Does Your Profession Put You at Risk for Eye Surgery?

Most professions require some kind of computer work. According to CNN, between 50 and 90 percent of people who work in front of a computer screen have some kind of eye problem. Many work-related eye issues arise from computer vision syndrome (CVS), also known as digital eye strain. Common symptoms of digital eyestrain or CVS include dry eyes, teary eyes, blurry vision, double vision, sensitivity to light, difficulty focusing, neck pain, headaches, and sore eyes.

The health group Optegra collected data from many professions to find out which jobs put you at highest risk for eye injury or strain. Not surprisingly, of all professions, office workers are most likely to experience eye strain. The next sector that was most at-risk is nurses, teachers and individuals in management roles (Source: Optician).

Here are the top 10 job sectors that are most likely to to experience eye strain:

  1. Office and Clerical work – 6%
  2. Housekeeping – 5%
  3. Management Roles – 4%
  4. Teaching – 4%
  5. Admin work – 3%
  6. Nursing – 2%
  7. Accounts – 2%
  8. Engineering – 2%
  9. Doctors – 2%
  10. Construction – 1%

If you work in a job that requires hours of screen time every day, it is essential that you have annual comprehensive eye exams. "We definitely see a lot of people who complain of eye strain," says ophthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler. "Hours upon hours of close focusing without taking a break is usually the main culprit" (Source: CNN).

One of the easiest guidelines to remember is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This will help your eyes take a break and your blink rate will return to normal to refresh your eyes.