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Relaxation Techniques for Computer Fatigued Eyes  

For most people, getting older means losing visual acuity. Vision problems can arise for a variety of reasons. While age is a factor, so is a sedentary lifestyle. Long hours in front of a computer or binge-watching TV — as well as environmental conditions, such as fluorescent lighting or air conditioning — can tire our eyes. Fatigued eyes can cause blurred vision.  

So, what can you do? While it may not be realistic to stop watching TV or using your computer, you can take certain steps to protect your eyes. Exercising can improve your overall health, and staying fit can help prevent a range of health issues — including those that can lead to eye strain, fatigue or more serious problems.  

Also, here are six eye exercises that can help dramatically improve your vision: 

Palming. First, rub your palms together to create a bit of warmth. Next, form your hands into cup shapes. Now take your hands and press them over your closed eyes. Put your left hand on your left eye and your right hand on your right eye. Let the heat warm your eyes. Relax for a few minutes.  

Eye-rolling. Just as neck rolling can do wonders for a stiff neck, eye-rolling can do wonders for your eye muscles, especially when you’ve been sitting in front of a computer screen for hours. Close your eyes and roll them around in a circular motion. It almost feels like your eyes are getting a massage, so enjoy. This helps lubricate your eyes and eases muscle strain.  

Visual scanning. Sit back and observe the room. Find an object and begin to scan its outline. Then move to another object. For example, start with the computer and move to the plant next to it and then the window behind it. Basically, you want your eyes to be in constant, deliberate motion as you visually take stock of your surroundings. You may already think you’re doing this, but most people focus entirely on what is on the screen.  

Focusing. Take a visual break from your computer. Take your eyes off the computer screen and look at something else for up to a minute. Aim to do this at least once every hour.  

Glancing. While seated, close your eyes and roll them up as far as comfortably possible. Hold for a moment, then look down and hold. Repeat a few times and then take an eye breather (open your eyes and look around). Close your eyes again and look to the right and the left. Repeat this a few times.  

20/20/20 rule. Look up from your book or computer and focus on an object that is at least 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.  

Learn more about basic self-care for leaders and ways to put this into action in this Blue Cross® Virtual Well-Being webinar. You can also sign up for future employer-focused and general interest webinars here, where you’ll find past sessions and resources.




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