Gambler’s Eyes – How to Save Your Eyesight while Playing Online Casino

November 6, 2020 |

Eyesight is so important that it takes up more than 50% of the brain’s functionality, but it can be badly affected by prolonged screen time. Like many people these days, gamblers spend a lot of time in front of a monitor, which is especially true since the online casino’s rise.

Betting online is a great way to relax – we all enjoy it at Casino Valley, but we also care about gamblers’ health. The eyesight is the gambler’s greatest asset, so we want to share some exercises that can help improve wellbeing and keep you healthy.

Blinking naturally refreshes the eyes, and studies show that people usually blink more than 18 times a minute before computer use, dropping to less than four blinks per minute when in front of a screen. When you’re focused on the game and concentration is critical, you’ll likely blink less than usual, leading to dry eyes and tension that starts off being uncomfortable but can, eventually, damage your eye health. We’ve pulled together some of the most effective techniques to help minimize eye fatigue and keep you relaxed and focused – both in the online casino and in all the other areas of everyday life.

Improve Your Blood Circulation and Eye Health With Some Yoga: Palming

Man wearing a grey t-shirt is doing palming to rest his eyes after playing online casino

Palming is one of the easiest and quickest relaxation techniques to relieve eye strain. It can help improve gambler’ eye health if practiced for just a few minutes every day. Originally practiced by Tibetan yogis, palming involves five simple steps:

  1. Warm Your Hands – you can either hold them under warm water or just rub your palms together for a few seconds.
  2. Position Your Hands on Your Face – your palms should be cupped over your eyes (left palm over left eye, right over right), fingers a little interlaced over your forehead. Ensure you can breathe properly through your nose and then start to feel the warmth of your hands on your eyes.
  3. Check Your Hands’ Position – with your eyes open, turn towards a light source, and adjust your hands until you can see no light coming through.
  4. Breathe Deeply. This will relax your eyes and calm you. Focus entirely on your breathing to de-stress.
  5. Close Your Eyes, with Your Hands Still Cupped Over Them. Clear your mind and picture a relaxing scene – maybe the ocean, mountains, or a starry sky, whatever relaxes you. Concentrate on the warmth that’s coming from your hands and keep focused on your breathing. Whether you’re sitting, standing, or lying down, try and keep your back straight and this, too, will help your whole body relax.

If you can, try and palm once a day. And you can introduce mini-palms into your day, counting each breath cycle even just 15 times. An easy technique, palming, will help lubricate your eyes. Think of it as a quick ocular re-boot.

Treat Your Eyesight with a Spa

Woman with the blue towel on her eyes is relaxing her eyes

Indulge yourself with a spa to help keep your eyes healthy, and your mind and body relaxed.

It is a great way to help release eye tension, especially after a long session at the online casino, so it’s perfect for gambler health – in fact, it’s a great way to relax, whether your eyes are tired or not! All you need is some hot water, a cloth – may be a microfiber one, to soak up the most water and prolong the relaxing feeling – and a comfortable pillow. In just a few moments, following these simple steps, you’ll be refreshed:

  • Fold the towel until it’s a size that covers your eyes and rests on your temples.
  • Soak the towel in hot water – checking that the water isn’t too hot for your eyes by testing the temperature with the back of your hand.
  • Lie back on the pillow and gently rest the towel over your eyes and temples.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply, visualizing the tension leaving your body and feeling your eyes relax.
  • When the cloth cools down, soak in hot water again and repeat. Give yourself a five-minute spa to really feel the benefit of this technique.

Give Your Eyes a Workout With Some Eye Rolling

A middle-aged gambler is doing eye-rolling exercises

The fastest muscles are the ones in your eyes, and Guinness World Records estimate that they move around 100,000 times a day. So, it makes sense to do everything you can to help keep eye health well. Eye rotation – literally, rolling your eyes – is the perfect workout. The good news is it can be done in just about sixty seconds if you follow these simple steps:

  • Focus on your posture and on sitting straight.
  • Try and relax your shoulders and face forward.
  • Keeping your head still, look to the right as far as you can without moving your head.
  • Roll your eyeballs up until you’re looking at the ceiling.
  • Then roll to the left – again, as far as you can without moving your head.
  • Finally, roll both eyeballs down to look at the floor.
  • Repeat, this time going in reverse to look left, up, and right.
  • Repeat in both directions 10 times, making sure to do each rep slowly and not rush your eye-rolling.
  • To liven it up, you can even start to draw shapes with your eye rolls, taking in additional points with each repetition. Or draw words with your eyes, imagining you’re a superhero with laser vision, burning whatever words you want onto a blank wall!

