Of all the professions, which do you think would most likely cause you to experience eye strain? The health group Optegra collected data and found that office workers are most likely to experience eye strain. The next sector that was most at-risk was nurses, teachers and individuals in management roles (Source: Optician).
Here are the top 10 job sectors that are most likely to experience eye strain:
- Office and Clerical work – 6%
- Housekeeping – 5%
- Management Roles – 4%
- Teaching – 4%
- Admin work – 3%
- Nursing – 2%
- Accounts – 2%
- Engineering – 2%
- Doctors – 2%
- Construction – 1%
Digital eye strain is gaining attention today, as many in the office sector spend most working hours on an electronic device. This condition is defined as the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours within close or mid-range distance of a digital device such as a desktop or laptop computer, tablet, e-reader, or cell phone. Staring at a digital screen reduces blink rates, which results in dry, scratchy and itchy eyes. Spending most of our day on computers, cell phones and tablets can cause us to strain our eyes in order to focus, and this can make digital eye strain worse. Finally, digital devices emit blue light, or high-energy visible light, and prolonged exposure has been known to damage retinal cells (Source: The Vision Council).
The best decision that you can make is to schedule comprehensive eye exams with your ophthalmologist at regular intervals to maintain good eyesight. A slight change in prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses can make a huge difference in digital eye strain. An eye exam will also be able to diagnose any developing eye condition. Many eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration do not have symptoms or warning signs in the early stages, so early diagnosis is important to preserve your vision.