Electronic Devices and Eye Strain

American adults spend an average of nine hours a day using technology. If you are someone who spends a vast majority of their day in front of a computer, tablet, mobile phone, or other electronic devices, you are likely to experience symptoms of computer vision syndrome. Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that are a result of continued technology use.

The most common symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome include:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Itchy, burning, or watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision

Computer vision syndrome is common and sometimes unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take small steps to protect your eyes. Here are some tips on how to combat computer vision syndrome.

Take a short break. Try to schedule a five-minute break every hour, if possible. Stand up and walk around or just rest your eyes for a few minutes.

Look away. While using electronics, look at something else other than your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. This will help to relieve eye strain.

Blink more. In order to reduce your chances of developing dry eye while using a computer, make it an effort to blink frequently. Blinking moistens the front surface of your eye.

Increase font size. This will help so that you aren’t struggling to read and strain your eyes. You can also adjust the colors – black print on a white background won’t be too strenuous on your eyes.

Lower your brightness. You can adjust the brightness of your display screen to where it has the same brightness as your work area.

Minimize glare. Clean your monitor regularly to remove dust. Position your light source at a right angle relative to the monitor, and/or position your screen to avoid reflecting light from overhead lights or windows.

Visit an eye care specialist annually to keep track of your eye health and seek treatment for any vision related issues. Preventative care helps maintain healthy vision.

 

Written by Dami Falade

Game Changing Technology Upgrade to Occuflex

Nova Medical Centers solidifies the lead in occupational health industry with game changing update to our proprietary electronic medical record system, Occuflex.  Our innovative technology will now allow clients to track real-time progress of employee visits and also have access to medical records, results, and progress all from one centralized dashboard. Before the launch of Occuflex update, online reporting was limited. Electronic medical records make communicating with physicians and medical staff faster and more convenient. The system update was designed to improve operation in 3 areas:

Online Reporting – Through Occuflex, clients now have full access to comprehensive reporting of all services.  Previous versions allowed for limited reporting of patient/employee information.  Fast forward to today… no more chasing information or paperwork.  With the latest tech upgrade, everything is available on the same day of service in one, easy-to-use online portal!

Same Day Results* – Waiting days for results is a thing of the past. Clients are able to see updates in real-time through a secure dashboard with a single consolidated view of their claims instantly after completion. Treatment updates on dashboard are color-coded for easier maneuvering. Faster decisions about employees returning to work can be made with same day results.

Speed of Service – Occuflex now makes it effortless to update the progress of visit from the moment patient arrives until they walk out the door. Departments are able to communicate efficiently and less time is wasted.  Completed DOT cards, physicals, drug test results, ADA compliant physical performance evaluation, and injury reports will all be updated in the system as soon as they are completed.

Occuflex enhances the experience of every participant involved in the visitation of an injured employee. From tracking a visit to receiving results, Occuflex gives clients access to medical records at their discretion. Comprehensive, full reporting of all medical records are available at their fingertips.  For more information and for an informative video, visit n-o-v-a.com/gamechanger.

At Nova Medical Centers, we aim to be the best in the industry and are willing to do what it takes to get there. We pride ourselves in our exceptional services and ability to offer our exclusive medical record system, Occuflex.  Contact Us for more information about Occuflex or any of our other service. Our team of experts and friendly staff are here to assist with all your occupational health needs.

Written by Nayda Sanchez

*Some results may take longer due to the type of service or test needed.  Ask a Nova Medical Centers representative for details.

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