Sometimes it can seem that the modern world is out to hurt our eyes, with so many factors that are present today increasing the risk of eye strain and infections. From extensive computer use to effects of air conditioning, there are lots of ways we could be putting our eyes at risk. However, by keeping your eyes in top shape, you can find a way to bypass this unpleasantness.
Much like exercising your body, it’s important to keep your eyes active and energised throughout the day. Fortunately, in the case of eyes and your vision, you don’t have to go to the gym to do this. There are plenty of helpful tricks and exercises that you can perform during your normal working day. So whether you’re at the office, on the train or at home after a long day, it’ll only take a couple of minutes to give your eyes a quick workout.
Here are some ways in which you can do this:
Palm Your Eyes
This one is probably the easiest on the list, and can offer immediate relief to the pressure that might have built up in your eyes during the day. Remember to wash your hands first, so as to avoid the possibility of an eye infection or irritation. Then, close your eyes, place your cupped hands over them and apply gentle pressure. Make sure that no light is getting through gaps between your fingers and to avoid applying pressure to your eyeballs.
Hot and Cold Compress
This is a great little procedure to do in the morning before work, or after a long day. You’ll need a bowl filled with hot water and one filled with cold water. Dip a cloth into the hot water, then squeeze it until all the excess water has drained away. Hold the cloth against your closed eye and eyebrow for three minutes, and then do the same but with cold water. These steps can be repeated, however make sure to end with the cold compress.
The science behind this technique is that the alternating temperatures will stimulate the skin around your eyes, relieving tension.
This simple trick can work wonders for relieving some of the pain of eye strain. Simply look straight on and slowly circle your eyes, first clockwise and then in reverse. Do this slowly to avoid straining the muscles, allowing them to gently stretch to feel the full benefit of the technique. You should probably pick your moment to practice this carefully, as coworkers or onlookers might get the idea that you’re not too impressed with them - a situation that could be even more uncomfortable than eye strain!
This one is great for sharpening your focus, as well as strengthening your eye muscles. Hold your finger up at arm’s length away from your face, and then slowly bring it closer until it touches your nose, all the while following your finger with your eyes. Bring it away from your nose slowly and then back again. This can be repeated four or five times for your eyes to really feel the benefit of the exercise.
So there you have it, four simple tricks and activities to strengthen your eyes and to keep your focus sharp no matter where you are.
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