February 18, 2009

eye for an eye

As a medical transcriptionist working more than 8 hours a day infront of the computer, my eyes are always subject to strain and fatigue. Sometimes it's very easy to take for granted that our eyes also need their rest throughout the day aside from getting a good night sleep. It is not even helpful to know for a fact that an eye exam, even you're young and healthy, is a must at least every 5 to 10 years, but with the high cost of commodities, many are delaying eye exams until they already have symptoms of vision problems.

For those who are already on prescription glasses or contact lenses, added cost can be accumulated with frequent eye visits and buying frames and extra eyeglasses. This should not be the case if you know where to find cheap but quality frames and glasses. If you have been reading the New York Times, there was an article that mentioned Zenni Optical where one can buy frames including lenses with antiscratch coating for as little as $8, and that is a good bargain if you're already keeping an eye on the cost of prescription glasses.

At Zenni Optical, there are so many eyeglasses to choose from, and this one if my favorite so far. This only costs $8, and that already comes with a lens. I like its medium narrow size full-rim frame with a relief pattern on the temple. The incised pattern on the temple makes it look sophisticated and very feminine.

Expensive is not necessarily always better and since we all can't afford to waste money these days, it is still good to know that we have cheaper but reliable options when it comes to our eye care.

1 comment:

Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. said...

Along with proper ergonomics, taking regular breaks from the computer to do eye exercises can help prevent or reduce the effects of computer eye strain.

Our eyes and vision were designed for viewing distance as hunters and gatherers, and not for ongoing near work as required by regular computer use. As a result, Computer Eye Strain is becoming one of the major eye complaints heard by eye doctors today.

Symptoms can include increased myopia, blurred vision, headaches, slow refocusing, difficulty concentrating, neck, shoulder and back pain

Eye strain can be reduced significantly by taking regular breaks from the computer, resting your eyes, stretching and doing eye exercises.

For a demo of 3 great eye exercises by Dr. Grossman, one of the Country's leading behavioral optometrists, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W10j2fL0hy0

Dr. Grossman also offers his free eye exercise booklet at his website at Natural Eye Care Free Eye Exercises with his 11 favorite eye exercises and acupressure eye points to massage regularly.

Finally, there is also an excellent section at his website on "Computer Eye Strain" under "Eye Diseases" that provides a Computer Eye Strain “Self-Help“ section with great tips of relieving eyestrain due to computer use.

Also, a few research studies show that supplementing with 6mg per day of astaxanthin per day significantly improved eye strain at week 2 and 4 of the test period.

For more information, go to Natural Eye Care for Computer Eye Strain