Reduce Eye Strain with Three Exercises

Staring and straining are the worse things you can do to your eyes. After a long day at work, the eyes are tired and need to relax and renew to improve vision. Constant straining day in and day out does nothing but damage the eyes. Below are three exercises designed to reduce the eye strain most of us encounter after spending too much time on computers.

The first exercise is called the Dot Exercise. To do this one, find a period or comma on the page or computer screen and focus on making the period or comma as clear as possible. Stare at the mark until it comes into focus. Chances are after a few seconds the period will actually became less clear and blurry.

Try relaxing your eyes. Close them for a minute and let them relax. Now look at the period without straining. Don't stare; instead, let your eyes slowly move around the page, over and around the period. Don't focus only on the period, the eyes need movement. Make sure to blink a bit. Try closing your eyes and picturing the dot and then look at it again. Once the eyes are relaxed it should be easier to see the period.

The second exercise is the Word Exercise. To do this one, find a word on the page or screen that is five or more letters long. Stare at the word so that all the letters are in view, but don't move the eyes. Focus entirely on the whole word, trying to get the best image in your head. Again, staring and concentrating hard is going to cause the word to blur.

Now, relax your eyes and allow them to move slowly over, around, and across each letter of the word. Blink. Allow the eyes to lead you; don't force them to look at what you want. The word should be clearer when you look at it again. Letting the eyes move around is what will help them work best without the strain.

The third exercise is the Double Vision Exercise. This exercise is meant to get your eyes to work together as a team. Most people use one eye to look at an object, while the other eye does its own thing. Squinting can help bring an object into focus with both eyes, but this causes unnecessary stress. The trick is to relax the eyes, focus on the object in a calm way, and allow both eyes to focus together.

Learning exercises like these to relax the eyes is an excellent way to ensure great eyesight for years to come.




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