How to Refresh Your Tired Eyes at Work

Sitting in your cubicle at your workstation the whole day, is sure to get your work done faster; but it strains your eyes too.

While at earlier stages you may only be susceptible to physical fatigue, decreased productivity and a higher number of work errors, the eye strain can later also lead to eye twitching, red eyes, headaches or blurring of the vision. The easiest way to avoid this is to rest your eyes by doing simple exercises that take only a few minutes. These exercises not only refresh your eyes, they also provide you a much needed break from the monotony of work so that you can get back to work with an energy boost!

Follow these tips below to keep eye strain at bay…

  • Constant staring at the computer screen can lead to dry eyes and cause scratchiness. Blink regularly while working at the computer. Blink every four seconds to keep your eyes relaxed and lubricated.
  • Focus for 10 to 15 seconds on a distant object (around 150 feet away). Then slowly refocus on a nearer object (less than 30 feet away) without moving your head. Focus for 10 to 15 seconds and then refocus your eyes on the distant object. Repeat this 4 times.
  • Hold a pencil at arm’s length distance from you. Move it slowly towards your nose. Follow the movement of the pencil until your eyes can’t keep it in focus. Repeat this 10 times. Another exercise is to tie an object to a hanging light string and swing it back and forth while you keep it in your focus.
  • Round Swings. Focus on a distant object, close to the ground. Relax your body and shift your body weight from one foot to another. Focusing on the same object, use your side vision to observe your surroundings. Continue this exercise for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Head Movements. Close one of your eyes. Gradually, structure the figure 8 by using your head. You can repeat the exercise by using the other eye and continue this exercise for 2 to 3 minutes. Begin the exercise from up to down. Do this 8 times. Then move your eyes from side to side, starting from left to right. Repeat this 8 times.  In any direction, do not force your eyes farther than they are going so that you can avoid harming your vision.

Finish off the exercises with palming. Sit in a comfortable position. Rub your palms to warm them a little. Form your hands in cup shapes.  Close your eyes and place your right hand on your right eye and left hand on left eye. Let the heat warm your eyes. You may still see some remaining traces of light. Keep sitting in the same position and imagine deep blackness, with your eyes closed. After a while when you see total darkness, remove your cupped palms. Repeat the palming exercise for 3 minutes or more.

Do these exercises at regular intervals to keep your eyes happy and well rested!


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