Moving your eyes in different directions is a good way to exercise your eyes.

  • Stand or sit upright.
  • Look straight ahead.
  • Without moving your head, look to the left.
  • Focus on what you see.
  • Then look right.
  • Move your eyes side to side five times.
  • Repeat this three times.
  • Without moving your head, look down.
  • Focus on what you see.
  • Then, look up.
  • Focus on what you see.
  • Repeat this three times.
  • Without moving your head, look straight ahead.
  • Then, look down and to the left.
  • Focus on what you see.
  • Then, move your eyes diagonally and look up and to the right. Focus on what you see.
  • Repeat this exercise five times.
  • Then, look straight ahead and do the same exercise looking down and to the right and then looking up and to the left.
  • Repeat this cycle three times.

We all know how important it is to keep our bodies fit by keeping active and maintaining a regular exercise routine. But, did you know that you can exercise your eyes as well? Eye exercises are designed to strengthen your eye muscles, improve focusing, eye movements, and stimulate the vision center of your brain. While there is no scientific proof that eye exercises will improve your eyesight, they may help to counteract existing eye problems you may have and maintain your current eyesight level.

Talk to your optometrist about eye exercises. There is no clear scientific data that shows eye exercises improve your eyesight. So before you attempt eye exercises, it’s a good idea to get a professional eye exam done by your optometrist. Your optometrist can then tell you if you have any existing eye problems or issues. Before you try eye exercises, you should ask your optometrist if these exercises would benefit your particular set of eyes.

Keep in mind that eye exercises will not cure or solve eye issues like myopia (nearsightedness), presbyopia (an inability to change focus from far to near), or astigmatism (blurred vision due to the shape of your cornea). Most optometrists are skeptical of eye exercises that claim they can help you “throw away your glasses. There is no harm in trying these eye exercises if you do not have any eye conditions that will be aggravated by prolonged use of your eyes. But if you have serious eye conditions like cataracts, blindness in one or both eyes, or a recovering cornea injury, avoid doing these exercises.

Remember again: NEVER rub your eyes.