Dry, tired eyes? Give them a break with these simple exercises

Dry, tired eyes? Give them a break with these simple exercises

If your eyes feel dry and tired, why not give these 'eye yoga' exercises a go? Created by eyewear brand Silhouette, they can be practised any time and anywhere.

The Morning Routine 

  • Sit cross-legged on a cushion on the floor and concentrate on breathing in and out for a few moments
  • Look up and down five times and close the eyes
  • Open the eyes, look to the left and right five times and close eyes
  • Open the eyes, look to the upper right and the lower left five times and close again
  • Open the eyes, look to the upper left and lower right five times and close again
  • Rub your palms firmly together and lay them on your eyes

Your head doesn’t move at all during the exercises - just your eyes.
After a few days, some additional exercises may be added to the morning eye yoga routine:

  • Roll the eyes clockwise and counter-clockwise, start by looking down and fixing on a point on the floor.
  • From there, look slowly to the left and then up to the ceiling, then to the right and back to the floor.
  • This exercise must be performed very slowly and the eyes must move in a large circle, with the head remaining still throughout.
  • Blink a few times after the exercise, close the eyes and rest with closed eyes by lying down for 3 minutes, before repeating the exercise counter-clockwise.


Relaxation of the eyes after exercise

  • Sit with open eyes and blink quickly 10 times.
  • Keep your eyes closed for minimum 20 seconds.
  • Repeat this exercise at least 5 times.
  • Close your eyes as firmly as possible.
  • The eyelids must be pressed together firmly and the eye muscles must be noticeably tensed.
  • Hold this contraction for 3 seconds and then quickly release it.
  • Blink a few times and repeat the exercise at least 4 times.

Energy for tired eyes

This exercise relaxes and rejuvenates the eye muscles and stimulates the intraocular fluid circulation. It is an in-between exercise for the eyes and quickly revives tired eyes again.

  • Close your eyes and rub your palms firmly together until they are warm.
  • Once the hands are nicely warm, put the arched palms gently on both of the eyelids without directly touching them.
  • The palms’ warmth passes over onto the eyes and relaxes them.
  • This exercise should be repeated at least 3 times.

A selection of relaxing yoga exercises and more wellness tips for the eyes can be found in the Silhouette booklet '24 Hours Eye Care Programme', which is distributed free-of-charge, worldwide through eye care professionals.

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