We all know how important it is to keep our bodies fit by doing things like going to the gym, jogging, and swimming. Several studies over more than a decade, according to Cleveland Clinic Article, have demonstrated that regular exercises can reduce the risks for several common eye conditions like cataracts, wet age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The benefits of exercise are well known, but do you know that you can exercise your eyes as well?
Eye exercising will keep your eyes healthy and help minimize eyestrain. It is worth noting that these steps are not meant to improve vision but rather to maintain your best eyesight level during the day and prevent significant further vision deterioration.
Follow These Steps To Exercise Your Eyes
Sit comfortably on a chair, rub your hands together until they feel warm, close your eyes, and cover them lightly with your cupped palms. Make sure to avoid applying pressure to your eyeballs and also remember not to cover your nose. You should also not allow light rays to enter your eyes from the gaps between your fingers or edges of your palms and nose. You may see other lingering traces of colors. Imagine deep blackness and focus on it. Take deep breaths slowly and evenly while thinking of some happy incident, or visualize a distant scene. After you see nothing but blackness, remove your palms from your eyes. Repeat the palming for 3 minutes or more.
Close your eyes tightly for 3-5 seconds. Open the for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 7 or 8 times.
Massaging your eyes. Hot or cold compress; soak one towel in hot water and the other in cold. Take one and lightly press it to your face focusing on your eyebrow, closed eyelids, and cheeks. Alternate between the two as desired, making sure to end with a cold compress.
Follow These Steps To Massage Your Eyelids
1) Close your eyes and massage them with circular movements of your finger for 1-2 minutes. Make sure you press very lightly and have washed your hands to avoid damaging your eyes.
2) Lightly press three fingers of each hand against your upper eyelids. Hold them there for 1-2 seconds, then release. Repeat 5 times.
3) Sit and relax. Roll your eyes clockwise, then counterclockwise. Repeat 5 times, blinking in between each time.
Absolute care should be taken to maintain the optimal performance of the eye. This is especially necessary as the global coronavirus pandemic forced many to work online. As a result, excessive screen time would mean the eyes need to rest. In our last article – What Are Chronic Dry Eyes or Dry Eye Syndrome? we mentioned digital devices like computers, phones, or television can make you blink your eyes less fully and less frequently, which leads to greater evaporation and increased risk of dry eye symptoms.
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