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Eye exercises

It isn't just arm, leg and tummy muscles that might benefit from a workout. In some circumstances eye specialists may recommend eye exercises to help improve a person's vision, including people who have:

  • An eye condition called convergence insufficiency where the eyes don't work together properly to look at close objects
  • An eye that tends to drift outwards or inwards
  • Undergone eye surgery and have been advised to strengthen muscle control
  • Crossed eyes (strabismus)
  • Lazy eye ( amblyopia)
  • Double vision (diplopia).

When should I consider eye exercises?

An eye specialist may recommend eye exercises for a specific condition or to help improve vision, or you may want to consider a daily workout for your eyes to help with eye fatigue. This can be common with computer screen use.

What do the eye exercises involve?

Eye exercises can help strengthen eye muscles. Specific exercises will be recommended for certain eye conditions.

For most people though, eye exercises are unlikely to help preserve vision.

However, some eye experts recommend doing relaxing eye movements, such as taking time to:

  • Look up and down your nose several times
  • Look from side to side several times
  • Look up and down diagonally from top right to bottom left, then top left to bottom right
  • Shut eyes firmly then blink several times.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on September 23, 2016

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