Do these exercises for optimal eye health

With so many of us spending a major chunk of our time in front of computer screens and other screens like tablets, cell phones, and laptops, it’s usually our eyes that take the worst hit over time. Blurry vision, dry and itchy eyes, and red eyes are usually the first symptoms that could indicate an underlying eye problem, and according to multiple studies, almost 50% to 90% of people who use computers for heavy portions of the day will suffer from at least one symptom of eye strain, or CVS, Computer Vision Syndrome. If gone untreated, CVS can lead to more serious issues like chronic headaches and migraines, and severe neck pain. However, there are a few little things that you can do to ensure that your eyes get exercised in a healthy way, which can prolong your eye health. Continue reading to find out more!

The 20-20-20 Rule:

If you have an occupation that involves staring at a computer for long periods of time in your day, then performing this 20-20-20 rule can give your eyes and neck muscles a much deserved break. Computer screens are brightness devils and they need to be dealt in the strictest ways. A simple thumb rule is to glance away at an object 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. These 20 seconds will not only help your eyes to relax, but will also give a much needed break to your neck muscles. Every 20 minutes stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds; the 20-20-20- rule.

In the Blink of an Eye:

With staring at a computer screen all day for work, or if you have been playing games for hours on end, we tend to forget to blink our eyes; it comes with the territory. While this small scale habit may mean nothing to us, it essentially means that we are blocking the much needed hydration of our eyes. This eventually leads to dry eyes and in a longer run may lead to itchy eyes. With humans normally blinking 20 times per minute, we all know how to do it, so blink, and blink often!

Alternate Near and Far Focus:

This exercise is similar to the 20-20-20 rule, but it involves taking some time out of your day at the computer to focus on something that is very close to your vision, and then switching to something that is very far from your vision. Doing this will exercise your eye focus.

Clean That Screen:

Having a dirty computer screen with specs of dirt and dust can have a huge impact on CVS because those dirt and dust mites reflect the light into our eyes from the screen. Opt for a clean computer screen, and keep with you some screen cleaner that is safe to use on your computer’s screen. Clean your screen = save your eyes.

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