We might pat ourselves on the back for doing our morning run, but most of us will not think twice about eye exercise. But luckily, unlike most exercises you won’t be left sweaty and red-faced, although, you might look strange doing them.
The compass exercise
When you have five minutes alone, try this quick little exercise that can help build your eyes’ muscles.
Straighten up your back and look straight ahead. Then slowly look up ̶ north, making sure never to move your head, just your eyes. After looking there a moment, move your eyes to the north-east and focus your gaze on an object. Repeat again whilst looking east, south-east, south, south-west, west and then finally north-west. Making your eyes move in directions they may not normally look can possibly strengthen your eyes’ muscles which can promote healthier eyes.
We have all heard the common rule, that if you work in an office you should walk around for five minutes every half an hour. Well, the same is also true for your eyes. Every 20 minutes look up from your computer or work and stare at a fixed point in the distance for 20 seconds.
Although this won’t miraculously give you 20:20 vision, this exercise can help reduce headaches and excess strain on the eyes.
The cross(eyed) fit
ˈIf you cross your eyes they will stay that way.ˈ It’s a threat all of our mothers have used on us. But just like the tooth fairy, it is a fable … or a fib. Crossing your eyes can actually be beneficial to your eyes’ health if done every now and again.
The science behind it
Eye exercises are not known to be able to improve vision, but can strengthen the muscles in the eyes. Some eye doctors use natural vision correction to help children and teens who have convergence insufficiency, with many using The Bates Method. Or, it is even prescribed for people with double vision.
However, there is a wide debate as to whether its effects benefit adults less then children. Some have noted how it can help lessen headaches and tired eyes. But there is no solid scientific proof that eye exercises do work effectively.
If you do have any worries about your eyes or your children's eyes, go to see your local optician for advice.