Magazine article Work & Family Life

Follow the '20-20-20' Rule for Computer Work

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Follow the '20-20-20' Rule for Computer Work

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QI spend hours every day in front of a computer at work, and I stream films and TV shows on my laptop when I get home. My mom is warning me about "computer vision syndrome." Is this a real thing to worry about?

-P.E., Detroit

AYes, it is. International eye care specialists, writing in the journal Medical Practice and Reviews, say the condition typically includes eye symptoms (blurring, double vision, itching, burning, dryness, redness), lower back pain, tension headaches and stress.

They offered a long list of professionals who work on computers and may be vulnerable-and that's not counting all the kids who spend many hours a day playing computer games.

Here are some ideas for how to lessen computer screen-related eyestrain and fatigue:

m Practice the "20-20-20" rule recommended by eye doctors: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

m Don't sit too close to the screen: experts suggest 20 to 26 inches. The closer you are to a monitor, the harder your eyes have to work to accommodate to it.

m Keep your eyes level with the top of the monitor, with the center from 4 to 8 inches lower. This helps minimize dryness and itching and allows the neck to remain in a more relaxed position.

m Reduce glare. …

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