Eyes serve as the body’s camera that allows you to see and put things into memory. But just like the devices we use, the organs can also be overused and require rest to function properly.
One study shows that the average office worker spends 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen. Add the smartphones or tablets that people use during break and at home.
Excessive screen time has been linked to some eye-related problems, such as eyestrain, dry eyes, headaches and insomnia. However, people still continue to spend a large amount of time glued to computers and devices.
Many people have become dependent on their phones. From shopping, connecting with friends, checking the news to managing office or household tasks, screens along with internet provide convenience.
That means it may be hard for many to avoid using their phones, tablets and computers for a long period of time to allow their eyes to rest. Fortunately, a common exercise has been enhanced to include eyes.
Eye yoga has been getting more attention since many people report eyestrain because of their busy, techy life. They experience sore, tired, burning or itching eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision and headaches.
Just like the traditional yoga, this approach aims to improve flexibility but of your eyes and to help enhance focus. Eye yoga involves more relaxed set of exercises that can be done anytime of the day.
Eye Yoga Exercises
20-Second Exercise. Find an object far from you and stare at it without blinking for 20 seconds. Put your thumb below the object and shift your focus between the object and the tip of your thumb.
For Eye Moisture. In this exercise, you just need to look at different directions or like a zigzag pattern with your eyes for several seconds. It would help increase moisture on the eyeballs, according to mindbodygreen.
Blinking Rapidly. Blink several times and then close your eyes for 20 seconds. With your eyes closed, try to look down, to the left, up, to the right, then reverse the direction holding each position for five seconds.
Palm Heat. Simply rub your hands together to generate heat. Place your palms over your closed eyes and hold until you feel your eyes absorbing the heat.
Eye yoga can be helpful to reduce eyestrain. However, it may not work in some conditions or diseases, such as cataract and glaucoma.
It is important to see a doctor if you experience any symptoms of serious eye problems.
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