From blinking more often to avoiding excess light: 5 tips to avoid eye strain at work

Most of our jobs require us to look at the computer screen for long hours, which in turn affects our vision. Eye strain can often lead to a range of problems including eye twitching, sore eyes, fatigue, tiredness and decreased productivity.

According to a study by NCBI, in a questionnaire survey, the prevalence of visual symptoms and eye strain factors in a group of chronic headache sufferers as compared with age- and sex-matched controls were determined. The visual symptoms studied were those not specific for headache, i.e., sensitivity to light and blurred vision. Sensitivity to light in the absence of headache was reported by 27.8% of controls and 44.7% of headache sufferers. The latter figure increased to 71.3% when headache was actually present.

To get rid of eye strain at work, here are 5 tips that you should follow:

* Excessive light is one of the main reasons for eye strain. When using a computer, reduce the ambience light and avoid too much of exterior light in the workplace. For instance, if sunlight is coming through the window or too much artificial light is falling on the screen, try shifting your computer in a position so as to avoid it.

* Blinking is one of the most underrated yet effective ways to avoid eye strain. It provides a break for the eyes and further keeps the eyes from getting dry. It lubricates the eyes and cleanses off toxins as well.

* Taking a break from your computer every 20 minutes actually helps in reducing eye strain. It helps rehydrate your eyes and also keeps you focused. A one to two-minute break is enough to reduce the risk of eye strain. During this time, you can also relax your eyes.

* Eye exercises help strengthen your eye muscles and keep them from drying. For this, you need to roll your eyes slowly in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. Do five sets each and repeat this a couple of times in the day.

* Adjust your monitor settings to avoid eye strain. The brightness and contrast controls need to be configured properly so that it doesn’t hurt your eyes.

Nokia 6.1 Plus will be Flipkart exclusive, reveals new teaser; India launch on August 21

Nokia 6.1 Plus will be Flipkart exclusive when it launches in India tomorrow, on August 21. The e-commerce platform already has a banner page ready with a teaser for the upcoming smartphone. While it does not mention the Nokia 6.1 Plus has such,  the Nokia Mobile India Twitter handle has also shared a similar video on its official feed

On its Twitter page, Nokia Mobile India tweeted, “We are thrilled to bring you the Nokia smartphones event for the most awaited phone. Stay tuned to #BringItOn with #NokiaMobile” along with a video. A similar video is used on Flipakrt. Nokia 6.1 Plus is officially the company’s first smartphone to sport a notch and has an aspect ratio of 19:9 on the display. The phone was first launched in China in May 2018 and is called the Nokia X6 in that market.

However, later on HMD Global, decided to introduce global variants of the Nokia X6, which is called as Nokia 6.1 Plus in markets outside China. The phone has officially been launched in Hong Kong for a starting price of HKD 2,288, which is around Rs 20,000 plus on conversion. Nokia 6.1 Plus will also come with dual-rear cameras at the back.

Earlier, the smartphone’s user guide was also spotted on the Nokia India website with DoT certification mentioned for Nokia 6.1 Plus, which pretty much confirmed an India launch. Additionally, the company has slashed the price of Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) version by Rs 1,500. The phone will now cost Rs 15,499 for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version.

In terms of specifications, Nokia 6.1 Plus has a 5.8-inch FHD+ display with 2280 X 1080 pixels resolution. Processor on board is Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and it has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The battery is 3,060 mAh. It ships with 16MP+5MP dual-rear cameras and a 16MP front camera.

WhatsApp Message Forwarding Restrictions

Under unrelenting pressure from the Indian government to effectively handle the menace of rumours and fake news on its platform, Whatsapp has announced another series of measures to curtail mass forwarding of messages, images and videos.

In a statement on Friday, Whatsapp said it is launching a test to limit forwarding on WhatsApp. “In India — where people forward more messages, photos, and videos, than any other country in the world — we’ll also test a lower limit of five chats at once.