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Eye Health: Learn 20/20/20 Rule From Dogs

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Working at your computer for several hours a day, your eye health often suffers as a result. If you are like most people, your eyes can become strained from constantly staring at the screen.

According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, staring at a computer screen for too long you can develop what is known as repetitive stress injury, or RSI. Your vision can be impaired as a result.

Ever notice how dogs love to sit and stare out the window? Whether eye-balling a squirrel or checking out the other dogs across the street, they love to just stare at things in the distance. No staring at one thing for hours on end for them! In essence, dogs have perfected what is known as the 20/20/20 rule.

To reduce eye strain, every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away. Click To Tweet

In other words, gaze out the window just like dogs do! Who knows? You might see something wonderful and unexpected….and potentially ward off any annoying headache from constantly staring at that screen.

Dogs are so much wiser than us in many ways: They know how to relax and unwind while we continue to needlessly burn the midnight oil; they love to romp and play and burn off energy while we sit in front of the TV and munch on snacks.

We like to think we’re the ones doing the teaching to our dogs, but often it works just the opposite. ┬áPreserve your eye health, take a break by trying the 20/20/20 rule, and start looking at the world like a dog.

This post was originally published in January 2012 and has been edited for content.

 

 

 

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