Easy eye exercises that slow age-related vision changes

As we age, so do our eyes. Eye problems and diseases become more prevalent with age. Exercises can help slow the rate of eye deterioration and make your eyes feel better.

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Below is a list of 5 easy eye exercises that can slow age-related vision changes.

1. Figure eight. Started from a seated position. Imagine a horizontal number 8 about 10 feet in front of you. Trace it with your eyes for 30 seconds, then switch directions. This exercise can help slow the progression of nearsightedness (myopia).

2. The 20-20-20 rule. This rule is intended to prevent digital eye strain. To implement it, look at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.

3. Blinking. Blinking exercises help lubricate and strengthen your eyes while also being easy to perform. Start this exercise by closing your eyes for a few seconds. Then, blink 15 times, both lightly and rapidly. You should slow down if you feel like you are straining the muscles around your eyes.

4. Focus change. This exercise should be performed while sitting. Begin by holding and focusing on a finger a few inches from one of your eyes. Move your finger slowly away from your eye. Next, focus on an object that is farther away and then focus back on your finger. Repeat this 3 times.

5. Clock face exercise. This exercise can be completed last as it is a good cool-down exercise. Imagine that there is an analog clock in front of your face. Move your eyes vertically from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock, then back to 6 o’clock. Repeat this 20 times. Once you are done that, move your eyes horizontally from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock, then back to 9 o’clock. Repeat these movements 20 times as well.

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