10 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Stress Free

Nowadays, with the rise and advancement of technological and our increasing dependence on electronic gadgets, we usually sit in front of the laptop and use our mobile phones for hours. Eye strain, therefore, has become a major problem. Studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of individuals who spend over 12 hours staring into the light emitted by the screens of computers and phones.

While it is impossible for you to reduce your work hours and therefore your dependency on electronic gadgets, it is possible, and in fact necessary, to reduce the strain in your eyes in any way possible.

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Here’s what you can do to keep your eyes stress-free!

  1. Use proper lighting.

Eye strain often is caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting. When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as that typically found in most offices.

Eliminate exterior light by closing drapes, shades or blinds. Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or use lower intensity bulbs and tubes. If possible, position your computer monitor or screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.

  1. Take a break.


To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen, look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds. Some eye doctors call this the “20-20-20 rule.” Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye to reduce fatigue.

  1. Blink more often.

Blinking is very important when working at a computer; blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.

When working at a computer, for example, people blink less frequently — about one-third as often as they normally do — and many blinks performed during computer work are only partial lid closures, according to studies.

Tears coating the eye evaporate more rapidly during long non-blinking phases and this can cause dry eyes. Also, the air in many office environments is dry, which can increase how quickly your tears evaporate, placing you at greater risk for dry eye problems.

  1. Adjust the display settings of your gadgets.

Brightness. Adjust the brightness of the display so it’s approximately the same as the brightness of your surrounding workstation.

Text size and contrast. Adjust the text size and contrast for comfort, especially when reading or composing long documents.

  1. Exercise your eyes.

Some exercises apart from eye massages, include sunning and palming.

How to perform sunning-

  1. a) Stand outside before sunrise or sunset.
  2. b) Close your eyes and face the sun.
  3. c) Feel the sun’s rays on your face and eyelids, while breathing deeply.
  4. d) Slowly move your head from side to side.
  5. e) Feel the warmth of the sun and the energy of the sun on your eyes.

 

How to perform palming:

  1. a) This can be performed while lying down or sitting up. Keep your back and neck straight and relax your shoulders.
  2. b) First, warm your hands by quickly rubbing them together.
  3. c) Softly cup your hands over your closed eyes without making contact with the eyelids.
  4. d) You may rest your elbows at shoulder level on a stack of books, pillow, or table in front of you.
  5. e) Breath slowly and relax your body and eyes.

 

 

We all know how stress affects your vision. Here are some more tips to help destress yourself and therefore your eyes.

 

  1. Get up and get into the groove- dance!

Dance and shake to some happy, high energy music.  This type of free-form movement invites your body to change its normal robotic way of moving and increases your endorphins.  It will increase your energy and help you let go of those thoughts that are causing anxiety. As you include your body more in your vision, your eyes relax, your balance improves, and your peripheral vision widens!

 

  1. Apply a warm pad on your neck and shoulders.

 

This is an easy way to de-stress at the end of the day. Anyone who works on the computer can suffer from neck and shoulder tension. Applying warmth to your neck and shoulders releases tension in the muscles and helps de-stress the mind after a day of work. 

 

  1. Eat a meal of healthy fats and vegetables.

The microbiome and eye are deeply connected. Eating natural, unprocessed foods that include organic proteins, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats support a healthier relationship between your gut and brain. The less gut inflammation, the less eye inflammation, and the better your eye circulation.

 

  1. Meditate for 10 minutes.

 

Meditation is an ancient practice that helps soften anxiety, increase peacefulness, and create a feeling of well-being. Meditation can help release your chaotic thoughts which can reduce undesirable-producing emotions, and improve your ability to handle stress. As our stress releases, this change can improve our eye circulation. 

 

These tips, unfortunately, won’t work if you have already acquired a serious problem. But do not fear any such possibility, because with crowdfunding India there’s no treatment that you can’t afford. Now that you know how to take better care of yourself, both with our tips and with crowdfunding India, we’re certain that your journey towards a healthier lifestyle starts today! Your eyes give you the gift of vision; do not take them for granted!