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Eyescare app

Belgian Opticians and Optometrists Association

Issue 37 | December 2015

Background

'National Eye Health Week', an initiative of the A.P.O.O.B. (Belgian Opticians and Optometrists Association) was proud to announce the launch of the free 'Eyescare' app, to coincide with World Sight Day. The app was designed to boost awareness for the dangers of excessive use of computers.

8 hours per day. That is how long people sit behind a computer screen on average every day. Despite the fact that the excessive use of computers can cause significant eye fatigue which, in turn, can have serious consequences. Tired eyes, hazy vision, headaches... these are just a few examples of the symptoms which can be caused by excessive computer use.

"Nevertheless, there is a simple technique to counter tired computer eyes: the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer screen for 20 seconds and look at an object 20 metres away," explains Vincent Breugelmans, spokesman for 'National Eye Health Week'. "But let's be honest: who of us has the discipline to apply that in practice every day?"

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