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If you spend more than 3-4 hours on your laptop or smartphone, join the club. You belong to the majority of the working and studying population, who are glued to the screens of their laptops, tablets or mobiles. The biggest drawback of such a lifestyle is on your precious eyesight. Your eyes are stressed and strained for long hours and due to lack of enough sleep, you don’t even give them the time to restore their health. The consequences include puffy tired eyes, ever increasing eye power and different persistent irritations. Today’s article will illustrate some extremely easy eye exercises, which have been scientifically proven to reduce stress on eyes, ease your eye and facial muscles and maintain healthy eyes. Take out a few minutes from your hectic schedule to perform these exercises daily and see the benefits. Keep reading girls.
1. Roll your Eyes:
This 2-minute exercise needs you to sit comfortably. First keep your eyes open. Then roll your eyes clockwise followed by anti-clockwise rolling. Don’t exert pressure but try to stretch the eyes as much you can. This will definitely make your eyes feel relaxed and help in concentration.
This works great for for over strained eyes. The best thing is that, this can be done even with contact lenses on. To perform this, sit or stand in straight posture. Rub your palms together till they feel warm. Place the inner side of the palms over your closed eyelids breathe in and out. Feel the heat seeping in. Don’t press your palms too much Repeat 3-5 times whenever you want.
3. The Moving Finger:
This exercise is even recommended by ophthalmologists and is great for people with poor eye muscles. Be seated and relaxed. Place your upward pointing index finger in front of your nose and focus both eyes on its tip. Move your finger away from your face, till it is at an arm length away. Don’t take your eyes off the finger. Again, bring your finger to the initial position without wavering your eyes. Repeat 3-4 times. This also aids in concentration.
4. 20-20 Focus:
To provide relief in case of persistent eyestrain and poor eye muscle strength, this is an effective exercise. If you spend long hours sitting in front of a computer screen, you should do this frequently. Focus for 20 seconds on an object close by. Then shift your focus an object lying at a distance of at least 2.5 meters for about 20 seconds. This intermittent shifting refreshes and relaxes your ocular muscles.
Blinking acts as an effective cure for overworked, dry and itchy eyes. Blink your eyes rapidly for a few seconds. You will find that your irritation reduces due to more fluid spreading in your eyes.
6. Hot and Cold Compression:
At least once in every couple of days, treat your eyes with hot and cold compresses. For this, take one small bowl of hot water and another of cold water. Use a clean hand towel or handkerchief to prepare the compress. Apply hot compress first for few seconds and then switch to the cold compress. Repeat a few times.
7. Eye Massage:
Gently tilt your head back. Using your fingers, rub the eyelids for a few seconds in a circular motion. Keep your eyes closed for some time after this massage. Be cautious of applying excess force as hard rubbing can damage, especially if you wear contact lenses.
8. Writing Messages:
To soothe the eye strain and tone those muscles, stare at a blank wall at least 8 feet away from you. Try to imagine that you are writing something on it with your eyes. Tracing an imaginary message or word on the wall makes the eye muscles move rapidly in different directions and exercises weak eye muscles. Do it for about 15-20 seconds
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