Don’t be blind to your eye health! Your eyesight is important, so take the steps necessary to strengthen your eyes and see your way to a future of joyful and healthy longevity.
With the current pace of modern life and the technology that we have at our disposal, we’re constantly staring at very large amounts of text and images on computers, televisions, and smartphones. Staring at these types of screens for long periods can lead to eye fatigue and an increase in age-related eye problems. But we’re not going to stop using our smartphones anytime soon. So, what are we supposed to do?
Diminished eyesight does not have to be an inevitable part of a long life. In addition to eating a nutrient-dense diet, there are exercises you can do to sharpen your vision so you can see your way to a future of joyful and healthy longevity.
These simple daily exercises will help you maintain optimal vision and may also keep eye floaters at bay. You can perform these exercises first thing in the morning, before bedtime, or anytime your eyes feel fatigued.
Warm your eyes. Rub your palms together to create heat, and then place them against your eyes for five seconds. Repeat this three times.
Roll your eyes. Start by looking up and then slowly circle ten times clockwise and ten times counterclockwise.
Focus. Hold a pen at arm’s length, focus your eyes on it, and slowly bring the pen closer until it’s about six inches away from your nose. Then slowly move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the pen, ten times in all.
Massage your temples. Using your thumb knuckles, massage your temples in small circles, twenty times in one direction and twenty in the other. Repeat the same actions above the midpoint of the eyebrows at the forehead, then below the eyes on both sides of the bridge of the nose.
Take a mini nap. Put your head back, close your eyes, and relax for ten minutes.
The Importance of Rest and Sleep
It goes without saying that we need to take a break from technology every once in a while. How you do this depends on your lifestyle, career, family, and other commitments—some of us need to be “on call” more than others. If your schedule allows it, give your eyes a ten-minute break once an hour during your workday. Whether it’s a quick, five-minute break every half hour or a daylong electronic Sabbath, your eyes will thank you!
In addition to these much-needed breaks, getting enough sleep is essential for eye health. Sleep allows your eyes to fully rest, repair, and recover. Insufficient sleep may weaken your vision, so shoot for eight hours of sound sleep a night. You need to be a good sleeper for strong peepers!