Eye exercise not only reduce stress, help you focus on your work but also reduce the risk of eye diseases such as dry eye, visual impairment… bring you healthy eyes.
Daily work, environmental pollution … makes our eyes weak. Your eyes are very vulnerable, especially for those who regularly work with computers. Ophthalmic surgeon Dr Keki Mehta says: “Eye exercises help the eye both mechanically and optically. Exercises improve the mechanical stability of the eye by coordinating and strengthening the eye muscles. They increase the ability of the eyes to focus and optically, they improve the optical image co-ordination between the two eyes. This allows the eyes to relay a three-dimensional accurate image to the brain, which then sends us a signal that allows us to see the image.” These exercises are very simple and do not take too much time, so you should practice every day to have strong eyes.
1. Blink continuously
Under normal conditions, blinking generally occurs at an average of 10 – 15 movements per minute (one blink every 4 – 6 seconds). But when you focus on the computer screen, one blink will occurs after 12 seconds, leading to eye fatigue, dry eye and eventually Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Blinking continuously for 2 minutes helps increase blood flow to the eyes and relieve the symptoms of eyestrain and dry eye.
2. Look from side to side without moving your head
Slowly look to the right, then left without moving your head. Practice this 2 – 3 sets made up of 10 times.
3. Close your eyes, moving the eyeballs vertically
Without moving your head, close your eyes, slowly move the eyeballs vertically (up – down), repeat 10 times.
4. Roll your eyes
Similar to the above, close your eyes without moving your head, slowly rotate the eyeballs 10 times clockwise then 10 times anticlockwise.
5. Use your fingers lightly on your temples
Use your index finger or middle finger, rub your temples lightly and hold for 4 – 5 seconds. Repeat this 5 times. You can do this cycle even when closing your eyes.
6. Draw alphabets with your eyes
Without moving your head, look at a blank wall or space, draw alphabets or square, triangle as you like with your eyes. Try to draw as large as possible. It may be hard at first. Should be persistent because this is a very good exercise for your eyes.
7. Close your eyes, relax for a few minutes
You can stretch your shoulders, stretch your body, then slowly relax, and close your eyes tight for 1 to 2 minutes. This movement not only improves blood flow to the eye but also relieves tensions in the body. Do this action 5-7 times a day.
8. Turn your head but keep looking straight ahead
It sounds difficult to do, but it’s not as hard as you think. Focus on a point, slowly rotate your head clockwise then anticlockwise. Repeat this set 10 times.
9. Strengthen your eyes’ near and far focusing
Focus on an object close in front of you for a few seconds. Then, focus on one in the distance for a few seconds. Do this cycle 5 – 7 times a day.
10. Close your eyes and relax
Look at computers frequently can cause eyestrain. Close your eyes, relax your body and mind for 3 – 5 minutes.