Four Exercises For Eye Health

Why do we neglect the health of our eyes? When we think of exercise, we never think about exercising our sight. However, doing so could offer us many benefits.
Four Exercises For Eye Health

Last update: 27 May, 2022

There are several exercises for eye health which could help you enjoy greater well-being. Do your eyes tend to get red? Do they hurt sometimes? Do you feel tension in your eyes? People who work in front of a computer are likely to suffer from these kinds of problems.

For this reason, if we don’t want to damage our eyesight and we want to enjoy good eye health, we should do exercises for the eyes. They are simple exercises which you can do anywhere and which offer many benefits if you include them in your routine.

Exercises for the eyes

Today we’re only going to talk about 4 exercises for eye health which will be of great help to you. Although they are only 4, you’ll discover many variations on each one so you can make these exercises much more complete.

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If you work in front of a computer, a very important exercise for your eye health is blinking. You might think “but I already blink!”. Yes, this is true, but not often enough.

Sitting in front of the computer working requires great concentration. This makes us spend long periods without blinking, which wouldn’t happen under other circumstances. What can we do about this?

  • Blink very quickly: if you’re on a break from work, try blinking very fast. This will lubricate your eyes naturally. This way you won’t need to use any eye drops.
  • Blink slowly: this exercise helps relax the tension in the eyes. Close them and keep them closed for a few seconds. Then open them and repeat.

2. Putting pressure on the eyes

Do you remember when you were little and you used to press on your eyes and see stars? Well, it turns out that applying gentle pressure can do you a lot of good. This helps release eye tension and relaxes the sight after an intense day at work where your eyesight has been working hard.

How can we go about these exercises? Here are two ways of doing this so that our eyes feel significantly relieved and noticeably less tense.

  • Press your palms on your eyes: with a gentle pressure, place your palms over your eyes. It is advisable to first warm them by rubbing them together, and then sit with them over your eyes for up to 2 minutes.
  • Press with your fingers: like when you were little, put your fingers over your eyes and press gently for a few seconds. After this, relax and then do it again.

3. Move your eyes

Move your eyes

Movement is another very effective exercise for eye health. Although the eyes are always moving, we should do this in a particular way if we want to achieve specific results.

This way we can release tension from the eyes and relax our sight.

  • Up and down: this is the first movement and consists of looking up and then looking down. You will find that this is a bit difficult, so do this exercise slowly.
  • From side to side: the second exercise is similar but involves looking first to the right and then to the left.

It is likely that you’ll feel some pressure when you do these exercises, as if you were moving your eyes by force. This is a good thing. You are releasing tension and when you finish the exercises you will feel a great sense of well-being in your eyes.

4. Focus near then far

The last of these eye health exercises consists of working with your focus. This can significantly help those who suffer from short or long sight, so this exercise is recommended for people with these conditions even if their eyes don’t particularly suffer at work.

  • Focus far away: look at an object, person or anything which is far away. Then, bring your focus back to where it started.
  • Focus close up: start by looking around without focusing on anything in particular and then make yourself focus on something close up. A speck of dust, a little ant, or a bit of skin on your nail, for example.

All these exercises help liberate eye tension, strengthen our vision, and allow our eyes to relax as they need to from time to time.

We can also make a routine out of these exercises and practice them during each break from work. Our sight will thank us for it.

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