Many people fail to understand that exercising the eyes is an excellent way to keep them in good shape. Unlike the type of exercise that a person does to improve the overall health of their body and muscles, eye exercises mean using the eyes to their full extent by putting them to use in ways that are different from the way that an average individual uses their eyes during a normal day. Eye exercises can be an excellent way to help a person get into the habit of reducing eye strain and keeping their eyes moist. Specific conditions may require somewhat different exercises, but the five most common eye exercises include:
Flexing that eye is basically a warm-up exercise that aids in stretching the ocular muscles. The average individual spends most of their day looking only 2 to 3 feet ahead of them at a computer screen. By facing straight ahead and then looking up and down as far as possible without moving the head the ocular muscles will stretch. After looking up and down, an individual can then look to the top right and bottom left in an alternate to the top left and bottom right.
Tired or worn out eyes can get some relief from this relaxation exercise. This exercise involves cupping the hands over the eyes to create a soft, gentle pressure. An individual should be able to feel it in the bone around the eye if they are doing it correctly. Staring into the darkness caused by the hand until all of the colors fade will allow the eyes to fully relax. There is no time limit on this exercise, but it should be done for at least 30 seconds.
Dry eyes can lead to eyestrain, headaches and blurry vision. Dry eyes are often caused by continued computer or television use. While looking at a screen, the average individual’s blink rate drops to 6 to 8 blinks per minute down from a healthy 16 to 20 blinks per minute. Although it may not be something that the average person believes needs to be done consciously, forcing oneself to blink more regularly will keep the eye lubricated and reduce the amount of eyestrain that they feel.
This exercise is especially important for individuals who wear glasses. Glasses can cause a person to focus less since their glasses do much of the work for them. By taking the glasses off and holding one thumb close to the face and another at arm’s length, an individual can spend a couple of seconds focusing on each. Switching back and forth as quickly as their eyesight becomes clear is an excellent way to practice focusing.
Similar to the exercise of focusing, zooming is beneficial to individuals who have been diagnosed with farsightedness. Holding the thumb at arm’s length and focusing on it and then slowly bring it in until it is almost touching the nose while maintaining focus all the while will strengthen a person’s ability to focus.