These days so many of us are parked in front of a computer screen or some other electronic device for several hours at a clip and this can cause tremendous eyestrain and fatigue. And what’s worse, it’s not so great for the health of our eyes in the long term. Computer-related eyestrain can cause such baddies as headaches and in the worst case, glaucoma. So what do you do? The answer is to take frequent breaks and exercise your eyes. Just like your body, your eyes need exercise, too! Here are 5 great ones to help you avoid eyestrain.
Look around for objects located at the end of the room that you’re in and scan the outline of every single thing that you can find. For example, you can start with a picture frame on a wall, then move on to a window, etc. Your goal is to have your eyes in constant motion as you visually scan objects around you.
Everyone knows that neck rolls are relaxing. But did you know that eye rolling is incredibly relaxing as well? This exercise will work wonders, especially if you’ve been sitting in front of your computer for several hours. You want to close your eyes and roll them in circular motions. Try to do this both clockwise and counterclockwise. This feels so wonderful! It’s almost feel like you’re giving your eyes a massage. I’m feeling the relaxation already just thinking about it! Doing this can help keep your eyes well-lubricated and ease the strain on the muscles at the same time. Ahhh.
For this one, you want to make yourself as comfortable as possible. First, rub your palms together to create heat and form your hands into the shape of cups. Second, place your hands over your closed eyes with the left hand on the left eye and right hand on the right eye. This will soothe your eyes and make you feel relaxed after a couple of minutes. Try it!
Did you know that the lack of blinking is one of the main causes of computer-related eyestrain? Yup! This is because lack of blinking can cause dryness of the eyes and scratchiness. So, it’s very important to blink your eyes every once in a while. Try to make a conscious effort to blink every four seconds if possible, because this can help your eyes to stay lubricated.
Take an eye breather! What in the world is an eye breather? This is where you close your eyes and then open them and take look around you. Then, close your eyes again and keep repeating the same routine as many times as you like. You can move your head as you look around if you want, but I find that I stretch my eye muscles a bit more if I keep my head still while doing this. Try it both ways and see which way you prefer.
By the way, these exercises are great for your eyes even if you don’t sit in front of a computer all day. To your good health!