Screen time represents one of the leading causes of eye strain, with more than 83% of Americans reporting screen usage at over 2 hours a day. Televisions, tablets, smartphones, and computers capture our eyes attention daily. The adverse effects are many including:
- Eye Strain
- Dry Eyes
- Blurred Vision
- Neck pain
- Poor Sleep Habits
With the popularity and addictive qualities of smartphones individuals are within eyes reach of a screen for socializing, daily reminders, surfing, and on demand information. Couple the above with office work and you have a high percentage of Americans reporting the usage of more than one digital device usage at a time. The multi-tasking office work environment is only increasing the above symptoms.
Why Do Symptoms Occur
Sitting at the office desk creates additional demands on the body beyond just eye fatigue. Fixed office positions are demanded from the device and your head position (ergonomically correct or not). This position creates fatigue on the postural muscles associated with the demand. Muscles located in the neck, shoulders, and mid back region are challenged to have the necessary strength endurance to hold the needed position. Unfortunately, the body is rarely successful in the challenge, eventually fatigue sets in and postural positioning is lost. Heads jut forward, shoulders roll forward, and shoulder blades release all leading to headaches, shoulder and neck pain.
What Can You Do To Disrupt The Office
The word disrupt usually is associated with negative connotations, in the above situation disruption is nothing but positive! Office disruption strategies include:
- Take a minute break to perform a couple of stretches at the desk every 20 minutes
- Utilize employee micro breaks like WorkFIT once a day to rejuvenate the body
- Perform eye exercises that challenge the eyes and shoulders to move in opposite directions
- Take a walk during your scheduled breaks
Download Our WorkFIT iBook for examples of the above.
Jay Morgan, FAFS