Give Your Eyes a Break

angie harris

eye-exercise.jpgI got Epi-Lasik surgery done a little over a year and a half ago. Since then, I have been very diligent about taking care of my eyes (after all, I did pay a hefty sum to be able to see clearly now).

Last week, Christina conducted a yoga session that exercised the eyes. Which got me thinking, how often do we take care of our eyes?

There is a lot of discussion about the Swine Flu, diabetes, and other such physical ailments that we need to take care of. But how often does someone think about taking care of their eyes? Our eyes are a part of our bodies and we probably abuse them the most. For instance, if we hurt our hand or sprain an ankle, we baby it until it gets better. But do we really “baby” our eyes?

Think about this: We are constantly using our eyes. Whether it’s staring for long hours at a computer, driving, watching TV, or playing sports – we are constantly using them. I think we tend to take our eyes for granted sometimes.

So here are some tips that I learned through my eye doctors and various books that I have read.
1.    Don’t stare at something for too long (particularly your computer screen).

a.    If you are looking at objects up close for long periods of time, take a break and look at something far.
b.    It is best to take about a five-minute break every 30 minutes that you are on the computer.
b.1.    There is software on the market that actually locks your computer and forces you to take a break after a given amount of time.

2.     Just like the rest of your body, your eyes need exercise too!
a.    Take some time to do some eye exercises.
b.    There are some helpful exercises that you can look up online that help maintain your vision. Some include relaxation and palming techniques, as well as some eye movement exercises.

So take the time to give your eyes a break!

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