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Enhancing Visual Wellness: The Power of Eye Exercises

Our eyes are the windows to the world, allowing us to explore its beauty and intricacies. However, in today's digital age, where screens and artificial lighting dominate our daily lives, our eyes are constantly under strain. This can lead to various visual discomforts and even potential vision problems. Thankfully, there's a simple and effective way to promote eye health and alleviate strain through a series of targeted eye exercises. 

The Importance of Eye Exercises: 

Eye exercises are like a workout routine for your eyes. Just as physical exercises strengthen muscles and improve overall fitness, eye exercises help enhance eye muscle flexibility, coordination, and focus. Regular practice of these exercises can significantly contribute to better vision and overall eye wellness. 


One of the most relaxing eye exercises is palming. It helps reduce eye strain, especially after prolonged screen time. To do this exercise, rub your palms together to generate warmth, and then gently cup your palms over your closed eyes. Breathe deeply and relax for a minute or two, allowing your eyes to rest and rejuvenate. 

Figure 8 Tracing: 

Figure 8 tracing is excellent for eye coordination. Imagine a large figure 8 on its side. Trace this shape with your eyes, following the path smoothly and without rushing. This exercise helps improve eye coordination and strengthens the muscles responsible for lateral eye movements. 


Seemingly simple but highly effective, blinking exercises keep your eyes moist and prevent dryness. When staring at screens for extended periods, we tend to blink less frequently, leading to dry eyes. To counteract this, consciously blink your eyes 10 times rapidly every 20-30 minutes to maintain proper eye lubrication. 

Near-Far Focus: 

Enhance your eye's ability to focus on different depths by practicing the near-far focus exercise. Hold an object close to your eyes and focus on it for a few seconds. Then, shift your gaze to a distant object and focus on it for the same duration. Alternate between near and far focus for a few repetitions. 

Eye Massage: 

Gentle massages around your eyes can alleviate tension and stimulate blood circulation. Using your fingertips, apply light pressure in circular motions around your closed eyes. This soothing massage can help reduce eye strain and promote relaxation. 
Incorporating a regular regimen of these eye exercises into your daily routine can work wonders in maintaining and enhancing your visual health. Just as we prioritize physical exercise for our bodies, taking care of our eyes through simple yet effective exercises is crucial for long-term eye wellness. So, give your eyes the attention they deserve and embark on the journey to better vision and visual comfort.  

Your future eyes will thank you for it! 

As always, please check in with your eyecare professional with any queries...or call Lais Opticians directly on 020 8478 1631
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