Exercises for eye strain

Eye strain surely is a common problem today. With many of us staring at a computer screen or other electronic devices for long stretches of time, strain our eyes. Due to which we find ourselves squinting our eyes, rubbing them in irritation etc. With increasing screen time, people are suffering from blurred vision, itchy and watery eyes, headaches and double vision to name a few.

It can happen for a number of reasons. Some common causes are the lack of sleep, staring at digital devices for long stretches of time, reading in low light for a long time without taking a break, allergies, incorrect vision prescription, exposure to bright light and some kind of eye problem.
Usually, the symptoms do not occur in the morning but appear when you do something causing the eyes to strain to focus.

Here are quick exercises, you can practice which can help to reduce theb risk of computer eye strain and other common symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS):

> Palming
It is a great way to relax your eyes and you will feel energized. All you need to do is rub your hands together for about 10 to 15 seconds till they’re slightly warm, now place them upon your eyes. Don’t touch the eyeballs directly, instead just keep your hands lightly over your eyes and enjoy the darkness. Repeat this 3 to 5 times in a sitting daily.

Eye rolling
Roll your eyes in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions for a few seconds. Take a break, relax and focus on your breathing. Repeat 4 or 5 times consecutively. Do this exercise every few hours.

> Focus shifting
Hold a pen or pencil at an arm’s length and focus on it. Slowly bring the object closer to your eyes, as long as you can focus on it clearly. Then move the object farther from your vision. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

> Distance gazing
Rest your gaze on a distant object (if you’re indoors, look out a window, if you can). Focus on the object as clearly as possible, while staying relaxed in the eyes and face. Take a deep breath, and then slowly shift your gaze to another distant object around you. Continue letting your eyes drift about the world around you, momentarily pausing at objects at varying distances away from you.

> Repeated blinking
Blinking every three or four seconds helps in reducing eye strain. When we watch television or work on the computer we tend to blink less, allow your eyes to rest by blinking every few seconds.

Regular eye exercises can alleviate eye strain and improve blood circulation to the eyes. Thus, making the eye muscles more flexible, and improve focus and concentration.
Some daily tips for healthy eyes:
• Get enough sleep as sleep deprivation can contribute to more frequent eye strain.
• Follow a diet high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
• Consider taking vitamin A and beta-carotene supplements for overall eye health.
• Drink plenty of water to help reduce eye strain.
• Get your eyes checked regularly by a specialist to make sure your eyes are healthy.