Strained eyes – an all too common occurrence at work

Strained eyes – an all too common occurrence at work

If you stare at your computer all day every day as part of your job, as many of us do, then the odds are high that you suffer from eyestrain. Eyestrain isn’t a long-term condition. Nonetheless it can cause occasional headaches, watery eyes, dry eyes, increased sensitivity to light and an inability to focus. In other words, it’s not very pleasant. Thankfully, the Everon small-business blog recently took a look at eyestrain. What did it find? It’s relatively easy for workers to avoid this condition.

20/20/20 Rule

Workers hoping to prevent the problems of eye strain should adhere to the 20/20/20 rule. This rule states that employees should every 20 minutes take a 20-second break. And during this short break, they should focus their eyes on an object that stands at least 20 feet away. This forces your eyes to focus on something besides a computer screen. In addition, it gives them a brief workout. This story on “Everon” also suggests that employees can every 20 minutes spend 20 seconds or more walking 20 feet or more, something which will also provide a boost to their mental and physical well-being.


“Workrave” received kudos from Everon. This app will send a message onto employees’ computer screens letting them know when it’s time to take a short eye break. This software will also suggest specific exercises for workers. A more advanced app is “EyeLeo”. This app will blank employee computer screens when it’s time for their short breaks and an animated leopard will guide employees through simple eye exercises.

Coffee Break

Finally, there’s “Coffee Break”. This app, available only for Apple products, slowly darkens computer screens. When an employee’s break occurs, the screen will be completely dark. It’s a good reminder that it’s time for a short eye break. Of course, even the niftiest reminder apps can’t force workers to escape their chairs and turn from their computer screens. It’s up to employees themselves to take care of their eyes.

For more information, please view our YouTube video: “Strained eyes? Here’s a simple remedy for daily computer users.”

Strained eyes – an all too common occurrence at work

Nikole Smith-Toptas, Marketing Manager, CDI Managed Services

Nikole Smith-Toptas, marketing manager, CDI Managed Services, is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over two decades of experience in business and project development, training program management, customer service and managing multi-functional work teams. She is an avid participant in sales training courses, workshops and seminars that helps her keep current with business trends. She also hosts Silver Lining in the Cloud, an Internet live streaming talk show featuring business executives discussing the challenges and solutions in the B2B sales cycle. As a member of numerous local professional organizations and various women’s executive networks, Nikole believes that building a strong contact network ensures business success. Her goal to impact an organization’s productivity for long term gain is bolstered by her vision of bringing purpose to a team in order, to foster healthy and productive relationships. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at children’s hospitals, senior centers and bible study groups. Nikole and her husband Mike have been married for 15 years and live in Johns Creek, GA. Together they enjoy traveling, fishing and developing new cuisines from their vegetable garden.