By exercising the muscles and nerves in their eyes, seniors can reduce eye strain and boost the strength and acuity of their vision. Here are a few simple exercises you should encourage your senior loved one to practice at home every day.
1. Apply Warmth
This is a great exercise for relaxing the eye muscles and reducing tension. It’s best for your parent to sit comfortably in a chair with his or her elbows propped up on a desk or table. Have your loved one rub his or her hands together to generate some heat. Your parent should then close his or her eyes and gently place his or her warm palms against them without applying too much pressure. Have your loved one hold this position for a couple of minutes while taking deep breaths. The heat relaxes the eye muscles, while keeping the eyes closed lubricates them. For maximum benefit, your loved one should do this two to three times.
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2. Roll the Eyes
Next, have your loved one open his or her eyes and roll them. Start by instructing your parent to roll his or her eyes in a clockwise motion five to 10 times. Then have your loved one switch directions and roll his or her eyes in a counterclockwise pattern. This should loosen the muscles around the eyes and prevent eye strain.
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3. Look in Different Directions
Have your parent stand up straight and face forward. Without moving his or her head, your loved one should look to one side with his or her eyes, focus on an object, and hold the gaze for a few seconds. Then encourage your loved one to look straight up and hold the gaze again. Next, have your loved one shift his or her gaze to the other side, focus on an object in the opposite direction, and hold before looking down at his or her feet. Finally, have your loved one cross his or her eyes and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. This exercise will strengthen the optic nerves and muscles, relax the eye muscles, and exercise visual acuity.
4. Shift Focus
Don’t forget to help your loved one strengthen his or her focus. Start by having your loved one hold a pencil or pen an arm’s length away from his or her face and focusing on it. Have your loved one slowly move it closer until it’s roughly six inches from his or her nose, then extend his or her arm again. Doing this several times strengthens both near and far vision.
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