Eye Health in Working Life: Use of Glasses and Lenses

Eye Health in Working Life: Use of Glasses and Lenses

Eye Health in Working Life: Use of Glasses and Lenses

Modern working life requires long hours of exposure to digital devices such as computer screens, tablets and phones. This may negatively affect eye health. Especially office workers frequently encounter problems such as eye fatigue, dryness, blurred vision and headaches. It is important to use glasses and contact lenses to protect eye health. In this article, the role of glasses and contact lenses in working life and the issues that need to be taken into consideration will be discussed.

Eye Health and Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Fatigue (Digital Eye Disorder): Staying in front of a screen for a long time can cause eye fatigue, dryness, burning sensation, blurred vision and headache. This condition is especially common in people who work in front of computers.

Glasses Use

1. Computer Glasses:

  • Features: Computer glasses have features such as blue light filter and anti-reflective coating. A blue light filter reduces harmful blue light emitted from digital screens.

  • Benefits: It reduces eye fatigue and digital eye discomfort and improves sleep patterns.

2. Prescription Glasses:

  • Features: These are glasses specially prepared according to the person's visual impairment. It corrects vision problems such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

  • Benefits: It provides clear and accurate vision, reduces eye fatigue and prevents headaches.

3. Multifocal (Progressive) Glasses:

  • Features: These are glasses with different focal points for near, medium and far distance.

  • Benefits: It provides clear vision at both near and far distances, especially for employees aged 40 and over, and reduces the need to change glasses.

Things to Consider When Using Glasses

  1. Choosing the Right Glasses:

    • Get your glasses according to an ophthalmologist's prescription. The wrong prescription glasses can negatively affect your eye health.

  2. Glasses Cleaning:

    • Use microfiber cloth and special eyeglass cleaning solutions to keep your glasses clean and clear. Do not clean with surfaces such as paper towels or clothing.

  3. Proper Storage of Glasses:

    • Store your glasses in a protective case when not in use. This prevents scratches and damage.

  4. Regular Check of Glasses:

    • Take your glasses to an optician regularly to have the screws, frames and nose pads checked. Loose screws or warped frames can prevent the glasses from fitting properly.

  5. Cleaning Glasses:

    • Clean the windows every day. Rinse the glasses with warm water and use a small amount of liquid soap to clean them, then dry them with a microfiber cloth.

  6. Glasses Usage Habits:

    • Do not wear your glasses on your head or neck. This can cause the glasses frame to stretch and not fit properly.

  7. Correct Adjustment of Glasses:

    • Have your glasses adjusted to fit your face properly. Nose pads and stems should be adjusted to provide a comfortable and stable fit.

  8. UV Protection:

    • Make sure your sunglasses have UV protection. UV rays can harm your eye health.

  9. Regular Eye Checks:

    • Have your vision and glasses prescription checked regularly. If you notice vision changes, contact your eye doctor immediately.

  10. Usage Period of Glasses:

    • Use your glasses for the period recommended by your doctor. Especially in children, the duration and number of glasses should be reviewed with regular checks..

  11. Caution in Sports and Physical Activities:

    • When playing sports or engaging in physical activities, wear shatter-resistant sports glasses. This protects your eyes and prevents damage to your glasses.

  12. Computer Glasses:

    • If you spend a long time in front of the computer, you may consider using special computer glasses with a blue light filter. These glasses help reduce digital eye strain.

  13. Spare Glasses:

    • Especially people with severe vision impairment should keep a spare pair of glasses with them for unexpected situations.

Contact Lens Use

1. Daily Use Lenses:

  • Features: They are disposable lenses, a new pair is used every day.

  • Benefits: It is advantageous in terms of hygiene, does not require lens cleaning, and reduces the risk of eye infection.

2. Monthly / Long Term Use Lenses:

  • Features: These lenses can be used for a month and must be removed and cleaned every night.

  • Benefits: It may be more economical, but it requires regular maintenance and cleaning.

Things to Consider When Using Coptact Lenses

  1. Clean Your Hands:

    • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before inserting or removing lenses. Make sure your hands are completely dry.

  2. Cleaning and Maintenance of Lenses:

    • Clean lenses only with recommended lens solutions. Do not use tap water.

    • Clean and disinfect your lenses after each use.

    • Clean the lens case regularly and replace it every 3 months.

  3. Lens Usage Time:

    • Use your lenses for the period recommended by your doctor. Do not sleep with lenses not approved for overnight use.

    • Change daily lenses every day and monthly lenses after the specified period.

  4. Using Eye Drops:

    • Use eye drops that are compatible with contact lenses. Consult your doctor before using eye drops.

  5. Makeup and Lens Use:

    • Insert your lenses before applying makeup and remove your lenses before removing your makeup.

    • Avoid makeup products that are not waterproof.

  6. Pool and Sea Use:

    • Avoid swimming with lenses. If you have to swim, use protective swimming goggles.

  7. Change of Lens Solution:

    • Pour out the old solution from the lens case and add fresh solution each time. Do not reuse old solution.

  8. Eye Discomfort:

    • If you notice eye problems such as redness, irritation, pain, or blurred vision, remove your lenses immediately and consult an ophthalmologist.

  9. Regular Eye Checks:

    • Have your eye health and lens use checked regularly with your ophthalmologist.

  10. Carrying a Spare Lens:

    • Always carry spare lenses and lens solution with you. Be prepared for unexpected situations.

  11. Rest Your Eyes:

    • If you wear contact lenses for a long time, rest your eyes by using glasses occasionally.

  12. Use Appropriate for Lens Type:

    • Use your lenses as and for the duration recommended by your doctor. Follow long-term or daily lens wear instructions.

By paying attention to these rules when using lenses, you can protect your eye health and use your lenses safely.

3. Blue Light Filter Lenses:

  • Features: Like computer glasses, they are special lenses that filter blue light.

  • Benefits: Reduces digital eye fatigue, provides a more comfortable working experience.

Things to Consider in Eye Health

1. Regular Eye Examination:

  • It is important for individuals who use glasses or contact lenses to have regular eye examinations. This is necessary to preserve visual health and make the necessary changes in a timely manner.

2. Pay Attention to Screen Use:

  • 20-20-20 Rule: Looking at a location 20 feet (about 6 meters) away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes can reduce eye strain.

  • Screen Distance and Height: It is important for correct posture and eye health that the screen is at eye level and approximately 50-70 cm away.

3. Eye Moisturizers:

  • Eye moisturizing drops can be used to prevent eye dryness during long-term use of lenses or in front of a screen.

Protecting eye health in working life is of great importance for productivity and overall quality of life. The use of glasses and contact lenses, when done correctly, reduces digital eye fatigue and provides a more comfortable and healthier working environment. It is possible to maintain eye health with regular eye examinations and the use of appropriate glasses/lenses.

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