Blurry, Double Vision? 7 Tips To Avoid WFH Eye Strain

If you find your eyes becoming more tired and strained after all the months of working from home, you’re not alone.

By Steve Thio      2 April 2021

The 20 Rule

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has a simple tip to help relax your eyes: take more frequent breaks from your screen! They recommend the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes of screen time, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Make this part of your daily work routine.

Reduce Screen Time

It’s quite normal for people to be glued to a screen for hours in a day – from the laptop (for work) to the TV screen (for relaxation) to the mobile phone (for news and chat updates before bed). Without a break, your eyes will be strained. Create a schedule and routine where you have hours in between where you are away from your devices: Take a walk or jog in the park, chill out listening to some music or do some simple home exercises like stretches. Giving your eyes some rest from screens is beneficial in the short and long run.

How do you rest your eyes while you WFH? Share your tips with us at magnsman@sph.com.sg!


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