6 ways to ease eyestrain

As our worlds become more digital, we’re spending an increasing amount of time staring at screens. Whether it’s your phone, computer at work or a combination of the two, it’s no surprise people are suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome. Symptoms of this include blurred vision, double vision, eye irritation, headaches, neck and back pain.

Over 70% of people questioned have reported having at least one symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome, but more than half of them haven’t taken any preventative measures.

Giving up screen time is sometimes easier said than done, especially if you use computers for work, but there are some eye exercises you can do, whilst sat at your desk! Read on to find out more.

The Eye Roll Exercise

Sit up straight and with your head still, look to the right. Slowly roll your eyes up to the ceiling and down the left. Roll your eyes down to the floor to finish. Do 10 repetitions in a clockwise motion, and then 10 repetitions anti-clockwise.

The Zooming Exercise

Sit comfortably and stretch your arms out in front of you. Either hold a pen upwards or with your thumb extended, bring your focus to the tip. Bend your arm slowly whilst bringing your hand towards your face, still keeping your focus on one point. When your hand is around 3 inches from your face, start extending your arm back to the starting point. Repeat 3 times.

Blinking quickly>

When staring at a screen all day, studies have shown that we blink less, which is accurate. The best way to ease fatigue on the eyes is to blink more often and well, to help clean and moisturise your eyes. Blink quickly 20 times, then close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. For less tired eyes at work, do this every 20 minutes (or as often as you remember).

The Figure 8 Exercise

This is similar to the eye rolls, but instead of rolling them, you will be making a figure of 8. Slowly bring your gaze up, then down to far left. Then look up to the left and slowly across to the lower right. Continue this for a few repetitions and then reverse your figure of 8’s the other way.

The Palming Exercise

If you’re feeling tense, this is a great tension reliever! Sit comfortably and rub your palms together quickly until they feel warm. Close your eyes and place your palms over your eyelids. Be sure to keep your fingers closed so that light doesn’t enter, whilst taking a few deep breaths. Repeat this as often as necessary.

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The Rest Exercise

This exercise is easier said than done for some people, but it is probably the most beneficial of all.  At night, while lying down, close your eyes for about 480 minutes (or 8 hours). Repeat this daily. This one isn’t technically an exercise, but rest is vital to healthy eyes and easing strain!

It’s really important to keep your eyes functioning well. If you notice your eyes feel overworked, dry or a general change in vision then stop by your local Parker and Hammond branch where we will be happy to offer you advice.

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