Don’t strain your eyes while at work

May 5, 2013
How long do you spend staring at computer screens at work? You most likely don’t wish to know. But your eyes are undoubtedly suffering from it. The everon blog recently covered the important issue of eyestrain. According to the story, workers who spend too much time looking into screens can suffer watery, dry or blurry eyes. They might also suffer from headaches, an inability to focus and an increased sensitivity to light. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult for workers to keep eyestrain at bay. As everon says, it’s all about following one easy rule.


The Secret

First, you should practice the 20/20/20 rule. Basically, this rule says that once every 20 minutes you need to take 20 seconds to look at an object that is 20 feet or more away from you. The reason why? This forces your eyes to focus on something that’s not a glowing computer screen. Additionally, it gives your eyes somewhat of a workout. The everon blog indicates that every 20 minutes you walk take a 20-second break to walk 20 feet or more. This is not just good for your eyes, but for your wellbeing and mental state, too.



Nevertheless how do you remember to take these breaks? Fortunately, everon lists several apps that will help. For instance, there’s Workrave, which sends a message on your screen when it’s time to take your micro-break. Workrave also suggests specific exercises which will help keep your eyes healthy. If you don’t enjoy this app, you can also try EyeLeo, where an animated leopard walks you through short exercises for your eyes. EyeLeo will blank out your computer screen when it’s time to take a break.


A Break for Coffee?

Another favorite reminder app is Coffee Break, though it is only available for Apple devices. This app will slowly darken your screen as a pre-arranged break time nears. You will be motivated to take that important break as your screen gets darker and darker. Obviously, no app can force you to take a health break. Nevertheless, do it for your own benefit. The task will still get done, and the health benefits from turning away from the screen are significant.

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