Part 3: 4 Ways to Minimize Eye Strain From the Environment

4 ways to minimize eye strain.

1. Have objects that the user must look at, such as computer monitors and documents, the same distance away from the user so that the lens eye does not continually need to adjust to the varying distances.

2. “20-20-20 rule” – every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 minutes. This will give the eyes a break.

3. The average blinking rate while using a computer monitor can be quite low, about four times a minute. Try to blink more often to lubricate your eyes or use eye drops.

4. Minimize glare from the computer monitor. The next Ergo-tip will focus on how to avoid glare from the monitor.

This ergo-tip is a part of an ergo-tip series about musculoskeletal injuries. Please visit the table of contents at for other available posts. There will be one post released every Tuesday.