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March 20, 2012

Hacker Health: Promoting Eye Care at Work

People say that “the eyes are the gateway to the soul.” Whether you’re a computer scientist, an office manager, marketing specialist, or CEO, most working Americans spend a majority of their day in front of a computer screen. While computers and other technologies have made the day-to-day activities of work more easy and convenient, we often forget that it all comes at a price- that is the health of our eyes.

According to the American Optometric Association, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is considered the No. 1 occupational hazard of the 21st Century. Surprised? Well, probably not when you really think about it. The reality is, that in order to work in modern business, we’re forced to stare at a computer screen for hours on end in order to get our tasks done. We largely communicate via computer, either by email, Skype, instant messaging, or social media, and rely heavily on various computer applications to generate our technical working activities. However, did you know that 50%-90% of people who work on a computer, experience some sort of eye strain or discomfort? And although there’s a large gap in these statistics, as well as it’s still somewhat unclear as to the actual extent computer screens damage our vision in the long-term,  does not change the fact that our bodies are trying to tell us something.

In order to be efficient in the workplace (and at home for that matter), it’s imperative to be mindful about our health and how our work habits affect our overall well-being. And just as you need to take vitamins to boost your immune system, you need to adjust your environment in a way that promotes good eye care. Trust us, your eyes (and soul) will thank you.

To learn more about how you can avoid bothersome visual symptoms at the workplace, check out this great eye strain Infographic we found:

(To enlarge please double click on the graphic below. Image courtesy of Mashable)