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Eye yoga: simple exercises to improve your eyesight

Lifestyle changes over the centuries have caused many changes to our bodies. The industrial era, for example, has made men less robust because they no longer practice as many physical tasks, circadian rhythms have changed markedly with the amount of light in cities. The eyes have become much less efficient due to the fact that we spend far too much time observing objects at short distance (screens, telephone, tablet, etc.) unlike previous centuries when men spent their time in open expanses (mountains , seas, fields etc.), to this is added the overexposure to blue light and the lack of medical follow-up, all these factors make eye fatigue a real modern health problem.

Other than medical prescriptions, food supplements (vitamin A for example), glasses or filters, there is a way to relieve and improve your vision, this way is “eye yoga”.

This yoga consists of a series of eye exercises aimed at strengthening the capacities and reducing eye fatigue, it was the ophthalmologist William Bates who developed a series of exercises to relax and irrigate them, the “Bates method” stipulates that part of the ocular disorders is due to the fixity of the gaze on the same objective and the lack of blinking, which causes a lack of irrigation and tearing, this is moreover the main cause of the “syndrome of dry eye” which affects more and more people because of screens and mobile phones.

Here is a list of exercises that are simple, quick and doable at any time of the day:

  • Blinking: This lubricates and cleans the eye, the blinking occurs spontaneously around every 7 seconds but this frequency decreases significantly when you fix a device, do it several times quickly.
  • Near-far alternation: Put an object about twenty centimeters from your eyes and fix it then look at another more distant object, come back to the initial object and repeat this movement several times gently, this will get your eyes used to alternating between near and far vision.
  • Draw shapes: Imagine shapes that go from floor to ceiling and try to outline them with your eyes without moving your head, this exercise will work your eye muscles.
  • Simply rest your eyes by meditating and breathing deeply, the eyes deteriorate quickly if the rest phase (sleep, inactivity) lasts less than their duration of use.
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