Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Does Your Job Give You Dry Eyes?

RED BANK, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If your eyes are a little dryer these days, it could be your job’s fault.

The National Women’s Health Resource Center just released their first-ever list of “Dry Eye Hot Jobs,” which reveals the nation’s top job categories most likely to contribute to dry eyes.

The jobs that cause the biggest eye sores are office-based gigs such as administrative, finance, and information technology positions, followed by jobs in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, education, and sales.

Turns out, workin’ hard for the money in these categories can often lead to employees experiencing dry eye symptoms such as eye itching, irritation, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing.

Some eye-opening stats that made the list include...

  • 34 percent of workers experience dry eye symptoms three or more times per day, while 47 percent use over-the-counter eye drops to relieve their pain.

  • 25 percent of dry eye sufferers spend 75 percent of their workday in front of a computer.

  • 42 percent of dry eye employees report on-the-job exposure to particles or dust in the air, while 40 percent report on-the-job wind exposure, and 25 percent report prolonged on-the- job driving.

  • Finally, 61 percent of workers admit they haven’t seen their doctors for dry eye treatment.

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