“Don’t roll your eyes at me!” “Cross your eyes and they just might stay that way.” We’ve all heard and probably heeded these warnings before. However, I am here to say that I think you should be doing exactly these things. What am I talking about? Well, in my daily routine post I mentioned a routine in particular that I like to follow. It includes some eye exercises that are performed after rising each day. I dab cold water on my eyes, dry them off and then rub them very gently just to get the blood flowing. Then, I blink 8-10 times slowly and deliberately and proceed to roll, cross and basically stretch my eyes. This is such a small part of my morning routine, and one that I assumed carried little value beyond a repetitive behavior that would assist in grounding me. I was wrong. Really wrong.
Thus far, some of the benefits that I have noticed for myself or been told about by fellow eye exercisers are as follows:
1.) Reduction in headaches
2.) Less eye strain throughout the day
3.) Increased eye lubrication
4.) Increased comfortability with contact lenses
5.) Improved peripheral vision
Eye exercises have also been prescribed and performed for improved ability to focus, improvements in vision, “lazy eye”, crossed eyes, blurry vision, and sensitivity to light. I couldn’t believe when I started to notice these changes from such a humble facet of my daily routine. So, go ahead, give it a try and let the eye rolling commence. See if you notice any changes for yourself (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun).