Visual effects artists spend so much time intently focused on a monitor that we thought it would be a good idea to talk to someone about how this can impact the eyes. In this fxpodcast we talk with Batool Jafri, MD - Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, about what artists can do to take care of their eyes.
Dr. Jafri says we are heading toward a public health crisis as kids grow up addicted to devices, stressing the eyes, increasing nearsightedness. Artists stay focused on a screen for 8, 10, 12 hours or more, day after day. We are all used to hearing about artists experiencing Carpel Tunnel in the wrist, imagine the strain your eyes can experience. There are exercises and other things you can do to help relieve stress on the eyes, we discuss these with Dr. Jafri.
Some suggestions mentioned in the podcast:
- For every 20 Minutes of focused work,
- Look away 20 feet,
- Blink 20 times
Tips for the health of your eyes:
- Drink Plenty of Water
- Good Diet (same advice as you'd get from a cardiologist)
- Wear Sunglasses
- Don't Smoke
- 30 Minutes Physical Exercise, Minimum 3 times a week
Contact Dr. Jafri:
Batool Jafri, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute
10921 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1205
Los Angeles,CA 90024
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