Eye yoga: exercises to relieve eye strain

In the 1920s, an American ophthalmologist, William H Bates (1860-1931) developed a method to improve eyesight, relieve eye strain, and prevent presbyopia. This eye yoga emphasizes the importance of movement, relaxation, and attention. Here are 10 exercises to practice daily to take care of your eyesight.

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Tips for maintaining good eyesight:

  • Know that good hydration is necessary for vision. Remember to keep a bottle of water close by and drink regularly throughout the day.
  • Diet also plays an important role. Avoid industrial, refined, and overly sweet products as much as possible. Focus on fruits and vegetables.
  • Finally, when you work on a screen, take regular breaks to stand up, sway your upper body from side to side and look at the horizon.

1- Blinking

Blinking is very important for maintaining good eyesight. This helps lubricate and clean the eye. We normally blink every 5 to 6 seconds, but when we focus on a screen or reading a text, the eye becomes fixed. Keep in mind that fixity is the enemy of the eyes. Get into the habit of blinking regularly in the morning when you wake up and in all activities of daily living.

2- Breathing well

Good oxygenation is beneficial for all our organs, including our eyes. The benefits of proper breathing (full and complete inhalation and long exhalation) play a role in the ocular system. Oxygen reaches the retina through the retinal vascular network.

3- Outlining objects with an imaginary brush

Here is an exercise to do regularly to activate the eye movement: imagine that you have a brush at the end of your nose and that you trace with this object the outline of the objects perceived in your field of vision. The object can be far away or very close to your hand. This exercise allows you to consciously practice central vision.

4- Yawning regularly

Like breathing, yawning is very important because it allows a massage of the muscles surrounding the eyes. Yawning activates the respiratory function and cleans the eyes thanks to the secretion of the lacrimal glands. Don’t hesitate to yawn with your whole body!

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