users take only four or five five-minute work breaks during the day.
  • Incorrect adjustment and placement of computer displays. When employees need to squint because bright sources of light are located behind the screens they are using, eyestrain results. Plus, strain can be caused by incorrect brightness settings on computer displays, or by settings that display text in sizes that are too small. Note that simple adjustments can usually rectify these issues.
  • Poor workstation ergonomics. In many offices, the distance is too great between desk chairs and computer displays, causing employees to squint or sit in uncomfortable positions to focus on their computer screens. Headaches, poor posture and back discomfort can result.
  • Desktop clutter. When employees’ work surfaces become cluttered, those workers are apt to work on documents that are not well lit or well positioned for visual processing. The result is again eyestrain.

Uncorrected Vision Is a Major Cause of Headaches

According to “Could Your Headaches Be Due to Vision Problems?”, an article on YourSightMatters.com, the following problems that are often caught during routine eye exams are common causes of headache:

  • Astigmatism
  • Hyperopia, or long-sightedness
  • Presbyopia, a condition in which the lens in the eye has hardened due to age
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

The article concludes, “If you’re experiencing frequent headaches, and it’s been more than a year or two between eye exams, it’s a good idea to see your eye care provider.”

How can you add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program? Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

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Why Employees Who See Better Make Your Company Safer

Let’s start with a multiple- choice question . . .

Where do the largest number of non-fatal personal injuries occur in the United States?

  • In motor vehicles
  • At work
  • In the home
  • Outdoors while walking as a pedestrian, engaged in athletics, etc.

The answer to that question could come as a surprise to you. According to data compiled by the National Safety Council, by far the largest number of non-fatal personal injuries occur at work.

And here are some statistics about workplace accidents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 9 million nonfatal occupational injuries happened to Americans at work in calendar year 2015.
  • The most common cause of nonfatal injuries was exertion.
  • Other common causes of injury were trips and falls on one building level, falls from one level to another, collisions with warehouse vehicles and other moving equipment, and injuries from using tools and equipment.

What Causes Injuries Like those to Happen?
There is some truth to the old belief that sometimes accidents are not preventable, they just happen. But more often than not, injuries have identifiable causes, like these:

  1. General carelessness
  2. Carelessness when using power equipment
  3. Failure to use required safety apparel like helmets or protective clothing
  4. Failure to follow required procedures when using equipment
  5. Overreaching and losing balance while on a ladder
  6. Experiencing pain or lack of control after performing repetitive motions for too long
  7. Reckless or careless operation of indoor machines like forklifts or outdoor vehicles like trucks
  8. Fatigue or exhaustion
  9. Failure to see approaching vehicles or moving equipment because of insufficient light, excessive glare from sunlight, or other causes
  10. Visually misjudging distances, alignments of materials to be loaded, and other factors
  11. Vehicular accidents caused by driver fatigue, bad lighting conditions, and sun and/or roadway glare

Which of Those Problems Can Be Corrected by Vision Care?
Note that of the causes of accidents above, numbers 8 through 11 can be traced to vision problems. For example, fatigue often results when employees are not wearing vision-correcting eyeglasses or contact lenses. And problems 9 through 11 are not only linked to vision problems, they directly attributable to them.

So the message is that your workplace will become safer, and your worker will experience fewer accidents, when their vision has been tested and corrected with appropriate contact lenses or eyeglasses. A further lesson? Investing in a company-wide program of vision testing can repay you with a safer workplace, greater employee well being and reduced insurance costs.

What Is the Solution?

Add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program. Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

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Why Your New Employees Need Vision Tests Before They Start Training

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Why Your New Employees Need Vision Tests Before They Start Training

Every year before schoolchildren start school in September, their parents take them to have vision tests. Those attentive parents are smart. They know that students must . . .

  • Have good distance vision so they can see projections, words and images that are displayed on whiteboards and blackboards.
  • Have corrected near vision that enables them to read books, tablets and computer displays.
  • Be free from headaches and eye strain that result from uncorrected, or incorrectly corrected, vision.

And Yet . . .

When most companies hire new employees, they do not consider the question of vision at all. They send their new hires into training sessions in classrooms without considering that they could have poor vision that could hinder their ability to absorb important information and learn key concepts.

