Stress presents a challenge when it comes to maximizing our performance in the workplace. Its effects range from an inability to focus on tasks to forgetfulness, irritability and high blood pressure. Additionally, in extreme cases, we may even experience headaches or find ourselves bumping into objects at times. However, Regardless of these stress factors, there are a series of peripheral vision exercises that can reduce the effects of stress on the visual system while increasing our peripheral eyesight.
What is Peripheral vision? Peripheral vision is defined as that area of sight at the edges or the sides of your visual field. A scientific study conducted by 2 researchers Mark B. Anderson, PHD of Beloit College and Jean M. Williams, PHD of the University of Arizona, required a group of participants to do an assessment about various stressful situations and hassles in their lives. The results of that study concluded that people who were exposed to higher levels of stress reported that there was a reduction in their peripheral vision. This was evident in their inability to perform visibly challenging tasks. This study highlights the critical need to reduce stress in our lives through the practice of peripheral vision techniques.
The good news is the fact that a series of peripheral vision exercises can correct these vision problems. These exercises have several benefits: This includes correcting visual imbalances therefore, causing both eyes to work together equally. A simple technique involves blocking your central vision which is defined as the aspect of sight located in the middle of our visual field. Why is blocking your central vision important? Because both of your eyes have two different peripheries. When you block your central vision, the brain responds automatically by registering both peripheries. This is a means by which you can increase your overall vision while equalizing the balance between both eyes.
Here are some additional tips that will help you to better improve your per-vision:
Become more aware of things in your surroundings. Be seated in a comfortable chair and take off your glasses or contacts. Make an effort to observe as much of your surroundings to your left and to your right. The biggest challenge involved in performing such a technique is the fact that you may notice that your brain struggles to prevent you from observing both sides simultaneously. This causes you to neglect one side of your periphery. However, this challenge can be overcome by practicing the following technique:
Sit at your computer and try to maintain your periphery. This technique requires you to wave your hands to the sides of your face. Then, try to increase your visual awareness so that you notice the rest of your environment beyond your computer screen. An additional benefit of this technique is relief from eye strain. (self-healing.org/peripheral-vision-exercises, 2009).
Peripheral vision exercises are an effective way to reduce stress in our eyes. They incorporate a series of vision techniques that increase our awareness of our surroundings which in turn boost our peripheral eyesight. The benefits are quite positive ranging from restoring the ability of both eyes to work together in perfect balance, to preventing visual imbalances and relieving stress and tension in the eyes. Ultimately, Peripheral exercises provide many benefits in terms of promoting and enhancing our precious eyesight.