The month of March is near and dear to our hearts because it happens to be “Save Your Vision Month”. “Save Your Vision” was started by members of the AOA in 1927 as a week long campaign. It has evolved over the years into “Save Your Vision Month”, thanks to a vote at the 2005 House of Delegates. The AOA continues to sponsor this campaign and we as doctors can do our part by educating our patients and encouraging them to spread the word as well.
A more recent campaign, “Think About Your Eyes” was designed by the AOA to educate the general public through TV ads and radio, about the importance of eye care and vision health. This campaign reached more than 150 million Americans and resulted in more than 1.18 million eye exams in 2017 nationwide, the most successful campaign to date. At our COA House of Delegates meeting this past month, California pledged to become an active participant in this campaign. Chaired by Dr. Steven A. Loomis and with California’s help and our added resources, we will propel this campaign to even greater heights in 2018. There are resources for doctors on the AOA website regarding both “Think About Your Eyes” and “Save Your Vision Month”. By educating our patients and increasing public awareness to vision problems and eye health, we continue to demonstrate that Optometrists are vital primary eye care providers.
Courtesy of the AOA, here are some basic tips to educate our patients on some important eye health and vision issues in the workplace. These are strategies to help patients get through a work day by minimizing eye strain and other side effects of Computer Vision Syndrome.
- The 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes on the computer, take a 20 second break and look at something at least 20 feet away.
- Keep a distance: The AOA recommends sitting 20-28 inches away from your computer screen. Keep your head and torso in an upright posture and with back support.
View from a different angle: Ideally, the center of the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level to be most comfortable.
- Decrease glare: Anti-reflective coatings and different computer screen tints are effective methods of reducing glare on our screens, as well as overhead lighting placement.
- Blink often: Blinking frequently will help minimize dryness that results from computer use.