Protect Your Eyes from Heavy Computer Use

MARCH 2014
Protect Your Eyes
Tips For Introverts
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Funny Bone
Round Up The
Usual Suspects
Police were called to a construction
site to investigate a murder. They
quickly identified a bunch of potential
• The electrician had previously been
suspected of murder, but he was never
• The carpenter had been arrested for
assault a year before, but he was never
• The painter had a brush with the law
several years ago.
• The heating, ventilation, and air
conditioning contractor was known to
pack heat.
• The bricklayer had a reputation for
getting stoned regularly, but his alibi
was as solid as a rock.
The detectives finally arrested the
window glazier. But he swore he was
Protect Your Eyes from Heavy
Computer Use
Improve Your Impression at
the Workplace
Tech Tips For Travelers
If you spend more than a couple of hours a day staring at
the computer, you could be at risk for computer vision
syndrome (sometimes called “Google eyes”). The result
of prolonged computer use, symptoms usually include
blurred vision, dry eyes, red, itchy, watery eyes,
headaches, and even muscle spasms. Heed these tips for
reducing eyestrain:
• Monitor placement. Experts recommend placing your
computer monitor 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes.
This cuts down the strain of looking too closely at a screen, which can result in blurred
distance vision.
• Blinking. Research shows that people normally blink about 12 times per minute, but
computer users blink only five times per minute. The longer you keep your eyes open,
the more likely your corneas will dehydrate, burn, and ache. Blinking more ensures that
you keep your eyes lubricated and clean of air particles.
• Lighting. Much of the eyestrain associated with computer use is caused by poor
lighting and screen glare. To keep strain at bay, make sure your workspace is well lit.
You can also use glare protectors over your monitor.
• Frequent breaks. Experts recommend that you take a break from computer work
every 15 minutes. All it takes is a quick glance around the room to allow your eyes to
focus on distant objects. Doing this will give the muscles in your eyes time to relax a
How To Generate Great Ideas
When you have an article that needs to be written, a project
that requires new insights or ideas, or a meeting with the
boss, you cannot just sit and wait to be inspired. It helps if
you have a collection of tools to which you can turn, and
some sort of system that can generate ideas even when your
cupboard feels bare.
One good tip is to always carry a journal with you. Keeping
a journal exclusively for ideas is an excellent way of making
sure that the creative well remains full.
Another good idea is to make use of the alphabet, and try to generate at least one idea for every
single letter. Another clever idea is to use what has been termed “Google roulette.” Type a few
random and unrelated words into the search engine and see what comes up.
It can also be helpful to engage more with your surroundings – such as by looking at books on
your shelves that you may not have perused for many years. Great ideas are all around us, just
waiting to be noticed.
Quotes of the month
Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not
in the multiplicity and confusion of things.
—Isaac Newton
I have had my results for a long time: but I do not
yet know how I am to arrive at them.
—Carl Friedrich Gauss
A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more
than fever or consumption.
—Guy de Maupassant
Every sickness has an alien quality, a feeling of
invasion and loss of control that is evident in the
language we use about it.
—Siri Hustvedt
Yes, risk taking is inherently failure prone.
Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking.
—Tim McMahon
Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make
it happy.
—Samuel Johnson
After forty years of close acquaintance with it, I’ve
found that work is kind to its friends and harsh to
its enemies.
—George Horace Lorimer
Work banishes those three great evils, boredom,
vice, and poverty.
In questions of science, the authority of a
thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a
single individual.
It is through science that we prove, but through
intuition that we discover.
—Henri Poincaré
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order
that I may learn how to do it.
—Pablo Picasso
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a
microscopically thin line between being brilliantly
creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on
earth. So what the hell, leap.
—Cynthia Heimel
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not
able to cash in on the experience.
—Elbert Hubbard
The difference between a successful person and
others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of
knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
—Vince Lombardi
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about
creating yourself.
—George Bernard Shaw
Tips For Introverts
Modern workplaces can make it very difficult for people
who are naturally introverted to believe that they are going
to be able to genuinely thrive in their work. For one thing,
picking the right career in the first place is the biggest tip
to achieving success at work. For introverts, this often
means looking for a career that enables them to operate
autonomously or in a less rowdy environment than some
jobs. These jobs tend to be rather more cerebral in nature.
Workplaces that give set rules to each individual employee
are generally better suited for workers who are introverted,
who tend not to do well in workplaces where decision making, planning and
brainstorming always has to be done in large, noisy groups. It is also essential
for introverts to be able to structure their day in such a manner that they will
be able to get away and make some time for themselves, allowing them to
recharge and de-stress.
The key to coping with social commitments is to be selective and in control
and not over-commit yourself. If they are allowed to, introverts can actually
make better leaders than extroverts, due to their diligence, persistence and
ability to focus.
Make a Positive Impression Every Day
at Your Workplace
Often the little things go a long way in impressing
your boss and your co-workers. Here are a few habits
to cultivate if you want to polish your image to a
bright shine:
• Keep your desk neat. Cut back on the clutter. A
clean workspace shows that you’re organized and
have things under control.
• Be sincere and generous with compliments. Show
appreciation to co-workers (and even your boss) for
their good work.
• Do your homework before meetings. Know what’s
on the agenda and be ready to discuss the topics
being addressed.
