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Why your eyes need breaks

In an era where we spend increasingly more time staring at screens, from computers at work to smartphones and televisions at home, the importance of eye rest is often overlooked. However, our eyes are not machines; they require rest and recovery to function optimally. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into the importance of eye rest, why it is crucial for our overall eye health and well-being, and how we can effectively implement it in our daily lives.


What is eye rest?

Eye rest refers to the process of giving breaks to our eyes, especially after prolonged periods of focusing on a nearby object, such as a computer screen or book. During these rest periods, our eyes can relax and recuperate from the strain they have endured.


Why is eye rest important?

  1. Reduces eye strain: Prolonged staring at a screen can lead to eye strain, dry eyes, and tension. Eye rest helps alleviate these symptoms by allowing the eyes to relax and preventing them from becoming overstrained.
  2. Prevents digital eye strain: Known as 'digital eye syndrome,' excessive use of digital devices can result in symptoms like blurred vision, headaches, and neck pain. By taking regular eye rests, these symptoms can be prevented or reduced.
  3. Preserves eye health: Just like other parts of our body, our eyes need rest to stay healthy. By taking regular eye rests, we can reduce the risk of eye problems such as dry eyes, inflammation, and even myopia.
  4. Improves concentration and productivity: When our eyes are fatigued, our concentration may wane, and our productivity may decrease. By taking regular eye rests, we can maintain our focus and work more efficiently.


How to implement eye rest in your daily life?

  1. Take regular breaks: Set a timer to take short breaks from screen work every 20-30 minutes. Use these breaks to look away from the screen and let your eyes rest.
  2. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps relax the eyes and change the focus.
  3. Blink more often: Blinking helps moisten the eyes and prevents dryness. Try to blink more frequently while looking at a screen.
  4. Adjust lighting: Ensure adequate lighting in the room where you work and avoid glare on the screen that can cause fatigue.
  5. Use eye drops: If you experience dry eyes, consider using artificial tears to hydrate and refresh your eyes.


Taking regular eye rests is essential for maintaining overall eye health and preventing fatigue and strain, especially in today's digital age. By adopting simple habits such as taking short breaks and following the 20-20-20 rule, we can protect our eyes and ensure they continue to function optimally, even amidst the digital onslaught. So remember to pause occasionally and give your eyes some well-deserved rest!

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