How long do you spend staring at computer screens at work? You probably don’t wish to know. But your eyes are undoubtedly suffering from it. The everon blog recently covered the important issue of eyestrain. Based on the story, workers who spend too much time staring into screens can suffer watery, dry or blurry eyes. They can also endure headaches, an inability to focus and an increased sensitivity to light. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy for workers to keep eyestrain at bay. As everon says, it’s all about following one easy rule.
Workers hoping to steer clear of the problems of eye strain should follow the 20/20/20 rule. This rule states that employees should every 20 minutes take a 20-second break. And during this short break, they should focus their eyes on an object that stands at least 20 feet away. This forces your eyes to focus on something other than a computer screen. It also provides them a brief workout. The story on everon also suggests that employees can every 20 minutes spend 20 seconds or more walking 20 feet or more, something which will also give a boost to their mental and physical well-being.
But how do you remember to take these breaks? Fortuitously, everon lists several apps that can help. For example, there’s Workrave, which sends a message on your screen when it’s time to take your micro-break. Workrave also suggests specific exercises that can help keep your eyes healthy. If you don’t enjoy this app, you can also try EyeLeo, in which an animated leopard guides you through short exercises for your eyes. EyeLeo will blank out your computer screen when it’s time to have a break.
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 encouraged to take that important break as your screen gets darker and darker. Needless to say, no app can make you take a health break. Nevertheless, do it for yourself. The task will still get done, and the health benefits to turning away from the screen are substantial.