Screen Use and Eye Health

Carnations and gypsophila in a vase on my office windowsill.

How often do you look up from your screen?

For eye health, the 20:20 rule is helpful – every 20 minutes we should look up from our computer screen and refocus our eyes on something at least 20 feet away.

I know this – at one point many years ago I was even the librarian for a specialist online library for eye health – but I really struggle to apply it!

Over the winter I started putting cut flowers in my office, to remind me that spring was coming, and I’ve found them a real benefit in making me look up more frequently. The light catches them at different times, so I actively want to look at them – then I look out the window at the garden and of course that’s more than 20 feet away, because I’m upstairs!

Because the flowers change frequently, they’re always a new thing in my line of vision – and they won’t become clutter because they only have a short life span.

Do you have any tricks to look up and out frequently when at the computer screen? I’m always looking for new things to try!

Originally posted to Instagram.

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