Ever found yourself working on something on your computer so intently that you’ve forgotten to blink? You’re not alone. It’s a common phenomenon, and the strain on our eyes is ever increasing as we spend more and more hours looking into digital devices. The good news is that we can help alleviate some of the load on our eyes with this simple 20-20-20 strategy: Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away and blink 20 times.
Every 20 minutes give your eyes a break, look away from your screen and blink to moisten your eyes.
Look at an object 20 feet (6 metres) away. And hey, why not stand up and stretch your body at the same time?
Take your eyes off your screen and blink 20 times. Blinking is essential for spreading moisture across the surface of our eyes so that they get the nourishment they need.
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^Ernst & Young (2016). Digital Australia. Sydney, NSW. ^Deloitte (2015). Mobile Consumer Survey – The Australian Cut. Sydney, NSW. ^Eyes Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma, 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report, The Vision Council, US