Lorn Healthy Options weekly health tip

Rob Graham, lead exercise professional at Healthy Options.

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Be kind to your eyes, employ the 20 20 20 rule:

During the pandemic technology has certainly played a crucial role in our ability to stay connected with loved ones, friends, and work colleagues.

However, this increase in screen time can be a double-edged sword with one result being a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

This condition is similar to a repetitive strain injury but in this case it’s the muscles controlling the eye lens that suffer.

Constant focus and refocus along the same directional pathways can leave eyes feeling sore and irritable.  This process of heightened concentration also means we blink less which leads to dry eyes at the end of the day.  Our screens can also cause glare and flicker which exacerbates the problem.

There are ways to improve this situation by moving away from windows that cause excess glare and elevating your screen and notes closer to eye level at around arm’s length from your face.

Also employ the 20-20-20 rule to ease the pressure on overworked eyes: After 20 mins on screen look away for 20 seconds and focus on something at least 20 feet away.  Give it a go.  Your eyes will thank you.

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Rob Graham, Lead Exercise Professional at Healthy Options.