Office Eye Syndrome

Office eye syndrome (keratoconjunctivitissicca) describes the clinical picture in which the eyes become too dry and inflammation is imminent.

Do your eyes itch and burn after working at the computer for a long time? Office Eye Syndrome?

The eyes work hard in front of the computer. Many people experience itchy, burning, watery or red eyes. These sensations are often associated with headaches or neck pain. The causes for the strain on our eyes are quickly found:

  • low humidity, e.g. due to dry heating air
  • Environmental stimuli such as dust, smoke and exhaust fumes
  • Draughts, e.g. from windows or air conditioners
  • frequent temperature differences, especially in the cold season

Take these warning signals seriously and do something good for your eyes.

Measures can be taken against Office Eye Syndrome

Even a 5-minute break per hour from the computer screen benefits your eyes. For example, get up to make a phone call and look out of the window instead of at the monitor.

Let your gaze wander into the distance every now and then and rest there for a moment. Focusing on a distant point not only relaxes the eye muscles.

Whether at the television or the computer screen: Don't forget to blink. With every blink, you supply your eyes with tear fluid and distribute it evenly on the cornea.

Avoid any spasmodic blinking. Blink without furrowing your brow or tensing your facial muscles.

Keeping your body well hydrated will also prevent tired and itchy eyes.

With songs closed, you can easily move your eyeballs, e.g. let them circle slowly. With eyes closed, many people also find it easier to concentrate, remember and think.

A little workout would be: look from the ceiling to the floor and trace an imaginary figure eight from right to left with your eyes, draw a word in the air with your finger and follow the tip of your finger with your gaze.

Rub your hands together for a few seconds until they become warm. Then place them on your (closed) eyes without applying pressure. Even this 30-second exercise can be enormously beneficial.

A light massage at the root of the nose or from the eyes to the temples relaxes the eyes. Gently tapping the edges of the bones that surround the eye can also be beneficial.

For sensitive eyes, you can get so-called "artificial tears" with caring active ingredients at any pharmacy. However, it is important to discuss prolonged use with your doctor.

For irritated eyes, glasses are often a better choice than wearing contact lenses all the time. 

Anyone who has frequent eye problems, with or without glasses, should have their eyes tested; perhaps VDU glasses will be necessary.

Eye fatigue from digital devices

Digital devices have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. However, prolonged screen use can lead to various eye complaints. Your eyes have to work harder and focus more often when you look at a screen. This can lead to symptoms such as eye fatigue, eye strain, blurred or double vision and dry eyes.

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Dominique Mustur

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Ophthalmologist, incl. ophthalmic surgery - Specialist FMH Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery

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Ophthalmologist, incl. ophthalmic surgery - Specialist FMH Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery

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Swiss certified optician, eye test and spectacle prescriptions

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