The message? Giving vision tests to new hires is a small investment that can dramatically increase the effectiveness of training new hires.

What Vision Problems Can Limit Training Effectiveness?

Your pre-training vision tests for new employees should include screening for these common problems:

  • Astigmatism – This very common, and very correctible, condition occurs when the shape of the lens in the eye is not perfectly symmetrical or round. That causes distortions – vertical lines may appear heavier than horizontal lines (or vice versa), for example, or a perfect circle may appear out of round. In virtually all cases, this condition can be easily corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Eye misalignments – These issues are common in school children, but can persist undiagnosed in adults too. Misalignments make it difficult to perform virtually all vision activities and often lead to headaches. Surgery may sometimes be required, but in the great majority of cases other remedies will solve the problem, including exercises and specialized prescription eyeglasses.
  • Myopia (nearsightedness) This condition is diagnosed when an image that comes into the eye is focused in front of the retina instead of clearly onto it. This condition can be easily diagnosed. The good news? It is easily treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Farsightedness – This condition exists when the image that comes into the eye is focused behind the retina. Individuals who suffer from it enjoy good distance vision, but blurry vision when reading or looking at objects that are close. Again, this condition is easy to diagnose during an eye exam, and easy to correct with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

How can you add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program? Find out how easy it is to run vision tests in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.


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Undiagnosed Eye Problems Linked to Workplace Frustrations

Whether your company employs five, 50 or 500 people, chances are that some of them are not performing well or living up to expectations. If you speak with someone in your HR department, the scope of this problem in your company could be greater than you realize.

There are employees who are difficult to manage and train, who consistently get negative job reviews, who seem slow to learn, who cause customer complaints, who have a difficult time working with other people, who have poor safety records, who call in sick a lot, who arrive late to work, who complete work assignments late, who make mistakes, and who seem unhappy or poorly adjusted to their jobs.

Are some people just difficult? It could be. Or it could be that they are experiencing health problems – perhaps some that they are reluctant to talk about – that make it difficult for them to fulfill the requirements of their jobs. And it could be that undiagnosed or uncorrected eye problems are at the root of their workplace problems.

Workplace “Obstacles”

If you search online for articles about the causes of poor worker performance, you will find that some of the most common are heavy workloads, poor bosses, unclear expectations, and burdensome rules and regulations that workers must follow during their jobs. But you will also find that virtually every expert and author who writes about the causes of poor performance also mentions this one . . .

Obstacles that prevent the worker from doing his or her job effectively

Those obstacles are sometimes physical, such as poorly designed working areas or antiquated equipment. Obstacles can also be technical, such as outdated phone systems, and other equipment.  But many obstacles result not from external conditions, but from workers’ ability to meet the demands of their jobs. (Note that workers who are experiencing this problem are prone to self-censor; An employee in your shipping department who is no longer able to lift heavy objects could hesitate to mention that problem, for fear of losing his or her job.) And when employees’ vision is not good enough to allow them to perform their work comfortably and effectively, performance suffers and frustrations follow.

Frustrating, Work-Hindering Obstacles that Are Linked to Eye Problems

Poor, uncorrected vision makes it difficult, frustrating and headache-inducing for employees whose jobs require them to . . .

  • Absorb information from slides and other visuals during training sessions
  • Complete online research
  • Complete required reading
  • Fill in self-assessments and other forms that are used in performance reviews
  • Drive and operate equipment
  • Enter data, purchase orders, sales reports and other information into computer systems
  • Meet and greet customers confidently and provide effective customer service
  • Read, digest and utilize written instructions
  • Take notes in meetings, track work progress and follow up
  • Use company systems such as email programs and company Intranets
  • Write reports, memos and other work documents
  • Use a wide range of modern equipment that can include tablets, credit card charge processors, cash registers, and more

What Is the Solution?

Add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program. Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

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Do Your Employees Have the Best Eyesight to Perform their Jobs?

Chances are that your company hires employees with the computer, technical, experiential and other skills that they need to perform their jobs well. But do they possess excellent, corrected vision or the best eyesight that equips them to perform the tasks that are central to their jobs?

