Eyes serve as the body’s camera that allows you to see and put things into memory. But just like the devices we use, the
organs can also be overused and require rest to function properly.
One study shows that the average office worker spends 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen. Add the smartphones or tablets that people use during break and at home.
Excessive screen time has been linked to some eye-related problems, such as eyestrain, dry eyes, headaches and insomnia. However, people still continue to spend a large amount of time glued to computers and devices.
Eye yoga has been getting more attention since many people report eye strain because of their busy, techy life. They experience sore, tired, burning or itching eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision and headaches.
Eye yoga can be helpful to reduce eyestrain. However, it may not work in some conditions or diseases, such as cataract and glaucoma.
It is important to see a doctor if you experience any symptoms of serious eye problems.
I – Word Understanding
Insomnia – difficulty in sleeping
Techy life – a lifestyle that depends heavily on using technology (smartphone, computer, apps)
II – Have Your Say
1. Having vision problems? Which treatment/s have you undergone so far?
a. Eye glasses
b. Contact Lenses
c. Eye surgery
d. Eye drops
2. Let’s do eye yoga!
a. 20-Second Exercise. Find an object far from you and stare at it without blinking for 20 seconds. Put your thumb below the object and shift your focus between the object and the tip of your thumb.
b. For Eye Moisture. In this exercise, you just need to look at different directions or like a zigzag pattern with your eyes for several seconds. It would help increase moisture on the eyeballs, according to mindbodygreen.
c. Blinking Rapidly. Blink several times and then close your eyes for 20 seconds. With your eyes closed, try to look down, to the left, up, to the right, then reverse the direction holding each position for five seconds.
d. Palm Heat. Simply rub your hands together to generate heat. Place your palms over your closed eyes and hold until you feel your eyes absorbing the heat.