1-Rectus muscle relaxation
The rectus eye muscle can come into considerable strain over time, and astigmatism might be the result of a weak or tight rectus muscle. The rectus muscle relaxation exercise is done by gradually and gently relaxing the eye rectus muscles. The exercise should be done in the following steps:
- Put your thumb in front of your face just above the nose (about 10cm)
- Move your thumb as if it is running on a clock. First slowly move your thumb to 12 o’clock where it will disappear and leave it there for 2–3 seconds.
- If you experience tension here, that’s okay. Return to the initial nose spot and move back to 1 o’clock then again to 3,5,6,7,9, 11 and back to noon.
- From the center out, don’t forget to breathe. Exhaling slowly will help relax your muscles.
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This exercise restores the shape of the cornea.
The exercise should be done in the following steps:
- Close your eyes and then place two fingers on each of your eyelids.
- By applying gentle pressure, slowly move your fingers in a circular motion from top to bottom and from right to left.
- Move your fingers clockwise as well as anti-clockwise.
- Repeat it for 10–15 times, 2 to 4 times a day.
3-Library Science Exercise
This exercise is actually quite fun and interesting if you look at it. It can be done during any time of the day and should be continued till your eyes are feeling little strained.
- Start off without any corrective lens.
- You could also begin by reading some kind of text book.
- Next, bring your gaze towards an entirely different object; for example, a playing card.
- Go back to the text you were reading at first and continue reading.
- You could switch to a different object and focus on that for a brief moment.
- Do this for a couple of minutes till your eyes become tired.
With astigmatism, it is good to try this visualization exercise:
- Imagine that you are looking at a small, eye-size sphere made of, for instance, rubber, which is situated in the right eye or just above.
- Now, try to change the sphere with your imagination as if you were clenching it with the fingers of one hand on its right and left side. Imagine that the sphere changes slightly its shape into elliptic and oval, and that the fingers release the pressure and the sphere comes back to its perfectly spherical shape. Repeat this step 5-10 times.
- Now, imagine that you are clenching the sphere from up and down (again 5-10 times), and then from front and back (also 5-10 times).
- Repeat steps 1-3 for the left eye.
- During this exercise, you should have a feeling of slight activity of the rectus muscles in your eyes, which will largely release their tension and both the cornea and the whole eye should begin to assume the perfect spherical shape.
- Duration: 1-2 minutes