Doctors say that eyestrain is an inevitable part of aging. However, if you pay attention to the name, eyestrain, you can also think of it as more than an unavoidable disease, but also an imbalance caused by working too hard.
In this article, we will explain some exercises that will help relax and tone ocular musculature, to fight eyestrain. If you get used to doing them a few minutes everyday, you will greatly improve or even stop having eyestrain altogether.
Massages and Facial Expressions
Before beginning the exercises, it is important that you relax the musculature around your eyes. Starting with the internal part of your eyebrows, put pressure on them by making almost imperceptible small circles and move towards the external part of the eyebrow. Then, move downwards and follow the shape until you get to the beginning of the eyebrow again. If you would like, you can use a little bit of almond or onagra oil.
You can also help relax your entire face if you spend a minute doing all kinds of facial expressions, whatever comes to mind, trying to move all the parts of your face: lips, jaw, tongue, cheeks, eyes, eyebrows, eyelids, nose, etc.
Then, rest for a few seconds before continuing and breath deeply. In addition to fighting eyestrain, this is also a good exercise to keep your face young.
Patting is one of the nicest exercises there is. To do this, rub your hands together to get them warm, especially if they are cold, and put the palms of your hands on your closed eyes.
Also, if you have dry eyes, blink many times in a row and lastly, tightly close your eyes to relax them.
Often, many people have eyestrain because they excessively tense their eye muscles without realizing it. That is why we will teach you how to consciously tense them in this exercise in order to cause relaxation afterwards. Any time is a good time to do it, especially when you spend a lot of time in front of a computer.
It simply consists in closing your eyes and being conscious of the pressure of your eyelids and even your eyeballs. At first, it will seem like they are relaxed, but if you concentrate, you will see that when you tighten your eyelids, the eyeball does not rest in the space, that your cheekbones are raised, your eyebrows and forehead tightened, etc.
The first few times, you can also take advantage of alternating relaxation with the tension you cause that we mentioned previously (tightly close your eyes for a couple of seconds and relax, etc.)
This exercise is great for working the oblique muscles of the eye and is very effective for fighting eyestrain: it simply consists in looking at the tip of your nose. If it is hard at the beginning, you can start by putting a finger in front of you and following it. You can also follow your nasal septum to the space between your eyebrows. It is surprising that you can observe parts of your face without needing a mirror.
Don’t go over 10-15 seconds without giving your vision a rest, especially the first few times.
One of the most basic circles consists of making circles with your vision, trying to make the roundest circle possible, first towards one side and then the other, and focus on what parts of your eyes want to avoid the curving lining or jump over some point. As a result, you will be able to work the different ocular muscles.
Look Closely and Look Far Away
The best way to work your vision is to go outside in search of an open natural area (with views of a mountain, valley, sea, etc.) in order to look at close details (a flower, rock, etc.) and alternate them with far away panoramic views, stretching your vision as far as you can. Also, the colors of nature, especially green, have balancing therapeutic, relaxing, and toning effects that will help improve your vision and mood.
Another way to relax and tone ocular musculature consists of splashing cold water on your closed eyes. You can do it whenever you want throughout the day, and it will be especially effective when you feel your eyes are red or are too hot.
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