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10 Easy Eye Exercises To Help Vision And Overall Eye Health

The gift of sight is one that Ioften take for granted.

And while only a lucky few haveperfectvision, many more of us have to resort to contact lenses and glasses, with the severely impaired resorting to surgeries, canes, and seeing eye dogs.

Fortunately, when it comes to our eye health, things don’t have to be entirely out of our control.

Just as there are simple exercises I can do to relieve aches and pains, there are easy eye exercises I can do right at home to improve my eye health and, in some cases, even improve my vision!

According to WebMD, “There are doctors who may recommend eye exercise for eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, increased sensitivity to bright light, tired eyes, or difficulty sustaining attention.”

They continue, “Eye exercises are designed to strengthen the eye muscles, improve focusing [and] eye movements, and stimulate the vision center of the brain.”

And while those with serious eye troubles or impairments should always see a doctor, it’s great to know that we might actually have some control overour vision and eye health.

Scroll through this exclusive list ofeasy exercises below. It might sound crazy, but I’ll personally be giving these a shot it can’t hurt!

Will you be giving these eye exercises a try? Let us know in the comments.

Exercise #1: The Eye Roll

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One extremely common, easy-to-do eye exercise is the eye roll.

  1. Slowly move your eyes in a circular motion, clockwise.
  2. Repeat five times.
  3. Switch direction, slowly rotating your eyes counter-clockwise.
  4. Repeat five times.

Exercise #2: The Eye Press

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SelfCarers.com shared this eye press exercise.

  1. Press the tips of several fingers against your upper eyelids using light pressure.
  2. Press for two seconds.
  3. Release your fingers.
  4. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise #3: The Eye Adjustment

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Steven Aitchison, author of the book100 Ways to Develop Your Mind, shared this exercise he calls “near and far focusing”.

  1. Focus on your thumb about 10inches in front of your face.
  2. Drop your thumb and focus on an object about 10feet in front of you.
  3. Switch focus to an object 30 feet in front of you.
  4. Return focus to the object 10feet away.
  5. Raise your thumb to 10inches away and re-focus on it.
  6. Relax your eyes.
  7. Repeat 10times.

Exercise #4: The Eye Raise

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Another common eye exercise may seem familiar from anytime you’ve had an eye exam.

  1. Slowly raise your eyes until you are looking as far up as possible.
  2. Hold for five seconds.
  3. Slowly lower your eyes until you are looking as far down as possible.
  4. Hold for five seconds.
  5. Return your eyes to center.
  6. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise #5: The Side-Eye

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Similar to the “Eye Raise” is the “Side-Eye” exercise.

  1. Slowly shiftyour eyes until you are looking as farto the rightas possible.
  2. Hold for five seconds.
  3. Slowly shiftyour eyes until you are looking as far to the leftas possible.
  4. Hold for five seconds.
  5. Return your eyes to center.
  6. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise #6: The Thinker

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HealthyAndNaturalWorld.com shared this “diagonal vision exercise.”

  1. Slowly shiftyour eyesdown and to the left
  2. Hold for five seconds.
  3. Slowly shiftyour eyes diagonally up until you are looking up and to the right.
  4. Hold for five seconds.
  5. Repeat five times on this diagonal.
  6. Switch to the opposite diagonal and repeat five times.

Exercise #7: The Cross Eye

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Dr. Mao Shing Ni shared this exercise with the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. Hold a pencil straight out in front of you at arm’s length.
  2. Focus your eyes on the pencil.
  3. Slowly draw the pencil towards your body, holding your focus on it until it is six inches from your face.
  4. Reverse direction and slowly extend your arm back to the start, keepingyour focus on the pencil.
  5. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise #8: The ABCs

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Another quite simple way to exercise the eyes is to trace letters.

  1. Stare straight ahead.
  2. Allow a word to come to mind.
  3. Visualize the first letter of the word out in front of you.
  4. Trace this imaginary letter with your eyes.
  5. Repeat with each letter of the word.
  6. For an extreme exercise, visualize and trace the entire alphabet.

Exercise #9: The Wide Eye

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One great eye workout is the exercise known asthe “Wide Eye.”

  1. Facing straight ahead, squint your eyes as much as possible.
  2. Hold this squint for five seconds.
  3. Open your eyes as wide as possible.
  4. Hold this for five seconds.
  5. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise #10: The Figure Eight

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This “Figure Eight” exercise works the muscles differentlyby moving the head and keeping the eyes in place.

  1. Stare at a fixed object straight ahead.
  2. Close one eye.
  3. Move the head in a figure eight pattern, keeping the eye focused on the object.
  4. Perform 10 figure eights.
  5. Switch eyes and perform 10 figure eights.

These incredible eye exercises are so easy to perform, and can have incredible benefits for your vision and overall eye health.

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