Most Jobs Today Require Excellent, Accurate Vision

The Occupational Vision Manual published by the American Optometric Association, states:

“. . . the occupational optometrist should assess and record information regarding each worker’s tasks. The survey must include the specific visual tasks entailed in the essential duties of each position. For example, tasks performed by a lathe operator may include alignment of the cutting tool with the metal or wood stock, observation of the cutting action when the machine is engaged, and setting instrument controls to ensure proper dimensions. A forklift operator may need to move safely throughout a warehouse with a load, to position the load accurately in three dimensions in front of the storage position, and, finally, to move the forklift forward to place the load safely in its precise intended location.”

Make sure your employees have the best eyesight to perform their jobs? - Smart Vision LabsWhat Visual Skills Do Your Employees Need to Do their Jobs?
Let’s look at some visual abilities that are required by some common jobs today – perhaps the same jobs that your employees are performing?

  • Drivers and delivery people need to be able to shift their visual focus between GPS devices (typically located two or more feet away from their eyes) and the road. They need to be able to read road signs, see pedestrians, and recognize potential dangers quickly.
  • Product assemblers need the visual acuity to focus closely and accurately on their work.
  • Computer operators and data entry workers need to be able to read computer screens and documents, and enter data into computer forms.
  • Retail salespeople must be able to read product specifications and documentation, enter orders on tablets or other order-processing equipment, and perform other tasks such as assembling displays and products per printed specifications.
  • Phone representatives and call center employees must be able to accurately negotiate and respond to on-screen menus and forms.
  • Healthcare workers perform many vision-intensive tasks, depending on the nature of their jobs. Medical assistants read documents and enter data into computers. In some cases, they need vision good enough to administer minor medical tests such as EKGs. Insurance billers and insurance coders must read long lists (some onscreen, others printed) of medical conditions and their procedure/condition codes. In dental offices, assistants need good vision to assist in procedures. In fact, good vision is required to perform all healthcare and medical jobs.
  • Security and safety personnel need excellent vision to recognize problems, monitor video surveillance equipment, and take appropriate steps to intervene when problems occur.
  • Restaurant and food service personnel use computer equipment (often in dark surroundings), fill orders correctly, prepare food safely, and follow strict protocols for cooking food safely, cleaning food preparation areas and performing other critical skills.

How can you add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program? Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.


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Six Ways Vision Problems Can Hurt Your Employees and their Performance

“6 Unexpected Ways Eye Problems Can Hurt You,” an article that Nancie George wrote for EverydayHealth.com, reports that even modest problems in six critical vision areas can have surprisingly devastating effects on people who suffer from them.

And if the people who are suffering from them happen to be your employees, the result could be not only harm to them, but damage to your organization’s effectiveness, profitability, immunity from legal risk, and much more.

Here are the six critical problem areas that Ms. George writes about.

Risk of Death
Ms. George cites a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that people whose vision impedes their ability to perform routine tasks like using the phone or shopping have a 31% greater risk of dying within the next eight years than do people without those vision problems. A 31% greater risk of dying? That’s a startling statistic.

A Risk of Other Health Problems
Diabetes, hypertension, an impending stroke and other health problems are often identified during routine eye exams. Without exams, those serious – and costly – problems might be overlooked.

Ms. George points to the 2013 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which found that adults with vision loss are 90% more likely to be depressed . . . and that 10% of people who are living with vision loss experience major depression. The message is that simple vision tests can have a strong impact on your employees’ happiness and mental health. 

Several studies have determined that among older adults especially, vision problems are strongly linked to anxiety and a poorer quality of life. 

A Tendency to Experience Falls
A study in 2007 determined that individuals who have limited peripheral vision are more likely to experience falls. It’s a problem that is especially likely to occur as people age. Whether you employ an older workforce or not, it’s another compelling reason to include vision exams in your employee wellness program. 

Glaucoma and Car Accidents
According to a study conducted in 2012, people with undiagnosed glaucoma are twice as likely to have car accidents than other people do. And it is a condition that can be routinely diagnosed during low-cost vision exams and then treated. 

