Eye Exercises

More than 50% of computer users experience eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and other visual symptoms related to frequent computer use. These visual system stresses can also cause fatigue and reduce your overall efficiency at work. Many computer users experience visual stress due to 1) increased number and complexity of necessary eye movements 2) poor lighting conditions 3) screen flicker rate, and 4) most importantly- extended amount of computer use. Most people have to continue to use their computer for work; however, performing the following relaxing eye exercises regularly will decrease the stress on your visual system. It is suggested that these exercises be performed every hour while looking at a computer for a prolonged period of time.

PALMING

1) Rub your hands until they feel warm. Then place your cupped hands over your closed eyes. The fingers of each hand should overlap and rest gently on the center of your forehead. Be careful to not create any unnecessary pressure on your face.

2) Sit quietly for one to two minutes with your hands over your eyes. The more relaxed you are, the blacker the darkness you will see with your eyes closed.

NEAR-FAR FOCUS

1) Hold your thumb six inches from your nose. Focus on your thumb.

2) Take one deep breath and exhale slowly

3) Now focus on an object about 10 feet away.

4) Take another deep breath and exhale slowly.

5) Repeat back and forth 15 times. This exercise acts to improve eye flexibility.

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