Stop! Give your eyes a break
If you think exercise is all about strenuous workouts, rippling muscles and rigorous stretches, it’s time you realise that you need to exercise your delicate eyes as well. If you are a working professional, and invariably spend a large fraction of your waking time peering at your computer screens, exercising your eyes is all the more important for you.
Why take your eyes for granted until they completely give up? Let’s learn some quick exercises that will go a long way in strengthening your eye muscles and counteracting eye fatigue.
Gaze into the darkness
Rub your hands together to make them warm. Rest your elbows on the table and cup your warm palms over your closed eyes. Ensure that your palms don’t touch the eyelids. Hold this position for a few minutes, looking into the darkness. If you see zaps of light or spots, wait until it’s completely dark. You can do this twice a day for 5-10 minutes by taking a short break from the piled up work.
Eyes having a ball dance
Does eye strain often bother you? Take a break from staring into the monitor for extended periods and sit up straight with your face forward. Without shifting your head, move your eyes to the extreme left. Keep focusing on what you see for few seconds, and thereafter, move your eyes to the right and focus again. Repeat this activity at least five times. Do this exercise with up and down eyeball movement, as well as the diagonal motion. Swinging your eyes this way will help in strengthening your optical muscles.
Eyes on a roll
Slowly moving your eyes in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction de-stresses your optical muscles, prevents your eyes from straining, and keeps them healthy and strong. Before eye fatigue takes a toll on you, make a habit of momentarily shifting your gaze from the computer screen and doing this easy exercise.
Zoom in – Zoom out
Constant glare and reflection from the computer screen has a strong bearing on your eyes. You can do this simple exercise sitting in your cubicle. Just grab your pen or pencil, or you can even use your finger to do this exercise. Stick out your finger at an arm’s distance from your midline and focus on it. Breathe slowly and move your finger towards yourself, without shifting away the focus. After reaching 3 inches from your face, move your finger away and begin again.
Sit up straight and look right ahead. Focus at the point between your eyebrows. Take a few deep breaths, still holding onto the gaze. Shift your focus by looking straight ahead again. You may repeat this exercise 5 times. Another concentration exercise involves gazing at the tip of your nose for few seconds, and then looking straight ahead. These exercises help strengthen the muscles of your eyes.
Much-needed massage for eyes
Gently close your eyes, place your fingers on the eyelids, and give your eyes a relaxing massage with circular movements. Make sure you are not pressing too hard!
Soothe your eye muscles
There’s another exercise that is beneficial, especially to overcome even the slight strain that may remain after doing eye exercises. Shut your eyes close, as tightly as you possibly can, so that the optical muscles contract. Hold this position for few seconds, and then let go quickly to ensure better blood circulation. This simple exercise promises deep relaxation of ocular muscles.
Say good bye to the symptoms of eye strain and fatigue and switch to fun eye exercise. Your eyes speak for the person you are! Then, why let them suffer just because you are too busy with fulfilling other deadlines?