Healthy Computing: Blink and Breathe

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Staring intensely at the monitor may result in blurred vision, dry
burning eyes, or difficulty in focusing. Reverse this computer-vision
syndrome and enjoy comfortable vision when you BLINK AND BREATHE.

HOW TO BLINK AND BREATHE:

  • Master relaxing blinks:

    Take a microbreak and gently lower your upper eyelids so that your eyes
    close. As your eyelids close, sense your eyes rolling upward and
    simultaneously exhale. At the same time loosen your jaw so that your
    upper and lower teeth are not touching. Repeat every few minutes.

  • Integrate blinks into your work:

    Blink at the end of every line, after entering a column of numbers, and
    with every mouse movement during typing and data entry. Repeat every
    fifteen seconds.

  • Practice relaxing your vision:

    Look away from the screen to a distant object or place (e.g., look out
    the window or across the room). As you look into the distance, allow your
    jaw and upper eyelids to drop. Let your eyes close as you exhale. Feel
    your eyes sinking into their sockets. Exhale with a slight smile for one
    or two breaths and then re-open them. Repeat every 30 minutes.

  • Avatar Written by Erik Peper PhD

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