Eye muscles tend to get strained after prolonged staring at displays such as the television or computers. In order to relieve some of the strain that is on your eyes and avoid disorders in the future, the eyes must be exercised regularly. These exercises are in no way surefire ways of avoiding eye disorders. Since eye diseases don’t show any particular symptoms until the disease has progressed, it’s important to go for frequent checkups. These exercises will help improve vision naturally and reduce the risk of eye disorders.
Just like running or yoga, its best to start off with eye exercises at a slow rate and then increase the frequency or intensity of the exercises with the progression of time. In this exercise, the head must be kept stationary looking ahead. Emulate the movement of the eyes when watching a tennis match while keeping your head perfectly still. Look to the extreme left and then gradually change the direction of the eyes to look towards the right. This should be repeated 10 times. After this exercise is done sideways, the same steps should be repeated vertically.
One way of exercising the eyes is to imagine the face of a clock. Close your eyes and position them at the hypothetical 12 o’clock mark. Your eyes should be held there for about 2 seconds and then gradually progressed to follows all the hours until you reach 6. Hold your eyes here for 2 seconds as well. Continue until you reach 12 again. This exercise must be done 5 times, clockwise and anticlockwise.
This exercise requires you to cross your eyes and maintain focus on the bridge of your nose. Make sure that you don’t strain your eyes too much. Discontinue if you experience any discomfort. This exercise must be completed 3 times. In between each of the three parts, close your eyes for 3 seconds and allow them rest. Squeeze them tightly and then open them wide.
Individual Eye Exercises
With the left eye kept closed, either using your hand or naturally, focus on an object in the distance. Change between eyes and focus on the same object with your right eye. Then open both eyes and focus in the centre where the object should now be.
Zoom in and Out
Place two objects in the line of your vision. One should be 1 ft away while the other about 6 feet. Focus on the nearer object for about 5 seconds, blink and then focus on the distant object. Repeat this 10 times.
Another version of this same exercise requires you to outstretch your thumb and hold it close to your eye. Maintain focus on the thumb as you pull it away gradually and hold it at an arm’s length. Bring it back closer to your eyes and repeat. This exercise should be continued for about 2 or 3 minutes.
This is the most common eye exercise and requires you to cup both hands. These will then be placed over your eyes making sure that there is no contact between the palm and the eyelids. This allows the heat in the palms to travel to the eyes. While in this position, inhale and exhale deeply.