Over the last 10 – 15 years there has been a marked increase in the number of people who wear glasses and contact lenses. Vision problems are common, they come with age, but despite nature and genetics, deterioration of vision is due to the daily routines of reading and computer work that strains your eyes.

Our eyes need regular exercise in order to keep them healthy, just like any other muscle in the body. The thing is, we take it for granted that our eyes will eventually give up on us and we will eventually need glasses or contact lenses.

Also, if you start wearing glasses or contact lenses your eyesight will only get worse over time rather than get better as your eyes will get used to the new lense and need even stronger lenses to function properly. Fortunately, there are a few tricks and exercises by which you can save dipterous and improve eyesight.

5 Exercises to strengthen your eye muscles and improve your vision

1. Palming

Palming gives you the opportunity to rest your mind and your eyes for a few minutes at a time. It may not sound much of an exercise but it can make a big difference in your working day if you stop for a few minutes and do this exercise.

1. Take a few deep breathes before you begin.

2. Make yourself comfortable whilst leaning forward on a desk or with your elbows resting on your knees. Close your eyes.

3. Place your two hands over your eyes with the cup of your palm covering your eyes, your fingers on your forehead and the heel of your hand will rest on your cheekbone. Make sure you can blink freely and you are not putting too much pressure on your eyes.

2. Blinking

Blinking is an often overlooked yet simple way to keep your eyes fresh and being able to focus longer.

Dry eyes can lead to blurry vision, headaches and eye strain and often stem from continued TV or computer use. That’s because the average blink rate drops from 16-20 blinks per minute to 6-8 bpm while absorbed in the screen.

The simple way to combat this is to blink more, and become conscious of the fact when you’ve stopped blinking, especially when working at the computer. If you start to feel eye strain coming on – blink! This lubricates the eye and refreshes your brain ready to receive new visual data.

3. Figure of eight

This is to exercise your eye muscles and increase their flexibility. This is quite a simple exercise but a good one.

Imagine a giant figure of eight in front of you about 10 feet in front of you. Now turn the 8 on it’s side. Now trace the figure of eight with your eyes, slowly. Do it one way for a few minutes and then do it the other way for a few minutes. It may seem very alien at first but it’s worth persevering with it.

4. Near and far focussing

People who wear glasses can get really lazy at focusing – and that’s one reason they fail to maintain healthy vision.

Instructions for Near and far focussing:

Sit in a comfortable position, or stand, this will only take 2-3 minutes at a time.

Put your thumb about 10 inches in front of you and focus on it.

Now focus on something else about 10 – 20 feet in front of you.

On each deep breath switch between focussing on your thumb and the 10-20 feet object in front of you.

This will strengthen the muscles in your eyes over time and improve your vision overall.

5. Zooming

Sit in a comfortable position

Stretch out your arm with your thumb in the hitchhike position

Focus on your thumb as your arm is outstretched.

Now bring your thumb closer to you, focussing all the time, until your thumb is about 3 inches in front of your face.

Now move your thumb away again until your arm is fully outstretched.

Do this for a few minutes at a time throughout the day.

This exercise will strengthen your focussing skills and your eye muscles in general.

For more information, watch the video below…