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Simple Exercises to Improve your Eyesight!

Nithya Lakshmi | November 27, 2018

Eyes play a major role in your day to day activities and straining your eyes will only lead to eye diseases like short myopia, cataracts, glaucoma, hyperopia. The muscles in your eyes also need enough relaxation similar to that of your other body muscles. Though exercises will help you to ease out the strained eye muscles and let them relax, that is no assurance on complete recovery from any serious eye illness.

Practicing these exercises regularly will help you stay away from eye irritation, puffiness, and protect your retina from further damage. Listed below are a few eye exercises which you can follow every day for a few minutes amidst your hectic schedule as they are quite simple and easy!


1) Palm Massage to Eyes

Simply rub both your palms for a few seconds till you feel the heat within and place them on your closed eyes gently. Allow the heat to be felt on your eyes for a few seconds. Then rub your palms and repeat for 2 – 3 times. The warmth from the palm will help your eye muscles relax. 


2) Eye Rotations

Eye rotations help to improve the health of your retina. You can try any or all of the following every day.

  • Up and down – Look up to the ceiling and wait for 5 seconds. Similarly look down on the floor and wait for 10 seconds. Repeat this set 3-4 times.
  • Right and left – Look to your right for 5 seconds and look at your left for 5 seconds without turning your head. Repeat this 3 – 4 times.
  • Rotate – With your head and body erect, either in a sitting or standing posture, look to your right, up, to your left and down to the floor quickly. Repeat this 10-15 times.
  • Hold tight and open wide – Close your eyes and hold tight for 5 seconds and release. Similarly, open wide for 5 seconds and release. Repeat this 3- 4 times.
  • Top right and left – Look to the top right corner for 5 seconds and then to the left corner for 5 seconds. Similarly, look at the bottom right corner and left corner for 5 seconds each. Repeat this 3 – 4 times.


3) Swift Blinks

Just blink swiftly for 10-20 times by sitting in a very comfortable position. Then close your eyes to rest for 20 seconds. Repeat this 4 times.


4) Zoom In and Out

This is to help increase your vision and to focus. Sit comfortably in a position and stretch your hands with your thumbs up. Now bring your thumbs slowly towards you and move away from your eyes. Similarly, stretching your hands, move your thumbs slowly from the center to the left and to the right. Rotate your eyeballs to follow your thumbs as you move them slowly. This will strengthen your retina.


5) Draw a Virtual ‘8’

Another effective eye exercise is to draw the figure eight virtually by staring at a blank surface. Keep drawing continuously for 20 seconds before you switch to repeat in the opposite direction.


6) Sunlight

Though there is no proven evidence via research on the Sunlight therapy, there are people who claim that it is a simple and an easy way to improve eyesight. Get up early and sit in a comfortable position facing the rising sun. Stare at the sunlight continuously for a few seconds. If you find the rays to be intense, you can shift postures or turn your head to rotate every few seconds. Take care to practice this before 9 am and after 5 pm as the in-between hours emit powerful UV rays which are dangerous for the eyes.

This exercises help immensely in improving retinal health and reducing ocular inflammation. They are also very good for the brain.

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Nithya Lakshmi




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