People tend to overlook the fact that their eyes can be more efficient with exercise, just like the rest of their bodies.
Unless you have an ophthalmologist’s certificate saying that you have perfect 20-20 vision, there is always scope for improvement. And while you may think that your eyesight is good enough, you must know that it deteriorates with time and age. Which is why, it is essential to keep your eyes fit so that you can enjoy unprecedented vision for years to come. Here are 5 eye exercises which are akin to yoga for eyes:
Blinking is one of the most fundamental functions and really helps improve your eyesight. What with the constant use of computers, televisions and smartphones, blinking has taken a backseat. But constantly exposing your eyes to light is bad for them; they need a period of respite when all they see is darkness. Which is where blinking steps in and helps reduce strain on the eyes.
These exercises done multiple times each day work wonders:
The Slow Blink – for 2 minutes, blinkyour eyes every 30 seconds.
The Quick Blink- for 2 minutes, blink your eyes every 4 seconds.
Covering your eyes with the palms of your hands is great way to shut out all the light and just relax your eyes. They deserve a break after all that seeing and focusing they do for you all day, don’t they?
How to palm:
- Breathe deeply and relax.
- Rest your elbows on a desk.
- Now shut your eyes.
- Cover both of your eyes with the palms of your hands. Make sure that you don’t press your eyes with your hands. The right way to do this is to cradle your eyes in the cup of your palms.
3. Figure Eight
Our eyes tend to become lazy over time, and this exercise will snap them out of it. By doing this exercise your eyes will regain their lost flexibility.
Here’s how you do it:
- Visualize a large figure of eight roughly 8- 10 feet away in front of you.
- Visually turn the 8 on its side; it should now resemble an infinity symbol.
- Move your eyes along the shape of this figure eight slowly for approx. 3-5 minutes. Then reverse the direction for the same amount of time.
Strengthen your eye muscles with this simple focus-driven exercise. You will work on both near and far focusing skills.
- Sit in a comfortable position.
- Hold your thumb 10 inches in front of you.
- Using your eyes, focus on it.
- Then look away at something that is approx. 20 feet away.
- Repeat this cycle of looking at your thumb and away at a far-off object.
This exercise has similar strengthening effects on your eyes as the previous exercise.
How to go about zooming:
- Sit comfortably.
- Stretch your arm out giving a thumbs up (as though you were asking for a lift).
- Look at your thumb.
- Slowly draw your thumb closer until it is approx. 3 inches away from your face. Don’t take your eyes off your thumb all this while.
- Now take your thumb back to the original outstretched arm position.
- Repeat this cycle multiple times.