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Note to Self: Blink!

POSTED ON January 26, 2012

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I have a serious obsession with Post-it® notes. I have a stack of them handy at all times. When I have an important reminder, I write it on a Post-it® note and stick it on my computer screen. Here’s what one of my precious sticky yellow squares says: “Blink!” This reminds me of the importance of blinking my eyes while looking at my computer screen. Staring at your computer screen won’t cause permanent eye damage, but you can bet your eyes will feel dry or tired. ...

I have a serious obsession with Post-it® notes. I have a stack of them handy at all times. When I have an important reminder, I write it on a Post-it® note and stick it on my computer screen.

Here’s what one of my precious sticky yellow squares says: “Blink!”

This reminds me of the importance of blinking my eyes while looking at my computer screen. Staring at your computer screen won’t cause permanent eye damage, but you can bet your eyes will feel dry or tired. The solution: blinking!

In addition to keeping your eyes moist, The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests the following:

  • Sit about 25 inches from the computer screen and position the screen so your eye gaze is slightly downward.
  • Reduce glare from the screen by lighting the area properly.
  • Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. This is called the “20-20-20” rule.
  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry.
  • Take regular breaks from computer work, and try to get enough sleep at night.

Keep these tips in mind while gazing at your computer screen and your eyes will feel relaxed and refreshed!

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