March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Staring at your computer screen, smartphone or other digital devices for long periods won’t cause permanent eye damage, but your eyes may feel dry and tired.

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month! If a day at the office leaves your eyes dry, red and irritated, try these eye ergonomics tips to make them more comfortable.

Here are some Eye Ergonomics Tips

  • Sit about 25 inches, or arm’s length, from the computer screen. Position the screen so your eye gaze is slightly downward.
  • Many devices now have glass screens with a considerable glare. Reduce glare by using a matte screen filter if needed.
  • Take regular breaks using the “20-20-20” rule: every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry. Consider using a humidifier.
  • If a screen is much brighter than the surrounding light, your eyes have to work harder to see. Adjust your room lighting and try increasing the contrast on your screen to reduce eye strain.


If our ergonomic tips don’t resolve your symptoms of dry eye, it could be MGD.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by terminal duct obstruction and/or changes in the glandular secretion.

If you have been suffering from chronic symptoms of a dry, irritated, and scratchy eyes, offering blurred vision – you may have MGD. Consider requesting a LipiView® evaluation. The LipiView® interferometer is the first device of its kind that enables eye doctors to assess your tear film by capturing images that measure the thickness of the lipid (oil) component. This process is non-invasive and takes about five minutes. CALL 781.251.2222 TODAY to be evaluated for MGD.


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