Eye Exercises To Improve Vision: Our How To Guide

by admin on October 24, 2012

Eye Exercises to Improve Vision

 

Find yourself squinting at the TV or your cellphone more and more these days? You are not alone. In fact, according to the Vision Council of America approximately 64% of adults wear eyeglasses and another 11% wear contact lenses. But wait, before you book that optometry appointment there are a handful of fantastic eyesight exercises to improve vision that you can start today from the comfort of your own home – your sofa even!

What you might not know is that your eyes need exercise just like your thighs after Thanksgiving – but before you jump on the treadmill – we are talking about a different type of work out.  Read on to find out some eyesight saving exercises you can use to avoid the lenses…

Exercise #1: Palming

Palming is a technique to relax your eyes and the area around your eyes. This is particularly useful for people who are spending long periods of time staring at a computer screen like many of us are these days.

Make yourself comfortable leaning forward on your elbows on the desk. Close your eyes. Place your two hands over your eyes with the palm covering your eyelids, fingers on your forehead and the heel of your hand on your cheekbone. Make sure you can blink freely  underneath your hands so you’re not cupping your eyes too hard. Palm your eyes in this fashion for a few minutes at a time.

Eye Exercises To Improve Vision

Exercise #2: Basic Blinking

Blinking is one of the easiest exercises you can use to improve your vision and yet we take this basic function for granted.

What you might not know is that computer users and avid TV watchers tend to get in a bad habit of blinking less due to the intense focus.

Blinking lubricates your eyes keeping them fresh and therefore allowing you to focus longer.

Blink every 3-4 seconds for 2 minutes and repeat a few times a day.

Exercise #3: Clock Watching

Clock watching is a way to work out your eye muscles with minimal effort. Stand yourself in front of a clock and focus on the middle of the clock.  Start watching the hour mark without turning your head then look back to the center. Look at the other mark and then back to the center. Repeat this pattern back and forth 12 times.

Exercise #4: Zooming

This is a quick and easy eye exercise you can work into your everyday life to help improve your vision. Sit yourself somewhere comfortable and stretch out your arm in front of you with your thumb straightened (thumbs up style). Focus your eyes on your thumb as your arm is outstretched. Bring your thumb slowly closer to you and re-focus as your thumb gets closer to your face. Keep re-focusing at each point until your thumb is only 3 inches away from your face.

Repeat this exercise for roughly 2 minutes a few times a day.

Exercise #5: Near and Far

Exercises to Improve Eyesight

You’ll need your thumb for this exercise too! Sit in a comfortable position and stretch your arm out so that your thumb is approximately 10 inches from your face.

Next up, focus on your thumb for a few seconds and then shift your focus 10-20 feet in front of you.

Repeat this exercise, focusing on the thumb and then staring forward for 2-3 minutes every day to really stretch out those eyes.

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