Top 5 Workplace Signs You Need to See an Optician

Published: 13th July 2011
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Because the Queen Mother, the Prime Minister, and the Houses of Parliament love you so much they decided to help make your workday easier. If you spend the majority of your workday in front of a visual display unit, read: your computer, then you qualify for a government sponsored eye care voucher. Are you thinking, "Thatís great that my government loves me so much, but I donít need an eye test," you should think again. Chances are good that you experience a symptom or two related to vision throughout your workday that you didnít even know was related to your eyes. Below are five good indicators that you need to get your eyes tested.


Headaches


Vision related headaches are typically felt at the front of the head, centralised above the nose and branching out to the areas around the eyes. If you are experiencing an excessive amount of headaches in the workplace, especially if they tend to creep up on you at the end of every day, it would be wise to take advantage of the corporate eyecare program and see an optician and get fitted for a pair of glasses to help correct the problem and make your day easier.


Redness


If you go home at the end of the day with the whites of your eyes bloodshot and red, you need to make a trip to the optometrist for an eye test. The redness could be a sign that you are having problems focusing normally and your eyes are exerting too much effort to correct the problem. Also, do yourself a favour and talk to your eye doctor before you go out and buy over the counter eye drops as they often come with side effects that may render them to be more hassle than they are worth.


Twitching


While the medical source of eye twitching is yet unknown, it has been closely associated with stress, high caffeine intake, squinting, fatigue, and, you guessed it, staring at a monitor for lengthy periods of time. Step away from your work for ten minutes and try to give your eyes a rest; hopefully this will solve the problem. A reoccurring twitch, however, is not normal even after a long day of work, so be sure to stop by a local optician and get checked for any kind of serious problem.


Heavy eyelids


If you have to ask "how do I know if I have heavy eyelids?" you probably do not suffer from them. Heavy eyelids can often be caused by the overuse and overworking of the muscles around the eye, specifically the levator muscles, which open and close the lids. When your eyes are functioning properly you should have very little problem of making it through an entire work day at a computer screen or some other form of VDU without feeling any eye fatigue. If your lids do often feel heavy while working, however, you may want to get your eyes checked out to discover if you have some sort of a vision problem.


Lack of concentration


Lack of concentration is a bit of a tricky one to include on this list because there may be numerous reasons you find you cannot concentrate, such as attention deficit disorder. For the sake of this post letís assume that you have never before experienced an inability to concentrate for extended amounts of time. If you have found your mind continuously wandering from tasks that used to keep your attention, and caught your eyes straying to some far-off wonderland when you should be completing your reports, it could be due to a vision problem. Instead of feeling pain your mind is simply allowing your eyes to work less by focusing less.



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