If this is the first time you are hearing about eye exercises, you may be wondering if that is even a thing or how efficient those eye exercises will be in improving your vision. What you are probably not aware of is the fact that exercising the eye is not a new trend, people have promoted it for centuries as the natural cure for eye problems.
To be clear though, these eye exercises may not benefit people with eye conditions like hyperopia (far-sightedness), myopia (short-sightedness), glaucoma, cataracts, and astigmatism. But for those who suffer the common eye condition known as digital eye strain, performing these eye exercises can rid you of symptoms like eye strain, dry eyes, headaches and blurred vision that are peculiar to this condition.
No matter how busy you are, you can easily practice any of these eye exercises to improve your vision as they don’t require much of your time.
This simply involves transferring heat from your palms to your eyes. Rub your palms together until they are warm, and then place them over your eyelids. You would feel your eye muscles relaxing as they find relief in the warm darkness. Repeat this process two to three times.
Focus change involves challenging your focus. While seated on a chair, stretch out your arm and keep your thumb up—focus on your finger. Now, slowly bring your arm back towards your eye, focusing only on your outstretched finger. Repeat this three times.
This is simply blinking your eyes as the name suggests. Relax your body and blink very quickly, 10-15 times. You can repeat this 4 to 5 times.
Shifting is another good eye exercise that involves rotating or moving your eyeballs in opposite directions. Move your gaze to the right and then gradually shift it to an opposite direction. This exercise keeps the tiny muscles in your eye active and healthy.
If your job involves staring at the computer screen for the longer part of the day, you will no doubt experience eye strain from time to time. Eye strain occurs because the human eye is not designed to stare at a single direction for extended periods of time. So how do you solve this problem? Quit your digital job? No. By simply practicing the 20-20-20 rule, you can bring relief to your eyes.
How do you do this? Stare at an object that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes.
While your eyes will thank you for engaging in these eye exercises, you shouldn’t neglect to visit an eye doctor for a regular eye checkup.