Simple Rule For Healthier Vision
Staring at mobile devices & computer monitors throughout the day can be extremely taxing on your vision..
Most corporate jobs today require moderate to extensive use of technology, sitting in a dark office staring at digital monitors for hours on end (or at home, working remotely). If you're a software developement engineer, then you’re probably on the extreme end of this spectrum, spending 8+ hours of your day staring at screens.
As if being asked by your employer to stare at monitors all day wasn't enough, you probably go home and stare at your TV or mobile device for a few additional hours, catching up on your "TL" or finding a good follow up series to The Office on Netflix.
Sure this might be a great way to cheer up your Monday, but there are side effects to prolonged screen use. According to WebMD, pain caused by extended screen use is classified as computer vision syndrome (CVS), and umbrellas a whole range of eye strain and pain. So, how can you relieve these conditions?
The 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 rule is simple, here’s how it works. For every 20 minutes of time spent looking at a screen, focus your vision on something 20 feet away from you, for 20 seconds. It's also best to focus on something that's green, as green is the most resful color for the human eye. I recommend focusing on a green object outside if possible, as the Vitamin D from the sun can also help with depression. That's the 20-20-20 rule.
By staring at something 20 feet away, you shift from near to far sighted focus, which has a similar effect as getting up and stretching your body- except it’s for your eyes. Maintaining that stare for 20 seconds gives your eyes time to adjust and get the full effect of the stretch, making it that much more effective.
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