Eyestrain is a common occurrence. A typical workday for many of us involves working long hours on a computer in a brightly lit office building. As the day progresses, your eyes begin to suffer.

"Eyestrain is a condition that much of society experiences on a day-to-day basis," says Aurelia Koby, president and cofounder of IMAK, a company dedicated to healthy living through orthopedic and ergonomic products. "Work environments can be harsh on the eyes. Recognizing the problem and implementing some simple therapeutic techniques can provide relief."

Eyestrain can be identified by several key signs and symptoms:
* Sore or tired eyes
* Itching or burning sensations in the eyes
* Sensitivity to light
* Dry or watery eyes
* Headaches
* Sore neck muscles
* Difficulty focusing

There are some simple steps you can take to minimize eyestrain and keep your visual system balanced while at work.

Position your computer slightly below eye level. This will help minimize strain on the eyes and the neck. If your job requires you to type from copy, position the text at the same level as the screen.

Adjust the screen brightness so it is most comfortable for you. If you suffer from heavy eyestrain, remember that some computer programs allow you to switch to colors that are less intense than the common black on white programming. Choose a softer background color or even switch so that you have a black background with white text and figures.

Examine the lighting in your office space. Overhead lights can be harsh and often are brighter than necessary. Consider turning some of the lights off for a more comfortable lighting situation.

Another good idea is to have an adjustable shaded lamp for use in the office. Aim it where you operate your computer, but make sure it doesn't cause a reflection on the screen. Eliminate glare by tilting the computer or getting an anti-reflective screen.

Throughout the day, give your eyes a chance to rest. Take several minutes every hour to look away from the computer and readjust. Consider standing up and walking around. Blink often to refresh the eyes and use artificial tear drops if necessary.

For additional eye relief use a therapeutic eye pillow such as the one created by IMAK. Unlike regular eye masks that are too cold to put on bare skin when frozen, the IMAK Eye Pillow/Pain Relief Mask provides gentle, cooling relief for tired and puffy eyes or even migraine, headaches, or sinus pain. This unique mask is filled with massaging beads that can be placed in the freezer for extra pain relief. The Eye Pillow was created by a physician; it is designed to block out light and has space for the eyes and eyelashes so it doesn't add additional pressure. The Eye Pillow mask is a noninvasive way to reduce eyestrain and headache pain, and can be used in conjunction with other treatments.

"Small steps can go a long way toward the overall health of the eyes. First, realize it is important and then create the time to implement the changes," adds Koby.

For more information on IMAK please visit www.imakproducts.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent


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