4 Fast and Easy Eye Exercises to Try At Home

At Blink Eyewear, our Calgary eye doctors are offering telehealth services during COVID-19 to keep your vision protected. Here are some of the top exercises to help you keep your eyes healthy and sharp at home.

Good vision is key to your quality of life and it can also help you perform better - whether it’s at home, at work or school, or even when driving. That’s why it’s important to take a few steps to make sure you keep your eyesight at its best.

To protect your vision, you should:

  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation
  • Quit smoking
  • Wear blue-blocking lenses while using digital devices
  • Wear sunglasses outside
  • Visit your Calgary eye doctor regularly

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At Blink Eyewear, our Calgary eye doctors are as committed as ever to protecting your eyes. We are offering telemedicine services, including phone or virtual consultations, and we are open during COVID-19 for eye emergency care by appointment only.

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4 Fast and Easy Eye Exercises to Do At Home For Healthy Vision

Eye exercises, as well as a proper diet and rest, are all important for the long-term health of your eyes. While no single exercise can change the shape of your eyes or combat serious vision problems, your ocular muscles can always benefit from a good workout.

Here are some eye exercises you should try at home:

1. Blinking

Did you know that something as natural and easy as blinking can help you see better? This is because blinking allows your eyes to stay moist so you can focus better for longer. Being conscious about blinking is important, especially if you work a lot on digital devices.

Why? When people work in front of a screen, they tend not to blink as regularly, which can lead to eye strain and poor vision. By taking a break and blinking, you will decrease eye strain and your eyes will feel refreshed and ready to focus again.

Here’s how to perform a blinking exercise:

  • Set your timer for two minutes
  • Blink every four seconds

Once you’ve completed this exercise, you’ll find that your eyes feel less tired and strained.


2. Palming

This very simple exercise can help relieve eye strain and stress. It is best used when you are taking a break from your computer or television. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Get in a comfortable position and place your elbows on your knees while leaning forward.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Place your hands over your eyes. Make sure that the centre of your palm covers your eyes and that your fingertips are on your forehead.
  • Don’t put pressure on your eyes. You should still be able to blink easily.
  • Sit this way for 2-3 minutes.
  • Repeat this exercise 2-3 times a day, especially if you’re working on digital devices.

Why does this work? The pressure of your hands around your eyes will help relieve any muscle strain you may be experiencing.

3. Write on the Walls

To help improve muscle control in your eyes, you must try an eye exercise called write on the walls. During this exercise:

  • Sit in a chair several feet from a wall.
  • ‘Write’ on it using only your eyes.
  • Don’t move your head. Instead trace the shapes of letters, numbers, or symbols with your eyes.

Pro Tip: The larger you make the letters and the more controlled the motion, the better this exercise will serve you.

4. Rest Your Eyes

Just like any other muscles in your body, the ones surrounding your eyes benefit from direct use, and from the occasional break. For every 50 minutes you spend reading, watching TV, or using the computer, rest your eyes for 10 minutes.

Get Enough Shut Eye: Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep! Eight hours per night will give your eyes optimal time to rest and repair.

Our Calgary Eye Doctors Are Open During COVID-19 For Eye Emergency Care

At Blink Eyewear, we are as committed as ever to your eye health! While our Calgary clinics are temporarily closed, our eye doctors are still providing emergency eye care services at our Creekside location by appointment only.

We are also available for virtual consultations over a video call or the telephone to answer any concerns or questions you might have about your eye health.

If you have an eye emergency, please email creek@blinkeyewear.ca, or call us at 403-516-2292 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. After a phone or video consultation, we will come up with a treatment plan.


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