Yogic exercises have existed for centuries and can help keep eye muscles sharp as well as relax the eyes. These exercises are intend for people who have generally healthy eyes but who suffer from eye strain or overly tired eyes, often due to heavy computer usage.
  1. Strengthen your eye lids.
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    The muscles that surround your eyes can be strengthened. Begin by partially closing your eyes; the lids should only be halfway shut. You'll notice that your upper eyelids will tremble. Focus your efforts on stopping this trembling. After holding for 10-15 seconds, close your eyes very slowly. Take a few deep breaths to increase oxygen in the blood. As you inhale, imagine the fresh, oxygen-rich air coming through your nose and into the eyes. Exhale. Continue this breathing exercise for 1 minute.
  2. Perform focusing exercises.
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    Provide relief from eyestrain! There are two types of focusing exercises you can try: 1) Hold a pen at arm's length. Focus your gaze on the tip of the pen. Bring the pen closer to your nose at a slow and steady pace. Repeat this exercise 5-10 times. 2) Concentrate your vision on the tip of your nose. Then shift your gaze to an object further away, either at arm's length or 20 feet away. Then shift your eyes back to the tip of your nose. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
  3. Do lateral and medial eye stretches.
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    Strengthen specific eye muscles that move the eye from side to side. Sit in a relaxed but upright position. Begin by look to the left-most position (without moving your head) and hold to stretch your eye muscles. Hold for 5 counts. Blink and return your gaze back to look straight in front of you. Then look to the right-most position with your gaze and hold for 5 counts. Repeat 3 times, blinking between each hold. Then, repeat this exercise looking up and then down. Do not forget about blinking.
  4. Do diagonal stretches.
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    Sit in a relaxed but upright position. Look up and to your right for 5 seconds. Return your gaze to center. Look up to and to your left for 5 seconds. Return your gaze to center. Look down and to your right for 5 seconds. Return your gaze to center. Look up to and to your left for 5 seconds. Return your gaze to center. Look down and to your right for 5 seconds. Return your gaze to center. Look down and to your left for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
  5. Draw an infinity sign with your eyes.
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    Imagine an infinity sign or horizontal figure eight in front of you. Trace the eight with only your eyes slowly, and about ten times, without moving your head. Blink between repetitions.
  6. Draw circles with your eyes.
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    One helpful way to do this is to imagine that you are looking at the number 12 on a clock. Then, follow the numbers around the clock with your eyes. Repeat going the other way around the clock.
  7. Massage your eyes.
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    Begin by massaging your upper eye lids for 10 seconds. Massage your lower eyelids next. Apply light pressure when massaging and use the first three fingers of your hand. Make gentle, circular movements. The soft pressure on the lacrimal glands, which produce most of your tears, helps stimulate tear production in the eyes. This provides much-needed hydration to tired eyes. When massaging the lower lids, make sure to massage across the lacrimal bone, which is located near the inner eye.
  8. Blink more.
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    Blinking helps lubricate and hydrate your eyes. Not only does blinking push out toxins with tears, it also works to spread tear film evenly over your eyes. Blinking can thus help ameliorate eye dryness, while minimizing eye strain. Try to blink once every four seconds to keep your eyes from drying out.
  9. Take breaks.
    Try the 20-20-20 method: Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen at any object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you have a hard time remembering to take breaks, set an alarm as a reminder to rest and reset your eyes. You can also try fully opening and closing your eyes every once in a while. Research suggests that this action can reduce the symptoms of eye strain, eye fatigue, and dry eyes.
  10. Perform palming to relax your eyes.
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    Rub your palms together beforehand to produce some heat before you begin palming - this heightens the relaxation component of this technique. Cup each hand and close your eyes. Place each cupped hand over each eye. Breathe normally and rest in this position for 5-10 minutes. You may want to set an alarm to keep the time. If after your alarm goes off and you don't feel refreshed, add an extra five minutes and observe any changes afterwards.