Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world and what must be a thriving optometry industry. We have gotten so used to the prevalence of this eye condition that the rare person who doesn’t need glasses becomes an anomaly.
Too many of us neglect to give our eyes the care they need, and it doesn’t help that our modern lifestyles inflict much more stress on them than is necessary. With all that time spent staring at TVs, tablets, mobiles and computer screens, it’s no surprise should sight problems arise early.
While fact is most of us can’t avoid screen use because of our jobs, here are a few exercises that you can do to keep your eyes healthy. Don’t expect to get 20/20 vision out of these, but done once a day, these routines will train the eye muscles and relieve eye fatigue. Of course, the best thing you can do is cut down on your excessive web-surfing and movie-watching habits — why not read a good old, non-electronic book instead?
Rub your palms together for several seconds then place them gently over your eyes for up to a minute. The warmth from your palms will ease eye fatigue.
Hold up a pencil at arm’s length, look at the tip and then move it slowly in towards yourself, then slowly back out, while keeping your vision fixed on the same spot all the time. Do this for several rounds.
Imagine a giant clock before you. With your head still, look as far up as you can to where 12 o’clock would be. Then, look at the 1 o’clock position and then go back to 12 o’clock. Repeat this exercise using each hour in a clockwise rotation. When you have completed one round, do it again in a counter-clockwise direction. The key is to do it slowly.
These exercises help vision in much the same way as clock rotations but instead of returning to the original position after each hour, slowly continue on to the next hour and so on until you have completed a full cycle in a clockwise direction. Go slowly so that it is done properly.
Focus on the edges around objects, following the lines as carefully as you can. Varying the distances to objects you choose helps vary the eye workout.