Eye side effects of online classes and working from home

Dr Sanjeev Taneja is Senior Ophthalmic Consultant, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi & nbsp


  • As the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of slowing down in most places of the world, it has forced many of us to put other health requirements on hold.
  • The eyes are precious to our well-being and putting their care on the back burner can have permanent unwanted effects.
  • Here is an ace ophthalmologist giving us advice on how to take care of our eyes in the days of WFH schools / offices and too much digital media exposure.

The Covid 19 pandemic has completely changed our lives and we will have to learn to get used to the new normal. Work-from-home (WFH) schedules for workers, online courses for all age groups of children, from beginners to students, increased online presence for social or work reasons and physical distancing, must lead increasing screen time, including phones, tabs, or computer screens. More and more people of all age groups have started seeing ophthalmologists across the country, with various types of specific and non-specific eye disorders.

Online work, classes, shopping, meetings, medical consultations, etc., have helped to make economy and business work, not to waste academic sessions, to organize medical consultations, to organize board meetings and making decisions at the national and international level. Thanks to computers, a little common sense has prevailed. But as too much of anything is not good, so too is our increased presence on online screens. We will have to learn to balance this, so that our health, our economic and social well-being are not negatively affected.

Know the eye problems that occur due to excessive screen time:

  1. Tired eyes,
  2. Blurred vision and difficulty with existing glasses
  3. Difficulty concentrating, up close to distance, immediately
  4. Dry eyes, causing a feeling of gravel, redness, itching sensations in the eyes, frequent rubbing of the eyes.
  5. All of this, along with unscheduled long working hours, ultimately leads to a lack of focus and decreased job performance.

CVS or digital eye strain can be referred to as a group of eye and vision problems in children and adults that occur due to prolonged use of electronic gadgets. When you constantly look at the screen, you forget to blink, which can lead to dry eyes and blurred vision. It tires your eyes and causes discomfort.

Therefore, it is necessary to swear only by these friendly tips:

  1. Children and adults should minimize their screen time. They should take frequent breaks while accessing electronic gadgets. Take a break every 20 minutes for about 20 seconds and try to look at something that is 20 feet away. It can relax your eye muscles and improve blood circulation to the eyes, neck, and back. So you will be able to deal with the CVS problem.
  2. Make sure the lighting in your room is adequate. Make sure the screen is not in front of your eyes. Use an anti-glare screen for your monitors. Remember to blink every now and then.
  3. Spend less time on social media, go digital detox, and try to have gadget-free areas at home. Do not watch television during your meal or before sleeping. You can do other boredom activities instead of watching TV.
  4. Eat a balanced diet with green vegetables and fruits to protect dry eyes and improve your eye health. Stay well hydrated. Have lots of fluids
  5. If you have glasses, don’t forget to use them.
  6. Go for regular eye exams and follow-ups to take care of your vision. Ignoring eye problems is harmful in the long run. Do not self-medicate or use over-the-counter medications. Instead, go for the medications prescribed by the doctor.
  7. Do not delay in seeing a doctor, for other eye problems, due to the fear of the pandemic, as all doctors take the necessary precautions. Delay can cause permanent eye damage.

(Dr Sanjeev Taneja is Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.)

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting a fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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