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How to Exercise Your Eyes

When we do exercises for our muscles, we do good for our bodies. It’s the same with eye exercises. When we do them, we are doing good for our eyes. Some of these exercises are done during vision therapy, which is an attempt by the optometrist to develop or improve visual skills and abilities and to help ensure that the two eyes work effectively together. That’s why 5-Minute Crafts researched for you, which are the most effective eye exercises, that can be done at your home to help your eyes with alignment, focusing, and eyestrain.

❗️This article is for information purposes only! The methods described below can help you to relax your eyes but when it comes to cases like astigmatism, myopia, or hyperopia these exercises will not be effective. For that cases, you should see an ophthalmologist.

Eye exercises that can be helpful.

Exercise 1: Near and far focus

This exercise will help you train your eye muscles as well as improve your focusing abilities.

  1. Sit up straight and fully extend your right hand in front of you. Then lift your thumb up and direct your eyes towards it.
  2. Slowly start moving your hand to the left as much as you can while following you’re thumb with your eyes.
  3. Then move your hand back in the other direction as you continue to follow it with your eyes. Don’t move your head and neck, but only your eyes.
  4. Repeat these movements several times.

Exercise 2: Eye rolling

This exercise will also help you with eye strain.

  1. All you have to do is sit up straight, keep your head still, look to your left
  2. Then slowly roll your eyes upward
  3. Then roll your eyes to your right
  4. Finish by rolling your eyes down to the floor. Repeat several times before changing direction.

Exercise 3: Figure eight

This exercise will help you to improve tracking an object with your eyes.

  1. Choose a point on the floor about 10 feet away from you, and then with your eyes, trace an imaginary figure eight.
  2. Do this for 30 seconds and then change direction.

Exercise 4: Palming

You can finish your eye exercises with palming, which will help to relax you and help you focus.

  1. Rub your palms together to get them warm.
  2. Then close your eyes and place each palm on a matching cheekbone.
  3. Cup your hand over your eyes without touching them and breathe deeply for a few minutes.

Bonus: Some tips for eye health

In addition to eye exercises, you can keep your eyes healthy in several other ways.

  • Go for a systematic eye exam every few years.
  • Many eye diseases are genetic, so it is good to know your family history. Go to the eye doctor every six months­ to a year if you have a high risk of getting eye problems because you have a family history of eye disease or diabetes.
  • Protect your eyes from UV radiation by wearing polarized sunglasses that block out UVA and UVB light.
  • Make sure you eat healthily. Your eyes will stay healthy if you have plenty of healthy fats and antioxidants in your diet, as well as vitamin A.
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