While the benefits of keeping your body fit are all over the place now, one thing that is less talked about is keeping your eyes healthy through exercises that you can do anywhere, at any time (as long as you don’t mind looking a little silly while doing them!)
The following eye exercises are designed to strengthen and improve the elasticity of your eye muscles, which will also improve your ability to focus, eye movements and stimulate the vision center of your brain. These will al help with reducing eye fatigue and might even help improve your vision.
Now before you start, you need to prepare your eyes, just like a warmup at the gym, but if you have any eye health issues please consult your optometrist before starting this exercise regime to ensure it will not aggravate your existing condition. Next, place your palms over your eyes, warming them up and allowing them to relax. This will also evenly distribute tear film over your eyes. Make sure that you see no light, and continue for about three minutes.
You can also massage your eyes gently, with a warm damp cloth or a cold compress wrapped in a towel. This is great for improving blood circulation around your eyes and face, which as the added bonus of improving skin tone and texture!
Now the Exercises!
- Start by sitting or standing and shifting your focus from a near point to a far point. This is great exercise for muscle strength.
- Practice zooming with your eyes. Hold your thumb up in front of you and follow it back and forth.
- Make a figure eight with your eyes. This is great to keep muscle tone for controlling your eyes movements.
- Do directional eye exercises: move side to side, up and down and then mix them up!
- End your exercising with the palming we talked about at the beginning of the article.
Keeping up with these exercises 3x a week can drastically improve your eye health, which can prevent issues down the road. Now for those of us that still need prescription glasses, these exercises help with keep up with our health.
Want to learn more about eye health? Check out our article about how to drastically reduce the effects of blue light on your eyes and sleep patterns.