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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

20-20-20 Vision: Reduce Eyestrain and Stay Focused

Published in Eye Care, For the Health of It Author: Jeffrey Pearson,OD

After working at your desk all day, do your eyes feel tired, dry or heavy? Do you ever have trouble staying focused on your screen? If so, the solution might not be another cup of coffee. You could be experiencing eyestrain.

What is eyestrain?

Eyestrain is a common condition. It occurs when your eyes get tired and can be caused by long drives, reading or use of computer screens. People who look at digital screens for multiple hours in a row every day are most at risk for eyestrain. Common symptoms include:

  • Feeling like you can’t keep your eyes open
  • Tired, sore, or burning eyes
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Headaches

Fortunately, eyestrain is easy to treat. Along with proper monitor placement and angle, my favorite tip is the 20-20-20 rule. It’s simple to remember and use.

  • Take a short break every 20 minutes.
  • Find something 20 feet away.
  • Look at it for at least 20 seconds.

This is a great way to make sure your eyes get the rest they need. So, the next time you feel drained, recognize the signs of eyestrain and try the 20-20-20 rule. You’ll feel more energized, awake and focused throughout the workday.

If you’re looking for even more relief, our Optical Shop has a variety of options. You can find lenses that reduce exposure to blue light, anti-reflective coatings to reduce glare, specific computer glasses and more.