In the era of technological innovations, the use of digital devices among children, teenagers and adults has increased significantly and the use of digital devices has been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic as people moved to remote working and children had to spend more time to their mobile or computer, thanks to online classes, which has led to a significant increase in digital eye fatigue, as the short, high energy waves emitted by the digital devices can penetrate the eyes and ultimately contribute to damage to the eyes. retinal cells. This further makes a person vulnerable to a variety of eye problems ranging from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to dry eyes.
According to a recent study in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology involving 217 students, 109 students suffered from digital eye fatigue and among them, 26% were mild cases, 13% moderate cases and 11% severe grades with common symptoms such as headache and itch. However, health and fitness experts insist that eye yoga may prove to be extremely effective in curbing digital eye strain and relieving various ailments.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Labdhi Shah, MS ophthalmologist and neuro-ophthalmologist at the Eyeconic Eye Clinic in Ahmedabad: “Eye yoga usually involves eye movements that can condition and strengthen the muscles of the eyes. Practicing eye yoga for a period of time can provide tremendous benefits to a practitioner and can facilitate the normal functioning of the eyes.
He revealed 4 eye yoga poses that can be practiced to reduce digital eye fatigue and improve overall eye function:
1. Follow the 20-20-20 rule
Method – Take a 20 second break. Look at something 20 meters away. Do it every 20 minutes.
Method – Sit in a quiet place. Rub palms for 15-20 seconds until they begin to feel warm. Place hands on eyes, fingertips on forehead. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and feel the warmth. Repeat this process 6-7 times.
3. Shift focus
Method – Sit in a comfortable position and breathe normally. With thumb pointing up, hold one arm straight out in front. Keep the focus on the thumb and move the thumb towards the nose. Pause for a few seconds, then return the arm to its original position while keeping the gaze on the thumb. Repeat it 10 times.
Method – Sit in a comfortable position with eyes wide open. Blink ten times very quickly. Now close the eyes and relax for 20-25 seconds. Repeat the process 5-6 times.
While digital eye strain is increasingly becoming a worrisome problem in the modern world, yoga can come to the rescue and bring immediate relief. Practice these yoga poses daily and reap the benefits of strong, healthy eyes for a lifetime.