Three Simple Exercises To Optimize Eyes From A Yoga Professional

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Our eye health is critical to our overall well-being, and having poor eyes can have an impact on our quality of life. Eye conditions, on the other hand, are quite common, and those who live long enough are likely to experience at least one eye condition in their lifetime, according to WHO. Diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, cataract, several infectious corneal diseases, and trachoma can all cause vision loss. Because we spend so much of our time glued to screens, eyes problem are on the rise during pandemic times. Many children also reported an increase in vision-related problems as their screen time increased due to online classes and leisure screen watching. Here are some 

Palming method

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Rub your palms together vigorously until they are warm, then cup your eyes gently to create a hollow dark space around them. Allow as little light as possible to enter through the palms and gaps in the fingers, and stay here with your eyes closed for a few breaths, enjoying the sensations you feel.

When the warmth of your hands has faded, you can lower your hands but keep your eyes closed. Repeat this two more times, and then gently open your eyes with a few gentle blinks after the last attempt.

This is a useful technique that can be easily practised at work and is extremely relaxing for the eyes.

Rolling sideways

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These are conventional, simple, but incredibly efficient eye exercises. To do them, place a pen, pencil, or your index finger at eye level in front of you. Take a few deep breaths and direct your attention to the tip of your finger or the tip of your pen.

Now we begin sideways movement; as you move your hand, keep your focus on the same point the entire time. Without moving the neck, slowly move your hand sideways, right and left as you continue to follow your object of focus with your eyes. Repeat 5-10 times, then rest.

The rolling exercises can also be done in a full circular motion; simply roll your eyes as if tracing a large circle in front of you. Rest for 5-10 rounds before repeating in the opposite direction.

Distant observation

This is extremely beneficial to the eyes, which frequently spend a significant amount of time focusing minutely on small screens or objects in front of us. So, give them some variety by looking far into the distance and not focusing on anything specific.

Step outside or near a window and look as far as your eyes will allow. This can also be done while walking, allowing the eyes to naturally drift without focusing on anything specific.