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Remote Learning Tip: The 20:20:20 Rule

Looking at the screen all day is not good for our eyes, and at the moment, whilst we’re all working remotely, it is extra important to take regular screen breaks, whether that is going for a walk outside, reading a book or even just having a stretch.

You could also try the ’20:20:20′ rule, as recommended by opticians to prevent eye strain.

Symptoms of eye strain can include:

  • dry eyes
  • watery eyes
  • blurred vision
  • doubled vision
  • headaches
  • soreness in the neck, shoulders, or back
  • sensitivity to light
  • trouble concentrating
  • difficulty keeping eyes open.

What is the 20:20:20 rule?

For every 20 minutes spent using a screen, you should try and look away at something that is around 20 feet away for a total of 20 seconds.

Try looking out of the window at an object that seems far away, like a tree or a building outside.

Why 20 seconds? It takes 20 seconds for your eyes to completely relax, so if you try the 20:20:20 technique you’ll find it easier to stay focussed on your screen all day and you’re less likely to suffer from eye strain or any of the symptoms listed above.

You can read more about the 20:20:20 rule at the Health Line site here. 

Why not give it a go and see if it works for you?