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Blinking Blinking is an often overlooked yet simple way to keep your eyes fresh and being able to focus longer. Computer users and television watchers tend to blink less, especially when they are intently focused on something. Try it just now as a simple exercise. For the next two minutes blink every 3 4 seconds. After you have done this for two minutes, mentally take note of how your eyes feel, are they strained, relaxed, tired. Now try and not blink for 30 seconds at a time for two minutes. Do you feel any difference? Whenever you blink your eyes are going into a brief period of darkness which helps to keep your eyes fresh and discharges previous information ready for new information, this helps to reduce eye strain. Your blink rate can also help with your communication skills. Think about someone who looked at you intently and you possibly felt threatened by them. What you may have missed is the fact that they had stopped blinking. When someone stops blinking and stares at you when you are talking its a sign of aggression. However whenever you are talking to someone and they are blinking at a 3 -4 second interval its a sign of a relaxed and friendly listener. Check out peoples blink rates the next time you are talking. Check out this article for more info Dramatically improve your eye contact skills 2.Palming This is done to relieve stress around the eyes and as a way to relax your eyes whilst taking a computer break. Instructions for palming 1. Take a few deep breathes before you begin. 2. Make yourself comfortable whilst leaning forward on a desk or with your elbows resting on your knees. Close your eyes. 3. Place your two hands over your eyes with the cup of your palm covering your eyes, your fingers on your forehead and the heel of your hand will rest on your cheekbone. Make sure you can blink freely and you are not putting too much pressure on your eyes. Thats it. Palming gives you the opportunity to rest your mind and your eyes for a few minutes at a time. It may not sound much of an exercise but it can make a big difference in your working day if you stop for a few minutes and do this exercise. 3.Figure of eight This is to exercise your eye muscles and increase their flexibility. This is quite a simple exercise but a good one. Imagine a giant figure of eight in front of you about 10 feet in front of you. Now turn the 8 on its side. Now trace the figure of eight with your eyes, slowly. Do it one way for a few minutes and then do it the other way for a few minutes. It may seem very alien at first but its worth persevering with it. 4.Near and far focussing This is one of my favourite exercises as you can do it almost anywhere, I say almost as I couldnt imagine doing it on the underground without getting strange looks from those around me. Instructions for Near and far focussing.

1. Sit in a comfortable position, or stand, this will only take 2-3 minutes at a time. 2. Put your thumb about 10 inches in front of you and focus on it. 3. Now focus on something else about 10 20 feet in front of you.
4. On each deep breath switch between focussing on your thumb and the 10-20 feet object

in front of you. This will strengthen the muscles in your eyes over time and improve your vision overall. 5.Zooming This is another one of my favourites as it is very easy and quick to do. Instructions for zooming 1. Sit in a comfortable position 2. Stretch out your arm with your thumb in the hitchhike position 3. Focus on your thumb as your arm is outstretched.
4. Now bring your thumb closer to you, focussing all the time, until your thumb is about 3

inches in front of your face. 5. Now move your thumb away again until your arm is fully outstretched. 6. Do this for a few minutes at a time throughout the day. This exercise will strengthen your focussing skills and your eye muscles in general. I hope this post has stimulated your interest in natural vision exercises and it leads you to research this subject more. I am by no means an expert on this subject so please do your own research. I can only tell you what works for me.

Part 2 1. 1 Sit comfortably on a chair. Rub your hands together until they feel warm. Close your eyes and cover them lightly with your cupped palms. Avoid applying pressure to your eyeballs. Your nose should not be covered. Make sure no light rays can enter your eyes though gaps between your fingers or the edges of your palms and nose. You may still see other lingering traces of colors. Imagine deep blackness and focus on it. Take deep breaths slowly and evenly while thinking of some happy incident, or visualize a distant scene. After you see nothing but blackness, remove your palms from your eyes. Repeat the palming for 3 minutes or more.

Sit comfortably on a chair.

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Close your eyes tightly for 3-5 seconds. 3. 3 Massage your eyes

Massage your eyes . Hot and Cold Compress: Soak one towel in hot water, and the other in cold. Take one and lightly press it to your face, focusing on your eyebrows, closed eyelids, and cheeks. Alternate between the two as desired, making sure to end with a cold compress. Full Face Massage: Soak a towel in hot water. Rub your neck, forehead and cheeks with the towel, avoiding the eyes. Then, use your fingertips to gently massage your forehead and closed eyes. Eyelid Massage: Close your eyes and massage them with circular movements of your fingers for 1-2 minutes. Make sure you press very lightly and have washed your hands to avoid damaging your eyes.

4. 4 Lightly press three fingers of each hand against your upper eyelids. Hold them there for 1-2 seconds, then release. Repeat 5 times.

Lightly press three fingers of each hand against your upper eyelids. 5. 5 Sit and relax. Roll your eyes clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Repeat 5 times, blinking in between each time.

Sit and relax. 6. 6 Focus on a distant object (over 150 feet or 50 m away) for 10-15 seconds. Then, slowly refocus your eyes on a nearby object (less than 30 feet or 10 m away) without moving your head. Focus for again for 10-15 seconds, and go back to the distant object. Do this 5 times.

Focus on a distant object (over 150 feet or 50 m away) for 10-15 seconds.

Try sitting about 6 inches (15 cm) from a window. Make a mark on the glass (ideally a small red or black sticker) at eye-level. Look through this mark and focus on something far away, then adjust your focus to the mark.

7. 7 Hold a pencil in front of you at arm's length. Move your arm slowly to your nose. Follow the pencil with your eyes until you can't keep it in focus. Repeat 10 times. (Another approach is to tie an object to a hanging light string and swing it to and fro while you try to keep the dangle in focus.)

Hold a pencil in front of you at arm's length. 8. 8 Look in front of you at the opposite wall and pretend that you are writing with your eyes. Don't move your head. This may seem difficult at first, but with a bit of practice it is really fun. The bigger the letters, the better the effect.

Look in front of you at the opposite wall and pretend that you are writing with your eyes. 9. 9 Practice rhythmic movements

Practice rhythmic movements . Bar Swings: Stand in front of a fence, barred window, or something else with evenly spaced vertical lines. Focus loosely on a distant object on the other side of the bars. Relax your body and rhythmically transfer your weight from one foot to the other. Keep your breathing steady and relaxed. Don't forget to blink while performing this exercise. Continue for 2-3 minutes. Round Swings: Focus on an object in the distance that is close to the ground. Sway as instructed for Bar Swings. Keeping your gaze on the same object, use your peripheral vision to observe your surroundings as you sway. Continue for 2-3 minutes. Head Movements: Close one eye. Slowly form a figure 8 with your head. Repeat for the other eye. Continue for 2-3 minutes.

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Imagine that you are standing in front of a large clock. Look at the middle of the clock. Then look at any hour mark, without turning your head. Look back at the center. Then look at another hour mark. Do this at least 12 times. You can also do this exercise with your eyes closed.

Imagine that you are standing in front of a large clock. 11.11

Focus on an object in the distance (as far as possible) with a low contrasting background. Do this for a few minutes every half hour or so.

Focus on an object in the distance (as far as possible) with a low contrasting background. 12.12 Make up and down eye movements, starting from up to down. Do this 8 times. Then do the side to side eye movement, starting from left to right. Repeat this 8 times. Be sure not to force your eyes further than they want to go in any particular direction, or you risk making your vision worse.

Make up and down eye movements, starting from up to down. 13.13 Always finish up either with palming or another eye relaxation technique.

Always finish up either with palming or another eye relaxation technique.