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The 20.20.20 Rule

The 20.20.20 Rule

Published: May 12, 2020

Extended use of digital devices can strain your eyes. Think about how many hours a day people watch TV, use their smart phones, work or read from a desktop, laptop, or tablet, or even play video games. More than ninety percent (90%) of Americans use digital devices for two or more hours each day, potentially causing eye strain with symptoms such as watering or dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches or eye redness.

Additionally, remaining in the same position without some activity can have other harmful effects on the body, such as neck, back or shoulder pain. Seventy-three percent (73%) of adults under 30 experienced the highest rates of digital eye strain symptoms. Any of these conditions can impair your productivity.

That's where the 20.20.20 Rule can provide relief. The concept is simple: take a 20-second break from "screen grazing" every 20 minutes by standing up and stretching while you focus your attention on something at least 20 feet away. Your body will thank you.

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