Exercises for stressed eyes

Our eyes are simply not intended for computer work and long hours of staring at the same surface. Sitting in front of a computer can lead to eye fatigue, resulting in a burning sensation or headache. Visual training cannot change the physiology of the eye, but in the event of severe eye fatigue after work at a computer, for example, it can help to improve visual performance in the short term.

Exercises to sooth tired eyes


The shoulder-neck massage. Tense muscles are relaxed, therefore improving the blood supply to the visual centre of the brain. This is especially beneficial after long hours of work at a computer.


A procedure known as palming can be used to relax the eyes. Here the hands are placed in a parallel, slightly curved position over the eyes, with the fingertips on the forehead. Stay like this for a few minutes and relax.


In this exercise conjure up memories of the past or images in front of your mind's eye. This sharpens your perception and intensifies the interaction of the eyes and the visual centre of the brain. The starting position is the same as in palming. Imagine, for example, an object from the office and try to conjure it up in every detail in front of your mind’s eye (you may initially open your eyes briefly for checking purposes). You can also imagine landscapes. For short-sighted people, we recommend scenarios at longer distances. Long-sighted people, on the other hand, should focus on close-up objects in front of their mind’s eye. Depending on what you imagine, your sense of colour, shape and motion is trained accordingly.


If you stare at the same distance (at a computer screen, for instance) for a long time, your eyes should be trained to focus quickly on other distances again, in other words to "accommodate". This is why you should take your eyes off the screen at regular intervals and focus on objects in the distance.

To train the eyes, you can hold one of your index fingers at a distance of about 15 cm in front of your nose, and the other one another 15 cm behind this. Move your eyes from one finger to the other. You can also select a third, more distant point in the room. Move your eyes at a steady rhythm between the points. After a few minutes you should relax your eyes again (by palming).

In another exercise, fixate one close-up and one distant object. Move your eyes back and forward between the objects. Give your eyes a few seconds to adapt to each object.

Light bathing

This trains the sensitivity of your eyes to light. Furthermore, colour perception is intensified. Direct your closed eyes towards a light source. If, for example, the sun is too bright, you can turn your eyes towards the bright sky. During this exercise you should move your head back and forth to ensure that the light strikes all areas of the eye. After a few minutes relax your eyes again.

Special purpose progressive lenses

We recommend special purpose progressive lenses to meet the constantly changing demands made on your vision at work.
These are specially designed for middle distance to near vision and do not feature a fully correcting distance power in the upper area of the lens. This means you have considerably larger ranges of vision for close-up and middle distance vision.

Working at a computer

Do you often have headaches or back pain at work? Do you suffer from neck strain, and do you have to strain your eyes during your work? Maybe all you need is a few minor adjustments or a new chair for more relaxed work! At zeiss.de you will find a checklist that you can use to check your workplace.