Digital devices and screens are a mixed blessing. There’s no question they make life much easier and more fun. Every sort of entertainment you can think of comes on a screen, from streaming movies to the latest thrilling games in your favorite online casino Ireland. However, more and more young people are experiencing eye strain and having to get glasses because of all the time they spend looking at screens. Worse, stressed eyes spoil your performance at work and your gaming pleasure with headaches, and might even lead to glaucoma. What’s to be done? We can’t very well throw away our screens. But there are things you can do to reduce the strain on your eyes – and improve your gaming experience while you’re at it. You’ll also save money on pain killers and eye drops.
Generally, you should give your eyes a break from time to time and just focus on something other than the screen for a bit. Try to find something inspiring to look at – the view out the window is better than the clock on the wall! Apply the 20-20-20 rule – for every 20 minutes you spend on a digital device, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. Stay hydrated and try eating vision-preserving food like courgettes, fatty fish, eggs, garlic, onions, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, blueberries and apricots.
The key to unstressed eyes is in the palm of your hands. Make yourself comfortable and rub your palms together. This will generate some heat. After that, close your eyes and cup your hands. Press your cupped hands over your eyes and let them soak up the relaxing heat. After a few minutes of relaxing in this way, your eyes will feel much less stressed.
Another handy remedy for eye-strain is chamomile tea bags. Your eyes benefit from the warmth as well as the soothing and relaxing smell.
Blink and you’ll miss it
Blinking is very important for the health of our eyes. Not blinking enough dries out your eyes and makes them feel scratchy. The problem is that looking at screens tends to make people blink much less than usual. One thing you can do is train yourself to blink normally during screen time. One blink every four seconds is enough to lubricate your eyeballs.
Roll with it
Add to the power of blinking with eye rolling. Remember that your eyes are like any muscles in your body. If they stay in one position too long, they get stiff and sore. Rolling sore eyes is like rolling a stiff neck – it helps your eye muscles a lot. You can simply close your lids and roll your eyes, or you can use this old yoga technique. Sit with your eyes closed and keep them closed while you glance up as far as you comfortably can. Hold the position for a second, then glance down. Open your eyes and look around. Then close them again and glance as before but to the right and the left. Repeat the procedure a few times – it’s really like yoga for the eyes.
Snap out of it
When you spend a lot of time looking at objects close up on a screen, your eyes can get kind of stuck in one focus. To help your eyes adjust, try the technique of visual scanning. Sit back and observe your surroundings, then focus on an object. Scan the outline of this object and then move on to scan the outline of every other object in the space. For instance, you could start with a wall clock, transfer your focus to the coffee machine below it, and then move to the chairs in pause area, and so on, until you’ve taken stock of everything. The point is to keep your eyes moving constantly and deliberately so that they snap out of that one fixed focus.