Dry Eye Education from Computer Health Advocate
Adetutu Ijose, Author and Computer Health Advocate, Discusses Computer Eye Strain and Eye Fatigue in the Workplace
Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, interviews author Adetutu Ijose on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network, Apple iTunes and Amazon.com
On November 9, 2009, Sharon Kleyne, Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research and Host of Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, interviewed author and computer health education advocate Adetutu Ijose.
Adetutu became a spokesperson and educator for the health risks of computers while working in Information Technology. She assuming her computer was safe but discovered that this was not necessarily the case when she developed serious health problems involving her eyes, chronic fatigue and computer eye strain. She was forced to determine for herself that they were computer related.
Working at a computer, according to Adetutu, is not natural and is very different from working at a typewriter. Although the computer screen is intensely bright, your eyes and brain do not recognize this as sunlight. It's like staring directly into the sun and not realizing you're doing it.
Also, because you are engaged in an intense activity, your eyes' reflexive blink rate can drop from an average of 30 times a minute to five times a minute. The blink rate drop exposes the eye to increased tear moisture evaporation that could lead to dry eye, eye fatigue and computer eye strain.
The human body, Adetutu explains, contains trillions of cells each programmed to behave in a certain way. They have a "script" and "repair kit" for anything that goes wrong. The role of doctors is to stimulate this self-healing ability. When you perform an activity new to your body's experience, you may be nearly defenseless.
Sharon Kleyne agreed, observing that no two people are alike and that some people cannot use computers. Dry eye, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, weight gain and orthopedic problems are commonly experienced by individuals using a computer more than three hours a day. The lost productivity amounts to about $50 billion a year. .
Many of these symptoms take a long time to manifest.
Adetutu's primary symptoms were fatigue and stress, attributed to burnout and not suspecting her computer. When she finally determined the source, she worked out a series of prevention measures enabling her to return to work. .
The body's neurotransmitters (chemicals at the end of nerve cells that transmit messages to individual cells) are heavily involved in communication between the eyes, brain and body. Neurotransmitters are. either "excitatory" or "inhibitory" and include epinephrine, histamine, dopamine, serotonin and GABA (y-aminobutyric acid). Stimulating the wrong neurotransmitters, among other things, can cause severe depression.
Sharon noted that the eyes are closely linked to the brain, the brain is 80% water and the eye's tear film is 99% water.
Adetutu concluded that a small screen is worse than a large screen and a flat panel screen is better than a cathode ray tube. She recommends drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day and keeping a window opened to increase humidity. She also recommends frequent breaks and wet cotton balls on the eyes. Sharon suggests eating dark green leafy vegetables and foods with omega-3 fatty acids to strengthen eyes and prevent dry eye. She also recommends Nature's Tears® EyeMist® to help prevent computer eye strain and dry eye.
For a comprehensive list of educational tips on proactive steps to minimize or prevent dry eye, computer eye strain and computer eye fatigue, go to www.naturestears.com. Ms. Ijose also recommends www.computeragehealthrisks.com.
Book: Ijose, Adetutu; Lessons I learned the Hard Way - How to Identify, Minimize and Manage Computer Health Conditions; Strategic Book Publishing, 2009. Available on Amazon.com.
Listen to the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Mondays, 10 a.m., PST/PDT. The syndicated talk radio show is heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Go to www.SharonKleyneHour.com for written educational summaries and replays of past shows. Also visit www.naturestears.com, whatistheeye.wordpress.com, "Nature's Tears EyeMist" on Facebook and "Bio-Logic Aqua" on Twitter.
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