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Our entire body system comprises several muscles. We engage in physical exercises to enable the muscles in the arms, legs and stomach region stay active and work better. It is also important that we exercise our eyes. Here are some eye exercises you might want to try out.

The 20-20-20 rule

This is beneficial for people who need to focus on a computer screen all day while working. It helps to ease digital eye strain. All you need to do is to look at an object that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

Focus change

This exercise can also help with digital eye strain and should be performed while sitting.

  • Hold a finger a few inches away from one eye.
  • Focus your gaze on the finger.
  • Move the finger slowly away from your face.
  • Focus on any object farther away, then back on the finger.
  • Bring the finger back closer to your eye.
  • Focus on the object farther away.
  • Repeat three times.

Eye movements

  • Close your eyes.
  • Slowly move them upward, then downward while still being closed.
  • Repeat three times.
  • Then move them to the left and the right.
  • Repeat three times.

 Figure 8

  • Focus on an area on the floor 8 feet away.
  • Move your eyes in the shape of figure 8.
  • Trace the imaginary figure 8 repeatedly for 30 seconds, then switch direction.

 Pencil pushups

A doctor can recommend this exercise as part of a therapy to enhance the vision of patients whose eyes have a challenge with working together when focusing on objects close to them. To do this exercise,

  • Hold a pencil at arm’s length between the eyes.
  • Look at the pencil and keep a single image of it. Then slowly move the pencil towards your nose until it is no longer a single image.
  • Take the pencil back to where it is still a single image.
  • Repeat 20 times.

Most of these exercises would help to ease digital strain because these days, many young people spend hours daily working with computers, thereby resulting in digital eye strain. So, try one of these exercises today.

Do note that these exercises are specifically for eye strain. If you have common eye problems like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, or common eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, you will see little benefit from eye exercises.