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Don’t hurt your peepers at the workplace

Business Technology | May 13, 2014

How long do you spend looking at computer screens at work? You probably don’t wish to know. 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 looking into screens can suffer watery, dry or blurry eyes. They can also experience headaches, an inability to focus and an increased sensitivity to light. Happily, it’s relatively easy for workers to keep eyestrain at bay. As everon says, it’s all about following one simple rule.

The Secret

Workers hoping to avoid the problems of eye strain should adhere to the 20/20/20 rule. This rule states that employees should every 20 minutes take a 20-second break. And during this quick break, they need to focus their eyes on an object that stands at least 20 feet away. This forces your eyes to focus on something besides a computer screen. It also gives them a brief workout. The story on everon also indicates that employees can every 20 minutes spend 20 seconds or more walking 20 feet or more, something that will also give a boost to their mental and physical well-being.


Workrave received kudos from everon. This app will send a message onto employees’ computer screens telling them when it’s time to take a short eye break. This software will also suggest specific exercises for employees. A more advanced app is EyeLeo. This app will blank employee computer screens when it’s time for their short breaks. Then an animated leopard will guide employees through brief eye exercises.

Coffee Break

There’s also the Coffee Break app, though it’s limited to Apple. This app will steadily darken your screen as a reminder your break is on its way. Once the break arrives, your screen will be totally dark, and it’s time for you to step away from the computer. Obviously, not even Coffee Break can force you to give your eyes a rest. That’s up to you. Here’s hoping that you don’t skip those necessary eye breaks.


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