November 22nd, 2011 12:29pm - Posted By: Exercises for reducing eye strain
Exercises for reducing eye strain
Eye strain can be caused by focusing for long periods on objects within arm’s reach, for example when working at a computer screen. Symptoms include blurred vision, dry and irritated eyes, headaches and fatigue. However, a few simple exercises can reduce this problem, whether you are wearing glasses, contact lenses or have perfect vision.
A simple technique is to take micro-pauses. Every 20 minutes look away and focus on an object 5 meters away for about 20 seconds. This allows the eyes to relax.
Taking long blinks will also help to relax the eye. Sometimes you may need to rest the eyes for 2 – 3 minutes every half hour. Close your eyes or cover them with a soft fabric to prevent light from entering.
One technique is called “palming”. Rub your hands together until they are warm, then cup them and place them over the eyes, so you do not touch them. Sit like this for 2 – 3 minutes.
Besides these techniques for relaxing the eye, there are also exercises that help you focus at different distances. A simple exercise is to move the eyes in small circles. Circle a finger in front of your face, then close your eyes and continue the exercise without moving any muscles in the face.
One exercise is called near-far focusing. Hold a finger 15-20 centimeters from the face. Focus on the finger for 2-3 seconds, and then look on an object 3 meters away. Repeat back and forth 10-15 times.
Scanning is a technique where you move an object, for example a pencil, back and forth in front of your face and follow it with your eyes. You can also scan around the edges of objects in a room in a fluid manner for 2 minutes.
If your eye strain does not go away, you should go to your optician and examine your eyes. Glasses or contact lenses with the wrong power can strain your eye muscles. If your problem relate to dry eyes, you may want to try contact lenses with moisturizing agents.
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Johannes with Lensshopper.com
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