Don’t hurt your peepers at the workplace

Does your job require you to stare at a computer screen for many hours at a time? If so, eyestrain may become a serious problem. A recent story by the everon small-business blog says that workers plugged into their computers can face a host of problems, everything from watery eyes to headaches, increased sensitivity to light and difficulty focusing. The good news? Avoiding eyestrain is actually quite easy, even if you need to stare at the monitor for eight hours. The everon blog provided some simple techniques for reducing the unwanted effects of eyestrain.

20/20/20 Rule

What’s the key to avoiding eyestrain? Employees merely have to follow the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, people need to turn away from their computer screens for 20 seconds. They should take a look at an object or image that stands at least 20 feet away. This surprisingly simple exercise will help keep eyestrain at bay. And it can make employees more efficient. And, furthermore, everon found several worthy apps which can remind employees of when it’s time to take an eye break.


But how will you remember to take these breaks? Fortunately, everon lists several apps that will help. For instance, there’s Workrave, which sends a message on your screen when it’s time to take your micro-break. Workrave also suggests specific exercises that can help keep your eyes healthy. If you don’t like this app, you can also try EyeLeo, in which an animated leopard guides you through short exercises for your eyes. EyeLeo will blank out your computer screen when it’s time to take a break.

Coffee Break

Finally, there’s Coffee Break. This app, available only for Apple products, slowly darkens computer screens. When an employee’s break arrives, the screen will be completely dark. It’s a good reminder that it’s time for a short eye break. Needless to say, even the niftiest reminder apps can’t force workers to escape their chairs and turn from their computer screens. It’s up to employees to take care of their eyes.

Posted on: 05.14.14