Day to day
The alarm sounds. You linger in bed for a while you look at the last photo your roommate uploaded to Instagram. You get up running (it’s already late again) and leave the house as fast as you can, still choking on your coffee. Class. You open the laptop. You take notes and take advantage of the teacher’s scrolls (why are you telling us about this now?) To open Facebook in another tab and keep up to date with the news. Four or five hours later, you go home. What do you play, study, read or watch a series? Then you may go out for a while (but not without your mobile) and then an hour of conversation via WhatsApp with your partner or friends that is not missing. Before sleeping, maybe you put on a movie and, once in bed, the last thing you will see before closing your eyes is probably the screen of your phone.
How many hours a day have you been looking at a screen, reading or writing? Well, surely too many, but that’s life.
The wicked screens
The scientific community is divided: some speak of a terrible blue light that will blind us all in a few years and others say that backlit screens do not cause any damage to our eyes by themselves, that the problem is how we use them. To be fair, it must be said that the former usually want to sell us protective glasses at a not modest price and the latter are only dedicated to research and ensure that the aforementioned glasses are useless. Who do we believe? Well, let each one decide. In addition, you already know that the beauty of science is that new studies come out every day contradicting what had been published in previous ones, so, if you already have very expensive protective glasses against blue light, do not whip yourself. What would be nice is that, just in case those who say that the problem is not the screens but how we use them are right, take a series of precautions to take care of your sight in addition to putting on your glasses.
What to do
The first thing to understand is that your eyes work a lot and you have to give them a break from time to time. It is not about stopping doing what you want or have to do not looking at your mobile, not watching a series, not studying, but rather that you do it by stopping from time to time to rest your eyes incorporating a series of simple daily routines:
- More or less, every half hour of wearing out your eyes in front of a screen or some notes, you should stop and close your eyes for about 30 seconds. Cover them with the palms of your hands gently to be in complete darkness.
- Look away By concentrating your eyes on nearby objects all the time, your muscles get tired. It’s like having one arm in the same position all the time, there comes a time when, even though we are not bearing weight, we get exhausted. The same goes for the eyes; you have to “stretch” from time to time. Every so often, be sure to look as far away as possible. And we don’t mean the opposite wall, but the window.
- As with closeness, it happens with movement. When reading or looking at a screen, eye movement occurs within a small range. Since you stop to close your eyes and look far away, take the opportunity to move them all the way. Put your back straight, look straight ahead and, keeping your head straight, move your eyes to the left and right, up, down and to the center (yes, cross your eyes). Keep your eyes in each position for about five seconds.
- To help focus, select a couple of objects in the room where you are (one closer and one further away) and look at them alternately so that your sight quickly adjusts to the change in distance.
- Massage the orbits gently with your fingertips below the eyebrows and continue to follow the contour of the orbital bone. Gently pinch the bridge of the nose as well. This, in addition to being pleasant and relaxing, promotes blood flow.
- Avoid dry eyes by blinking often. Many times, our eyes get tired because we are concentrating on reading and that concentration decreases the blink rate. If the eye is drier than normal, it gets tired. So during your bout of eye exercises, blink gently about 30 times in a row. Remember that the use of eye drops to avoid dryness is not advisable unless we have a previous ocular pathology that requires it. According to professional ghostwriters, if we artificially supply moisture to our eyes, we will make them lazy.
- Roll your eyes in circles slowly and blink each time you finish a lap. Then turn in the opposite direction and repeat four times on each side.
Obviously, losing 15 minutes a day (assuming we do these exercises about three times) in exchange for maintaining good vision for many years is a great benefit, but without putting ourselves in things as far away as our visual health at 70, which Yes, we will observe, there are several very important immediate benefits for any student who wants to perform adequately during their study hours.
Having tired eyes can cause headaches, exhaustion, and lack of concentration. Just the things that every student wants to avoid (especially during the marathon days that we hit each other during exam time). If we stop doing these simple exercises, we will be able to study for longer with less fatigue, we will perform better and we will not end our career.