Best Eye Exercises for Kids

Best Eye Exercises for Kids

When it comes to their children, parents are always going to want the best for them. Whether that means success in everything life has to offer or overall health and well-being, we want our kids to be happy, healthy and, well, perfect! There is no denying that many children today suffer from poor vision, as well as eyestrain. But what can you do to help your children – are eyeglasses or contacts really the only viable solution to correct a child’s vision? While contacts and glasses are certainly a safe way to ensure your child can see properly, neither of these products really fix the root of the vision problem.

Did you know that one in five children needs prescription glasses or lenses? Unfortunately, contacts and glasses can’t prevent your (or your child’s) eyes from growing weaker over time, which only results in needing stronger corrective lenses. But, there is another option! Eye exercises are a great way to help children build and maintain strong eyesight naturally, without the use of contacts or glasses.

Why Eye Exercises?

Best Eye Exercises for Kids

Parents often encourage their children to do strengthening exercises for their other muscles, especially when children play sports. However, they often neglect to remind their children to take care of their eyes! Eye exercises are a safe way to do just that. They are also designed to strengthen the eye over time, improving vision instead of just placing a lens in front of a damaged eye. A lens, whether it is in the form of glasses or contacts, will do nothing to help improve your child’s vision. You simply can’t correct the source of the problem with lenses.

Performing eye exercises is also easy and fast. Even young children can be taught to use basic eye exercises to improve their vision. Eye exercises are ideal for children of all ages because teaching kids to strengthen their eyesight early on will benefit them as they grow older – the longer they can avoid corrective eyeglasses and contacts, the better!

Eye Exercises for Kids

Below are some really easy eye exercises you can teach your children. Be sure to help them understand the importance of caring for their eyes. Also, make sure you supervise your kids until you are sure they can handle the eye exercises on their own!

Memory games: These kinds of exercises can be located online and are especially fun for children. The purpose of these games is to increase your child’s visual memory. In most games of this nature, a picture is shown briefly, and then the participant must try to remember as much about the picture as possible. The more you can recall, the better! You can also recreate this type of exercise with your own pictures or by playing memory board games.

Eye shift exercise: It is really important for children to learn to shift their eyes quickly between objects at different distances. One exercise to help with shifting vision involves a pencil and a calendar. Place a calendar on the wall and have your child stand at least 10 feet away while holding a pencil vertically in front of his/her face.

Instruct your child to focus on the pencil, and then to look at the numbers on the calendar. Then, have the child look back at the pencil. Repeat this at least 10 times. You can also change the amount of distance between your child and the calendar.

Tracking exercises: These exercises are great for kids because they help the eye keep track of words while reading. Kids who struggle with skipping over words, switching up the order of letters, and losing their spot while reading a text may be suffering from dyslexia in addition to having poor vision. They will benefit from this by doing the exercise regularly.

To do this exercise, hook a ball to some string or a shoelace. Hang the ball so that it is even with your child’s nose. Then, ask him/her to watch the ball as you swing it back and forth. Repeat this exercise while swinging the ball side to side. Your child should be following the movement of the ball with his/her eyes only – no head movements! This will strengthen the same muscles your child needs to do their reading at school and throughout their lives, so it’s really a great tool.

Rotating exercise:  This one is really simple! Instruct your child to rotate his/her eyes in a clockwise motion. After completing one full circle, your child should blink and then proceed to rotate his/her eyes in a counter-clockwise motion. Repeat several times, making sure they are blinking in between.

Eye “writing” exercise: For this exercise, have you child face an empty wall, preferably not one that is a bright color. Tell them to write something, anything, with their eyes only. Do not let your child move his/her head to do this. Moving just the eyes in the shape of many different letters can really strengthen the eye muscles. It’s also a more entertaining exercise for children!

“Clock” exercise: To begin this activity, first tell your child to imagine a large clock. Have them look at where the center of the clock would be to start. Then, say a number and ask your child to look where it would be on the clock. Finish by looking back at the center. Repeat this at least 10 times and remember to instruct your child to use his/her eyes only!

Additional Assistance

After teaching your child the simple exercises above, you can also check out our other free eye exercises and our Ocu-Plus Formula. With your assistance, your child can greatly benefit from a daily eye vitamin like this.

