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There might have been some truth to your mom chastising you for overexposure to the screen when she said or sometimes hysterically screamed, “Stop staring at it all day! You will damage your eyes!!” According to an article published by Fast Company, staring at the screens for long periods of time has got 64% to 90% of computer users to suffer from what is called computer vision syndrome. If you experience eyestrain, headaches, dry eyes or eyes watering, and double or blurred vision, it might be a wake-up call to get yourself examined for computer vision syndrome.  But it does not have to get that bad. How about we help you out with some Sukshma(Meaning ‘Subtle’ in Sanskrit) Yoga exercises that are simple and you can do it right in the middle of your day, to reduce the strain on your eyes and give them a healthy break from continuous staring and straining.

It is worth knowing, not just staring at the screens, but mental and emotional stress also affects the functionality of the most important set of muscles in your eye, the ocular muscles. Sukshma Yoga exercises as simple as blinking and palming can help manage this stress.

A) Palming 

  1. Sit comfortably
  2. Take a few deep breaths
  3. Rub your palms vigorously until warm
  4. Close your eyes and place your palms on your eye lids
  5. Soak in the warmth of the palm
  6. Repeat the exercise thrice

B) Blinking

  1. Blink your eyes 10 times
  2. Close your eyes and relax them for a few seconds after blinking
  3. Repeat it 5 times


C) Moving eyes sideways along the tip of the fist

  1. Sit comfortably
  2. Make a fist with your hands, thumbs out and take it up to your eye level
  3. Move the fist all the way to your left and let your eye balls move along, keeping your gaze at the tip of your fist.
  4. Make sure your body is straight
  5. Bring your fist to the center. Take the fist to your right and let the eye balls move to your right.
  6. Bring the fist back to the center and rest.
  7. Slowly lower your fist and relax your eyes

D) Moving your eyes up and down

  1. Repeat the exercise above, except that this time, you must take your fist all the way up and all the way down.

E) Eye ball rotation

Rotate your eye balls 360 degrees first in the clockwise direction (five times) and then in the anti clockwise direction (five times)



F) Open your eyes wide and squeeze them shut

Open your eyes widely and squeeze them shut. Repeat the exercise about five times. Rest your eyes after the exercise for a few seconds.

Repeat it five times

G) Relax your eyes.

You can close your eyes and sit for a few minutes, and simply observe the pattern of your breath. When you open your eyes, you will feel calmer and your eyes more relaxed than before.


Image Source;

  1. Energy Times
  3. Nature HealthSecrets
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