Working in front of a computer all day plus wearing a set of contacts can take a toll on your eyes. That’s why you need to relax your eyes, even for just a few minutes during the day or night.
While making sure your eyes are completely bare or free from contact lenses for some relaxation methods, these are all the short-term and long-term tips you need to try for the sake of your ocular health.
What symptoms to look for?
It is possible you may suffer digital eye strain if you have those symptoms
- Blurry vision
- Pain in the neck
- Burning eyes
- Eye pain
- Itchy eyes
- Dry eyes
Those common symptoms are problematic and disturbing for all of us. Fortunately, there are some simple eye exercises that can reduce those symptoms in a few seconds.
Tips for Eye Relaxation Exercises
Resting your eyes (eyes relax)
Sit in an upright position to prevent sleeping, and then close your eyes for at least two seconds. Next, open your eyes swiftly. Repeat for at least three times.
After a quick repetition, shut your eyes tightly for a minute. Do some breathing exercises to further relax your whole mind and body. This will help relax eye muscles and therefore reduce pain.
This exercise helps to relieve strain on the overworked eye muscle and prevents headache and eye pain.
After removing your contact lenses, close your eyes. Make sure to wash your hands before touching your face, especially now that there’s a pandemic happening.
Use the tips of your index and middle fingers to apply gentle pressure on your eyes while rubbing them in circles. Massaging your eyelids can have a relaxing effect on your eyes an reduce eyes hurt.
After doing that, place both of your palms on your eyes, completely covering them to block the light. Taking a break from light exposure has a soothing effect on your eyes.
Easy heat treatment for your eyes
As expected, before putting your hands on any part of your face, wash them first.
Now, rub your palms together to generate heat. Close your bare eyes and then gently place your slightly heated palms on them.
It’s known that the eyes are greatly sensitive, so a little warmth from your hands can already have a perceptible impact on them. To be more specific, the applied warmth can be very soothing to your eyes.
Dip a clean cloth in lukewarm water and lie down. Again, the eyes are very sensitive to heat, so make sure the water is just warm enough for your eyes to handle.
Shut your eyes after removing your contacts, and then put the cloth just above your eyelids. Take a deep breath and relax for about a minute. Repeat three times.
This follows the same method to warm compress, except the water is cold instead of warm. The cold water will help relieve eye strain and improve the blood circulation in your eyes.
Blinking more often
When your eyes are always exposed to televisions, computer screen, mobile phone or any kind of blue light for a long time, they’re susceptible to severe dryness which may lead to headache and eye strain among others. That’s because when you focus on the screen of any device, the blink rate of your eyes drops. No wonder, regular blinking exercises are highly recommended. Blinking makes your dry eye more moist and improve the overall eye condition by cleaning it.
Modified eye roll
This type of massage eases muscle tension in your eyes, providing a relaxing sensation. Simply roll your eyes and close them for a while. Roll them again until you feel refreshed.
The 20-20-20 rule
This rule helps reduce the chance of dry eyes.
This is one of the most recommended procedures to relax your eyes. Stop working in 20-minute intervals, focus on the object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. It relieves eyes and calms them down.
The clock exercise
Imagine a large analog clock just a few feet away. Put your head into motion and move your eye toward the imaginary six, then toward the imaginary 12. Keep pointing your eyes at the opposite pair – 7/1/14, 7/7 and so on. Keep an eye out for the first number. Give it 4 – 4 seconds.
It may sound risky, but indirect sun exposure can actually contribute to the overall health of your eyes. Just make sure it only happens early in the morning.
Stand in a place where there’s lots of sunlight, and close your eyes. Allow your eyelids to feel the warmth from the sun. Sunlight aids the retina to release dopamine. Dopamine is important in improving eye health.
Lifestyle and Work Modifications
Taking eyes frequent breaks
Nowadays, people spend a lot of time focusing on computer, TV, and mobile device screens. It’s inevitable for most people since most jobs in the modern age require you to look at those devices. This can obviously deteriorate the health of your eyes in the future.
Take a break and let your overworked eye muscles rest from screen exposure. Walk around and do things that can take your mind off work for a while. But, if you really can’t do it, 20-20-20 rule is your friend.
Less screen time
Since long exposure to TVs, computers, and mobile devices is the main cause of eye strain, doing things like reading a book, cooking, cleaning, or just simply resting may help you limit your exposure to blue light. Avoiding blue light from time to time can minimize strain in your eyes.
If you can’t escape screen exposure mostly due to work requirements, use a filter that can prevent glare from your screen instead or position your screen lower. You can even adjust the setting of your screen to automatically filter blue light.
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Regular exposure to cold water
Do this every morning and evening or simply anytime your eyes feel strained and sore. The cold water will soothe your eyes and help improve blood circulation.
You can also use chilled cucumber slices and put one on each eye for five to ten minutes. Chilled cucumber has that soothing effect of cold water, which is effective for resting your eyes.
When persistent eye strain affects your daily life, go visit your eye doctor. Eye strain may be a symptom of a more serious condition, so let a specialist check your eyes to ensure total safety. It is also worth checking if you have a good vision or need a prescription of glasses. Also, you can ask for a recommendation of glass with glare filters that block blue light
There are a lot of ways to relax your eyes with or without contact lenses. If you have lenses on, you can follow the general resting procedure, simple heat treatment with your palms, blinking exercises, and the 20-20-20 rule. If you want to try massaging your eyes, applying a warm or cold compress, or rolling your eyes, it’s safer to remove your contacts first. Massages and constant eye-rolling can ruin the position of your lenses. A warm or cold compress also involve moisture, which can make your contacts dirty.
Where to Buy Comfortable Contact Lenses
To reduce eye strain and the need to relax your eyes all the time, you should buy extra-comfortable contacts. Luckily for you, we at Contact Lenses 4 Us offer products like the Acuvue Oasys, Avaira 3, and Air Optix Aqua. Those lenses can maintain enough moisture that won’t dry your eyes throughout the day. You can order any of them without a prescription. And, of course, we ship globally!
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