The Message?
Because simple eye exams can have big effects on employee wellness and productivity, they should be part of your employee wellness program.


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See the Benefits of Corporate Vision Screening

Having vision insurance and having regular vision exams is not the same thing. A recent study revealed that only 37.3% of employees with vision insurance actually used it during a 2-year period. While this may seem like a personal decision made by employees, consider the cost generated in the workplace by vision problems.

  • 60 hours of productivity are lost each year because of eye-focusing issues
  • $22 billion is lost annually in the United States from uncorrected vision
  • 79 percent of employees suffer from at least one daily vision disturbance at work

Even though vision-related problems can cause a deficit in businesses, there is a way for employers to address this situation and to better the eye health of those who work for them.

As every successful business owner or CEO understands: find out the objections your customers have concerning a product or service and give them assurance in those areas. Employees routinely provide two reasons for not scheduling regular vision exams:

  • They’re time-consuming
  • They are not convenient.

Ironically, many people find these appointments conflict with their work schedule and they need to either take time off or use their lunch hour.

Corporate Vision Screening are both convenient and time-effective for employees. The added benefit is having a workforce that can be more productive because of a decrease in vision-related disturbances like eye strain and resulting headaches.

These wellness clinics are easy to set up and are looked upon very favorably by employees. Besides the convenience of having vision exams in the workplace, most people appreciate the supportive environment of a company that cares for them.

Key Points of a Corporate Vision Screening

  • All you need is a conference room at least 10 feet in length and a table for signing in.
  • Employees can schedule a time through an online portal.
  • The vision exam takes less than 10 minutes.
  • If a prescription is needed for corrective lenses or contacts, it’s emailed to the employee the same day.

Key Benefits of a Corporate Vision Screening

  • Gives employees a convenient way to have a vision exam.
  • Provides education about eye health
  • Can address vision-related problems by generating a prescription for corrective lenses
  • Smart Vision Labs partners with companies who sell frames to offer discounted rates to those who attend the vision screening.
  • Discusses preventative methods of minimizing eye strain and the possible resulting headaches.

Both employers and employees have praised corporate vision screenings. On the employer side, it’s a way to promote eye health within the company. The statistics from recent screenings have revealed that about one-fourth of the participants had a visual acuity of 20/40 or worse and over one-half of that group had never received a prescription for corrective lenses. With the increasing use of computers and digital devices in the workplace, maintaining eye health is mandatory to properly use this technology. Vision issues, like dry eye, fatigue, or headaches from eye strain, can be significantly minimized or even eliminated.

On the employee side, almost every participant left the screening more knowledgeable about how to maintain eye health. Additionally, vision exams can help uncover refractive errors and address them. Overall, this contributes to, not only productivity in the work place, but to the employee’s positive view of the company as well.

Corporate Vision Screenings are a win-win for every company and business; it’s a convenient and accurate way put stock in your employees’ health while everyone reaps the benefits.

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Stopping and Preventing Eyestrain

If you feel a headache coming on at work, it might be from eyestrain, not that spreadsheet.

Perhaps you know the feeling of trying to rub the sleep from your eyes during a long work or study session. Your eyelids are heavy and your shoulders feel stiff but you have couple hours of work waiting to be done. Your head aches just thinking about it. But before you reach for another cup of coffee, see if you’re feeling the effects of eyestrain instead.

What It Feels Like

Eyestrain can cause a few different symptoms in the eyes. Your eyes may be watery or dry. They could feel itchy or tired. Some even notice blurry or double vision.

It can even cause symptoms in places other than your eyes. Headaches, sore shoulders, and neck pain are all additional signs that you’re experiencing eyestrain.

How It Happens

Eyestrain happens when the eyes are overworked or are subjected to poor conditions. This can occur if you spend a long time focusing on a single activity without breaks, like using a computer, reading a book, or driving long distances. Bad conditions which can contribute to eyestrain are things like lighting that is too dim or too bright, dryness from being near an air-conditioning or heating vent, or poor posture.

How to Fix It

The good thing is that eyestrain isn’t permanent at all. It goes away soon after you stop doing whatever it is that is hurting your eyes. Even better, not only is it easy to fix, it is easy to prevent. There are some simple steps you can take right away to help you get relief.