Ocu-Plus contains 17 vitamins we recommend taking to support eye health. However, please keep in mind you should consult with your child’s doctor before starting him/her on a vitamin. Just make sure your children are getting all the necessary vision-boosting nutrients – a good diet coupled with these eye exercises will help your child enjoy the benefits of naturally healthier eyes!

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  1. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Udai Kumar Sharma says:

    Can my granddaughter age 10, improve eyesight. She is given 5 glasses in both eyes.

  2. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Silvia says:

    Hello. This article is great! I have a one year old whom we took to the eye doctor and we were told she would need to wear glasses when she’d turn 2. I am determined to help her eyesight improve before this 2 year old appointment so she doesn’t;t need glasses. All these exercises feel too hard to do with a 1 year old… Any ideas on what I can do to help a baby to whom I cannot tell to focus or rotate the eyes, etc?
    Any ideas or suggestions will be thanked…

  3. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Ruby says:

    Thanks a tonn for information.

  4. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Nida khan says:

    My sonis 4 yrs n his sight is -5/1.5cylinder,I m really worried I ve sterted glasses but m not sure when he ll getting improvement with eye exercise ,how come glasses ll help,I mean he is persistently using n eyes trying to improve with exercise ,do I give him glasses only wen he reads.

  5. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    Does this work well or not? And about how long will it take?

  6. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    Thanks.. I will really start this for my 4years old daughter

  7. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Sana says:

    My brother is 4 year old and we just found out that he needs glasses, the number for his both eyes are 1.00 and he still didn’t even start school, he IS starting in about 2 months and the doctor said that in these two months you should get the glasses. After 4 months the doctor is going to check his eye sight again. And the doctor even said that after his eyes are stable, like 1 or 2 years then maybe you can get them off. I have glasses too but I am worried for him. Can you please give me some advice of how to keep your vision healthy and strong and how to improve the vision.
    Thank you

  8. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Virtual Private Server says:

    Sometimes Lazy eye in children is caused when there is a structural problem with the eye. For example, a cataract can cause lazy eye even if it s corrected surgically.

  9. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen S.vasubabu says:

    My child right eye sight 1.25., so docter suggest to take glass he was in 6yrs old so is necessary to take glass, or there exercise improve.’
    Give me ur advise….

  10. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Heena says:

    My son recently got glasses i will sure try these eye excise my question is will his glasses go whithin a short time or will take time

  11. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Bahoddin says:

    My baby is months old.she got delayed in milestones. Her eye sight is not formed.plz suggest any eye exercise

  12. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Our20/20Kids says:

    Not only are glasses and contact lenses a temporary solution for correcting vision, they also cost a lot of money to replace for a stronger corrective lens. I loved the various eye exercises you mentioned. Not only are they easy for kids to learn, these exercises are also free, which means parents do not need to spend extra cash to ensure that their child’s vision is healthy.

    I have heard that eye massages are good for improving blood circulation around the eyes, which helps in improving vision too. I think it would be good for children to combine both eye massages and eye exercises to maintain a healthy vision. What do you think about that idea?

  13. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Jessica says:

    Great list! I just started these exercises with my 6 year old daughter. How many times a day would you recommend initially and over time? Also, how much rest is needed after exercises are completed? Thank you!

  14. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Sami says:

    Hi, Same as Swathy, I was worried about my 5 years old, Many thanks Mr.Tyler to share such a valuable information with us.

  15. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen swathy says:

    I was really worried abt my 5 yrs old son’s eye sight. This article has given me hope.
    This is the best article i ever read thank a ton to Mr. Tyler Sorensen for sharing this with all of us.

  16. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Geetha murthy says:

    I read all your articles with keen interest. They are beautiful and reflects the good heart of the writer,which always touch one. The exercises given by you for kids are superb and I am sure they are going to be benefitted if parents take advantage of this article and help the kids. I wish I knew these exercises when I was parenting. The exercises are so simple and exciting, I feel like doing them. I appreciate your incessant efforts.

  17. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Marcus says:

    This is great information. I look forward to trying out these exercises with both my children. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Marge says:

    ❤ me too

  19. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen asand says:

    swathy, did you try this, is it working?

  20. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    My daughter is so happy thanks for the advice!

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics (just like his brother) with the dream of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he joined Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent nearly two decades studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.


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