Posted on 04/12/2018
Healthy Eye


The 20-20-20 rule, what does this mean and why is it important?  Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.  It’s a simple rule to follow to promote eye health.  Screens are a large part of our lives, so taking measures to keep our eyes healthy and strong should be a top priority.  Eye problems caused by television/computer/tablet/cell phone use fall under the heading, computer vision syndrome (CVS). It isn’t one specific problem, but instead a whole range of eye strain and pains.  Symptoms can include blurred vision, double vision, dry, red eyes, eye irritation, headaches, neck or back pain.  It is a repetitive motion injury, which means that your eyes follow the same path over and over and it worsens the longer you continue the movement.  Research shows that between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some of these symptoms.  Besides following the 20-20-20 rule and taking care of your own eye health, parents can also be good role models for their kids.  Some examples include, not allowing to children sleep with tablets, smartphones, computers, or TV’s in their bedroom, have “screen-free” family time, be active supporters and participants of physical activity, aim for at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and place limits on screen time for your entire household, not just the children. Take action now, and your eyes will thank you later.



For more information, feel free to contact your school nurse or Wellness Committee member.

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