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Your eyes need exercise too

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Your eyes need exercise tooYou're probably amongst the lucky ones to have perfect vision, but it won't take long to ruin it if you ignore to take care of it. The last few decades has seen a drastic rise in the number of people suffering from vision problems. And the number of people wearing glasses and lenses is increasing at an alarming pace. Blame it on our TV watching habits or the computers that we peer into for long hours - at home and office. But all it takes is a little care and effort to avert problems and keep your eyes in good condition.

Our eyes take in a lot of strain through the day. They work right from our waking moment, till we shut them at night when we go to bed. But this rest, though imperative, is not adequate. We need to relax them during the day too. Plus, like any other muscle in our body, our eyes too need regular exercises to keep them healthy and ease the muscles. It is a fact that vision improves with exercise as the ophthalmic nerves are infused with a richer blood supply. Eye exercises also help keep the muscles strong and active while relieving a lot of strain that comes from staring into the computer screen for long periods.

Blink deliberately:

Blinking is a natural phenomenon which helps us to focus better. But we tend to blink less when watching TV or working on our computers. So as an exercise, take a two minute break and blink deliberately every 3-4 seconds. You'll see a marked difference. Blinking not only helps the eyes de-stress but also refreshes it.

Palming:

This is simple exercise that helps to rest your eyes and mind. You can do this 2-3 times a day, or more on high stress days. Rub your hands together in quick motion till they feel warm. Immediately cup it loosely on the eyes, making sure not to leave any gaps between the fingers that would allow light to enter. Keep it for 2-3 minutes and repeat whenever your eyes feel tired.

Roving eye:

You'd probably want to do this when alone, as anyone catching you doing this, may give you strange looks. Make yourself comfortable on a chair and see straight ahead, focusing on an object. Then slowly turn your eyes to one side and bring them back to the centre. Repeat by turning the eyes in the opposite direction. Then, turn your gaze upwards and come to the starting point before looking downwards. Don't do this more than 2-3 times. Stop and relax if your eyes feel strained.

Figure of eight:

This may sound complicated, seem a little absurd, but it's worth a try as it very effective in improving the flexibility of your eye muscles. Imagine a giant figure of eight in a horizontal position in front of you about 10 away. Now outline the figure with your eyes, slowly. Do it one way for a few minutes and then do it the other way for a few minutes.

Near and distant focusing:

Put your thumb about 10 inches in front of you and focus on it. Then focus on something else in the distance. While taking deep breaths, switch between focusing on your thumb and the distant object. This will strengthen your eye muscles over time and improve your vision overall.

Zooming:

Keep your eyes at an arm's length from your eyes. Focus on the tip of the thumb. Now slowly move the thumb closer your eyes, focusing all the while. Stop when it touches your nose. Then, while still focusing on the thumb tip, take it back to the outstretched position. Try not to blink. At first your eyes may feel watery. Close them and relax. You could do this in short bursts throughout the day .This exercise will enhance your focusing skills and strengthen your eye muscles.

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