A lot of us work with the aid of computers on a daily basis. The amount of workload sometimes keep us focused on using computer for a long period of time. But did you know that improper practices in using your computer can cause negative effects to your health?
Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Thus, we can correlate it to the fact that sitting and staring in front of your computer for a long span of time can actually bring hazards to your health. And the part of the body that could be abused the most would be your eyes.
I myself have experienced it first hand. Since I was and is still working on a computer for an average of 8-12 hours a day, my eyes were a little bit damaged. I became near-sighted and my sight often goes blurry especially when looking at a person or thing from a distance. This was of course a product of my negligence. To be honest, I blame myself for letting this happen and until now, I regret every part of it.
After realizing that I have taken my eyes for granted, I decided to utilize tools and routines which helped me take care of my them while using computer and today, I will share these tips with you.
How to Take Care of Your Eyes While Using Computer
1. Use appropriate sunglasses. Consult your optometrist for a nice pair of glasses suited to your visual acuity. It would be better to buy those with protection from the radiation emitted by the computer.
2. Blink, blink, blink. Staring at the computer screen for a long span of time can develop eye strain which is now more commonly known as “digital eye strain”. Frequent blinking helps prevent digital eye strain as when you blink, your eyelids spread the water around your eyes to make sure it is always moist. Thus keeping it away from being dry. But of course, do not over do blinking.
3. Practice the 20-20-20 Rule.
Every 20 minutes, give your eyes a break by taking your eyes off the computer.
Look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Try to stand up and move around. If possible, lean back and close your eyes for a few moments. This is a well known technique it taking care of the eyes.
4. To follow the 20-20-20 rule accurately, I recommend using Cool Timer. This is a small timer software that could perform different tasks. I use this as a reminder by setting it to alarm every 20 minutes but you can adjust the the number of hours, minutes, and second when you want the program to pop up and make the alarm.
You can also make a custom message appear at the screen. As for me, I have this message set: “YOU ONLY HAVE A PAIR OF EYES. TAKE CARE OF THEM. OR YOU WON’T SEE THIS MESSAGE AGAIN.” This tool may come in a handy for everyone and you should definitely try it.
By using Cool Timer, I am always reminded to move away from the computer for at least a couple of seconds or a minute. While away, I always make sure to do simple body stretching or I walk around the house.
NOTE: Do not download Cool Timer from their official site as it can be detected by your browser as a malicious site. Instead, download it from my personal Google Drive storage where I have uploaded a copy of the installer.
Get Cool Timer here: Cool Timer by JuanderTeacher.com
Password for the ZIP file: juanderteacher (sorry I have to set a password for security purposes)
TIP: When looking at a thing at least 20 feet from you (20-20-20 Rule), it would be better to look for things in green color such plants or trees as it helps your eyes relax. In my case, since my father is a farmer, I always look at our rice field and I really find it soothing.
5. Along with Cool Timer, I also use f.lux, a small utility which makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day. It makes the display warm at night and like sunlight during the day. f.lux works automatically once it runs but you can also adjust your display settings based on your own preference.
You can get f.lux from here: https://justgetflux.com/dlwin.html
All of the tips I’ve stated above work well ONLY if you put it together with SELF DISCIPLINE. Yes, without it, you may find yourself back in your old and unhealthy routine when using computer.
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