Can you give me any specific eye-muscle exercises to help reduce my eye strain?
My eyeglass prescription is not that severe, but they fatigue easilly and I endure eye strain and headaches all the time. Does anyone know any specific, proven eye-muscle-strengthening exercises I can do at home to strengthen my eyes and reduce eye strain?
This is one that I like to use.....it is a reprint from the visionworksusa.com website and is called Palming:
"The palming exercise will teach you to relax your eyes, which in turn will bring healthy energy to your eyes.
•First, rub your hands together until they feel warm (about 15 to 20 seconds). Then place your cupped hands over your closed eyes, being careful not to touch your eyes with the palms of your hands. The fingers of each hand should overlap and rest gently on the center of your forehead. Don't create any unnecessary pressure on your face. If your arms get tired, rest your elbows on a table.
•Sit quietly for one to two minutes with your hands over your eyes. The more relaxed you become, the blacker the darkness you will see with your eyes closed."
Eye strain is typically caused by a refractive error in the eye, meaning you most likely need glasses. Unless you have amblyopia, esotropia, exotropia or another muscle problem in your eyes, there are no eye muscle exercises that will affect your prescription. You should have a refraction done by a skilled technician (see my hub on How to get a thorough eye exam). If you're suffering headaches all the time, do you ever wake up with them? If they typically start in the afternoon, they are generally a result of a poor glasses prescription, if you wake up with them, it's not the eyes.
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