An office job is hard labour for the eyes: they can become dry from the consistent gazing at the screen. Air that is excessively dry – as is regularly the situation in cooled or warmed workplaces – add an extra weight on our eyes. With Dry Eye Syndrome the eyes get itchy, red, painful, even your vison can be affected.
Dry eye symptoms can get even worse when spending time in the office. Offices are equipped with central heating or air – conditioning. Heat indeed provides relief and help us keep warm in winter time, but it is not good for our eyes. Our entire immune system is affected by central heating or air- conditioning. However, eyes are the sensitive part of our body and probably the most affected. AC and heaters extract moisture from the air, which in turn may cause some premature evaporation of the lacrimal fluid. As the temperature increases, it reduces gland’s ability to secrete oils that keep the tears from evaporating too quickly. Moreover, AC tubes contain moulds, bacteria and virus which cause inflammation in the eye, thereby becoming a multifactorial source which cause harm to the eyes.
Now add all these to the desk routines and workspaces we have in the office- It is more likely to develop dry eye. While spending time in front of the screen our brain forgets the involuntary reflex of blinking. Blinking is necessary for the eyes, as the windscreen wipers are necessary on a rainy day. Each time we blink, a thin layer of tears is spread across the eye surface, keeping our eyes from drying out as well as brushing away any small particles of dust or dirt.
Not being life-threatening condition, we tend to ignore it and leave it untreated. The dry eye condition reduces performance at workplace and thereby affects personal confidence.
We can take some precautions to safeguard our eyes:
– Avoid sitting next to the heat source
– Maintain room temperature above 23 degrees Celsius
– Keep a container filled with water next to the radiator, or in the corner of the room
– Keep yourself hydrated and avoid too much coffee or tea
– Use lubricant eye drops such as artificial tears and night-time gels
Using eye drops every day and night your condition will improve, which in turn may have beneficial effects on your overall wellbeing.