Online contact lens retailer and vision care experts, Lenstore, has partnered with an eye yoga specialist to highlight exercises for decreasing eye strain whilst working from home
Struggle to keep your eyes open? Find yourself squinting at excel? Keep complaining you have eye headaches? Staring at screens all day can have a bigger impact on your eyes than you might think, and unlike any other part of our body, our eyes are somewhat neglected when it comes to relaxing and de-stressing.
So how can we rectify this? When we are generally feeling stressed, some of us pick up the yoga mat and tune into YouTube. So why don’t you consider yoga for your eyes?
Yoga teacher Phoebe Greenacre is hosting the first-ever eye yoga class on Instagram live on Thursday 15th October at 12:30 pm. The initiative, commissioned by Lenstore, wants to shine a light on some eye issues that might occur when spending a long time staring at screens, as well as provide those working from home with a few easy eye yoga movements that might help to fight eye fatigue.
Three easy eye yoga exercises to reduce eye strain
If you can’t wait until the live class, or want to gain a sense of what to expect, Lenstore has collaborated with holistic therapist, yoga and meditation teacher Phoebe Greenacre to produce a video illustrating some eye yoga exercises to try out in the meantime.
Some of these exercises include:
This exercise consists of rubbing your palms together to create heat and placing your hands over your eyes for 10 seconds. This will allow any tension accumulated in the back of the eye to slowly decrease.
- Rapid Blinking
This exercise consists of blinking very fast for 10-15 seconds and then allowing the eyes to close, settle, and soften. This exercise is particularly helpful for releasing the eyes from dryness and overuse.
This third exercise consists of rolling the eyes repeatedly clockwise and anti-clockwise. It is particularly good as it may help with strengthening the eye muscles and enhance the shape of both eyes.
To watch a step-by-step of these exercises you can read Lenstore’s latest post or follow Phoebe Greenacre’s Instagram live on Thursday 15th October at 12:30 pm.
Roshni Patel, BSc (Hons) MCOptom, Professional Services Manager at Lenstore comments:
“Based on my experience, I always recommend that people take time away from the screens while working from home. It is important to release the eyes from digital strain deriving from blue light released from computer and TV screens.
“Another great way to prevent eye fatigue is to follow the 20-20-20 rule, highly recommended by Optometrists and Opticians. This rule consists of looking at something 20 feet away, for a duration of 20 seconds for every 20 min spent staring at screens. It has been proved to be effective in helping to prevent digital eye strain.”