Entertaining Hand-Eye Coordination Tests

Have you ever dropped your cellphone in the toilet, or other (horrible) body of water? How about knocking over a glass of red wine while gesturing at the dinner table? Were you good at playing catch as a kid, or did the others make fun of the way you threw the ball?

These are all examples of hand-eye coordination. Even though coordination can be very important to your physical safety (not to mention your peace of mind) most exercise routines completely leave it out. This type of coordination can also help you stop your kid just before he pokes his eye out with a pencil, or catch your grandma when she falls.

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Practicing hand-eye coordination wires your body for complex movement. It makes difficult things feel easier, so you can explore new possibilities in your favorite activities. It will probably make you look a whole lot more graceful while you’re at it!

You will be surprised that we are calling for many of these activities to be included in your workout. They might feel more like playtime. There’s a reason for that – coordination exercises help your nervous system create pathways from the brain to the body based on repetitive action. With your brain and nervous system lit up in tandem, you will feel like you are having a fun time!

Here are some examples of Hand-Eye Coordination Tests that you can add to your workout routine.

Balloon Toss

Yup, it’s just as you remember it. Team up with a partner and bump an inflated balloon back and forth. Use your hands, elbows, forehead, knees, feet, or any other part you can access. Make it more challenging by turning your back or moving farther apart.

Juggling

Plain old juggling benefits you because of its repetition, and because it makes you aware of how off-beat you can be when you are flustered.
Start off with just two balls, throwing them up in the air slowly. When you feel ready, add a third. Pay attention when the extra ball makes you speed up too much and lose your rhythm.

Small Ball Toss

This one is like the balloon toss, except you will be playing a form of catch with a small ball. The small size of the ball requires you to have greater coordination. Try all the different variations you can think of, like turning, twisting, and throwing and catching over your shoulder or under your legs.

Jump Rope

No, you don’t have to sing “Cinderella met a fella…” while you do it! The truth is, there are so many variations of how to jump rope that are excellent for hand/foot/implement coordination that it makes this one of the best exercises to include in your workout. Move beyond hopping to using one foot, crisscrossing, and running in place. Try to see if you can maintain rhythm and control as you get tired.

Hacky Sack

Hacky Sack is a sport that can be played individually or with a group of people. You kick the bag around with your feet, knees, or any part of the body, and can even learn cool tricks!

A few tips:

• Your skills will increase if you keep your feet low
• Stay relaxed while kicking
• Set goals for yourself, such as 30 kicks in a row
• After becoming proficient with your hacky sack, join a sack circle!

Targeting Through Rings

This is a form of target practice. Use your small ball and practice throwing it through a small hoop, ring, or cardboard cutout. Move closer or farther away or change your angle or position.

None of this has to be very physically demanding or a great test of your strength and flexibility. It can be within the range of what you can already do so you can concentrate less on its physical difficulty and more on having fun with the activity itself.

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Teaching Children Healthy Eye Habits

Teaching children at a young age how to take good care of their eyes is crucial. Much of their learning and development take place through the help of their vision.

As early as infancy, parents should be mindful of their children’s eye health. By the time children reach age 9, their visual development matures. This is the time when some vision disorders become difficult or impossible to correct.

You don’t have to wait until your children are at a certain age before you teach them good eye habits. As soon as they understand how they are able see, you can introduce ways on how to take care of their eye health. For more information about children’s eye health and Orange County LASIK, contact Advanced Eye Medical today.

1. Eat a balanced diet. Nutrition plays an important role in the visual development of children. Make fresh fruits and vegetables a huge part of their diets. Carrots are popular because they are rich in beta-carotene, a type of Vitamin A that helps the eye function properly. But it’s not the only food that’s good for the eyesight. Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals that children need for healthier eyes. Fish that are rich in omega-3s like tuna and salmon can prevent the dry eye syndrome.