Blinking more is something you can do at any time in any situation. When people focus on a single task, they tend to blink far less. This dries their eyes out and irritates them. Every 20 minutes or so, try to make a several full, closed-eye blinks. If you’re using a computer or reading, you can also use these quick breaks to walk around and allow your eyes to focus on things farther away.

Computer Use

On a computer, your screen shouldn’t be more bright or more dim than the room you are using it in. Try to avoid overhead lighting as this causes glare which isn’t good for your eyes. If that isn’t possible, glasses with anti-reflective coating or a matte computer screen are other ways to reduce glare.


To stop eyestrain while reading, make sure the pages are lit well enough. Your light source, whether it is a lamp in your bedroom or the sun at the beach, should be behind you and on the page. This allows your reading material to have as much contrast between the dark print and light pages as possible, making it easy for your eyes to scan the words.


Steps to prevent eyestrain while driving happen before you get behind the wheel. Keeping the windshield and lights of your vehicle clean will give you the best visibility, regardless of the amount of sunlight or weather conditions. If you have prescription glasses, always drive with them on. You may find that a pair of glasses with anti-reflective coating helps reduce glare from the lights of other vehicles. If you are taking a very long road trip over many hours, it is safest to take rest stops to allow both your eyes and body a break.

How is Your Vision?

If you’re still experiencing eyestrain after taking some measures to stop it, you may be due for a vision exam. Using an old pair of glasses or not having prescription lenses at all (if you need them) can cause eyestrain as well. You don’t want your vision to cause you a headache.

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Preventing Computer Eye Strain

Many people notice their eyes seem tired after using a computer for a while. But it isn’t their work making their eyes want to shut.

These people are feeling the effects of computer vision syndrome (CVS). Sometimes it is also called digital eye strain. It happens when people focus their eyes on a screen for a long period of time without breaks. Despite the name, it can be caused by staring at any screen for too long at once, so your tablet and phone are just as likely to cause it as your laptop.

CVS may show up as dry eyes or blurred vision. Headaches can occur from the eye strain. Although it is primarily an eye problem, it can also be the cause of neck and shoulder pains. The symptoms generally stop when the person takes a break from using the computer.

This issue is being seen more often due to more people working in offices or staying in school longer to get advanced degrees. Because these people rely on computer work to succeed in school or their job, just turning the screen off isn’t a good solution for them.

Thankfully, there are many simple things you can do to keep your eyes rested without limiting your computer use.


The dryness from digital eye strain occurs because people using a computer can literally stare at the screen without blinking. While using an electronic device, people tend to blink less and without fully closing their lids. This prolonged exposure to air is what causes the eyes to dry out. Simply making a conscious effort to blink will re-lubricate your eyes. Making about 10 full, closed-eye blinks every 20 minutes or so will allow your eyes to regain their natural wetness. If this particular area is an issue, lubricating eyedrops, or artificial tears, can provide some extra comfort.


After you do this, you can also use the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain. This rule says every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. (If you’re a procrastinator, you probably already do this unintentionally to avoid working or studying.) This gives your eyes a chance to rest by not having them stare at an object that is in a static position. Even better, take a quick walk on these breaks. This has the added benefit of treating shoulder and neck pains which may show up along with the dry eyes.

Brightness Settings

Adjusting the brightness of the screen you’re using can help lessen the amount of time it takes to feel the effects of computer eye strain. Your device’s screen shouldn’t act as a light source. The perfect brightness should be similar to the lighting of the room you are in. On the other side, your screen shouldn’t be too dark either. If your screen seems dim or you are straining to read text, it’s time to turn the brightness up a bit. The additional brightness also adds contrast, which makes text easier to read.

Screen Glare

Speaking of room lighting, adjusting interior lighting will reduce screen glare which, in turn, makes your screen easier to read. Floor or desk lamps with low-intensity bulbs, one on each side of your workstation, are the ideal placement for lighting the room you do computer work in. This allows your workspace to be evenly lit without causing screen glare as overhead or fluorescent lights do.

So the next time you feel tired at work, maybe it is just your eyes which need a rest.

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