How to Take Care of Your Eyes – Exercise

I have always wished I could exercise my eyes. I always thought it would be just as good for them as for the rest of me. Often I wondered if using them was the exercise, as with all other muscles. But not so, I have learned. Eyes become tired when used for only one task, over and over, just as the wrist does for typing. And exercise helps this.

Why isn’t this on billboards, nationwide?

Study the next few posts. Link to them. Copy-paste them for your fridge. Someone you know needs this information!

Exercise for Your Eyes

When it's good to roll your eyes!This is like jiggling your wrists to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, or taking a walk to relieve varicose veins, but it is for the eyes. Everyone needs to know these tricks to keep the eyes from wearing out. I am so happy to have learned them! They even reduce “floaters”! I love these exercises first thing when I wake up, and any time my eyes are tired. Since I found exercises, I have so much more incentive to rest my eyes!

If you are in charge of children, though, you hold in your hands the keys to their continued excellent eye health. You are duty-bound to make good eye health happen. Teach this to them and make it a fun diversion in their day.

Begin with warm eyes. A warm wash cloth  held over the eyes, or even rubbing your hands together to make warmth and then holding them over the eyes, will get the old circulation up and running. I prefer the wash cloth.

Roll ’em. This exercise involves using the full range of motion for your eye muscles. Basically, just look from the north position, to every compass point, in order, round and round, about 20 times, and then repeat in the opposite direction. So easy, but feels so good.

The focusing muscles. There are 2 good ways to do this one. You can hold your finger up at arm’s length and move it toward your nose, keeping it in focus at all times, then back out to arm’s length again about 10 or 12 times. Or you can stand at arm’s length from an object like a light switch and move your entire body toward it and away from it. This is more work, but coordinates the sense of balance with the sense of sight, something I need.

Massage.  Mmm! This one I love. This is the one that can tear me away from my work! Using the pads of a couple of fingers, lightly rub circles over your crow’s feet wrinkles (or if you’re too young for those, just rub the temples.) Make about 20 circles on both sides, and then circle the opposite direction the same amount. Then make circles between your eyebrows and under your eyes about where the tear ducts are. Oh, it feels so good!

Close your eyes. Just for three to five minutes, give them a break. I find this is such a great help to my vision when I am working on the computer. And it relaxes the rest of me, too, like slipping into a dark, quiet room for a tiny vacation. When I return, I am like new!

Coming tomorrow, Lord willing: Getting Rid of Eye Poisons! Shocking!

Okay, now comes the part we have to say in this lawsuit-happy world: This post is meant to inform and to satisfy curiosity, only, and is not a substitute for medical advice. Consult your doctor for information concerning your conditions. Much effort has been made to assure this information is accurate, however, medical research is always changing the facts, and new findings may supersede currently accepted data. I am NOT a doctor, only quoting several of them.

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

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