There are many reasons why you might get tired eyes in the winter time; from the dryness of the air outside and lower humidity levels in the home (which can cause dry eye syndrome) to straining our vision for driving and other activities that we might do in the dark, wintertime can really take a toll on our peepers. To help prevent this sort of discomfort, always wear glasses for myopia (short-sightedness) and hyperopia (long-sightedness) and go for regular check-ups at your opticians. In addition to taking good care of your eyesight and using eye drops, here are 6 really quick exercises that can help to relieve your symptoms.
If you’re starting to feel eye tiredness during driving, working on a computer, or just from walking around outside, the easiest thing you can do is blink. Blinking can help to lubricate your eyes with tears, helping to reduce inflammation and prevent that dry, itchy feeling. It’s important to train yourself to blink at regular intervals throughout the day – for some, it really is easier said than done though – especially when you’re busy and forget. So always carry some hydrating eye drops with you and remember to take regular 5 minute breaks so you can rest your eyes.
2. Eye Rolling
This is the closest thing to a massage for your eyes – and you’ll really feel a difference! A bit like a warm up neck roll in yoga or aerobics, eye rolling can do wonders by helping you stretch your eyes and creating movement and lubrication. If you feel an eye strain coming on, stop what you’re doing, close your eyes and roll your eyeballs around in a circular motion. Do this for at least 30 seconds and when you open your eyes again, you should feel much better.
Palming is the ultimate form of relaxation for your eyes and can really help to create a sense of calm, not just physically but psychologically too. First you need to rub your hands to together so that the friction of your palms create a bit of warmth. Then place both your palms over your eyes in a cupping motion and make sure your eyes are closed. Not only does the darkness help to rest your peepers but the heat will also help to relieve any irritation or pain from the entire area surrounding your eye sockets.
4. Object Scanning
If your eyes are tired from doing a concentrated task, take some time to let your eyes readjust around the room. Take yourself away from what you are doing, sit back and relax, and then scan your surroundings for objects that you can focus on. Focus on one object at a time to help your eyes adjust to different focal points. For instance, look around the room and fix your gaze on the clock for 30 seconds, look at the TV and fix your gaze on that for 30 seconds and do the same for other things in the distance.
5. Glancing Movements
Exercise your eyeballs by closing your lids and glancing up as comfortably possible, glancing down as comfortably possible then glancing to the left and to the right. Repeat this in a few sets before opening your eyes again. Not only will this help to reduce strain but it will give your eyes the lubrication that they need.