Exercises to strengthen weak eye muscles will improve your eyes' muscle tone while also increasing blood circulation to your eyes, according to the Chinese Holistic Health Exercises website. Include eye exercises as part of your everyday exercise program to help improve your eyes' health and minimize eye strain. These exercises are not miracle cures, but they may be able to help your eyes work more efficiently.
Eye circles will help tone and stretch your eyes' muscles. Either stand, sit or lie down for this exercise, and keep your eyes open. Slowly move your eyes in a clockwise direction. Do this 20 times. Make as wide a circle as you are comfortable with. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise in a counterclockwise direction. Do this exercise three times daily. If having your eyes open for this exercise is too discomforting, close your eyes. Help your body wake up from sleeping by doing this exercise as soon as you awake.
Moving Pen Focus
Focus exercises can help strengthen your weak eye muscles. Sit upright in a firm chair. Hold onto a pen with your right hand, and straighten your right arm in front of your body. Hold the pen upright. Breathe regularly as you focus your eyes on the pen's tip. Focus for 10 seconds. Slowly bring the pen towards your nose by bending your arm. Keep looking at the pen's tip. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Slowly extend your arm again, all the time focusing your eyes on the pen's tip. Hold the position for 5 seconds. Do not blink your eyes. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat three times.
Immobile Face Focus
Sit upright in a firm chair. Lower your eyes and gaze at the tip of your nose. Breathe as you regularly would. Hold this position for 15 seconds. Do not blink. Slowly return your eyes to the original position. Close your eyes. Relax for 20 seconds. Open your eyes and look up between your eyebrows. Focus your eyes on this point for 20 seconds. Return your eyes to the original position. Quickly blink your eyes 10 times. Close your eyes. Relax for 20 seconds. Repeat this exercise three times throughout the day.
Contractions will strengthen and stretch your weak eye muscles. Sit upright in a firm chair. Place your palms on your lap, palms facing upward. Place your feet firmly on the floor. Tightly contract your eye muscles by closing and squeezing your eyes together. Hold this tension for 4 seconds. Open your eyes. Quickly blink your eyes 15 times. Relax for 5 seconds. Repeat this exercise five times throughout the day.
Strengthen your eye muscles by doing vertical maneuvers. Sit upright in a firm chair and look up at the ceiling. Hold this gaze for 5 seconds. Return your eyes to the straight-ahead position. Relax for 6 seconds. Move your eyes to look down at the floor. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Return your eyes to the original position. Blink quickly 10 times. Relax your eyes for 20 seconds. Repeat this exercise four times.
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