Our eyes need regular exercise in order to keep them healthy, just like any other muscle in the body.Also, if you start wearing glasses or contact lenses your eyesight will only get worse over time rather than get better.
What most people don’t know is that they can keep their eye vision and function healthy only by doing few exercises. These exercises can ultimately help you to strengthen your eye muscles, improve eye movements, focusing and stimulate the vision center of your brain.
Take a look below and try the exercises:
With this exercise you can strengthen the muscles in your eyes and maintain your current vision level.
- Start by sitting in a chair or standing in front of a blank wall. Place your thumb or pencil in your hand at about 10 inches in front of your face and focus on it for 10-15 seconds.
- Then, try focusing on an object that is 10-20 feet in front of you without moving your head for 10-15 seconds.
- After those 10-15 seconds, refocus on your thumb.
Practice this 5 times.
This is an excellent eye focusing exercise because you have to constantly adjust how well you can focus on an object from certain distances.
- Sit in a comfortable position and stretch your arm out with your thumbs in the hitchhiking position.
- As your arm is stretched, focus on your thumb and then start bringing the thumb closer to you, focusing until your thumb is about 3 inches in front of your face.
- Move your thumb away again until your arm is fully outstretched.
- Repeat this exercise three more times, once a week.
- As an alternative to your thumb, you can also practice this exercise by holding a pencil in front of you at arm’s length. Then, move your arm slowly to your nose. Follow the pencil with your eyes until you can’t focus on it any longer.
3. Figure 8
This is a good exercise to practice controlling the physical movement of your eyes.
- For starters, imagine a giant figure 8 on the floor, 10 feet in front of you.
- Slowly, start tracing the figure 8 with your eyes.
- Trace it clockwise for a few minutes and then counter clockwise for few minutes.
4. Rhythmic eye movements
These rhythmic eye movements can help you to strengthen your eyes and your hand-eye coordination.
- Bar swings help to test your brain’s ability to focus on an object with your eyes and maintain your balance and coordination. Start by standing in front of a fence or something else with evenly spaced vertical lines and focus on a distant object on the other side of the bars. Relax your body and transfer your weight from one foot to the other. Continue for 3 minutes.
- Round swings help strengthen your peripheral vision. Focus on a distant object that is close to the ground and sway as instructed for Bar Swings. Keeping your gaze on the same object, use your peripheral vision to observe your surroundings as you sway. Continue for 2-3 minutes.
5. Directional eye exercises
Moving your eyes in different directions can be a good way to exercise your eyes.
- Stand or sit upright and look straight ahead. Without moving your head, look to the left and focus on what you see and then do the same procedure to the right. Move your eyes side to side 5 times. Repeat this three times.
- Without moving your head, look down, focus on what you see and then, look up and focus on what you see. Repeat this three times.
Without moving your head, look straight ahead. Then, look down and to the left. Focus on what you see. Then, move your eyes diagonally and look up and to the right. Focus on what you see. Repeat this exercise 5 times. Then, look straight ahead and do the same exercise looking down and to the right and then looking up and to the left.
- Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Palming is a good way to finish and relax your eyes after the exercise session. You can also end your workout by simply closing your eyes and keeping them shut in a dark, quiet room for several minutes. Let them cool down and rest.