How to Reduce Eyestrain and Promote Optimal Vision – Dr. Ben Kim on Nov 12, 2009
This article outlines simple eye exercises and acupressure points that you can use to reduce eyestrain and support optimal vision.
To reduce eyestrain and experience optimal vision, two major requirements are as follows:
The six muscles that move each of your eyes need to be strong and relaxed.
You must have healthy blood flow to your eyes and to the muscles that control your eyes.
The six muscles that control all of your eye movements are as follows:
Lateral rectus – Primarily moves the eye outward, away from your nose.
Medial rectus – Primarily moves the eye inward, toward your nose.
Superior rectus – Primarily moves the eye upward.
Inferior rectus – Primarily moves the eye downward.
Superior oblique – Primarily rotates the top of the eye toward your nose.
Inferior oblique – Primarily rotates the top of the eye away from your nose.
Perhaps the single greatest reason why people in today’s society suffer from chronic eyestrain and deteriorating vision is the amount of time that is spent staring at computer monitors and television screens.
Your eyes are designed to move regularly, and regular movement of your eyes is what promotes optimal blood flow and nerve function to your eyes and the six muscles that control your eye movements.
What follows are several simple eye exercises that you can do on a regular basis to keep your eyes and vision as healthy as possible:
Look as far to your right as possible for 3-5 seconds, then as far to your left as possible for 3-5 seconds. Rest for a few seconds, and then repeat this sequence several times.
Look as far up as possible for 3-5 seconds, then look as far down as possible for 3-5 seconds. Rest for a few seconds, and then repeat this sequence several times.
Slowly roll your eyes in a circle, first clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Rest for a few seconds, and then repeat this sequence several times. Be sure to roll slowly – it should take at least 3 seconds for you to roll your eyes in a full circle.
Hold a pen in front of you, about an arm’s length away. Focus your vision on the tip of your pen for 3-5 seconds, and then shift the focus of your vision to an object that is farther away for 3-5 seconds; the greater the distance between your pen and the distant object, the better. If you are indoors, look out a window to find a distant object to focus your vision on. Repeat this sequence of going back and forth between your pen and a distant object several times.
Just for interest’s sake, this exercise is used by some professional baseball players to optimize visual acuity, which is essential for the hand-eye coordination that is needed to play pro ball.
Click one of the Icons to post to your Social Media.