Easy Eye Exercises to Help Vision: No matter how much we try to avoid it or convince ourselves it won’t happen to us, we can’t fight nature when it comes to our eyesight. Over time, our vision naturally degrades and by the time we’re in our 50s the vast majority of us will have to give in to some form of ocular enhancement.
Fortunately, all is not lost. Our eyes are muscles just like any other, and as with other muscles, there are a couple of exercises we can perform to strengthen them.
The most common and widely known exercise is to focus on objects at varying distances. The general idea is to pick an object directly in front of you (around 30cm away) and keep a focus on it for around a minute. Next, choose another object a couple of meters and focus on that for a minute – you should be able to feel the muscles in your eye adjust to the contrasting vision.
Keep doing this, choosing things further and further into the distance, and go back to staring at the initial, close object for a minute between each change. This will keep your peepers on the ball and help to strengthen the muscles which if left lax can lead to near or short-sightedness.
Believe it or not, blinking is also a fantastic way to relax your eyes and keep them feeling fresh and alert throughout the day. Blinking is such a natural thing that we don’t think about it or notice ourselves doing it, and a consequence of this is that when we focus intently on something such as a book or a monitor we aren’t usually aware that our ‘blink rate’ slows down.
Without blinking every few seconds to give your eyes a break they can easily become strained and over time this can wear down at the muscles which control them. It might seem like a laborious process to consciously focus on such a small activity, but after a little while, it will become a habit to regularly blink even when watching television or gaming.
The final thing you can do is simply give your eyes a break every now and then. You can do this however you fancy but a common technique is to place your palm over your eyes for a minute or two whenever they begin to feel strained, though if you’d rather you can simply shut them and put your feet up!
It might seem almost too simple, but that valuable couple of minutes will relieve tension in your eyes and relax the muscles to avoid strain – think how much fresher your eyes feel when you’ve just woken up than just before you go to bed; this is the exact same principle on a slightly smaller scale.
They might not seem like much, but following these three easy steps will take no more than 4 or 5 minutes out of your day… and what cost is that to keep those peepers pristine?