Quick Eye Exercises to Improve Typing Speed

Categories: Ergonomics, Typing Practice, Typing Tips and Tricks |

Your fingers get a pretty good workout from touch typing – and believe it or not, so do your eyes. Your eyes might actually work harder than your fingers as they quickly and repeatedly dart from left to right, right to left, up and down and all around as they continually refocus on monitor images. No wonder eye fatigue is such a common complaint among computer users!

To help alleviate some of this strain, remember to give your eye muscles frequent breaks. One simple way to do this is by switching your view from your monitor to something off in the distance about once each hour. All you have to do is locate an object that’s about 15 to 20 feet away. Then, once an hour, look at it for a minute or so. That’s it!

Another eye exercise you can do right at your desk to help give tired muscles a rest is eye rolling. Simply close your eyes, and while closed, move your eyes over to the right and pause for five seconds, then look over to the left and pause, then move your eyes up, pause, and look down and pause.

Then with your eyes still closed, slowly move them in a circular direction. Make the circle as big as you can with your eyes. Continue until you have completed five full circles. Then reverse direction and slowly make five more circles. Do this whenever your eyes feel tired. If your boss asks what you’re doing, tell him you’re exercising!

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