Question : I'M working as a systems analyst and my job requires me to sit in front of the computer the whole day. My eyes become dry and tired. What can I do to remedy this?
Answer : SINCE your job requires you to work with computers for a long period of time, you should take a five or 10-minute break every hour. Focus on distant objects as often as possible. Try re-positioning your monitor to reduce glare from all light sources.
Consume foods that are rich in anti-free radical nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium to protect against free radical damage.
Taking eyebright in capsule or tea form can be helpful. It helps maintain good vision and eye health by supporting the liver and other organs in such a way as to cleanse the blood supply to the eyes. It also works well to calm over-sensitivity to light.
Bilberry is another approved herb for fatigued eyes. Anthocyanidin in bilberry supports the formation of connective tissues and assist in strengthening the capillaries in the eye. Bilberry also speeds the replenishing of rhodopsin, the purple pigment that specialised nerve cells in the retina use for night vision. Lycium and spinach are usually included for a synergistic effect.
It is important to get sufficient sleep as fatigue can exacerbate eyestrain.
Exercise your eyes by rotating them in a circular motion without moving your head. Lie down, close your eyes and place a cold compress over your eyes. Relax for ten minutes; you may replace the compress when necessary. This often helps to alleviate the discomfort. Alternatively, you may try using a wet tea bag or cold cucumber slices.