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: Help Your Eyes With the 20-20-20 Rule

Help Your Eyes With the 20-20-20 Rule

Jr. Quality Coordinator

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 computer.
  • Eyeleo is a free program for Windows users that you can download which will help you take short or long breaks.
  • Eye Break is a MAC app that can be customized and remind you to take breaks.

Eye strain is a common ailment among computer users. Taking a break every few minutes is going to save your health and your vision.

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