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May 2020  Volume 18, Number 5        
 

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Steps to Protect Vision at Work

It's almost impossible to escape technology. A Unum poll found 57 percent of adults spend eight or more hours a day looking at digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers and television screens.

Technology often makes life easier or more efficient but the downside is that two or more consecutive hours daily looking at screens can cause eye strain.

It's not a new phenomenon. BMJ Journal reports that computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, has been recognized as a health problem for more than 20 years.

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry researchers found that eye strain caused by digital devices can reduce employee performance by 20 percent. However, there are steps employers can take to help reduce eye strain.

  • Provide access to ambient light instead of only bright fluorescent or LED light.
  • Position workspaces so they're not directly in front of or behind a window to reduce glare.
  • Provide LCD monitors and anti-glare screen protectors.
  • Encourage employees to take breaks from their computer and smartphones.
  • Position computer screens at eye level and 20 to 28 inches away from users.
  • Offer access to vision health coverage and regular eye exams.

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In this issue:

Steps to Protect Vision at Work

What We've Learned About Keeping Essential Businesses Operating During a Pandemic

Going Beyond Term Insurance Minimums

Roth 401(k) — The Overlooked Retirement Investment Tool

Mental Health Tips for the Month of May

 

 


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