3 Ways Yoga Improves Eye Function

Yoga is a surprisingly natural way to improve the health of your eyes, preventing them from going bad so that you do not have to wear glasses and it also helps to ease complications that already exist. Here’s how this works.

1. Helps relax eye muscles

The muscles that control the different motions of your eyes are the most hardworking muscles of the entire human body, hence they can get stressed very easily. When your eyes are stressed, you will end up feeling stressed as well, as the functioning of the eyes takes up to about 40 percent of the brain’s activities, and 4 whole cranial nerves (with two more in assistance) out of the 12 cranial nerves.

In fact, one of the main reasons why people get stressed is because their eyes are stressed, and that is why to relax them, most of the time you have to close your eyes (either to sleep or to meditate and concentrate). It is probably also obvious that stressed eyes are much less effective. Regular yoga practice helps to relax these muscles, and thereby, maintain good eye performance in addition to relaxing your whole body as well.

2. Strengthens eye muscles

Because the muscles responsible for the movement of your eyes are the most overworked muscles in the body, they can quickly become weak and start to fail. This is one of the major reasons for age-related eye issues, where a man in his youth will have a very sharp vision but will need to start wearing glasses when he is much older, mostly because the muscles that control the eyes have gotten weak.

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Yoga helps to strengthen these muscles, helping you to keep your focus for longer and preventing the onset of age-related eye complications.

3. Relaxes your mind

Because the eyes take up a huge chunk of the functions of the brain and are one of the major culprits for it being stressed, when yoga exercises and relax the eyes, it in turn relaxes the brain. In this way, giving your tired eyes some much needed relaxation will also help to relax your brain.

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