Eye Health

31 July 2009

Easy exercises for your eyes

Like any part of the body, especially during the winter months when exercise regimens tend to go out the window, our eyes need care and attention to stay healthy and in shape.

Pamper your eyes with these simple exercises.

Like any part of the body, especially during the winter months when exercise regimens tend to go out the window, our eyes need care and attention to stay healthy and in shape.

Visit this interactive and informative website and check out the Healthy Sight Coach Programme, designed by Transitions Optical.

There are four easy to follow exercise programmes to help exercise and relax tired eyes:

  • Eye Care: simple exercises and top tips to help relieve eye strain at work
  • Eye Gym: a daily eye work-out from morning to night.
  • Eye Yoga: easy exercises to help flex and relax your eyes.
  • Eye Spa: eye massages and advice to pamper your eyes.

Act against PC eye-strain
Dr Nicky Welsh, an ophthalmologist at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg, says long hours spent in front of computers are often associated as the cause of headaches, neck and shoulder pain; and can also be the cause of dry irritated eyes and blurred vision.

“Computer screens and using numerous gadgets with miniscule screens puts unnecessary strain on our eyes,” says Dr Welsh. “Other factors can also cause our eyes to tire. Glare, for example, even during the winter months, is another source of visual discomfort and eye fatigue.”

Glare discomfort
A recent survey found that 80% of South Africans experience discomfort caused by glare and more than two thirds of the survey’s respondents complained that glare from windows caused the most discomfort.

The Healthy Sight virtual coach guides you through a series of easy to follow eye exercises, interactive games and useful information on eye health and eye care. The series is available to download in PDF format, which can be conveniently printed out and kept for easy reference. All exercises have been validated by Dr Welsh.

Eye health awareness
Raising eye care and eye health awareness across South Africa ensures that the short and long-term care and protection of the population’s vision is in check. “However, regular eye examinations, wearing the correct prescription spectacles and knowing how to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and glare are all vital for the preservation and maintenance of healthy sight for today and tomorrow,” explains Dr Welsh.

Press release: Transitions Optical.


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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg and is currently practising at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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