If you stare at a screen all day, you're going to go blind.
Okay, well maybe that isn't true, but you are likely to experience
eye strain from spending most of your day looking into a computer
screen. There are a lot of different ways to help prevent this.
Recently, I learned about
the 20-20-20 rule. This will remind you to take regular breaks
and relax your tired eyes. The 20-20-20 rule recommends that you
should give your eyes a break every 20 minutes by looking at
something that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Some of the benefits of taking breaks are:
- Reduce eye strain
- Reduce eye fatigue
- Reduce neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Prevents dry eyes by blinking more often
Because it is nearly impossible for any computer users to
remember that they have to take a break every 20 minutes, there are
websites, programs and apps that can help to remind you to do this.
My favorite is ProtectYourVision, a
website that will beep and ask you to take a break every 20
minutes. When you choose to do so, the screen will go black until
the break is over. This doesn't require any download which is great
for your work computer.
Here are other free programs and apps:
eyeCare is a browser extension for Google Chrome that will
notify you every 20 minutes to take your eyes off the
- Eyeleo is a free program for
Windows users that you can download which will help you take short
or long breaks.
Break is a MAC app that can be customized and remind you to
Eye strain is a common ailment among computer users. Taking a
break every few minutes is going to save your health and your