Acupressure Points for Eye Strain

Eye strain at the computerRelieve eye strain with acupoints.

Tired or strained eyes can benefit from gentle massage to acupressure points (also know as acupoints or just points) located around the eyes.
Being gentle is critical! Acupoints around the eyes can be very sensitive, so only use gentle pressure for about 20 – 30 seconds on each point. Never create any pain with your pressure. Practice gentle, circular pressure to the points. Feel for a sensation of relief, and more energy in and around the eyes – that is when you are doing it “just right.”

Acupoints around the eyes:

acupressure points for eye strain

All points are located around both eyes.

 Points listed above:

  1. Extra Point YuYao
  2. Bladder 2
  3. Stomach 2
  4. Bladder 1
  5. San Jiao 23
  6. Gallbladder 1

Learn how to massage acupressure points to relieve eye strain:

When to massage these points

Think about preventing eye strain – massage these points before you read or work on the computer. If you notice any strain, pause and massage the points. Just a few minutes of massage can bring a lot of relief. Massage these points before going to bed to support the recovery of tired eyes while sleeping.
Practice and notice the effects. The more experience you have, the easier it is to know how long, how often, and how much pressure to use.

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Taniya Hake on November 26, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Thanks a lot . ..I had to study for my exam and was facing lot of strain in my eyes also had headache because of this.
    Following your steps of acupressure therapy I got relief immediately and could concentrate on my studies.
    Thanks a lot. May God Bless you 🙏

    • Cindy Black on November 26, 2021 at 10:00 am

      So happy that you are feeling better!
      – Cindy

  2. Jill Harper on April 6, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Thank you Cindy for your generosity in sharing this knowledge. Your relaxed and down to earth manner made learning a joy & I got instant relief !

    • Cindy Black on April 6, 2019 at 11:24 am

      Hi Jill,

      You are welcome – I’m happy that you are feeling better 🙂

      – Cindy

  3. Caryl Shaul on September 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you, Cindy, for sharing your remarkable expertise.

  4. Stacey on October 21, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Hi Cindy,
    Great webinar, thank you. What does it mean when 1 side is more sensitive than the other- and how do you clear It? Also you said a couple points had little dios to them. Do most point have that sme indicator?
    Thank you

    • Cindy Black on October 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Hi Stacey,
      I always work on both sides in order to get the Qi moving through the meridians and points. If one side is generally more tender, that indicates that there is more stagnation on that side – so extra opening and stretching of that side of the body can help relieve that.
      Many points are located in little dips, yes. But many do not have that kind of indicator, so you have to know the landmarks and directions for finding them. I teach those details in Guide to the 12 Meridians online class it is quite a bit of knowledge to gather.
      Thanks for your questions – I hope this helps to clarify.

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  7. jim on September 29, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I love your free webinars. I am an energy healer and caregiver. I expect to have the money soon to take your courses. I do several of those points every day with your phrase, abundant free flowing chi. some of them are the eft points I use. I had cataract surgery in both eyes and laser shots in both eyes later because I developed clumps in my eyes. I will do all of these points now. thank you so much!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on September 30, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Hi Jim,
      I appreciate hearing how you are putting the information into practice – that is the best way to get results!
      Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. Lis on September 29, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I have severe Sjögren’s syndrome and use eye drops hourly also lacrilube hourly.
    Thanks 2 your easy 2 follow meridian massage techniques: I find it relieves a lot of the stress and discomfort that accompanies this debilitating condition.
    I am only a beginner and very keen 2 use yout simple methods… Which make so much sense by the way.
    Thank you so much Lis.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on September 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Lis, thanks for writing, I hope that you continue to get relief. These acupoints have been used for thousands of years, I am continually amazed by the healing they offer to so many of us.

  9. Laraine from Oz on September 14, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you I was so in need of this information, my eyes are so tired at the moment, been away having a wonderful rest and took so many photos and now my eyes are strained from editing them all. Your information came at the right time for me. Appreciate what you share.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on September 15, 2016 at 7:43 am

      I hope your eyes are feeling better.
      Thanks for writing!

  10. Genesis M. Roy, LMT, ISHA on September 8, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Thank you Cindy … Timing seems always to be perfectly in rhythm as many are returning back to school or starting their college endeavors … Blessings to YOU Always for your continuous outpouring of knowledge.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on September 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thank you Genesis!

  11. Claudia Garner on September 8, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This is amazing. It worked instantly. Thank you for sharing so generously.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on September 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Claudia – I am so happy that you are feeling better! Yes, the points are a simple way to relieve many common issues.

  12. Jyoti on September 8, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for your mini classes it really helps.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on September 8, 2016 at 8:43 am

      You are welcome. It’s my pleasure to share about acupoints as they are easy to use and offer so much support for our health and happiness.

  13. Ann Winters on September 8, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Thanks Cindy!
    You make using points very understandable and easy. I enjoy learning from you.
    Abundant Blessings,

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on September 8, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Hi Ann,
      I am happy to hear that the points are making sense to you – I enjoy my work so much. Thanks for writing, I appreciate hearing from you!
      – Cindy

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