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Can Eye Exercises Improve Vision?

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Hey everyone, 

Today, we are going to zoom in on an important  question about eyes and exercise. This is information that can help you to keep your eyes healthy. Pay close attention as the discussion develops and feel free to ask question in the end.

Let us begin straight away. 

Can eye exercises improve vision? Are we stuck with the quality of vision we have or is there anything we can do to help us prevent deterioration of our eyesight with age? This is a popular topic, which is still controversial up to today. Scientists and opticians have different opinions on the effectiveness of eye exercises and other natural remedies, and till today, there’s little scientific evidence that suggests eye exercises work. However, there are certain exercises that we can do to prevent eye strain and make us feel better.

How Do Eye Exercises Prevent Eye Strain?

Performing eye exercises will probably not enhance your eyesight, but it can go a long way in increasing your eye comfort, especially if you usually spend a better part of your day behind a computer.

Increased computer usage or television watching, both at home and at work, can lead to a condition known as digital eye strain. This condition causes dry eyes, blurred vision, eye strain, and headache. Eye exercises can help you with digital eye strain symptoms and make you feel much better.

So to answer the question, ” can eye exercises improve vision?”, below are three simple eye exercises that you can do daily to prevent eye strain.

1. Blinking

Do you know that blinking regularly can help your eyes feel and see better? Your eyes need moisture to see better and blinking is a natural way to keep your eyes moist. Blinking also allows you to focus longer and keep your eyes refreshed.

Television users and computer users tend to blink less, especially when they are reading or writing something. This causes the eyes to dry up and lead to eye strain.

So how does blinking keep your eyes moist? Your eyelids are like windshield wipers of your eyeballs! Every time you blink, the tarsal glands at the rim of your eyelids produce an oily substance known as meibum that cleanses your eyes. Because of this vital function, this exercise can help prevent eye strain.

How to perform the blinking exercise;

– Sit comfortably with your eyes open and blink every 3 to 4 seconds. Once you have completed the exercise, you will feel that your eyes relaxed and less strained and tired.

2.  Palming

This is another simple eye exercise that you can do at home or work to help relieve stress and eye strain. The best time to perform this eye exercise is during breaks from your computer or television.

How to do the palming eye exercise;

– Sit comfortably on your chair and lean forward onto your work desk. You can also place your elbows on your knees if you don’t have a desk.

– Rub the palms of your hands vigorously till they are warm and gently place them on your closed eyes. Let the warmth of your palms transfer to your eyelids, as you feel your eyes relax in darkness.

– Keep the palms on your eyelids until you feel your palms are no longer warm.

– Repeat this exercise at least three times a day during your breaks.

Your eyes will absorb the heat on your palms and make them relax. This will relieve the muscle strain caused by prolonged staring at a digital screen.

3.  Near and far focusing

This advantage of this eye exercise is that you can perform it almost anywhere. You can also perform it without drawing attention from those around you.

How to do the exercise;

– Sit comfortably on your chair and hold your thumb about 10 inches in front of your face. Focus on it for about 15 seconds.

– Now find an object about 10 to 20 feet from your where you are seated and focus on it for another 15 seconds.

– Switch your focus from the 10-20 feet object to your thumb in front of you. Repeat this five times.

Performing this simple exercise will strengthen your eye muscles and improve focus.


So, can eye exercises  improve vision? The answer is Yes – they can prevent and relieve eye strain and help you have a better eye focus. So don’t let the use of modern digital devices such as computers damage your eyes. You don’t have to quit your job because it involves prolonged staring at a digital screen. Instead, use the above simple eye exercises to strengthen your eyes and prevent digital eye strain. 

Lastly, ensure you visit your doctor when you see your vision deteriorating. Don’t  let your eyes get to the point where surgery becomes necessary,  if you could help it.

There are some instances when it can not be avoided if you have cataracts that have growth patterns you can not control unil they are removed. The best option is to always make sure to get your annual or biannual vision check up from your doctor.

I mentioned a visit to the doctor twice and I am mentioning it again because this is very important.  Take this advice from someone who knows about suffering with eye issues.

I am preparing a special blog to share my journey with glaucoma and how I almost lost my vision. Precious sight is a gift and without it, life will be very hard. So, take care of your eyes not tomorrow TODAY!

It was a pleasure sharing with you. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them below in the comment area, they will be answered. 

One more question. For those with eye issues what supplement do you use to improve the overall health of your eyes. I am doing a mini survey and would love to know what is trending.

Thank you kindly for reading with me today. Have a great day!

Blessings always 


16 replies on “Can Eye Exercises Improve Vision?”

