Is It Possible to Do Eye Gymnastics in Contact Lenses?

We spend a lot of time in front screens. You’re either scrolling on your smartphone, working on your computer, or sitting in front of the TV. No matter how good the quality of your screen is, it naturally leads to eye strain. Even if you have ideal eyesight some discomfort or a feeling of tiredness and dry eyes may occur.

Your acuity depends not only on the state of your lens, but also on the proper functioning of the eye muscles. With their help, your eyes can focus on a distant or near object. If the muscles get tired, your vision becomes impaired. Some light exercises help relieve stress and improve blood circulation. It may sound surreal, but regular eye training can even improve your vision.

Basic rules for eye gymnastics:

Your eye is a finely tuned mechanism, so don’t make the process too harsh to achieve the ideal eyesight. These little tips and safety precautions help you get the most from your exercises:

Practice the exercises in the morning and in the evening, as a part of your daily hygiene procedures
  • Each type of movement is done 5 to 30 times, with a gradual increase in load

  • Do not make sudden movements of the eyes and eyelids during exercise

  • Between difficult exercises, it is recommended to do simple movements with a frequent blinking.

  • After each exercise, you should sit for a minute with your eyes closed

  • If you work at a computer a lot, remember to take a short minute break every 40 minutes. 

Those who correct myopia with the help of contact lenses may be not sure if it is a good idea to do gymnastics without removing the lenses. It is not only possible, but also needs to be done in lenses! Gymnastics for the eyes is effective in any case. It improves blood circulation and metabolic processes in the eye, and thus positively affects the eye function. 

Performing gymnastics for the eyes with astigmatism with contact lenses is somewhat more problematic. If during the exercises you feel that the lenses are displaced, you need to remove them. Still, if you wear lenses with accelerated stabilization, then you can safely perform all the standard exercises for the eyes.

Contraindications of eye gymnastics

  • In case of eye surgery you may practice exercises only after consultation and permission of an ophthalmologist

  • With detachment of the retina eye gymnastics can exacerbate the situation

  • In case of myopia of a high degree only a slight load is allowed

  • If you experience eye pressure, you must first relieve the symptom and consult an eye doctor.

Basic eye exercises 

Usually, no discomfort occurs during exercise. Still, if unpleasant symptoms appear in the form of dryness and irritation, use moisturizing drops, recommended by your eye doctor. 

There are 3 basic exercises for the eyes: concentration of vision, circular movements and remote attention. Always blink several times after each exercise.

  1. Concentration of vision. Keep a pencil at an outstretched arm distance and then slowly move it to the tip of the nose. Follow the movement with your eyes. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

  1. Circular movements. Sit back and relax. Start eye movements in a clockwise direction, and then counterclockwise. Take your time, do the exercises slowly. You need 5 repetitions in each direction.

  1. Remote attention. Place a mark on the window at an eye level. Stand or sit 20 inches from the window. Select an object outside the window to fix your glance- it can be a pillar, tree or bush. Look at a point on the window for 10 seconds, and then look at the selected object outside the window. Concentrate all your attention on it for 15 seconds. Then look again at the point on the glass. Repeat this 5-10 times. After that, blink.

Morning exercises will bring the eyes to a healthy state and contribute to their trouble-free work throughout the day. Still, remember: in case of pain in the eyes or excessive dryness- a visit to the ophthalmologist is urgent!