Many modern jobs involve computers. In fact, a large majority of people spend their days staring at computer screens at work – and then when they want to relax, they stare at phone screens and television screens. If you suffer from dry eyes, twitches, or weariness, you are experiencing just a slice of the symptoms of computer eye syndrome.
We know you can’t quit your job because your computer hurts your eyes. However, we do know several things you can do to help your eyes out. In our last blog, we explored adjustments you can make to your computer. Today, we have some more tips for you!
- Blinking moistens your eyes and keeps irritation at bay. Oddly enough, when people work on computers, they blink only 1/3 as much as they usually do. Even worse, most of the blinks that do happen are partial, which means your eyes rarely get fully refreshed. Because the air in many offices is notoriously dry, many people suffer from irritated, dry eyes. We recommend you blink fully 10 times every 20 minutes. This will keep your eyes wet and irritation-free.
Exercise your eyes
- The entire time you’re staring at your screen, your eyes are working hard to stay focused. It’s like doing a single weightlifting exercise all day. Your eyes need a change every once in a while, or they will get tired. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds – this is called the 20-20-20 rule and can go along way in preventing eye fatigue.
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