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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month and this is your reminder to take care of your eyes while you’re at work. (Image: Courtesy MyEyeDr.)

Easy on the eyes: How to protect your eyes on the job

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month and this is your reminder to take care of your eyes while you’re at work. During the workday, and even after you get home, you may work on screens of various types. From computers to tablets and smart phones to televisions, a screen is never far away.

Increased exposure and use of digital devices can result in vision-related issues, including eye strain and other side effects like headaches and dry eyes. Those who use computers for long periods of time can develop what the American Optometric Association has dubbed “Computer Vision Syndrome.” It’s a group of problems that result from extended periods of computer use and includes headaches, blurred vision and neck and/or shoulder pain. Some studies have also linked prolonged computer use to the development of age-related macular degeneration. To avoid these complications, MyEyeDr. recommends:

1. Minding your posture

Your digital device posture, that is. When working on computers or tablets, position devices at least 20 inches from your face to decrease eye strain. You should also position the screen slightly downward to decrease tension on the neck and back.

2. Staring into space

Use the 20-20-20 rule – look away from the screen at an object on the wall -- 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This breaks up screen time and allows for more regular blinking. You can also apply glare filters to your computer screen to reduce glare and minimize harsh reflections.

3. Shopping for the perfect frames

Invest in the right lenses to correct vision and ensure optimal aid in harmful blue light protection. Keep an eye on style! This season, colorful frames and retro floral prints are the hottest new trends in eyewear. Or you can make a statement by incorporating the 2017 Pantone color of the year, greenery, into your new pair of frames. Stop by your local MyEyeDr. location to browse the wide selection of brands and styles.

If you’re considering new glasses, you might want to move quickly. For many in the D.C. area the plan year for Flexible Spending Accounts ends on March 31, which means now is the time to use up the money you’ve already put aside before it disappears.

MyEyeDr. is a network of more than 300 optometry practices east of the Mississippi that offer comprehensive eye care services, a selection of designer and value prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, and standard and specialty prescription contact lenses. By welcoming all vision insurance plans and providers, MyEyeDr. makes vision health attainable for everyone. For more information, visit