Strained eyes too common an occurrence at work

Strained eyes too common an occurrence at work

<p>How long do you spend viewing computer screens at work? You probably don&rsquo;t want to know. But your eyes are undoubtedly being affected by it. The everon blog recently covered the important issue of eyestrain. Based on the story, workers who spend too much time staring into screens can suffer watery, dry or blurry eyes. They can also experience headaches, an inability to focus and an increased sensitivity to light. Thankfully, it&rsquo;s relatively easy for workers to keep eyestrain at bay. As everon says, it&rsquo;s all about following one easy rule.</p> <p><strong>The Secret</strong></p> <p>What&rsquo;s the key to avoiding eyestrain? Employees merely need 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 remarkably simple exercise will help keep eyestrain at bay. And it can make employees more efficient. And, best of all, everon found several worthy apps which can remind employees of when it&rsquo;s time to take an eye break.</p> <p><strong>Reminder Apps</strong></p> <p>Workrave received kudos from everon. This app will send a message onto employees&rsquo; computer screens telling them when it&rsquo;s time to take a short eye break. The program will also suggest specific exercises for workers. A more advanced app is EyeLeo. This app will blank employee computer screens when it&rsquo;s time for their short breaks. Then an animated leopard will guide employees through simple eye exercises.</p> <p><strong>Coffee Break</strong></p> <p>Finally, there&rsquo;s Coffee Break. This app, available only for Apple products, slowly darkens computer screens. When an employee&rsquo;s break occurs, the screen will be completely dark. It&rsquo;s a good reminder that it&rsquo;s time for a short eye break. Obviously, even the niftiest reminder apps can&rsquo;t force workers to escape their chairs and turn from their computer screens. It&rsquo;s up to employees to take care of their eyes.</p>