• Return phone calls and emails promptly. It makes
co-workers and customers feel valued.
• Be on time. Don’t make others wait for you, or wonder where you are.
Show up for work, meetings, and other commitments promptly.
• Wash the dishes. If your organization has a group kitchen, share the duties
of washing dishes, making coffee, cleaning up, and such.
Tech Tips For Travelers
Travelling is rarely guaranteed to go
smoothly, but there are at least a few travel
headaches that can be kept at bay thanks to
If you know how to make use of it in the
proper manner, technology can increase
your likelihood of having a positive
experience on your next vacation.
One good tip is to use tech to keep updated on your flight status. Flights are
commonly disrupted due to one reason and another, and delays and
cancellations et al can be tough to keep up with.
Many airlines today however enable you to track your flight status via a
website or app, so if you own a smartphone you can stay updated on what is
happening with your flight no matter where you are.
If an app is offered by your airline for this purpose, be sure to download it and
ensure your smartphone has been fully charged before you set off to the
Translation apps are another good idea if you are jetting off to foreign climes.
Many translation apps on tablets and smartphones are free of charge, and also
have voice recognition software, meaning that communicating with people
who speak a different language has never been easier.
About PMC Pharmacy
PMC Pharmacy was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
in 2004. The company specializes in medication adherence
management services for patients suffering from chronic pain
conditions by working directly with the patient’s Pain
Management Specialist. More than a pharmacy, PMC is also
a solution provider that drives operational and financial
improvement for physician practices.
 Consistency of therapy
 Can coordinate tapering
efforts with the practice
 Instant access to a pharmacist
 Better educated patients
 Increased patient compliance
 Focused on pain, can also
provide all of a patient’s
 Prior authorizations
completed for you
 Ability to optimize your
 Reduced nuisance calls
Tell a colleague! A referral from one of our satisfied practices is the greatest
compliment we can receive, and we have a unique (and generous!) way of
saying thank you! Please call our office for details!
Tips To Ease Divorce Pains
The overall divorce rates in the United
States have decreased over the course of the
last few decades, but twenty five percent of
marriages end before their tenth
anniversary, and ten percent fail to make it
five years.
Adding to the drama is that many people
fail to realize the financial impact that
divorce will have on them, particularly in
the case for women.
Everyone, including single people and those
in happy marriages, needs to educate
themselves on financial planning and
assume a greater degree of responsibility in
regards to their financial future.
You should not rely on financial advisors
exclusively and achieve some level of
knowledge yourself so that you ask the right
questions and correctly evaluate the
answers when engaging with divorce
attorneys as well as other professionals.
Going on an adult education course about
investing, personal finances and taxes is a
very good idea, and you will get unbiased
and helpful advice on a variety of topics,
including getting divorced.
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Horsham, PA 19044
MARCH 2014
Crazy Science Facts
An average cloud weighs about 216,000 pounds – making it as heavy as about two thirds of the weight of a blue whale. A dark
storm cloud on the other hand weighs an average of around a hundred and five point eight million pounds – making it equal to
the full weight of not one but three blue whales. It sounds unbelievable, but the naked human eye can actually see up to 2.5
million light years away – or to put it another way, the Andromeda Galaxy, which is the farthest object that can be seen with
plain sight in the sky above us. Toads can sense earthquakes. Scientists are still unclear as to how they are able to do this, but
the fact remains that three days prior to an earthquake striking L’Aquila in Italy back in 2009, an entire toad population decided
to vacate their breeding grounds and head somewhere a little safer.
From the Desk of
Brian Dunleavy
President and CEO
March is upon us and soon this nightmare of a winter will
be long gone. Don’t misunderstand me, I enjoy the winter,
but the winter of 2014 has truly tested my endurance. I
feel as though I’ve been cooped up and hibernating all
winter. Finally, this past weekend, I made it out of the
house and had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Curling
Nationals in Aston, PA. I know curling isn’t exactly the
most exciting sporting event to watch, but if you like
games involving strategy, then I would encourage you to
take a look at the sport. The picture below is of the
Women’s National Champions; team Nina Spatola from
St. Paul, Minnesota. Our local Philadelphia group, team
Sarah Anderson, went 4-5 during the qualifying rounds
and unfortunately did not advance to the playoffs. All in
all, it was a fun day out and a nice change of pace.
How to Deal With Extreme Cold
Cold weather can have a seriously adverse effect on our health,
compromising a respiratory system that may already be in
some distress and also causing frostbite and hypothermia.
People who have lung problems can find extreme cold
particularly troublesome, with higher virus levels causing illness
and aggravating systems further, and cold air constricting
The best prevention is staying indoors and out of the cold
altogether, but the reality is that sometimes this is just not
possible. Hypothermia can even be triggered inside by
seemingly just mildly cool temperatures between 60 to 65
degrees. Thermostats should be set over 65 degrees and friends
and neighbors should check on the elderly on a regular basis in
order to make certain that their homes are heated to an
adequate degree.
Symptoms of hypothermia include drowsiness, slurred speech,
slow heartbeat, the appearance of being in a coma or
sometimes even dead, forgetfulness, a weak pulse and shallow
breathing. Hypothermia should not be attempted to be treated
at home.
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