You’ve got to step away from technology for a few minutes each day … yes you can, I know you can, yes you can! … and strengthen your eye health, your non-verbal core – your eyes. Strain on eye muscles causes headaches, neck tension, blurred vision and generally adds stress to your day.

Eye exercises are used to treat a variety of vision disorders1, help relieve tension and strengthen eye muscles.  Here we go!

“The Ummm”
Have you ever been frozen by a question you should have the answer to, but don’t? You stall by looking to the sky then to the ground, hoping the answer will appear out of nowhere. It’s actually a good eye exercise. Give it a go.

Keep your head still and look up as if you’re trying to see the top of your head, then look down as far as you can. Repeat 10 to 20 times. Finish the exercise by looking straight ahead and blinking a few times.

“The Mona Lisa”
The sign of a good portrait, whether painted or photographed, is the eyes seem to follow you around the room, like a “Scooby-Doo” cartoon. Turns out it’s an excellent way to tone your eye muscles.

Again, keep your head still and look quickly from side to side. Do that 10 to 20 times then end by looking straight ahead and blinking a few times.

“The Oh … My … Gawd”
Think classic eye roll, without the teenage angst. Keep your head still and start with your eyes in the 12:00 position. Move your eyes to the next hour, pause a second, then move to the next hour. Go around the clock five to ten times then rest your eyes by closing them for a few seconds.

“The Wynkin’, Blynkin’ and Nod”
Unlike the children’s poem of the same name, this exercise is meant to induce alertness and brain stimulation. Alternate wynking with one eye, then the other, then blynk both eyes. Repeat 10 to 20 times, then rest your eyes for a few seconds. WARNING: This exercise could bring unwarranted responses if performed in mixed company.

Think of it this way, the stronger your eye muscles are the less you’ll have to say when you get that “special” present for your birthday.

1 Dr. Janice Wensveen, clinical associate professor at the University of Houston’s College of Optometry – ScienceDaily


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