Monday, December 1, 2008

Desk Job Injury

Would you still be my friend if I started wearing an eye patch?

This isn't a rhetorical question; would you? Inquiring minds need to know. 'Cause I'm honestly considering it.

I stare at a computer screen all day for work (and then some more at home as I check up on every one's blogs. Warning: blog-stalking is a hazardous addiction; just say no). As a result (I think) of my excessive screen time, my eye has started twitching. Uncontrollably. Every few minutes. All day. I'm fairly certain this twitch is undetectable to anyone looking at me, but that doesn't change the fact that I still can feel it twitching. And it's really anoying. I've tried squinting and closing one eye while working, but I once caught a reflection of my face while doing this and it wasn't a pretty thing. And I'm positive others can see that.

Eye strain is apparently a common hazard of desk-job employment. In the safety section of my Employee Handbook there's a whole section on avoiding desk-job related injuries such as back problems and the dreaded carpal tunnel. (Do I feel like a dork even discussing this? You bet.) The Handbook focuses primarily on proper ergonomics i.e. "make sure elbows bend at a 90 degree angle as they rest on the keyboard" and "make sure the middle of the computer screen is set in your direct eye line when sitting in correct posture" etc, etc. (I'm paraphrasing, but this is the gist of it.) Regarding eye strain, I try to follow The Handbook's advice and "focus on something at least 20 feet away every 20 minutes," but it's not helping.

I had no idea this job would be so dangerous. Between my cheap chair aggravating the arthritis in my neck (this is true by the way; untreated spinal injuries=arthritis.), the sore forearms and wrists, and now the eye twitching, I'm a little desperate.

Desperate enough to go for, say, an eye patch?

10 comments:

cJb said...

YES! Eye patches rule.

Elise said...

I wore a patch for two days. I was a teenager and it was super embarrassing for me. But you are way cooler...I think you can pull it off. You could even get a patch that has a picture of an eye on it.

Allison Tiek said...

You know, Bret tried an eye patch because of a little advise from David Bowie and he learned a valuable lesson about depth perception. Just something to think about when considering an eye patch..

Ashley said...

My eye just started doing the same thing yesterday! Maybe it's the season... Or we can just tell ourselves that to avoid the eye patch.

Meikel said...

Eye patches are classy.

ruth said...

Not only would I be your friend but I would wear one to in social situations to make you feel comfortable.

Kat Clark said...

Eat bananas maybe? I used to get foot cramps really bad and there is something in bananas that is supposed to help with that. Maybe it folic acid. I can't remember. Sorry this was pretty much pointless..

Kelli and/or Kyle said...

Eye patches are pretty great. I sported one my senior year after I stabbed myself in the eye with a safety pin on like the last day of school. Anyway, I had the twitching problem myself. I had a horrible run in with Kyle's grandpa--it made me look like I was winking at him the first time I met him and when I went to grab my eye to stop it I accidentally used only my middle finger... Anyway, again, I was told it was because I had a calcium deficiency (I had stopped drinking milk). Just a thought...or a zillion thoughts...

Kory said...

I think we'd be better friends if you wore an eyepatch. The banana thing is true. They have potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Those three along with more sleep will make it go away. Sleep really helps, because that's when you assimilate those minerals. I would wear the eyepatch anyway.

Rich Robbins said...

So I just visited the ever famous Blog o’ Jill (and sometimes Kenny). I definitely think you should wear an eye-patch. It will make you look interesting and a bit dangerous. People will ask themselves what caused you to have an eye-patch: “was she sword fighting like a buccaneer?” or “She was attacked by a rabid Chihuahua, and fought off the dangerous animal and eventually administered a deadly bite to the dog’s jugular. Just before the finishing blow, the dog managed to put out her eye with one fail swoop of its hind leg.”