I work on a computer 8 hours a day. My favorite hobby is reading, and I like to watch TV, and draw as well. All of these activities involve lots of close-up work which stresses my eyes.
The biggest problem I have lately is blurry vision. My right eye recently was diagnosed with astigmatism, which basically means I have slightly blurry vision in that eye even with the correct contact lens.
There are lots of exercises you can do to help your eye focus better, improving sharpness and agility of the eyes. For instance, my eyes stay generally fixed straight ahead generally in the middle of my sight line. Therefore if I move my eyes right, left, up or down, I notice blurry, unfocused areas in my sight.
Flexiblity is one key to better vision. Moving your eyes around during the day will gradually help you see clearer. Move your eyes to the right without moving your head, you will see a slight blurry area. Let your eyes adjust to the movement until the area comes in more clearly. Then move in a new direction. Repeat several times in each direction – right, left, up and down. Whenever I get a chance I like to cloud watch. Staring at a blue sky watching white clouds will help you see floaters, blurriness or other vision errors. Movement helps eye muscles stay in shape.
Eye circles improve your peripheral focus, helping you expand and stretch your field of vison. When you’re ready to start, move your eyes in a slow circle letting each area come into clear focus before moving on. Imagine a clock face, start at 12 and move to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Take a break and look at the middle of the clock to rest your eyes if you feel tired. Repeat this 3-4 times, than do circles in the opposite direction.
Far/Near focusing also helps visual acuity. By focusing on a far object, say a calendar, then a near object, such a pencil, it will help your eyes quickly and easily adjust to changing conditions and improve your central vision. Magic Eye 3-D is a great exercise to help your eyes adjust. You focus on the image within the image.
The key to good eye health is using them properly. If you don’t move your eyes often, they will feel stiff and seem blurry when you do eye exercises. Closing your eyes for a minute 3-4 times a day will help relieve dryness and sore eyes. Changing focus, reading in good light and resting your eyes are all healthy habits. Now if only I can remember to take my own advice each day. Good luck!