Eye doctors recommend that you do an eye crunch because when you’re actively using your eye muscles, you’re reducing your chances of myopia (nearsightedness) and eyestrain, which especially occurs among those who spend hours working in front of the computer or watching television. Dr. William Bates, an ophthalmologist, developed the earliest eye exercises in 1900 and he authored the book Perfect Sight Without Glass in 1920. Other benefits of doing an eye crunch include blood circulation to the eyes, reduction of eye tension and a reduction in the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Finally, the eye crunch repairs a lazy eye, which occurs when some of your eye muscles weaken.
One eye crunch to try is to read from an eye chart that you can purchase from a medical supplies store. Paste the eye chart on a wall that’s a few inches away from you then glance up at it every few minutes. Another idea is to put your hand over one of your eyes then try to read some of the letters on the chart. Do the same eye crunch with your other eye and repeat this for a few weeks.
Another eye crunch is the tracing method. You take an object and trace your eyes around the object a few times. This helps you exercise the eye muscles that you don’t use every day. If you spend a lot of time in front of the computer or television, put the palms of your hand over your eyes and leave your eyes closed for a few minutes before opening them. Another eye crunch involves looking at a wall that’s a distance from where you’re sitting then looking to your left and right for a few minutes.
According to Anti-Aging365.com, you can benefit from eye crunches and a proper diet that’s enriched with vitamins and minerals that will improve your eyesight. Since Omega 3 fatty acids are excellent in improving poor eyesight, you should eat plenty of fish such as tuna and salmon. Another way to benefit from Omega 3 fatty acids is to take fish oil tablets or cod liver oil tablets. You need vitamins A and C to prevent blindness and glaucoma so eat foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, butternut squash and blueberries. When you’re cooking at home with these staples don’t load them with white sugar, heavy cream, butter and white flour because you lose the nutrients. Instead find healthier ways to cook them. Instead of creamed spinach, make a soup with noodles.