This exercise will strengthen the muscles in your eyes and help you maintain your current vision level.

  • Sit in a chair or stand in front of a blank wall.
  • Place your thumb about 10 inches in front of your face and focus on it. You can also focus on an object that is five to 10 feet away for 10–15 seconds.
  • Then, focus on an object that is 10–20 feet in front of you without moving your head. Focus on the object for 10–15 seconds.
  • After 10–15 seconds, refocus on your thumb.
  • Practice this five times.

Practice zooming with your eyes. This is a good eye focusing exercise, as you have to constantly adjust how well you can focus on an object from certain distances.

  • Sit in a comfortable position.
  • Stretch out your arm with your thumb in the hitchhiking position (thumbs up).
  • Focus on your thumb. Then, bring the thumb closer to you, focusing until your thumb is about 3 inches in front of your face.
  • Move your thumb away again until your arm is fully outstretched.
  • Repeat this exercise three more times, once a week.
  • You can also practice this exercise by holding a pencil in front of you at arm’s length. Then, move your arm slowly to your nose. Follow the pencil with your eyes until you can’t focus on it any longer.

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.