2. Give your eyes a break. Eye strain is a common problem in this digital age. Most kids these days spend a lot of time on their mobile phones and tablets, and these can harm the eyes. While parents may not be able to pry the gadgets off their children’s hands, they can limit the time spent using those devices. For every 40 minutes of screen time, ask children to take an hour’s break. This will prevent over-stimulation and eye strain. It is also important to teach young kids the proper posture and viewing distance when using devices. Use the Harmon distance (e.g. distance from the elbow to the middle knuckle) when using gadgets.

3. Take note of any changes in vision. Children are usually unaware of vision problems, so parents should tell their children to let me know if their vision has changed in any way (e.g. becomes double, spotty or blurry). If the child cannot articulate it yet, look for signs that might indicate a vision problem (frequent eye rubbing, viewing at close distance, frequent headaches, etc.). Not sure if your child has a vision problem? Take your child to an eye doctor to see if he or she needs corrective glasses for his or her condition.

4. Protect the eyes. Children need to know how to keep their eyes safe. Pointed objects like pencils, scissors, and any other object with sharp ends should be held with the end pointing down. If spending time under the sun, make sure that they wear protective eye wear like sunglasses. Choose a pair that can block 99% to 100% UVA and UVB rays, which can damage the eyes.

5. Keep the eyes (and hands) clean. Good hygiene helps keep the eyes healthy. Bacteria from dirty hands can infect the eyes and bring different sorts of eye problems. Teach children to wash their hands frequently. If eyes become itchy, tell your children not to rub them too vigorously.

Start children young with good eye habits. This will help prevent children’s vision problems in the long run. And remember to make visits to an eye doctor a regular thing. Your child’s eye doctor can help correct any problem with your child’s vision.

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The Psychology Behind Reading a Person’s Eyes

By now we’ve all heard plenty about body language – the way we express our thoughts and emotions through our physical gestures. For instance, crossing your arms in front of your chest is a classic move that implies you are emotionally closed off. Constant fidgeting signifies to another person that you would rather be somewhere else.

Have you ever considered that there is a body language of the eyes? People say that they are ‘windows to the soul,’ but do you really know how to read them? Body language experts look at everything from pupil size to blinking patterns to read the body language of the eyes. Read on to find out more. For more information on vision health, eye exams, or Orange County LASIK eye surgery, contact the eye experts at Advanced Eye Medical.

The Pupils

We have no conscious control over the size of our pupils. “Dilation” is when they are enlarged; “contraction” is when they shrink. Your pupils naturally dilate in conditions of low light to allow the eyes to take in more light. They contract in the sun to reduce the amount of light taken in.

However, there are special conditions when pupils will involuntarily dilate, such as physical or psychological pleasure. If someone is talking to you about something you’re interested in, your pupils dilate in pleasure. If you are bored, your pupils will contract. If you find another person or thing attractive, your pupils dilate.

In turn, dilated pupils are found attractive by others. This is the phenomenon known as “bedroom eyes” because of the connotation.

Pupil dilation is also a reliable indicator of lying since enlarged pupils are a sign that your brain is working hard—which it must do for you to tell a lie.

Eye Contact – Persistent

We have all been coached to make regular eye contact on dates, in job interviews, and just in everyday life if we want to be successful communicators. But what if eye contact is too persistent?
For one, it can be intimidating. It can cause the person who is the subject of it to feel overly scrutinized and make them uncomfortable. In fact, this is true even between humans and animals. One reason that children are attacked by pets is that they often make persistent eye contact with them, making the pets defensive and afraid, which compels them to attack.

Overly persistent eye contact is also a recognized sign of lying. Because a liar will make a conscious effort not to avoid eye contact, they may attempt to hold your gaze too much.

Eye Contact – Evasive

Why do we avoid eye contact? We commonly think that it is because we are ashamed or trying to deceive. This can be true.

However, it has also been found that children who were asked to answer a question were more effective at finding answers when they looked away to think. Children who maintained eye contact when answering had a more challenging time finding the correct answers.

