Regardless of your profession, your eyes work hard all day long and the only time off they get is when you’re sleeping. The eyes are the busiest muscles in our bodies and they can easily get overworked.
Maybe you’re so focused on your work that you don’t blink enough? Not blinking enough can lead to the painful symptoms of dry eyes. Perhaps you work in poorly lit or overly lit conditions? This can cause your eyes to become fatigued and leads to the symptoms of eyestrain.
When you’re working hard, it’s important to remember how hard your eyes are working for you. In this post, we’ll introduce you to three easy ways you can refresh your eyes and reinvigorate your vision.
Fluorescent lights. Computer monitor. LCD televisions. Smartphones. Tablets. The future is here and our eyes are paying a price.
All of the glare and lights from electronic devices can lead to eyestrain. If you spend a lot of time looking at screens during your days, it’s important to take a few minutes every hour or so and take a break from the technology overload.
Whether you need to turn off all the electronics or simply leave your cubicle, give your eyes a well-deserved break and let them look at normal daylight for a bit. Try and make this a regular part of your daily routine.
And while you are on the computer or do any close up work, make (10-10-10 rule: (10-10-10: Every 10 minutes, look at something 10 feet away, for at least 10 seconds).
This short vision break is so important that we have included Rebuild Your Vision Defense Software in our Rebuild Your Vision Program that reminds you to take a vision break every 10 minutes while you’re on the computer.
Believe it or not, blinking is actually crucial to your eye functioning. You probably don’t realize it, but when you’re staring at a screen all day, it’s very easy to ‘forget’ to blink.
The average eye optimally should blink 10 times a minute but when we are focused on an object (such as a computer), the blink rate decreases to only two times a minute!
Blinking is an important way to replenish our eyes with natural lubrication.
When you don’t blink enough, your eyes may start to feel dry and burn or itch. Start focusing on how much you blink and try to increase it. If you experience symptoms of dry eye, making frequent blinking a habit could help to significantly reduce these symptoms.
If your eyes are feeling tired, a simple focusing exercise may be just what the doctor ordered! This focusing exercise is very simple to do.
Start by looking at an object that’s nearby, about six inches or so away. You could even hold your hand up and study it. Hold your gaze for a few seconds and then find an object that’s about 10 feet away from you – perhaps it’s a cubicle across the room or a tree outside your window. Hold your gaze on it for a few seconds and then switch back to your chosen up-close object. Keep switching your gaze from near to far for about 10 to 15 times.
This exercise helps you to flex your eye muscles. Think of it as a kind of yoga for your eyes!
Remember, by taking a short break, blinking and adding the simple exercise into your daily routine, you can reduce eyestrain and keep your eyes happy and healthy!