About the 20-20-20 Rule for Your Eyes
The 20-20-20 rule was developed by doctors as an easy way to relax and refocus your eyes periodically. The formula is simple enough- Every 20 minutes, take a break from staring at your computer or phone and look into the distant 20 ft away for 20 seconds.
When we stare at the screen for too long, general fatique, headaches, eye stress and even diseases such as myopia and cataract can develop. This is why our parents used to warn us about watching TV for too long- in today's era, computers and mobile phones are the new enemy.
Our eyes are made up of muscles just like the rest of our body, and changing the eyes' focal point is akin to giving them a rest and workout in one. Studies have shown it takes around 20 seconds for the eyes to relax, and hence the 20 seconds in the 20-20-20 rule.
While the 20-20-20 eye rule is simple enough to understand, remembering to follow it daily is difficult. That's why I developed the Relax Eyes Tool. Bookmark this page now. Everyday when you turn on your computer, launch the tool and set the timer, and continue with your day knowing you're properly relaxing your eyes.
If you look at your computer or smartphone often, also be aware of the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to blue light that these devices emit. Consider wearing a pair of good gaming glasses that filter out blue light that can cause eye strain, macular degeneration, and even blindness. Also, get a good desk lamp for your eyes is flicker free and the proper brightness to prevent fatigue.
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