Everything gets old, including your eyes

February 24, 2016

Everything gets old, including your eyes

Ageing. It’s a reality we all have to face. As we humans begin to get older, our bodies begin to take strain and what once was strong, flexible and firm begins to weaken, seize up and sag. Many are desperate to slow down or even turn back the hands of time. Surgery, exercise routines and diet are amongst the many approaches people take to stay as close to their peek for as long as is possible.

So what does this mean for our eyes? They are a vital parts of our anatomy which allow us to perform all manner of tasks. They too are subjected to the aging process, which can be worrying. Certain conditions will require surgery, however only certain types of problems can be corrected through these measures and can be very costly.
Diet can play an important role as there are many food types one can consume to assist with eye health.

Perhaps a lesser known approach to maintaining ones’ eyesight is through exercising. Our eyes need exercise like any other muscle in our body. Although there is no hard evidence to prove these types of exercises definitely improve eyesight, there are many people who claim these techniques have worked for them. They can be considered as preventative measures to avoid eye strain as well as a means to help increase ones’ eye ability. Some of the most commonly used eye exercises are as follows:


  • Sit or stand comfortably with your eyes open
  • Blink around 10 - 15 times very quickly
  • Close your eyes and relax for 20 seconds, paying attention to your breathing
  • Repeat this exercise about 5 times

The moments of darkness help refresh the eyes and reduces the stress placed on them.


  • Take the time for a few deep breathes before beginning
  • Make sure you are in a comfortable position with your elbows resting on either a desk or your knees
  • Close your eyes
  • Rub your hands together quickly until they are warm
  • Cover your eyes with the cup of your palms, your fingers on your forehead and the heels of your hands resting on your cheekbones. Hold the hands there until the eyes have absorbed all of the generated heat.
  • Lower the hands whilst keeping your eyes closed
  • Repeat this process at least 3 times

This helps to relieve stress and to help the eyes relax.

Near and Far Focussing

  • This can be performed whilst standing or sitting
  • Put your thumb out in front of you at a distance of around 20cm and focus on it
  • Change your focus to an object about 4 – 5 metres in front of you
  • With each deep breath, switch your focus between your thumb and the other object

This exercise is said to help the strengthening of eyes and the overall improvement of vision.


  • Sit or stand in a comfortable position
  • Stretch your arm out in front of you as if you’re giving the thumbs up sign
  • Focus on your thumb then slowly move it towards your nose area, focussing until it is about 10cm from your face
  • Move your thumb back to its starting position
  • Repeat 4 more times
  • This should be performed once a week

This will help to strengthen your focussing skills as well your eye muscles.

Up, down and from side to side

  • Sit or stand comfortably
  • Imagine a large clock in front of you taking up all of your vision
  • Keeping your head still, move your eyes between the 12 and 6’o clock 20 times
  • Then move your eyes between the 9 and 3 o’clock 20 times
  • Rotate your eyes clockwise then anticlockwise around the clock, 20 times each

Only 20 minutes a day is said to improve ones’ vision. Blurry objects should become clearer and sharper.
Before taking on these exercise regimes, it is a good idea to ask your optometrist if these particular type of exercises will benefit your set of eyes.



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