8 Best Eye Exercises to Treat Astigmatism

Eye exercise to treat astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common eye disorder that affects your vision. The muscles around the eyes are affected and they cause undue stress on the cornea. This stress causes the cornea to lose its shape, which in turn causes blurry vision. The other symptoms of astigmatism include double vision, eyestrain, eye irritation, and headaches.

Astigmatism could be prevalent at birth or could be a result of trauma, congenital conditions or eye surgery. The condition can be very annoying as it makes a simple task like reading a book complicated. However, there are natural ways to treat astigmatism and one of them is eye exercises.

Benefits of Eye Exercises for Astigmatism

It may sound unbelievable, but it’s true. Eye exercises are known to treat astigmatism. Just like the other muscles in our body, our eye muscles work on a simple logic; you need to use them or else you lose them. Therefore, it is essential that you keep your eye muscles active throughout the day. Just by staring straight at the computer screen or at the road ahead while driving doesn’t exercise the muscles to their full potential. Additional eye exercises are a must. Below are some benefits of eye exercises:

  • They help reduce the stress.
  • They strengthen the eyes and relax the eye muscles.
  • They improve vision over time or in as little as 1 to 4 weeks.

Below are 8 exercises you can do at home to treat astigmatism.

Exercise 1. Rectus muscle relaxation
Benefit: This exercise relaxes the rectus muscles, which reduces the stress on the cornea and also strengthens the muscles around the eyes. It should be done 2 to 4 times a day.
The exercise should be done in the following steps:

  1. Place your thumb over your nose at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Move it clockwise to 12 o’clock position. Keep it there for 2-3 seconds and then bring it back. Make sure your eyes follow your thumb.
  3. Now move the thumb to 1 o’clock position, keep it there for 2-3 seconds and move it back to the original position (90-degree angle).
  4. Repeat this for all clock positions.
  5. Don’t forget to breathe properly during this exercise.

Exercise 2. Eye Massage

Eye massage

Benefit: This exercise restores the shape of the cornea.
The exercise should be done in the following steps:

  1. Close your eyes and then place two fingers on each of your eyelids.
  2. By applying gentle pressure, slowly move your fingers in a circular motion from top to bottom and from right to left.
  3. Move your fingers clockwise as well as anti-clockwise.
  4. Repeat it for 10–15 times, 2 to 4 times a day.

Exercise 3. Reading
Benefit: This exercise helps to release the strain and pressure caused by astigmatism, and must be done 2 to 4 times a day.

Reading for eye exercise

The exercise should be done in the following steps:

  1. Pull out a book.
  2. Place an object next to it. After reading a paragraph from the book, focus on the object.
  3. Continue doing this until your eyes start to feel tired.

Exercise 4: Vision Breaks
Benefit: This exercise relieves eye pressure and strain.
The exercise should be done in the following steps:

  1. Take a break from writing, reading, or staring at the computer.
  2. Focus on other objects in the distance for at least 20 seconds
  3. Repeat this exercise as many times as possible in a day.

Exercise 5. Head Tilting
Benefit: This exercise helps the extraocular muscles to regulate the force they exert on the eyeball.
The exercise should be done in the following steps:

  1. Look in the mirror to find out if you tilt your head to one side.
  2. Spend time every day consciously trying to tilt your head in the opposite direction.

Exercise 6. Eye Yoga

Eye yoga

Benefit: This exercise strengthens eye muscles, sharpens focus and improves vision.
The exercise should be done in the following steps:

  1. Keep your posture straight. Stand, sit in the chair or on the floor.
  2. Close your eyes, breathe while concentrating on your eyes.
  3. Slowly start moving your eyeballs from side to side.
  4. Do this exercise several times a day.

Exercise 7. Blinking
Benefit: Blinking keeps your eyes moist, hence, allowing you to focus better. It also decreases eye strain keeping them refreshed.
The exercise should be done in the following steps:

  1. Set a 2-minute timer.
  2. Blink every 3-4 seconds.
  3. Do this exercise at least 4 times a day.

Exercise 8. Figure 8

Number 8 - eye exercise

Benefit: This exercise helps your eyes regain their strength and become more flexible.
The exercise should be done in the following steps:

  1. Look at a distance of 10 feet from your eyes.
  2. Imagine the number 8.
  3. Move your eyes along the figure for 2 minutes.
  4. Do the same in reverse for 2 minutes.

Each exercise mentioned above is meant to improve the strain and pressure exerted upon the eye muscles. Performing these exercises daily will reduce the symptoms and eventually treat astigmatism. Make sure you consult your eye doctor to find out if these exercises will work for you.

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