“Before the pandemic, we had fewer complaints about things like eye strain, dryness, not being able to comfortably wear contact lenses all day. I think doing a lot of work on the devices maybe contributing to that “, said Dr. Faktorovich, specialist surgeon and director of the Pacific Vision Institute.
Recent reports have revealed that Americans spend around five to seven hours a day staring at a screen. During the pandemic, those numbers have doubled for many people.
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One of them is Eliza Chu. She works as an executive assistant in the Bay Area and spends about 10 hours a day in front of a computer.
“When your eyesight is so good, you can tell when it’s starting to let go a bit. Very easily. Like I can’t see that far anymore. Your eyes also get really dry if you don’t concentrate,” Chu said.
She has had 20/20 vision all her life, but recently her optometrist noticed the change.
“They said my eyesight was fine, but I have to start wearing glasses to prevent my eyes from getting worse,” Chu said.
This is where Marc Morozumi comes in. He is a yoga teacher and owner of the Mukunda studio in San Francisco. He’s transitioned from teaching in person to teaching online, and now implements “eye yoga” at the start of many of his classes to help a lot with eye strain.
Luz Pena: “It’s kind of ironic that you teach ‘eye yoga’ via Zoom.”
Morozumi: “It turns out that the pandemic has given many of us teachers the inspiration to transfer what we normally do in the studio to be able to support people. But you’re right, it’s ironic, but even more necessary .”
We asked Morozumi to show us the “eye yoga” technique that many like Chu implement.
- We arrive at a nice ascending position without being steep
- You want to tell yourself that you’re not going to move another part of your body as best you can
- Only the eyes will go up to the ceiling and without forcing
- Circle the eyes to the right and down and keep moving around the peripheral edge of your vision
- If you notice the eyes jumping or jumping, take it easy next time. It’s not about speed
- Go the other way. Open your eyes and draw the eyes towards the ceiling and make a circle to the left and down and continue
But, clinically, does “eye yoga” really work?
“Any activity that can help reduce tension is good for the muscles,” Dr. Faktorovich said.
Dr. Faktorovich says exercises like this are important for maintaining eye health. Another simple technique is “every 20 minutes the patient can look at least 20 feet away for about 20 seconds.”
Eye yoga is recommended for 1-3 minutes daily.
“Bring the palms together, rub the hands together. Feel the head come to the surface of the palms and we do what is called cupping the eyes. Cup the hands and place them over the eyes, blocking out all light and seal in all the heat,” Morozumi described.
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