If you suffer from eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, tired eyes or
difficulty paying attention, you may benefit from eye exercises.
Just like the rest of your body, there are muscles in the eyes that need
to stay strong in order for the eye to function as it should. Strengthening
those muscles with eye exercises can help improve focus and movement of
the eye by training the eye to see well. Eye exercises can help treat
eye conditions such as weak or “lazy eye,” double vision and strained eyes.
Note: Eye exercises cannot be used to treat or “cure” all eye
conditions. If you are having problems with your vision, schedule an appointment
for an eye exam with your eye doctor.
Eye exercises can be particularly beneficial to individuals who spend much
of their day looking at a computer screen and experience occasional eye
soreness or tiredness. Try these basic eye exercises to help improve your
vision and focus.
Blinking:Frequent blinking helps prevent eyestrain and can keep the eyes relaxed.
When we are in front of a TV or computer screen, we blink less than we
would when performing other activities. While you are working at your
computer, give your eyes a break with the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes,
shift your focus to an object 20 feet away from you for at least 20 seconds.
Focus on blinking while you focus on a faraway object.
Palming:This exercise is simply designed to allow your eyes to rest. Cover both
eyes with the palm of your hands for a few minutes. While your eyes are
covered, keep them open and continue to blink. Palming may also help reduce
eyestrain from constant computer work.
Focusing:Hold your hand about 10 inches from your face with your thumb in the hitchhiker
position. Locate an object about 20 feet in front of you. Every few seconds,
shift your focus from your thumb, which is near to your face, to the other
object, which is far away. This exercise will help improve focus at near
and far distances.
Zooming: With your thumb in the same position, move it close to your face (about
three inches from your nose) and back out until your arm is outstretched.
Move it back and forth several times, allowing your vision to “zoom”
in and out, keeping your eyes focused on your thumb the whole time.
Figure eight:Slowly trace an imaginary, horizontal figure eight with your eyes. Move
your eyes in one direction for a few minutes, then switch and move them
in the other direction.
Do not assume eye exercises will solve your
vision problems. If you are experiencing problems with your vision,