Red Eyes and the Workplace Don't Mix

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 General News J E 4
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Aug. 21 A new national surveyconducted for Rohto(R) Eye Drops reveals that red eyes in the workplace do notalways make for a good image, with 41 percent of respondents indicating thatred eyes look "unprofessional" and more than one in ten indicating that theywould suspect drinking and/or drug use upon encountering someone withnoticeable eye redness.

The red-eyed look may be hard to avoid on the job, however. According toGregg Feinerman, M.D., a noted ophthalmologist and eye surgeon practicing atthe Feinerman Vision Center in Orange County, California, eye irritation andeye strain are commonplace in today's technological, fast-paced society --what many people usually encounter on a normal work day.

"Young adults today are always 'on' and running one hundred miles perhour. Plus, they are constantly plugged in on the Internet, e-mailing, text-messaging and more," says Dr. Feinerman. "These activities mean the eyes areworking overtime, and when combined with things like allergies, lack of sleepand other factors, the result is almost constant eye irritation and strain,leading to noticeable redness."

According to the new Rohto Eye Drops survey, among college-age and post-college twenty-somethings, almost one-third of respondents who use computers(28 percent) indicated that spending too much time in front of the computerscreen results in red, irritated eyes, and almost a third of the surveyrespondents (31 percent) spend "most of their work day" in front of acomputer.

To stay bright-eyed on the clock and off, Dr. Feinerman recommends thefollowing:

"When used as instructed, eye drops can be helpful to keep eyes lubricatedand comfortable," says Dr. Feinerman. "Rohto eye drops are a good choice foractive, busy people because they have a unique cooling effect that refreshesand rejuvenates."

For more information and online promotions, visit Get more sleep -- "Unplug" occasionally, perhaps opting for a short, in-person meeting with colleagues instead of e-mailing; to get away from the screen and rest the eyes -- Identify and treat allergies -- Know when to say when; avoid partying after work -- Protect against the elements with sunglasses and other protective eye gear -- Rule out serious eye problems with your physician -- Soothe and refresh with cooling eye drops -- Consider an anti-glare screen for your work computer



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