Our vision is arguably the most important sense that we have at our disposal. Vision provides us with endless entertainment – from film and television to reading, sightseeing, and sunset viewing. Not to mention all of the more practical things that we can do thanks to our sight: driving, cleaning, working, etc. Since our vision is so important, it seems like common sense that we would do anything in our power to protect it, or even improve it. In many cases, however, vision is taken for granted. Most people do not think to try to improve their vision in ways other than visiting an eye doctor and getting an eyeglass prescription. Vision exercises are a much-debated way to possibly improve your vision at home in your spare time.
Eye exercises to improve vision
Warming your eyes
Rubbing your hands together quickly, as you would when you are cold, and then placing the palms of your hands over your closed eyes will soak the eyes in warmth and darkness, giving them a much needed rest during the day. Repeat three times.
Side to side
Facing straight ahead, raise both hands and extend your thumbs in a “thumbs up” formation. Without moving your head at all, look from one thumb to the other just by moving your eyes. This exercises the muscles that control your eye movement. Repeat up to 10 times, resting the eyes as necessary.
Up and down
Raise one arm straight in front of you with hand in the “thumbs up” position. Raise the arm slowly higher and then lower, all while following your thumb with your eyes. The head should remain still and only the eyes should be following the thumb. Repeat 10 times.
Near and far
Focus on a point on the horizon, far away from you. Then transition to focusing on the tip of your nose. Once you are focused on your nose, transition back to looking at the horizon. Repeat 10 times, taking breaks as needed.
The effectiveness of vision therapy exercises is debated amongst medical professionals. If you are trying to do everything in your power to improve vision, however, they are certainly worth a try. Other things that you can do to improve your vision at home include the following:
- Eat right. The eyes need omega-3 fatty acids to function at their best. Eating fish, leafy greens, and eggs can help give your eyes the nutrients that they need to be their best.
- Stay hydrated. Much like the rest of the body, eyes need to be properly hydrated to function well.
- Give your eyes a break from screens. As a society we spend a lot of time in front of screens. Make sure to take breaks when working on a computer or watching television for extended periods of time.
If you are interested in eye exercises to improve your vision, consult your eye care professional about which, if any, eye exercises will be the most beneficial for you. No one knows your eyes better than you and your eye doctor.