Blinking

We have an instinctive and biological need to blink. But blinking can also be an indicator of attraction, which is why it is seen as a sign a flirting. Men and women blink at the same rate as each other. Blinking more than the average of 6-10 times per minute can be a good indicator that a person is attracted to the person they are talking to.

Winking

In the West, winking is a cheeky form of social expression that we use with people we are familiar with. Around the world, however, this may not be the case. In Eastern cultures, for example, winking is frowned upon.

Eye Direction

When a person is thinking, do you see their eyes turn to one side or another? This may give you a clue as to what kinds of thoughts they are having.

If they are looking left, it indicates that they are reminiscing or trying to remember something. If they look right, it means they are having more creative thoughts. Creative thoughts can also mean that someone is being deceitful i.e. creating a version of events.

If the person is left handed, the direction indicators may be reversed.

Key Points to Take Away

• Avoid looking to the right – it’s a universal symbol of boredom and deceit.
• Demonstrate your interest in someone with regular intervals of eye contact but remember that constant eye contact can be intimidating.
• Pupil dilation can mean someone is interested; or, it can mean the room has become brighter.
• Try not to wink too often, even in cultures that accept winking in jest.

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Life After LASIK

Congratulations! After years of wondering where you left your glasses, you finally went through with getting LASIK eye surgery. You can’t wait to see what the world looks like with 20/20 vision. Before you drive at night to see a 3D movie in celebration, there are a few important points you should know about.

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Immediately After Surgery

You will spend 2-3 hours at the surgery center on the day of your procedure. You will need to plan for someone to drive you to and from the center. After your surgery you will go home to rest and sleep for the rest of the day in order to heal. You will experience improved vision immediately and your vision will continue to improve over the next few days.

The Day After Surgery

The day after surgery, you will visit your doctor for your postoperative appointment. LASIK surgery does not carry a lot of risks, but it will be important to know that everything is working properly. During this appointment your doctor will simply check on the condition of your eyes, and make sure everything is healing according to schedule. This appointment should have been scheduled at the same time that you scheduled your LASIK surgery appointment. You may return to work the day after your surgery.

The Week After Surgery

Because a new part of your cornea is now encountering the atmosphere, you may experience burning, stinging, and pain in your eyes for about a week after your surgery. Because most of us are not used to really feeling anything at all in our eyes, this can be nerve wracking. Just know that this symptom is to be expected and you should not worry about it.

Red Eyes

Redness of the eyes is another normal side effect of LASIK surgery. If you feel a social stigma or it is bothersome to you in any way, you can request eye drops from your doctor to reduce the redness. If you think this side effect is lasting too long, get in touch with your doctor. Although it is probably nothing, you want to make sure you are not experiencing a more serious reaction to surgery.

Eye Makeup

After LASIK surgery you should not apply any eye makeup such as eyeliner, eyeshadow, or mascara. You won’t need to avoid it forever, but it can really harm your eyes immediately after surgery as your eyes adjust. How long you need to go without your makeup depends on your individual case. Make sure to discuss this with your doctor and get his or her permission before your start applying it again.

Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

For a period after your LASIK surgery, you will need to stay out of pools and jacuzzies. Period. You can’t go in from the waist down. You can’t wear goggles. Not at all. If even a drop of chlorine gets in your eye, you are in serious trouble. This is a strict requirement that lasts for the immediate recovery period. Ask your doctor when it is safe for you to swim again.

An Opportunity to Quit Smoking

By now you know that smoking is really bad for you. Whether you smoke cigarettes, marijuana, or even vape, you will need to quit at least temporarily after your LASIK surgery. This is because smoke is especially irritating to your eyes, making it one of the most important things to avoid. Other irritants to avoid include dust, dirt, and other air pollutants. If you do quit smoking you will not only be saving your eyes, but your heart and lungs as well.

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