Staring at a computer screen all day long sure puts a strain on your eyes. Poor lighting, an increase in visual demands and not enough blinking are all factors that contribute to computer-related eyestrain. Added to that, many people now use electronic reading devices instead of books, which just makes the strain on your eyes even worse.
Millions of Americans today suffer from fatigued and overworked eyes as a result of using computers for work, school and entertainment. Not only can eye strain put a damper on your productivity, but stressed eyes may also lead to work errors, headaches and possibly even glaucoma.
Since simply throwing the computer away isn’t an option for most folks, there are some helpful eye exercises that can help relieve the strain computer screens place upon your eyes. In this post, we’ll go over six basic exercises to help you relieve work-related eye strain and start feeling better.
These exercises will not only help your eyes feel better and allow you to complete your work in a timely manner, they will also save you money! No more pain relievers to get rid of the headaches! No more eye drops to stop that scratchy feeling you get when you strain your eyes!
Start this exercise in a comfortable position. First, rub your palms together to create a bit of heat. Next, form your hands into cup shapes. Now, take your hands and press them over your (closed) eyes. Put your left hand on your left eye and right hand on your right eye. Let the heat warm your eyes and relax for a few minutes like this.
Since a lack of blinking is one of the contributing factors to computer-induced eyestrain, as it dries your eyes eyes and causes scratchiness, it’s very important to blink. You may have to train yourself to blink normally while computing. Aim for a blink every four seconds to keep your eyes nicely lubricated and happy. This sounds like a simple task, but when focusing on a computer screen it can be difficult to remember.
3. Eye Rolling
The next best thing since those relaxing neck rolls, eye rolling can really do wonders when you’ve been sitting in front of a computer screen for hours. Take a minute and make sure your roll your eyes while you’re working. It’s pretty simple to pick up: simply close your eyes and roll your eyes around in circular motions. It almost feels like your eyes are getting a massage, so enjoy! This helps to lubricate your eyes and eases the strain on the muscles.
4. Visual Scanning
After so many hours staring at up-close objects on a screen, help your eyes adjust between objects both near and far. Sit back and observe the room you are in. Find an object at one end of the room, and begin to scan the outline of every single thing in the room. For example, start with a television and then move on to the DVD player next to it and then move on the window behind it.
Basically, you want your eyes to be in constant, deliberate motion as you visually take stock of everything around you. You may already think that you are doing this, but most people when working or playing on the computer focus entirely on what is on the screen.
Take a visual break and focus on something else every now and then. It’s important to take your eyes off the computer screen and look away at something else for several seconds or a minute. Aim to do this at least once an hour. If you’re at work try to avoid focusing on the clock when you do this, it will just make your work day seem longer.
Sometimes a glance is more than just a glance! Start this one with your eyes closed while sitting. Keep your eyes closed as you glance up as far as comfortably possible. Hold for a moment, then look down. Repeat a few times and then take an eye-breather (open your eyes and look around). Next, close your eyes again. Now, keeping your eyes closed like before, look to the right and the left. Repeat this a few times.
And as a bonus because you read this far, don’t forget the Rebuild Your Vision 10-10-10 rule while you’re on your computer.
Now don’t let your eyes become weak and overly strained from too much computer time. Take charge of your eye health with these simple eye exercises when you’re on the computer. We understand that computers are everywhere. You use them at work, home, and school. With these simple and easy to do breaks you can avoid some of the dangers straining your eyes can result in.
Your eyes are muscles and just like other muscles in your body they become sore when held in one position for too long. When your shoulders get stiff and sore you shrug or roll them. The same idea is behind these eye exercises. Give your eye muscles a break and they will thank you!
By doing a few of these exercises like the ones above, you may increase your productivity, eliminate headaches and work errors, and maybe even reduce your risk of glaucoma! When you stop and think about what you gain by following these simple exercises there is really no reason not to give them a try. Work and school can be difficult enough without straining your eyes and giving yourself more of a headache then necessary.