Today’s technology may provide us with great convenience in the form of instant access to any information we want at the push of a button. But all luxuries come at a price. Staring at video monitors and smartphones and tablets for countless hours each day causes our eyes to fatigue more easily, and may lead to certain age-associated vision issues later in life. However, there are things we can do now that can protect our vision for the future. Consistently practicing simple exercises like the ones outlined here can keep your vision young and healthy for ages to come.
Try these simple eye exercises to help you maintain good vision and ward off those irritating eye floaters. These eye exercises can be performed at you desk at work, or upon waking and just before bedtime. Whenever your eyes feel fatigued, stop for a few minutes and give these exercises a try. Besides being healthy for your eyes, these exercises will also give you a mental boost to help you focus as well. By consistently practicing the exercises daily, you will begin to see optimal results in as little as one month.
- Start by Warming up your eyes. Vigorously rub your hands together for ten to fifteen seconds to generate heat. Place your hands over your eyes with your palms on your cheek bones and your fingers against your forehead for at least five seconds. Repeat the process three times.
- Roll your eyes. Begin by looking upwards and proceed to slowly circle your eyes ten times clockwise, and then ten times in a counterclockwise motion. Try to maintain a fluid controlled motion. Don’t let your eyes dart from position to position. This exercise takes practice to master, but once you do get it down, it is an excellent way to relax as well!
- Practice Focus. Grab a pencil and hold it at arm’s length while focusing your eyes upon it. Then, slowly bring the pencil closer to you until it reaches approximately six inches from your face. After that, slowly move it away while maintaining focus on the pencil. Repeat ten times. This exercise aids in strengthening the muscles that contract and reshape the lens in your eye. It is this reshaping that allows us to see up close. Keeping those muscles fit can delay the need for reading glasses that occurs as people age.
- Massage your temples. Using your thumbs, massage both your temples by pressing with light to moderate pressure against your temples and rotate. Massage twenty times in one direction and then twenty times in the other. Repeat the same motions midway over the eyebrows, then underneath the eyes on either side of the bridge of your nose.
- Give yourself a mini-nap. This one is really simple. Gently tilt your head backwards while closing your eyes. Relax and rest for a minimum of three minutes. This not only relaxes your eyes, it also relaxes your neck muscles and reduces strain. Warning, don’t let your boss catch you practicing this one at your desk. I doubt he’ll believe you are exercising.
Eyecare maintenance is easy to overlook. We were never taught the benefit of exercising our eyes. Just like running consistently can keep your heart younger and healthier, so too can exercising your eyes keep your vision younger and healtier. Stay on a healthy vision exercise program and the next time you see your optometrist, she will exclaim how much better your eyes are doing.