Ba­sics

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

AD­JUST­ING your chair at work can re­duce your risk of back pain.

Work­sta­tion chairs must be sta­ble.

The stan­dard of­fice chair has five legs in a star shape.

The seat height must be ad­justable, and the back rest must be ad­justable in height and tilt.

Ideally, the back rest should move in­de­pen­dently of the seat to FREE screen­ings for the eye dis­ease glau­coma are on of­fer this week at the Bea­con Eye Clinic Rapid Ac­cess in Sandy­ford, Dublin 18.

The screen­ings will take place be­tween 10am to 4pm each day.

Glau­coma is a com­mon eye con­di­tion where the op­tic nerve, which con­nects the eye to the brain, be­comes damaged.

It’s usu­ally caused by fluid build­ing up in the front part al­low a com­fort­able po­si­tion.

When you’re sit­ting, your thighs should be at right an­gles to your body or slop­ing slightly down.

If your chair is prop­erly ad­justed, your feet should be firmly on the floor, but use a footrest if it’s more com­fort­able.

The ba­sic rule is to plant your feet on the floor and sup­port your back. of the eye, which in­creases pres­sure in­side the eye.

Glau­coma can lead to loss of vi­sion if it isn’t di­ag­nosed and treated early. It doesn’t usu­ally cause any symp­toms to be­gin with. It tends to de­velop slowly over many years and af­fects the edges of your vi­sion (pe­riph­eral vi­sion) first.

Screen­ings are by ap­point­ment only, and to book yours ring Bea­con Eye Rapid Ac­cess Clinic on (01) 293 8960.

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