For the eyes to function normally, sufficient oxygen must get to them. This can only be done through deep breathing as the capillaries in our eyes are tiny and the eyes are located above the heart. Deep breathing improves the flow of oxygen to the brain, which the eyes are a part of.
Here’s a helpful breathing exercise to teach you to breathe deeply.
- Breathe in through your nose. Breathe out through the mouth. Place your hands on your belly. As you breathe in, notice your belly rise. As you breathe out, notice your belly flatten.
- Breathe in deeply for a count of three. Hold your breath for a count of four. Breathe out for a count of three.
- As your breathing deepens you can increase the count of the inhalation, holding, and exhale. Repeat this breathing exercise throughout the day when you begin to feel your eyes and body tense.