Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
My job requires me to spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen. I have heard that this is very damaging to the vision over time. What can I do for protective measures?
A: A famous Chinese proverb states that the eyes are the windows of the soul. It is crucial to keep the windows clean and clear. The following exercises are designed particularly for maintaining and improving visual clarity and sharpness. It is preferable to do these exercises upon rising in the morning and before retiring in the evening, and any time your eyes feel tired like after computer use. Make certain that your hands are clean and that your body and mind are completely relaxed. Adhere diligently to this routine.
The key to progress is to practice without interruption every single day.
1. Warming Your eyes: Rub palms together to create heat, and then place them against your Eyes for five seconds. Repeat three times.
2. Pressing the Rim of the Valley: Use both thumbs and press slowly from the inside outward along the upper rim of the eye sockets. Then switch to both index fingers and press along the lower rim of the eye sockets from the inside outward. Repeat three times.
3. Rolling the Marble: Press the back of your thumbs gently against the eyeballs; slowly roll up and down 12 times. Then slowly roll from side to side 12 times.
4. Turning the Wheels of Fortune: Place the thumb knuckles at both temple areas and massage in circular motion three times. Repeat the same procedure above the mid-point of the eyebrows at the forehead, then below the eyes on both sides of the bridge of the nose.
5. Staring at the Light: Hold an object out in front of you as far as possible. Focus your eyes on the object while slowly moving the object closer until it is six inches from your nose. Then focus on the object as you move it slowly away from you. Repeat three times and relax briefly in between.
6. Spinning the Basketball: With eyes open, roll Eyes clockwise, then counter-clockwise three times each. Try to look into the sockets of your eyes as much as possible.
7. Taking a Nap on the Job: Put your head back, close your eyes, and relax for three minutes.
Additionally, I recommend that you also try the Traditions of Tao herbal formula “Eyes” to help nourish dry and blurry eyes. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.