Eye exercises helps to keep the eye muscles sharp and also helps to relax the eyes. These exercises are mainly intended for the people who suffer from eye strain or overly tired eyes, often due to heavy computer usage. Individuals who are diagnosed with eye disorders such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, eye disease or any other infection, should consult a doctor before performing these exercises.
Regular practice of these eye exercises facilitate the normal functioning of our eyes and helps to overcome eye-related problems such as short sightedness and long sightedness.
PALMING – Palming is warming up your eyes. It provides good circulation and relaxes the eye muscles. To do palming, sit in a comfortable position, rub your palm against each other vigorously until they become warm. Then gently place them on your eyes
BLINKING – Sit in comfortable position with your eyes wide open. Blink quickly for 10 times, close your eyes and relax for 30 seconds. Normal human eye should blink 25 times in one minute. This exercise strengthens the eye muscle and prevents dryness of the eyes.
ROTATIONAL VIEWING – Sit in comfortable position and lift the right fist with thump facing upwards. Move your thumb in clockwise direction with your gaze following it. Repeat this for five times and relax for some time. Again repeat the exercise in anti-clockwise direction.
UP AND DOWN VIEWING – Sit in comfortable position and lift the right fist with thump facing upwards. Slowly raise the right thumb keeping the arms straight. Follow the motion of the thumb with the eyes. Gradually bring it down. Do it for five times and relax for some time. Again repeat the exercise with left thumb.
SIDEWAYS VIEWING – Sit in comfortable position and focus on a point straight in front of you, move your eyes slowly from one side to other side. Repeat this exercise for 20 times. After the completion of this exercise close your eyes and rest
FRONT AND SIDEWAYS VIEWING – Sit in comfortable position and focus on a point straight in front of you, move your eyes slowly towards the left and again back to the same position. Again move your eyes towards the right and again back to the same position. Repeat this exercise for 20 times. After the completion of this exercise close your eyes and rest.
NEAR AND DISTANT VIEWING – Stand or sit at an open window, preferably with a clear view of the horizon, with the arms by the sides. Focus the eyes on the nose tip, nasikagra drishti, for 5 seconds. Then, focus on a distant object on the horizon for 5 seconds. Repeat this process 10 to 20 times. After completing all the above exercises, lie down in Shavasan (corpse pose) for a few minutes and relax.