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Upon a recent visit to my eye doctor, I gained some helpful insights regarding a common  complaint: eye strain. According to my ophthalmologist, the effects of eye strain – headaches, dryness and blurred vision, neck and shoulder aches – are increasingly common among those spending hours in front of laptop, phone and TV screens. These symptoms affect our concentration and definitely impede focus.

A survey conducted by OnePoll showed that online workers spend an average of 9.5 hours a day on screens! No wonder the tiny muscles of the eyes fatigue and express their dissatisfaction. Here are five helpful tips:

  • Keep your phone a foot away from your face and your laptop two feet from your face. Avoid too dark of a background when your screen is on.
  • Near bedtime filter the blue light from your screens. If you must watch re-runs of Shark Tank and The Profit, grab a pair of blue blocker sunglasses.
  • After a couple hours of screen time, lie back and soothe your eyes with a moist hot or cold compress. Both have advantages; it’s your preference.
  • Remember the 20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. (This step works great for you Pomodorians!)
  • Optimize your evening sleep, but at worst indulge in a short midday power nap  for a visual refresh.

Good mental and physical health practices are core to the success of your startup. If you need help building those and other core skills and routines, contact me at [email protected]

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