Eyesight Exercises

Eyesight exercises are a natural way to help keep your eyes healthy and possibly reduce the risk of needing glasses or contacts.  Like other body parts, eyes need regular exercise to keep them in shape.  Although some eye problems occur as a result of the natural aging process, using vision improvement exercises could slow that process and help you delay the need for reading glasses.

Increase Blinking

Because computer users tend to focus on the screen intently, research shows that they blink less, which can lead to eye strain.  Blinking is the body’s method for keeping eyes moist, so decreased blinking can lead to dry, irritated eyes.  Every few minutes, blink your eyes a few times to increase the moisture, which keeps your eyes healthy.

Rolling and Warming Eyes

Rolling and warming your eyes are good eyesight exercises, especially if you have spent a significant amount of time working on a computer, or scouring through a lengthy report.  So, take a break!  Wash your hands, as paper and computer keyboards are known to contain bacteria that can cause eye infections. While you are washing or drying your hands, roll your eyes by looking up and then slowly circle them ten times clockwise, then ten times counterclockwise.  Once your hands are dry, rub your palms together to warm them and place them against your eyes for three seconds.

Focal Point

Every 20 minutes, find a focal point about 20 feet away and stare at it for 20 seconds.  You can also hold a pen at arm’s length, focus your eyes on it and slowly bring the pen closer until it is about six inches from your nose.  Then slowly move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the pen.  These exercises work the muscles responsible for focusing your eyes on objects at various distances.

These simple eyesight exercises can help keep your eyes healthy and promote better vision in a natural way.  For more information on vision improvement exercises, feel free to visit us at North Columbus Eye.