How to avoid blindness

Almost every Saturday I can be found with my laptop at Montreal’s Crew Café. With its vaulted ceilings, fast WiFi, and an ethos of grandeur and culture that you’d be hard pressed to match, it’s a perfect spot to work on projects. Some of my most productive bouts of coding have happened here.

Recently, I started noticing that my long distance-vision was declining, so I started applying something called the 20-20-20 rule. The idea is that by looking at something 20ft away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, your eyes will get “exercise” and not forget how to see things that are far away. If you’re looking at screens a lot all day, this is supposedly essential.

My implementation of this is the Far-away-20-20 rule, because I have no idea how far 20ft is most of the time. At Crew this works especially well since there’s plenty of far away things that are very interesting to look at, like this wall with the names of people who died in WWI: 

Or any of the intricate chandeliers: 

Or me! (If it’s a Saturday and you’re over 20ft away) 

So far, project Don’t Go Blind seems to be working. Last weekend I had more trouble reading the names on the wall than I do today, but I might just be less tired or something. I’m also eating more carrots… I really don’t want to need glasses. 

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