Very interesting read, and full of great info for me as I’ve recently (two weeks ago) had to invest in two pairs of my first ever glasses (I reached 40 and all of a sudden I couldn’t read the text in books any longer!). 

I also work long hours at a computer, and I’m surprised to see something as simple as blinking on your list. When I think about it, I tend not to blink that often when I work in front of a computer screen. 

Do you recommend regular breaks for your eyes if you work in front of a glaring screen?

Hey Chris,

Yes, I do highly recommend regular break when working in front of a glaring screen. 

If you don’t take breaks your eyes will get tired and strained.

Using these eye exercises should help you immensely.

Blinking repeatedly turns on the “windshield wipers ” and refreshes your eyes. 

Take care of your precious sight. Also, remember to rest and get annual vision checkup.

All the best



I’m happy to read this lovely post about eye exercise. I would say it’s an eye opener to an hiding secret.  I also love the way you highlighted your points. I have been following your blog posts for a long time because your posts are always educative and I must tell you this is not an exception.

I really believe eye exercise can improve vision with your highlighted points. I would love to share this post with friends and to have more knowledge about eye exercise. Thanks for the post

Hey Alice,

So happy you enjoyed this post and many others. I try to bring information that can use to help themselves.

Share this with as many as you can. It is much appreciated. 

Tell me have you tried any of the eye supplements?

Your feedback is welcome.

At any rate, take care of your eyes. Try the eye exercises and improve vision.

Blessings always 


Thanks for writing this article on eye exercises,i must say you are really doing a great job. I find this article so informative and educative on what I need to know about eye exercise. Before now the only eye exercise I know of is Blinking and I never realize there are more than one. But I will like to ask can I perform this eye exercise all at once in one sitting and do it over time like everyday 

Hey Alolabi,

Isn’t great when you learn something new? Yes, palming and near and far focusing can be added to your daily eye exercises routine.

The idea is to make your eyes feel better after using digital screens and reading.

Take care of your precious sight. 

Blessings always 


This is really an awesome article. It is very informative and helpful in improving vision. I was really trying out the blinking exercises as I am reading. It is fun but I think it is really helpful as I felt my eyes are relax. I must say that I have learnt something valuable via your article. I will share this article as well. Great job

Thank you kindly Felicity. I am happy you approve of the eye exercises. 

Learning something of value is great.

Take care of your precious sight.

Blessings always 


What an engaging blog post! I I really like all point of view in here. This great question is also in my mind since, but am happy I get my answer in this post. I will love to incorporate eye blinking and palming eye exercise in my daily exercise because I must confess, am guilty of this excessive usage of computers, television and many more electronic gadgets with monitor, both at home and at work. I will like to ask that did excessive blinking and palming eye exercise has side effects on eyes?

Hey topazdude,

I am glad you found the post to be engaging. That’s what I want for my readers.

To answer your question truthfully, there are no recorded side effects for blinking and palming eye exercises.

So, you can do blinking, palming and near and far focusing anytime you want to improve vision.

Thank you for stopping in to share your thoughts.

I have one question for you. Do you use any eye supplements. If so, which one do you use?

Also, remember to rest eyes while using any digital screen. 

All the best

Maxine -))

When I was 11 years old my school teacher noticed me straining to see the blackboard, I was sent to an eye specialist,who prescribed glasses.

He also taught me some eye exercises,!/ looking at the 4 diagonal corners of the eye,rapidly in rotation.2/ blinking every 3 seconds.3/palming as described.

When working at the computer,I stop every half hour an go for a walk,for a few minutes,also focusing near and then far in rotation,rapidly

In later years I suffered from cataracts,the optometrist advised me to have the operation,afterwards I had no need to wear glasses, as I have perfect vision in my right eye, and almost as good in my left eye, but I still carry on with the eye exercises.

Thank you Robert for stoooing in to leave a comment.

It is good to know that you are familiar with these eye exercises and use them on a daily basis.

Keepup the gdeat work. Make sure to get your annual vision checkup and use eye supplements. 

Take  care of your precious sight.

All the best

Maxine  :-))

Eyes are the most essential part of the body, one will have to do whatever means that will improve ones vision, the content is so rich and the exercises stated in the content will help me to improve my vision, however one can also try any of the followings supplement as well Lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are carotenoids. Zinc. Also found naturally in your eyes, zinc is a powerful antioxidant that protects against cell damage. Vitamin B1 (thiamine) Vitamin B1 is essential for the health of your eyes. Omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin C. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Hey Ibrahim,

Yes, eyes are vital to the overall function of the body. Imagine how difficult it to maneuver without sight. Eye exercises certanlg do help improve vision coupled with eye supplements like lutein and Zeaxanthin.

Take care of your precious sight my frIend.

Have a great day

Blessings always 

Maxine :-))


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