Long days in front of a computer takes a toll on the body. Sure, it’s not the same level of physicality as a 10-hour shift at the mines, but slumping in front of a computer screen day in and day out hurts your posture, your fitness level, and especially your eyes. The Vision Council, a non-profit group based in Alexandria, VA, released a health report today detailing the best way to protect your eyes from modern workplace hazards. If you’re not iMac-ing like that spiffy guy in the plaid shorts and sweet glasses up top, you’re putting your eyes at risk.
Easy fixes recommended by the Vision Council including dimming the overhead lights, placing the top of your monitor at eye-level (sucks for laptop users!), and keeping screens an arm’s length from your eyes. But that’s not all–there’s also guidelines for using a smartphone. The Vision Council recommends using devices at arm’s length (making all cell phones’ displays into retina displays), enlarging fonts like an old person, and keeping the device slightly below eye level. Perhaps the most important recommendation is the “20-20-20″ rule: every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away from you. If you’ve been looking at Ubergizmo for hours, go ahead, do it now.