Eye Care – With Exercises

15 Jul

As someone who is quite particular about health and fitness, I have always been a regular gym goer. No matter how much work or how busy my day gets, the one hour at the gym is not up for negotiation. Even if I may be in the middle of something, I ensure that somehow I squeeze out my gym time. Not only does that keep me fit, it’s a way of disconnecting and de-stressing. 

But like a lot of people, I did not realize that while my body was keeping fit, my eyes were suffering. In fact, as a man of forty-five, I found that I was having increasing trouble with my eyes. They would get blurry and not allow me to focus very well. It got to a point where I had to go see a doctor; and thank God I did. 

As it turns out, not only our body, even our eyes need regular exercise to help them cope with the wear and tear of the age process. My doctor assigned me a series of eye exercises that have helped me get my vision back, and I urge everyone out there to do the same. Being a nice person, I’m listing these exercises here, so you don’t have to suffer or make an expensive trip to the eye-doctor! 

  1. Sit upright & keep your body relaxed. Keep moving your eyes from left to right & focus on an object on either side for a couple of seconds. Repeat 5 times.

  2. Up down focus exercise: Focus on something directly in front of you and then move your eyes down, focusing on your lap. In a couple of seconds, bring your eyes back up. Repeat 5 times.

  3. Keep your palms tightly over each eye blocking all light. Rest the heels of your palms on your cheekbones and breathe deeply. Repeat 5 times.

  4. Move your eyes upwards and then downwards. Blink rapidly and then repeat the exercise from left to right. Repeat 5 times.

  5. Use a bright lamp in your room at night. Make sure no other lights are on. Sit facing the lamp with your eyes closed. Switch the lamp on and off in time with your breathing. Repeat 5 times. 


We all take certain things for granted and unfortunately our eyes are among those things. But with regularly doing the above exercises, we can arrest the age process, strengthen the iris, even relax the Optic nerve that connects to the brain, thereby easing mental tension! After all, don’t you want to be able to see clearly right until the end?

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