While social distancing measures have been in place across the country, the way some health checks are undertaken has changed because face-to-face appointments were deemed too dangerous.So, what should you do if you have problems with your eyes during lockdown?

Some old saying goes that watching too much TV will make your eyes go square. Nowadays, we seem to spend most of time at laptop, television and mobile phone has increased several folds during the coronavirus lockdown. Due to work from home, online class you might be spending most of your time glued to your laptop screen and the other half of the day must be spent watching movies, series, playing games or scrolling through your phone ( Facebook Instagram, WhatsApp, viber …

This excess of screen time usually tires our eyes to the maximum extent. It can lead to such symptoms:
 Eye discomfort
 Headaches
 Itchy eyes
 Dry or watering eyes
 Burning sensations
 Changes in color perception
 Blurred vision/ double vn
 Difficulty focussing
 Neck pain
 Fatigue

 Polyopia
 Difficulty refocusing the eyes
 Vertigo/dizziness

To recovered this symptoms and problem
caused from this symptoms there are some
tips/prevention method

Some Computer Adjustment and Poster
related Tips

 Take a break from looking at a screen every 15-20 minutes and close your eyes for a few seconds.
 Avoid working under dim or fluorescent light or in a dark room. While working and reading in low light won’t cause a decline in vision but it can lead to eye strain.
 Sit at an adjustable desk specially designed for use with computers.
 Have the computer monitor (screen) either at eye level or slightly lower.
 Have your keyboard at a height that lets your elbows rest comfortably at your sides. Your forearms should be roughly parallel with the floor and level with the keyboard.
 Adjust your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor, or use a footstool.
 Tilt the screen slightly to avoid reflections or glare.
 Put the screen either at eye level or slightly lower.
 Reduce the contrast and brightness of your screen by adjusting the controls.
 Frequently look away from the screen and focus on faraway objects.

 Set sensible time limits on your child’s game playing. Some guidelines recommend no more than two hours of screen time each day

Some exercise and Tips how to clean

 And wash your face in every two hours. At the same time, remember not to rub your eyes with your hands.
 Blink more, normally people blink 18 times per min but
computer/mobile user often blink 4-5 times per min due to this they may suffer from dry eye syndrome.
 To relax strained eyes, hold a pencil at an arm’s length and concentrate on it. Move it to and fro by moving your hand closer to your face and then tracing it back to the original position. Relax your eyes in between and continue doing it for 2-3 minutes.
 Just keep your palms on your eyes and gently massage in circular motion. Also massage your eyebrows as well as the area below the
eyes. The heat release from the massage will help in relaxing your eyes to the maximum extent. 
 To keep your eyes relaxed while your work, follow this 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20 second break, every 20 minutes and concentrate on an object 20 feet away from you. Keep your focus on the object for a
while and then relax your eyes. This trick will not only prevent your eyes from a digital strain but will also make them exercise from time to time.
 An age-old trick that still come handy is cucumber eye patch. If you feel your eyes getting heavy, just cut two slices of cucumber and keep them on your closed eyelids. Keep them on for 5-7 minutes and change sides. It will not only help in relaxing your eyes but will also have a nice cooling effects.

There are also a number of concerns you may have with your eyes that aren’t urgent, such as infection and irritation.

We all know the discomfort of conjunctivitis, or the annoyance of hay fever, but you don’t have to suffer through it.
“Your pharmacist can provide treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis (which commonly causes red, gritty, sticky eyes)
“Sticky eyes can be cleaned with commercially available eyelid wipes, or if not available, with freshly boiled and cooled tap water and a clean cotton pad – a different one for each eye.
“If you develop an eye infection like conjunctivitis, avoid spreading it to others, by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your eyes and not sharing hand towels or face cloths with others.”
If hay fever is the cause of your woes and you can’t find eye drops at your local pharmacy, antihistamine should help relieve itching and irritation.
Eye drops are also available for dry eyes, which can often be caused by looking at screens for prolonged periods of time. Regular screen breaks throughout the day can also protect your eyes from getting tired and sore.

-BY Shreejana Acharya

Vision Specialist

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