OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Become blind for 5 minutes - let your eyes rest !

Keep your eyes in darkness for 5 minutes. You will be surprised how long is that... Your computer is set up for virtually nonstop work — but you aren’t a machine. You need to take breaks to recharge, and so do your eyes.

Photo of Julia Starzyk
2 7

Written by

More than half of computer users experience eyestrain, headaches, blurredvision and other visual symptoms related to sustained use of the computer. Thistype of stress on the visual system can also cause body fatigue and reduced efficiency at work. In addition, there are now indications that heavy computerusers are at risk for glaucoma.

So, to meet the needs of the relaxed eyes, I present to you, the concept of 5minutes Blindness. Simple and, what more important, cheap way to look afteremployees and employers eyes. Prepare a dark room illuminated by a warm candlelight to make your employees feel safe and relaxed, to make typists, designers,architects and all computer users feel blind for 5 minutes. Keep them away fromcomputer screen, phone, and this terrible fluorescent light.

Your eyes will be very grateful !

What are the benefits of your concept for the individual and the employer?

Every person have only one sight. No replacement. By giving the employees that short peroid of time for rest you will build a team who can work longer or more efficient. They will see better and make less mistakes. That mean time savings and better results. Individual benefits are even more obvious. Less stress, bigger control on our work, less migrens, better mood. Make your day - look after yourself, nobody is going to make it better then you.

What might the impact of your concept be and how might it be measured?

How to measure people’s happiness, relaxation, confidence of work? You can notice that only by company succes and loyality of personel. Relaxed people, more productive, able to work faster, coming to work with a smile. By changing the atmosphere of the workplace you change peoples attitude.

How might your concept be designed to scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?

Give your eyes periods of darkness for rest, by closing your eyes or cupping your palms over your eyes (preferably in a quiet environment). In big corporations, companies, where space is not biggest problem, a good solution might be dark room. Place where your eyes can rest from bright screen or tiring fluorescent tubes. Nice, calm, quiet music in background and candle on the table can be very helpful. Just leave you phone, computer, job at your desk and relax for 5 minutes. World will not crash because of that. For those working at home or space limited solution might be a simple blindfold. Forcing yourself to 5 minutes of keeping your eyes closed, in dark environment to give them a rest. Switch off a sound in your phone, sit back on a chair and give yourself that short period of time to relax. Your eyes deserve it.

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

Every person who spends loads of time in front of a computer can test it independently. How many times did you feel that your eyes are tired? And how many times have you done something about that? Try to keep them in darkness for 5 minutes. You will see a masive difference. Remember, your eyes weren’t designed for nonstop computer use.


Join the conversation:

Photo of Naomi Spence

I think this is a great concept light is none as a soother and can easily relax people

Photo of DeletedUser


You could consider integrating team building exercises in the dark rooms. The lack of sight will force people to communicate verbally, which will foster more communication and collaboration at work.

Additionally, some of the activities can be health related to further the benefits of the concept (5-minute dance party- coined, I believe, by the show '30 Rock', healthier lunches in the dark, etc.)