5 Eye Yoga Exercises for Digital Eye Strain

By Aaron Barriga

Can’t stop checking Facebook? Or do you just pick up your iPad to splurge on your next online purchase? Is your excessive use of digital screens interfering with your daily life – relationships and work? It comes as no surprise that an increase in digital technology has seen many individuals suffering from visual discomfort such as blurred vision or itchy eyes that stem from screen use for over two hours. The Vision Council refers to these symptoms as ‘digital eye strain’. About 80% of American adults report using digital screens for more than two hours every day, while around 67% report using two or more devices simultaneously and, 59% report symptoms of digital eye strain. So what really is an eye strain? Here’s a look at the symptoms. 


How do you know if you have an Eye Strain?

If you have been using digital screens for prolonged periods, chances are you have experienced some form of eyestrain. Symptoms may include:

·      Dry Eyes

·      Itchy Eyes

·      Headaches

·      Dizziness

·      Blurry or Double Vision

Eyestrain where dizziness and headaches are common symptoms can often be a sign of a larger problem. Some eye problems are minor that go away with time or when treated at home. 


6 Benefits of Eye Yoga

1.     Better Eyesight

2.     Improved Peripheral Vision

3.     Calmer Mind

4.     Relief from Dry Eyes

5.     Lowers the risk of Eye Diseases

6.     Concentrate Better


5 Yoga Eye Exercises 

1.    Palming

Rub your palms until they are a little warm and place them over your eyes. Take in deep breaths while you let your palms rest on your eyes. Make sure you block out light completely to promote better relaxation.


2.    Eye Rotation

Keep your right thumb directly in front of you and move your hand in a circular motion, making sure you keep your elbow straight. Your head should remain still and keep breathing in a rhythmic pattern. Inhale when you complete the upper half circle and exhale when completing the lower half circle. Repeat the exercise 4-5 times. 


3.    Periodic Blinking

Sit in a comfortable position and start blinking 10-15 times quickly. Then keep your eyes closed for 20 seconds. Again open your eyes and start blinking. Repeat the exercise 3-5 times, while taking a break to give your eyes some rest. 


4.    Trace the figure of eight with your eyes

Draw a figure of eight and place it at least 10 feet in front of you, making sure that it is placed at eye level. Now trace the figure 8 with your eyes and make sure you do not move your head. Repeat the exercise 4-5 times. 


5.    Eye Stretch

Stretching your eyes is equally important. Move your eyes from side to side slowly while holding your vision at each side for 3 seconds, and then gradually move your eyes back to the front. 


Maintaining eye health is essential to keep common eye conditions and diseases at bay. These simple eye exercises can go a long way in giving you instant relief from an eye strain. However, if problems like blurry vision and dry eyes prolong, your visit to an eye specialist is vital to check for serious concerns. 


Author Bio: Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care and eye health. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.


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