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Sore, Tired Computer Eyes? These Chinese Massage Techniques Will Help

Massage can do a lot to relieve tired eyes, but you need to know the acupressure points. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Massage can do a lot to relieve tired eyes, but you need to know the acupressure points. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Computer screens are the main cause of eye fatigue, although long distance driving, writing, and reading are other common culprits.

You know your eyes are fatigued when they start to feel tired, burning, or itching, or when you catch yourself rubbing your eyes.

Massage pressure points

In traditional Chinese medicine, fatigue is the result of stagnation in the energy meridians. Massage can fix this by helping to move the blockage along, bringing new Qi (chi) in.

Through massage, your vision will clear, and your eyes will feel more awake.

In this video, Grace Tan, an acupuncturist from AOMA Graduate of School of Integrative Medicine, explains how to find and massage three different acupressure points, which serve to nourish your eyes when they are feeling strained, and fatigued:

Pressure points between eyes

Locate the middle of Bladder 1 and Bladder 2, and press firmly with thumbs—there is a slight dent there. Extend index fingers to the top of the forehead for support. Move thumbs around in small circles for 20-30 seconds.

Bladder 1 is located right between the eyes on either side of the bridge of your nose (Image:Youtube/screenshot)

Bladder 1 is located right between the eyes on either side of the bridge of your nose (Screenshot/YouTube)

Pressure points below cheek bone

Locate the highest point in your cheek bone, then let your fingers move downward to find the lowest point—this is the spot. Firmly move your fingers around in small circles, then repeat the other direction for 20-30 seconds.

Press these two points just below the cheek bone, to invigorate tired eyes (Image:AOMA Graduate School of Intergrative medicine Youtube/Screenshots)

Press these two points just below the cheek bone to invigorate tired eyes. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Eyebrow brush

With your thumbs firmly pressing your temples, brush over your eye brows and under your eyes with your bent index finger. Repeat this sweeping actions for 20-30 seconds.

Sweeping the eyebrows pushes stagnant chi away from the eyes (Image:AOMA Graduate Institute of Integrative medicine/Youtube screenshot)

Sweeping the eyebrows pushes stagnant chi away from the eyes (Screenshot/YouTube)

More tips to save your eyes

  • Angle your computer screen just 5 degrees down, making your eyes smaller, thus preventing moisture loss and the feeling of dryness.
  • Turn down the brightness control for your screen. Experiment which brightness your eyes are most comfortable with. This may change over the day.
  • Rest your eyes every hour for 10 minutes when doing long periods of computer work.
  • Dab eyes with a cold, moist towel in the mornings, and a warm, moist towel at night to soothe your eyes.
  • Keep your screen clean to avoid particle emission.
  • Reduce the screen’s glare by turning off lamps, and covering windows. The furnishings on the desk should ideally be a soft, matt finish.
  • Eat foods that protect your eyes, such as oily fish, potatoes, and bananas.

If you work at your computer more than 3 hours a day, be aware of the indicators of eye strain, which include headache, blurred vision, and tired, gritty eyes. When I’m tired, it takes a lot less time for the gritty feeling to comesometimes around an hour. Regular tea breaks, and pat-the-dog breaks, help me work for longer, without the discomfort.

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