There is the popular belief that the eyes will get worse but the truth is that doesn’t have to be the case. For centuries, people have promoted eye exercises as a “natural” cure for vision problems, including eyesight.
The eyes have muscles just like the rest of the body and with regular exercise, you can keep your eyes strong and healthy.
We have listed five beneficial eye exercises to keep your vision strong. Eye exercises probably won’t improve your vision, but they can help with eye comfort, especially if your eyes get irritated at work.
Yes, you read that right. Blinking is very easy to do and can help you with clearer vision. Blinking helps the eyes to stay moist, allowing you to focus longer. When working with digital devices, people often forget to blink and this leads to eye strain and poor vision. Each time you shut your eyes, the Meibomian glands produce moisture to cleanse your eyes. Here’s how to perform the blinking exercise: set a timer for two minutes and blink every four seconds. Once you’ve completed this exercise, you will find that your eyes feel less tired and strained.
When your eyes need relaxation, your go-to exercise should be palming. You may have noticed that many people use palming during breaks from their computers or televisions. The reason these eye exercise works is because the pressure of your hands around your eyes helps to relieve muscle strain. For this exercise, follow the instructions below:
- Get comfortable leaning forward onto your desk or a table. If you don’t have a hard surface, place your elbows on your knees, and lean forward
- Close your eyes
- Place your hands over your eyes. The position of your hands is important: the center of your palm should cover your eyes; your fingertips should be on your forehead; the base of your palm will rest on your cheekbone
- Do not put pressure on your eyes. You should be able to blink easily.
- Sit this way for two to three minutes.
- Repeat this exercise three times a day when working with digital devices.
This exercise should be done from a seated position as well. It helps your eyes become stronger and more flexible.
- Pick a point on the floor about 10 feet in front of you and focus on it.
- Trace an imaginary figure eight with your eyes.
- Keep tracing for 30 seconds, then switch directions.
Change of Focus
This simple exercise requires that you change your focus from near objects to far objects. Because it’s so easy, this exercise can be done anywhere. This exercise works by challenging your focus.
- Hold your pointer finger a few inches away from your eye.
- Focus on your finger.
- Slowly move your finger away from your face, holding your focus.
- Look away for a moment, into the distance.
- Focus on your outstretched finger and slowly bring it back toward your eye.
- Look away and focus on something in the distance.
- Repeat three times.
Another great eye exercise that strengthens your eyes and increases your ability to focus is zooming. Follow these simple eye-zooming instructions:
- Sit comfortably in a chair
- Hold your thumb out like you are going to hitchhike
- Bring your thumb closer to your eye, maintaining a focus on the thumb.
- Continue moving the thumb toward your eye until it is three inches away
- Stretch your arm again, moving your thumb away from your eye
- Keep focusing on your thumb the whole time
- Do this for two to five minutes.
- Repeat three to five times a day.