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Yoga For The Eyes
 
Now I know there are numerous forms of exercise you can do at home and Yoga is one of them. It’s not what I do, apart from my daily Salut to the Sun, but if you’ve been in lock down and spending a lot more time than usual staring at a screen of some sort, you might want to practice a bit of yoga for your eyes.


No, I’m not joking.


There is a condition called CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome), which can cause things like –


Blurred vision

Double vision

Dry red eyes

Headaches

Itchy eyes

Neck and back pain

Watery eyes


It interested me because I have Macular Degeneration. It’s not bad yet, but inevitably it will get worse over time, and as I spend hours on the computer, anything I can do to give my eyes a rest must surely be a bonus.


So, here are a few things I’ve been trying –


PALMING

You rub your hands together quickly to generate some heat and then gently cup them over your eyes for a few minutes whilst you relax and breathe.


RAPID BLINKING

You sit in a comfortable position, relax, and breathe. Loosen your jaw, open your lips, release any tension in your face and forehead, then focus on a specific point and blink rapidly ten times. Close your eyes for 20 seconds. Repeat four times.


GAZE UP AND DOWN

Relax and breathe. Then, imagine you’re looking at a clock in front of you. Look up at the 12.00, then down to the 6.00 without moving your neck. Do these 10 times. Only your eyes should move. Next, look at the 9.00 and the 3.00 (left and right). Again, do these 10 times without moving your neck.


EYE CIRCLES

Breathe deeply and then try moving your eyes in a huge circle. Start at the ceiling and move them in a clockwise direction. When you reach the top, rest your eyes with a bit of PALMING and then do the same thing again but in an anti-clockwise direction.


CHANGE YOUR FOCUS

Hold your arm out fully in front of you and stick your thumb up straight. Focus on your thumb and gradually move it towards your face until it appears blurry. Rest, then slowly move your thumb back out to the starting position. Repeat a few times.


It’s so easy to forget about your eyes when you’re concentrating on something on a screen, but apparently, you should follow the 20-20-20 rule, i.e. every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.


I'm not quite sure how some people would manage to look at something 20 feet away though unless they looked out of the window.


Anyway, a few other good tips are to have your monitor a comfortable distance from your face, usually about 20 – 28 inches, and where possible try to reduce the glare and brightness on your screen.


Take care...


... and don't forget to breathe!