Containment : a risk to the eyes

Le confinement : un risque pour les yeux

The increase in the time spent in front of the computer at the time of confinement can have significant impacts on the health of the eye, according to the optometrists interviewed by the “24 Hours”.

Two issues stand out : symptoms of eye fatigue and dry eyes, advance Jahel St-Jacques, optometrist and partner of IRIS, a member of the Group Vision New Look.

“When we talk about eye fatigue, we may experience headaches, there are some people who will complain of pressure around the eyes, above the brow bone, the difficulty of the development, the difficulty of moving from near vision to distance vision, for example,” says Jahel St-Jacques.

“For dry eye disease, the people who will feel it the most will have eyes that burn, that sting, that heat, that are red, which are watery-a little paradoxically,” she continues. When the surface of the eye dries up, there will be a tearing reflex that will settle down, and it could come up with a vision that is fluctuating, as if we need to blink regularly eyes for that vision to be better.”


Since the 1st of June, optometrists are allowed to resume their activities. That said, some discomfort can be avoided simply by making the prevention.

The first step is to wear glasses or contact lenses tailored to its needs. “And if not, there’s been a bunch of small stuff as simple as the famous rule of 20-20-20,” said Jahel St-Jacques. “This is really not complicated, you don’t need to pull out the stopwatch, but generally speaking, all the 20 minutes, it should take about twenty seconds looking 20 feet. ”

You can also pay attention to his eye blinks when it is in the computer. “It is recommended to blink hard every once in a while, or to put eye drops regularly as needed, if one has symptoms of dryness,” says Dr. Sylvie Larouche, optometrist at clinical Vision Rosemont.

“Sometimes, a pair of glasses dedicated to the screen can be used to optimize a little bit about what we see on the screen, and with a filter for blue light, it can’t hurt either, suggests, for his part, Dr. Michael Toulch, an optometrist in the clinic Harry Toulch. Especially if you spend hours and hours in front of his computer, it may be a good idea.”

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