Our eyes need regular exercise in order to keep them healthy, just like any other muscle in the body.
5 Exercises to strengthen your eye muscles and improve your vision
- Blinking – Computer users and television watchers tend to blink less, especially when they are intently focused on something.
- Palming – Palming gives you the opportunity to rest your mind and your eyes for a few minutes at a time. Instructions: Take a few deep breathes before you begin. Make yourself comfortable whilst leaning forward on a desk or with your elbows resting on your knees. Close your eyes. Place your two hands over your eyes with the cup of your palm covering your eyes, your fingers on your forehead and the heel of your hand will rest on your cheekbone. Make sure you can blink freely and you are not putting too much pressure on your eyes.
- Figure of eight – Imagine a giant figure of eight in front of you about 10 feet in front of you. Now turn the 8 on it’s side. Now trace the figure of eight with your eyes, slowly. Do it one way for a few minutes and then do it the other way for a few minutes. It may seem very alien at first but it’s worth persevering with it
- Near and far focussing – Sit in a comfortable position, or stand, this will only take 2-3 minutes at a time. Put your thumb about 10 inches in front of you and focus on it. Now focus on something else about 10 – 20 feet in front of you.On each deep breath switch between focussing on your thumb and the 10-20 feet object in front of you.
- Zooming – Sit in a comfortable position. Stretch out your arm with your thumb in the hitchhike position. Focus on your thumb as your arm is outstretched. Now bring your thumb closer to you, focussing all the time, until your thumb is about 3 inches in front of your face. Now move your thumb away again until your arm is fully outstretched. Do this for a few minutes at a time throughout the day.