Break from the screen – four simple tips against strained eyes

More and more people spend a large part of the day in front of the screen. A side effect is overstrained and tired eyes, here relaxation helps, but also muscle training.

Working on the PC, constantly looking at the smartphone in between and streaming a TV series in the evening: Constant use of the screen and seeing up close puts a strain on our eyes. Those who build in short breaks and exercises can relieve the strained sensory organs somewhat, explains the Kuratorium Gutes Sehen (KGS).

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Eye yoga for relaxation

For a small session of eye yoga, close your eyes and breathe deeply in and out several times. Then rub your palms together and warm them up and then place them over your eyes. This relaxes the eye muscles and prevents signs of fatigue. A simple trick to relieve strained eyes. Repeat the exercise several times.

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Training for the visual muscles

The visual muscles can also tolerate regular training. To do this, look to the right, straight ahead and to the left a few times – without moving your head. Then close your eyes and repeat looking up and down. The exercise shouldn’t be too strenuous.

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20-20-20 rule

The eye muscles tense up due to the constant close-up view of the screen. Regular breaks are therefore important to avoid overly strained eyes. The 20-20-20 rule is good to remember. It states that every 20 minutes you should look at an object that is at least 20 feet (about 6 meters) away for at least 20 seconds.

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Don’t forget to blink

Instead of 10 to 15 times, people often only blink about 4 to 7 times a minute when working on the screen. Burning, itching or dryness are often the result and targeted blinking can help. To do this, blink about 10 times in a row and then relax for half a minute, repeating several times.