Train Your Eyes With Eye Exercises

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 18-Sep-2014

Train Your Eyes With Eye ExercisesIf 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, contact Key-Whitman.

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