It’s no secret that our eyes are incredibly sensitive, so finding ways to reduce straining is always recommended. Many people find themselves at a computer screen for most of the day, followed by playing on their phone or watching TV in the evening. This can cause serious strain and discomfort over time, but luckily there are some eye exercises that temporarily soothe the eyes. Here are some eye exercises and tips for maintaining good eye health:
These simple exercises can be a great way to take a break from what you’re doing, and give your eyes some time to readjust. Start by finding a quiet place to perform these exercises without distractions. Palming is a technique that promotes relaxation in the eye muscles with the use of your own body heat. Begin by rubbing your hands together to generate warmth, then cup your palms up to your eyes without applying pressure. Take a few deep breaths and relax while keeping your eyes covered. Focus on the warmth and darkness created by your palms, and allow your mind to decompress. When you open your eyes, blink gently to rehydrate and refresh your eyes.
To build flexibility in the eyes, try a technique called “the figure 8”. Visualize a large, horizontal figure-eight or infinity sign in front of you. The imaginary figure-eight should be positioned at eye level and should be large enough to require your eyes to move in a smooth, continuous motion to trace its shape. Perform this exercise for about 30 seconds, focusing on your gaze. After you’ve completed the exercise in one direction, reverse the direction of the figure-eight and continue to follow it with your eyes for another 30 seconds to a minute. Once you finish, close your eyes and take a few seconds to blink.
Eye exercises can sound silly, but can help refresh the state of your eyes throughout the day. As we demand a lot from the use of our sight, taking a moment to rest our eyes might just be worth it. In any event you require eye surgical procedures, remember to follow aftercare instructions, including wearing eye protection. To learn more about protective eye-gear, contact us today or visit our website!