Last year we talked about eye exercises and how many do not have evidence of being able to improve anything about your eyes. You can read that post here (link). There is however, such thing as eye yoga which has more evidence of improving eye vision, comfort, and strain.
Most eye strain and discomfort comes from looking at screens regularly nowadays. A study in India looked into just how much eye yoga can affect eye strain in office workers. There was a group of workers that did exercises regularly and a control group that didn't. It was found that the first group noticed a difference while the latter group had no difference and many actually explained that their eye strain worsened.
Eye yoga refers to exercises that engage specifically the ocular muscles. It is important to do these exercises in the morning, at night, and periodically throughout the day. Listed below are some common exercises recommended by the Eye Care Institute.
- deliberately and repeatedly looking up and down, then left and right
- closing your eyes for several seconds to increase moisture on your eyeballs
- warming your palms and then placing them over your closed eyes
- choosing an object and staring at it without blinking. During this exercise, focus and unfocus your eyes
Eye yoga might not be ideal for everyone, especially those with glaucoma. Some exercises are known to increase eye pressure so it is important to check with you eye care professional if you are concerned.