Do you know that the average person spends eight and a half hours or more in front of the computer screen? This states how much pressure we put on our eyes, and that may affect our vision. You might even rub your eyes, don’t you? It is due to the increased time on the screen that we often face eye problems such as watery eyes, itchy eyes, or blurred or hazy vision. Eye problems are a result of improper functioning of the eye muscles. Therefore, it is essential to give small breaks to your eyes while you are working on the screen for a longer duration. The best way to avoid eye problems is through eye yoga, which helps in improving your eye functions. Following are some yoga tips that we should incorporate in our daily lives to relax your eyes:
Follow the 20/20/20 Rule
A lot of people viewing digital screens for extended hours develop computer eye strain (headache and red eyes). The strain, in turn, leads to eye fatigue. To deal with the focusing fatigue, it is advisable that you follow the 20/20/20 rule. This is a simple technique that you can follow when you are at work. Take breaks every 20 minutes from your computer screens, look 20 feet away and focus on something for 20 seconds. Yes, it’s that easy.
Blinking improves your eyesight and provides lubrication to the eyes preventing dry eye and itching. Sit in a relaxing position, blink 10-20 times a minute for five minutes.
Roll Your Eyes
We tend to focus a lot on the screen and make our eyes stick to one subject. Not giving our eyes enough movement can affect your eye muscles. The best way to keep your eye muscles in function is to roll your eyes from time to time.
Up and Down Rotation
Sit straight, inhale while looking up and exhale while looking down. Repeat this for 5-10 minutes. This type of eye yoga helps in improving eyesight.
It is useful if you have eye conditions like hypermetropia and myopia. To control the eye condition from developing further, move your eyes side-to-side, and repeat it for 10 minutes.
Circular Eye Rotation
This is helpful for those who perform extensive work on digital screens. It helps to eliminate eye problems like eye irritation and dryness in the eyes. For this type of eye yoga, sit upright, and rotate your eyes in a clockwise direction tracing a large circle as possible. Repeat this for 10 minutes.
To get rid of the eye fatigue and stress, palming your eyes is very helpful. This technique can get you rid of the eye pain. To perform this exercise, rub your hands for a few seconds till they feel warm. Relax, free your mind from any thoughts and place your palms over your eyes. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Repeat the process for ten more minutes. Remove your hands once you feel a soothing sensation in your eyes.
It is important to know that apart from diseases like glaucoma or cataract, which are caused due to elevated eye pressure or problems in the eye lens, half of the eye problems are related to improper functioning of the eye muscles. If your work requires you to spend long hours on the digital screen, always wear computer glasses or your prescribed glasses. Resist from wearing contacts as they often create dry eyes. If your eye problems persist for a week or more, consult your ophthalmologist. Please ensure that you take proper guidance from your ophthalmologist while doing breathing yogic exercises if you are suffering from glaucoma.
At Centre for Sight, we offer end-to-end treatment for addressing the issue of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), starting from detection, evaluation, and management, which is unique as per each individual’s need. Our expert ophthalmologists make sure that a detailed eye examination and understanding of the job and work environment of each individual is taken into consideration before starting the treatment.