Our eyes go through a lot on a daily basis. Whether they’re glued to the pages of our favorite book, watching our favorite TV shows, or continuously glaring at our computer or smartphone screens throughout the day, it’s rare that our eyes get a rest. For most, this means constant eye fatigue, recurring discomfort, and even deterioration in vision over time.


Professor Alan Hedge of Cornell University gives just one example of the kind of strain put on the human eye on a regular basis, focusing his attention on reading. He notes that, while reading, a person’s eyes make about 10,000 movements per hour, a number which remains constant whether the person is reading on paper or on a digital screen. Considering then that many of us tend to read or stare at screens for hours on end, it’s no wonder we become susceptible to some serious negative repercussions.


Factors like prolonged reading or exposure to computer screens can contribute to eye fatigue, which may in term lead to more serious issues like nearsightedness (rosineyecare.com)

Factors like prolonged reading or exposure to computer screens can contribute to eye fatigue, which may in turn lead to more serious issues like nearsightedness (rosineyecare.com)

Luckily, there’s a simple technique which can help you achieve instant relief for your eyes, and it comes down to relaxing the eye muscles and giving them a much needed break.


Encouraging muscle relaxation can be achieved through tensing up the muscles and then releasing them, creating a kind of calming wave over the body. However, because the eye muscles are largely involuntary, it’s not as easy to specifically target them when going about muscle relaxation this way.


The trick is that by tensing up and releasing other major muscles throughout your body, including muscles in your biceps or in your quadriceps, you can actually allow involuntary muscles to relax along with the major muscles you are targeting.


To relax your eyes using this technique, simply take a break from whatever you are doing every few hours each day to close your eyes, tense up your body and major muscles, and take a deep breath. Hold your breath and the position for a few seconds before gently exhaling and releasing your muscles. As your major muscles relax, your eye muscles will follow suit.


Not only can the trick help you achieve fast relief; it may even help prevent future deterioration in eyesight by reducing damage associated with constant, ongoing strain.


What are some other tricks you know of that can play a role in reducing discomfort and fatigue as a result of exhausted, overworked eyes? Share them below or tweet me @tamarahoumi