Look away Now: Maintain Eye Health by Varying Your Focus

Infographic for 20 20 20 eye relaxation rule

There are great exercises everyone who has a lot of screen time can benefit from, and for gambler health, these can really help relieve the strain caused by long sessions at the online casino. Perhaps the most important way to look after your eye health is to change focus, whether that’s through the 20-20-20 rule or just consciously looking away from the screen and focusing your concentration elsewhere.

Californian optometrist Jeffrey Anshel designed the 20-20-20 rule, and the story behind this is covered in a great article in Optometry Times. Again, it’s a simple exercise – and there are plenty of apps to remind you to stick with it.

You take a 20-second break from looking at a screen every 20 minutes. During that break, you should focus on an object 20 feet away, which helps relax the eye muscles. You don’t need to stress too much about the exact distance of the object, and looking out a window and focusing on something across the street can be a great way of doing this. Results of a study involving 795 college students indicated that those who periodically refocused on distant objects while using a computer had fewer symptoms of computer vision syndrome.

More Tips for Relaxing Gambler’s Eyes

In this article, we’ve covered just a few of the most effective techniques to help you maintain focus at the online casino – to maintain your eyesight healthy and help you enjoy the gambling experience. There are lots more ways to protect your greatest asset.

1. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Our bodies are more than 50% water, so it’s no surprise that dehydration and eye health are connected. Without proper hydration, we can’t make tears or keep our eyes moisturized, so making sure you drink enough water – about two litres per day – is a critical way to help avoid eye strain.

2. You are What You Eat

A middle-aged woman is mixing a salad standing in the kitchen

As with every other organ in the human body, diet impacts eye health. Consuming Vitamin C and antioxidants are top of the list when it comes to nutrition for gambler health. One study found a significant improvement in eyestrain symptoms when the subjects ate blackcurrants compared to a placebo. A Medical News Today article helpfully lists the 10 best foods for eye health:

  • fish – for omega-3 fatty acids
  • nuts and legumes – rich in omega-3
  • seeds – a rich source of vitamin E as well as omega-3
  • citrus fruits – for vitamin C and antioxidants
  • leafy green veg – for lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin C
  • carrots – for vitamin A and beta carotene
  • sweet potatoes – rich in beta carotene and a good source of vitamin E
  • beef – rich in zinc, for better long-term eye health
  • eggs – for lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as vitamins C and E, and zinc
  • water – we’re repeating that one, as it can’t be stressed enough!

3. Take a Blink Break to Maintain Healthy Eyesight

As well as the 20-20-20 rule, an easy way to relieve a bit of eye strain is to frequently look away from the screen and do some full blinks. And try making them slow blinks – closing your eyes slowly, keeping them closed for a few seconds, then opening them again slowly. And repeat!!

4. Good Sleep – Good Eye Health

Dolphins may be able to sleep with one eye open, but for us, humans a good night’s sleep is vital – and with both eyes shut. Sleep deprivation has some serious implications for ocular health. Our eyes are naturally lubricated during sleep, and, without it, dry and bloodshot eyes can cause serious trouble, potentially even blindness.

A young man is sleeping wearing fitness bracelet

As with the rest of your body and mind, proper sleep keep healthy eyesight.

As well as blackout curtains, white noise, dimming the lights, exercise, and avoiding screen time before you go to bed, the eye spa technique can be a great way to relax and de-stress before going to sleep while also giving your eyes an extra pampering.

Woman is sitting in the gym and relaxing after exercises5. Practice Sports

This can help to keep you at your sharpest when you’re gambling. As well as the obvious benefits for general physical and mental health, exercise can make a big difference to eye health, whatever your age. One piece of research focused on young adults found that moderate-intensity, low-impact exercise led to significant reductions in eye pressure – the sort of pressure that can go from eye strain to glaucoma.

Hopefully, armed with these tips, you’ll get exercising your eyes, avoid irritating eye strain, and the more serious problems such strain can lead to. And you’ll be focused on the game next time you’re there in the online casino.

We care about gambler health, so: Keep Blinking!