Working from home is becoming more and more widespread. In the last few years, companies all around the world have started hiring remote employees to work from home. The beginning of the pandemic in 2020 brought many major changes to the labor market, one of the biggest of which was the rapid increase in working from home. After the initial challenge, we now have enough data and experience to draw our own conclusions about the advantages and disadvantages of working from home. What do people like about remote work, and what don't they like? What do we need to do to protect our eyes?
Working from home
Working from home brings with it some challenges that both employees and employers should not ignore. For many people, working from home is not necessarily a good idea. Here are some reasons why.
- Reduced motivation and productivity
When you work from home, you are your own boss. This is liberating, on the one hand, but can also turn into a problem for people who do not self-organize well. Sometimes it is difficult for people to stay productive when they work from home.
If you live with other household members, you may not be as productive as you would be in an office. Maybe you live with your parents; maybe you have a newborn who cries a lot, or neighbors doing construction work in the apartment above.
- Overtime hours
It is often difficult for employees to "switch off" after work if they work from home. Some find it difficult to define the line between business and private life if they are in the same space all the time, or sometimes feel obliged to work harder to prove themselves to their employer.
However, working from home has many benefits, too. Some of the reasons why people love and want to work from home include the following:
Flexibility is an advantage of working from home, as you have the freedom to decide when and where to work. In other words, if you work from home, you can work from everywhere: from a seaside cottage, or a hotel on the other side of the world. You can also work from a bedroom, coffee shop, or rented co-working office.
- Less time wasted commuting and traveling
You may also save time by working from home. Just remember how much time you spent traveling to and from work. In large cities, up to three hours spent commuting to and from the office can be saved daily.
- Better work–life balance
Given greater freedom to manage their own time, people who work from home can achieve a better balance between business and private life. That means more time (and energy) for family, friends, and hobbies.
Tips for maintaining good eye health while working on your device
Spending too much time in front of your work device will negatively impact your eyes1. Whether you already wear regular glasses or don’t have any vision problems, blue light blocking glasses are a must if you are overexposed to harmful blue light. However, some tricks can make your work easier. Experts say2 that all employees who are working on a computer for several hours daily should check their eyesight before they start working, as well as go for regular eye examinations.
Certain tips can help you to maintain good eye health:
- Blinking as often as possible
People who work for hours in front of their devices forget to blink. Blinking as often as possible will help your eyes not to become dry, and thus irritation is avoided.
Exercises and "stretching" of the eyes are also recommended. Every 30 minutes or so you should look away from the monitor and look for 5–10 seconds at some object further away. Another exercise is to stare at a distant object for 10 seconds, and then 10 seconds at something closer. This exercise should be repeated 10 times.
- Taking regular breaks
To prevent eye strain and headaches, take a 10-minute break every hour, or however long and as often you need. This will enable you to be more concentrated and focused on completing your tasks.
- Blue light blocking glasses
Blue light glasses3 are very useful, because they contain special layers to protect your eyes from the harmful blue light emitted from your digital device. Damaged vision can often be a result of a large amount of light coming from any type of digital device, especially if you spend too many hours using such devices.
Prospek blue light glasses
Prospek blue light blocking glasses protect your eyes against harmful blue light4. Lenses that effectively protect against blue light block 50 percent of it, which is considered to be the right amount. The best blue light blocking glasses that Spektrum Glasses offer are Arctic, Artist, Wayfarer, Dynamic, Amber, and Copper. What is really great about these glasses is that they are made with high-quality frames and suit everyone’s face. Also, the frames have a unique style that distinguishes them from other computer glasses on the market. They are suitable for both men and women, and because they block 100 percent of UVA and UVB, the lenses are non-polarized.
The frame material of the Wayfarer, Dynamic, Artist, and Arctic lines is TR90, which has extreme flexibility, is incredibly durable, and is lightweight. Glasses frames made from this material can bend easily under stress to satisfy the customer’s face and be more comfortable.
The frame material of the Amber and Copper lines is acetate, which makes the glasses lightweight and comfortable. Acetate is a material produced from natural materials and is made from 75 percent cotton fibers. Acetate is perfect for making eyeglasses frames. It is characterized by flexibility, scratch resistance, ease of modification, and adaptability to the person’s needs. One of the important things about acetate is that it does not cause an allergic reaction, precisely because of the large percentage of cotton in the structure of the material.
Among the benefits of blue light glasses5 are the following:
- reduced eyestrain;
- reduced headaches and migraines;
- better focus on the screen;
- great chance to avoid computer vision syndrome6;
- better attention and concentration;
- reduced blurred vision and eye dryness.
To sum up
Regardless of how much time you spend in front of the screen, blue light glasses can help you ease the symptoms. Proper eye care is essential, especially if you work from home. Excessive time spent looking at a screen may lead to many eye conditions in the long term, thanks to the special layer on our computer glasses lenses, which offer optimal protection, the eye muscles are relaxed and working is much easier. Be more productive and see better with Prospek blue light glasses.
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