By Shari Jainuddin, ND, BCB
The pervasiveness of screens in our everyday life is evident with all the TV’s, computers, phones, etc. in front of us. Reflecting on the history of human existence, how often do you think we looked at something the same distance from our eyes for hours on end? It’s almost as if our eyes have adopted a sedentary lifestyle.
Our eyes were meant for movement just as much as our body’s were meant to have physical movement. Make it a priority to take breaks from screens every 20 minutes. Experts suggest looking 20 feet away from the screen for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. I recommend setting an alarm. This may seem unsubstantial, but once you have tried it, you may have realizations about how infrequently you do look away from screens when you are focused and how 20 seconds can seem like a struggle. In addition, experts recommend taking a 15 minute break every 2 hours, which is also a break for your eyes. This may seem like a lot of interruption when you are busy and dedicated to your work. But remember, at the end of the day, you only have one set of eyes. Take care of them and make them a priority.