7 Tips on How to Relax Your Eyes at the Computer

Thank goodness our modern day computer screens (LCD, LED types) are way better and definitely easier on the eyes than the old big green CRT monitors that could literally burn your eyes. Well, at least that was what it felt like back then. However, you can still accumulate unnecessary eye strains if you’re not mindful of how you’re using your eyes while at the computer.

Many of us spend hours daily on the computer and our eyes are glued to them, causing undue stress plus adding tension to our bodies, especially the neck, shoulders and back. We pick up unhealthy bodily habits and patterns that over time, become normal to us. And yet we wonder why our eyesights are getting worse and why we get headaches etc.

Stress at the computer?

Reading at the computer itself is not the problem, it’s how we use our eyes and postures during then that is usually the problem. Here are 7 useful tips on How to relax your eyes at the computer:

1) Even as you’re reading this, remember that the light arrives to your eyes without you having to do anything to ‘receive’ apart from opening your eyes and moving them. Reading should be effortless. Cultivate soft eyes – notice that if there’s any tension surrounding your eyes, just thank them for trying to help you and let them go. It’s ok now to let go.

2) Allow your eyes to move across the screen fluidly and rapidly. Avoid staring at at particular spot. Light (and hence images) comes to your eyes by movement, not by trying to see. By trying to see, you tense up the muscles surrounding the eyes which cause them to get naturally out of shape, which causes vision blur.

3) Free your neck to be relaxed so your head can move and turn easily in tiny and smooth movements as you read across the screen. This will prevent your neck from ‘locking up’ which will accumulate tension. While doing that, allow your shoulders to drop down and be free too. You don’t have to hold them.

4) Check that your facial and jaw muscles are relaxed too. Notice if there’s a slight gap between your teeth.

5) BREATHE. Allow deep natural breathing to take place. Unknowingly, we often take shallow breaths when we’re exerting efforts while reading and thinking. Just be aware of your breathe and let it flow rhythmically and fully.

6) Change your gaze to distant objects every once in a while, so your eye ciliary muscles are not fixed to the same distant for too long. Let them stretch every now and then. It’d be nice if you’re sitting next to a window with good scenery and natural surroundings.

7) Take time out to stretch your limbs. Take a break. Go for a walk. Break that monotonous activity of sitting at the computer for too long. As you stretch or take a walk, oxygen will flow into your body and eyes and nourishes them.

How our body feels (especially the neck and shoulders) will ultimately affect how our eyes feel. Hope these tips are helpful for you. Happy reading at the computer.

Stretching at Computer

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