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Eye Muscle Exercise

RosarioHow the Eye Muscle Exercise Improves Eyesight

Just like any muscle in the body the 6 external muscles of the eye need to be kept strong and flexible if the eye is to function efficiently. In our modern day lives we spend a lot of time focusing from near instead of far.

This causes the nasal extraocular muscles known as Medial Rectus, to be continuously contracted inwards. This leads to eyestrain, muscle tension, fatigue and sometimes even headaches.

Start off slow with this eye exercise and gradually build up the range of motion. Never rotate to the point of strain always stop before any strain or pain.

Brandon, UtahEye Muscle Exercise Summary

Softly and gently rotate the eyes clockwise and counterclockwise. Then look to the extremities in all directions to bring a nice stretch to those tight eye muscles.

In the second exercise you will use three different sized pieces of paper to strengthen and stretch the muscle even further.

Eye Muscle Exercise Step-By-Step

Eye Exercise 1 – Basic Eye Movements

  1. Understanding eye exercisesRemove any corrective lenses i.e glasses and contact lenses.
  2. With the head facing forward, use both eyes to look left as far as possible while keeping your head still. Hold for one slow, deep breath.
  3. Do the same looking right, up, down, up/left, up/right, down/left and down/right. There is no particular order for this.
  4. Now rotate the eye 10 times in both directions.

Eye Exercise 2 – Different Sized Paper

This variation of the basic eye muscle exercise is great to incorporate with the peripheral vision exercise. For more information on the three sizes of paper please see the peripheral vision exercise.

  1. Peripheral Will WebRemove any corrective lenses i.e glasses and contact lenses.
  2. Put on the small piece of paper in between both eyes on the bridge of your nose. Keep the head still, facing forward and using both eyes look as far left as possible and hold for one slow deep breath, then right, down, up, up/left, up/right, down/left and down/right. There is no particular order for this.
  3. Now rotate the eyes 10 times in each direction trying to see in your extremities.
  4. Remove the small piece of paper and place on the medium size.
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
  6. Remove the medium sized piece of paper and place on the large size and repeat steps 2 and 3.
  7. Leaving on the large piece of paper try to trace the outline of it, 10 times in each direction with your eyes.
  8. Remove the large paper and put on the medium, tracing the outline of this paper 10 times in each direction.
  9. Remove the medium paper and now trace the small piece of paper.
  10. Remove the small paper, then look and feel for any difference.