Looking after your peepers can prevent headaches, bloodshot veins and even blindness in the long-term. Here’s how to work those eye muscles, protect them from injury and disease, and keep them looking bright and beautiful.
Add these eye exercises to your to-do list, and you’ll reap visual rewards in your profession and sports performance for years to come.
You know how you limber up before you start working your muscles at the gym? Well, this is the equivalent for your eyes. Sitting comfortably or lying down, simply move your eyes in large circles – first clockwise, then anti-clockwise. Try videoing yourself with your phone so you can assess how you’re doing, or ask a partner. Do this once, then relax, breathing deeply. Repeat three times a day, morning, afternoon and evening.
The nose gaze
This one you can do anywhere. Sit upright in a comfortable chair and lower your eyes to look at the tip of your nose. Try to hold the position for several seconds, then close your eyes and relax.
The brow lift
This is the same as the nose gaze except instead of looking downwards, you look up at the area between your brows.
The pencil raise
Stick a picture sticker or a piece of masking tape on the end of a pen or pencil and write a letter on it or draw a smiley face. Now hold the pencil at arm’s length and focus on the picture or letter, gradually bringing the pencil close to your nose so that eventually it is touching it. Try to keep focus on the picture or letter then entire time.
Flutter your lashes
If that sounds like a strange exercise, it is. But it can really help prevent bloodshot and sore, dry eyes, especially if you spend long periods staring at screens. For most people sore eyes after staring at a screen for long periods is because they forget to blink. Blink regularly, use eye drops or watch sad movie clips to keep your eyeballs nicely moistened.
If any of these exercises cause you discomfort, see your optometrist.