There is that point in the middle of a paper, or reading for class, when your eyes are so fuzzy you think you’re losing your vision. Eye strain is not a joy to have, but it is remedied with a little rest.
Instead of giving yourself free reign to goof off because your eyes are sore, try a few exercises to move them back into focus.
- Close your eyes tightly for three to five seconds; complete 7 more reps of this.
- Give your eyelids a massage, or a hot compress.
- Focus on a distant object for about a minute; my dog is a great distraction when it chases its tail.
- Rotate your head clockwise, and then counter clockwise. This is a warm-up also used in yoga classes.
- Blink more. The more you blink, the more hydrated your eyes feel.
If you wear contacts like I do, take them out and give your peepers a rest. Sometimes I’m able to focus better after a long day by looking through my glasses, instead of a day-worn pair of contacts. After your break you should feel refreshed and ready to add new vigor to your class tasks. Just remember to give your eyes a little R&R whenever they start feeling worn out.
By J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor