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Exercise Your Eyes - MOVE Your Eyes For A Change

Last Reviewed: May 1, 2019
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Professionally Reviewed by
Dr. Gary L. Bodiford

When I say “exercise your eyes”, I don’t mean eye exercises, just to make that clear right from the start. I’m talking about doing something else than staring.

Computers, TV, smartphones, and now tablets are taking over by storm. Our world is becoming narrowly focused. So what does “exercise your eyes” mean?

Exercise Your Eyes – Take Them For A Walk

I mean get out and move your body. It’s good for you, it’s relaxing, and it’s fun. While you are at it, move your eyes around. Glaze around, look at different things at different distances, and check out the sky.

Go for walks and look around. Yes, check out the other sex, too, if that makes you happy. Just get out of the habitual distance you stare at all day.

Your eyeballs need movement to stay healthy and flexible and this is the cheapest and easiest way to get started.

20-20-20 Rule

Exercise Your Eyes

You might have heard this one before, but just in case you haven’t. Use the 20-20-20 rule:

Every 20 minutes throughout your day, lift your head, and look at an object 20 feet away from you, for 20 seconds.

If you want to, go wild! Look around that object at 20 feet distance and see what’s around it. If you are near a window, look out.

If you are locked in a tight corner somewhere, look as far as you can every 20 minutes, and once an hour do what you should be doing when exercising – drink water.

20-20-20 Rule

Get up, walk to the water cooler or wherever your water is, and exercise your eyes properly. Go to that place, drink, and while you are at it, look around. Look out of windows, along corridors, anything, just exercise your eyes, move them around.

Last But Not Least

The most essential way to exercise your eyes though is to blink, blink, blink. When you stare your eyes dry out, and blinking lubricates them. Do that regularly and you will be more effective all day long.

Let me know how you go with all of this, how your eyes feel, and join the discussion below. Leave a comment… 🙂

Eye Surgeon

Professionally Reviewed by
Dr. Gary L. Bodiford

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