How to Exercise the Eye Muscles. Not all physicians are convinced that exercising the eye muscles can eliminate the need for glasses, but most agree that strengthening the muscles around the eye certainly won't hurt. Eye muscle strengthening exercises are especially beneficial for people who spend many hours staring at a computer screen. Proper exercises can strengthen and relax the eye, relieving much of the stress and tiredness that comes from eye strain. Read on to learn how to exercise the eye muscles.
Strengthen Eye Muscles
Face straight ahead, and without turning your head, look up as far as possible. Look in a circle by looking right as far as possible, then circle your eyes down and to the left. Close your eyes and relax for a few seconds. Repeat the exercise in the opposite direction, looking up first and then circling to the left. Repeat the entire exercise 10 to 15 times.
Imagine that you're looking at a square. Look up to the right corner of the imaginary square, then down to the left corner, up to the upper left corner and down to the lower right corner. Repeat the exercise in the opposite direction. Repeat the entire exercise 10 to 15 times.
Roll your eyes in complete circles, up, right, down and left. Repeat in the other direction. Continue until your eyes begin to feel slightly tired.
Shut your eyes and squeeze them together as tightly as possible. Open your eyes. Repeat the entire exercise 10 to 15 times.
Cross your eyes and stare at the tip of your nose. Hold the position as long as you can and then close and relax your eyes. Begin with two or three repetitions and work up to at least 10 repetitions.
Focus your eyes on the spot between your eyebrows for a few seconds. Close your eyes and relax for a few seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 more times.
Improve Visual Focus
Go outside and look at something in the far distance, at least a mile away. It doesn't matter if you can really "see" it, but looking at objects in the far distance is a good way to work on the muscles that help with eye focus. Hold this position for five seconds.
Choose something about 25 feet away and try to focus on it as clearly as possible. Hold this position for five seconds.
Look at something mid-range, or about a block away. Try to focus as clearly as possible. Hold this position for five seconds.
Pick a point as far away as possible and try to focus as much as you can. Hold this position for five seconds.
Cycle through the exercises several times a day.
If you feel any pain while doing the exercises, ease off on the repetitions and slow down. Work up gradually and don't do more than you can do comfortably.