Tired Eyes – level 3

06-05-2020 15:00

People are spending more time in front of their screens, and experts say that it could damage our eyes.

Due to the lockdown, people have been watching more streaming platforms, scrolling through social media, and video chatting 10 – 15% more than last month.

When we stay too close to the screens, we tend to stare more and not blink, which has a cumulative effect on the eyes. We miss 2 – 3 blinks a minute, which makes 120 – 180 missed blinks in a one-hour Zoom meeting. It can cause a lot of discomfort in the eyes, burning redness, blurred vision, and headaches.

One thing that can help combat the extra eye strain is the 20-20-20 rule. It means that when we look at a screen for 20 minutes, we should take a break and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Over-the-counter reading glasses and artificial tears can help, too.

Difficult words: cumulative effect (when a series of repeated actions cause an effect that is greater than a single action), blurred vision (inability to see all details clearly), over-the-counter (bought or sold directly with no need for a prescription from a doctor).

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