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Importance of Relaxing Your Eyes

Do you find yourself staring at screens for a large part of your day?  Perhaps you are currently working remotely from home and rely on your laptop for daily tasks.  Your children may be spending more time than usual in front of a screen with recent virtual learning needs.  Although working and learning from home are convenient and efficient, they can take a toll on your eyes.  It’s important to give your eyes periodic breaks from looking at screens and the harmful light they emit by following some simple eye relaxation techniques.

As hard as it may seem to believe, our eyes are composed of muscles.  Just like the other muscles in our bodies, when we exercise the muscles of our eye, it’s important to give those a rest too.  The best way to let your eyes rest is by shutting out light.  By doing so, you are allowing your optic nerve to rest by not being stimulated by outside images.  Resting your eyes can also help to relax your entire body.  Eye rest exercises should be performed daily because fitness for your eyes is important for a lifetime of good vision!

Palming – Make the palms of your hands warm by rubbing them vigorously together for a few seconds.  Then, cup your hands over your closed eyes.  Rest your cupped hands on the tissues surrounding your eyes and breathe in and out deeply.  Meditation during palming will help you relax even further.  Palm for five-minute periods throughout your work day. 

Eye Massage – Similar to palming, eye massaging can relieve eye strain.  Use clean fingers to gently massage your eyelids, the muscle above your eyebrow, your under-eyes, and temples.  By doing so, you are increasing the blood circulation to your eyes and relaxing all of the muscles around that area.  A few drops of olive oil, eye cream, or aloe vera gel can be used for an even smoother, more relaxing eye massage.

Cover the Eyes – Cover your eyes with an eye mask or some kind of soft material to block out all light.  While sitting or lying down in a relaxed position (but not sleeping), imagine the world around you is black.  By “relaxing into the blackness,” you are teaching your brain that your eyes do not have to always strain.  Your eyes will function better through relaxation techniques rather than stress. 

Sunning – Sunning is a great way to start your day!  Stand in front of a door or window that receives plenty of natural sunlight.  Close your eyes and allow the sunlight to gently warm your eyelids.  Be sure to do this without your glasses or contacts lenses.  Sunlight can help the retina release dopamine, which leads to healthy eye development. 

* Be sure to not directly stare at the sun for this relaxation method.

Warm & Cold Water Compresses – Warm and cold compresses are easy ways to relax your eye muscles and strained eyes.  For this method, dip a soft and clean cloth into warm (not hot!) or cool water and place it over your eyelids for a couple of minutes.  Warm water will relax your eye muscles and cool water (or even ice cubes wrapped up in a cloth) will help reduce puffiness around your eyes caused by eye strain.

Blue Light Lenses & Anti-Reflective Coating – If you have been working in front of your computer screen, or your children have been learning virtually over the past few months, you probably have heard of the blue light lenses craze.  Blue light is transmitted when you look at your tablet, phone or computer screen.  The eye does not block blue light well, therefore causing digital eye strain and eye fatigue.  Such light can damage the cells of the retina, as well as mess with your sleep/wake cycle.  Blue light glasses, as well as anti-reflective coating on your regular eyeglasses, help to filter out harmful blue light to combat eye strain and sleeplessness caused by excessive screen time.

Premier Eye Care Group – Comprehensive Vision Care in Harrisburg, PA

If you are searching for an eye doctor near you in the Harrisburg, PA or Camp Hill, PA region, look no further.  Premier Eye Care Group offers a variety of eyeglasses, contact lenses, and many other vision services.  As we navigate these ever-evolving times, our eye doctors are here for you and all of your family’s eye care needs. Call us today at (717) 232-0843 or visit our contact page to request an appointment. 

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