Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Eye Care Exercises

Eyesight can be preserved, maintained, and improved with exercise. Muscle in your eyes change the focus between near and distant objects, and dilate and contract the pupils to adjust for different lighting. When these muscles become weak or stiff eyesight becomes poor. Eye exercises keep these muscles flexible and strong and make sure that your brain is accustomed to responding properly using both eyes together for good stereo vision.

Common daily activities cause eye strain, weakening, and eventually atrophy of the eye muscles. We are born with the equipment to see far away for hunting, but lifestyle changes over the last 50 to 100 years have meant that most of us spend extended amounts of time looking at objects close up, and rarely have a need to focus on objects that are far away. Watching television, using computers, playing video games, and even reading can strain and weaken eyes over time.

To see properly your eyes must relax. Tight muscles change focus or respond to changes in lighting quickly and will be limited in their range of movement. One good way to relax your eyes is a method called palming. Simply rub your hands together for about 15 seconds, until they are warm, close your eyes and cup your hands over your eyes. Do not actually touch your eyelids, or place pressure on your face. Do this for two to ten minutes.

Place your fingertip on your face and slowly trace a circle around your eye. While doing this follow your finger with your eye. This works with your eyes open or closed, and of course should be done with each eye.

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