Eye exercises are helpful for those who experience eye strain and other eye conditions, but they unfortunately do not improve one’s vision. Digital eye strain is a common issue people struggle with, resulting from prolonged use of computers, phones, and other screens. While they do not improve or fix one’s vision, eye exercises can certainly boost the power of your optic muscles.
Here are 3 eye exercises that can reduce eye strain and enhance optic muscle strength.
20-20-20 Rule: For those who use computers all day for work, this exercise is designed to alleviate digital eye strain. The 20-20-20 rule is quite simple: every 20 minutes of computer work, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. The rule will remind you to take frequent breaks from you screen and allow you to relax and stretch your optic muscles.
Eye Circles: Another great exercise to alleviate eye strain from prolonged screen use, eye circles will give your eye muscles a break. Relax your eyes and move your eyes in a clockwise direction 20 times, take a brief break, and repeat in the opposite direction. The key is to make the circles as wide as you can in order to really stretch the muscles. It is recommended to do this exercise three times daily.
Eye Movements: Like the Eye Circles exercise, this exercise is designed to stretch and strengthen the optic muscles by looking in different directions. With your eyes closed, move your eyes upward and downward with slow exaggerated movements. Repeat this action three times, and afterward take a short rest. Again, with your eyes closed, repeat this same slow exaggerated movement, but this time side to side, right to left. And again, repeat three times.
Other recommended eye exercises that will boost the power of your optic muscles include:
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