Eye Exercises to Improve Vision Naturally – Do They Work?

Eye Exercises to Improve Vision Naturally – Do They Work?

By Colin Jaspers,
everydayhealthhero.com, 25 April, 2015


Are you looking for improve your vision, but don’t want to use corrective lenses or surgery? Maybe ‘Vision Without Glasses’, the natural eyesight improvement program is the answer.


Poor vision afflicts people worldwide, limiting certain daily activities and leading  to expensive prescription glasses and contacts. What if there were a natural way to improve your vision, without glasses or fruitless gimmicks just by changing a few bad habits?

Most of the natural eyesight correction techniques that involve relaxation, eye-exercises and eye-care have its source in so called Bates Method. According to Dr. William Bates, a 20th century American ophthalmologist , common vision problems are reversible and are not necessarily due to genetics. He believed that relaxation is better than wearing corrective lenses for reversing the habitual eye strain that causes most vision problems.



How it Works?

In the past, most traditional ophthalmologists believed that the eye is able to focus on varying distances solely because it can change the shape of its lens, and blamed problems like nearsightedness on a permanent deformation of the eyeball and failure of the lens to properly focus. However, contrary to these widely held beliefs, Dr. Bates’s research has indicated that the whole eye, not merely the lens, adapts itself to focusing by means of the muscles of the eyeball. Bates had come to this conclusion after performing eye surgery on cataract patients and finding that some of them could still see distance without glasses even though he had removed the lens from their eyes; therefore, he determined that the lens did not play a role in refractive errors such as myopia.

At this point, he came to view eye problems as a result of habitual tension and strain tighten the muscles surrounding the eyeball, thus teaching these uptight muscles to relax, through a program of visual eye training, can remedy many seeing disorders.

In the next years dr.Bates developed a series of eye exercises to retrain the optic muscles and solve functional vision problems.

The exercises recommended in his book are simple enough and could be performed anywhere and at any time, however the author stressed that it takes discipline and attention to detail in order to achieve improvement.  It is a simple, common sense approach to the care of the visual system that can be easily incorporated into your daily lifestyle

They can strengthen eye muscles, help maintain flexible lenses and help maintain sharper vision with just 15-20 minutes each day. Just choose a few of the eye exercises to do during each session. For people who spend hours on the computer each day, you should take a 2-3 minute break each hour for eye exercises (palming is an excellent exercise to do each break).  It is a simple, common sense approach to the care of the visual system that can be easily incorporated into your daily lifestyle. Some of the principal exercises are described below.


Exercises for the Eyes

Staring and straining or the worse things you can do to your eyes. After a long day at work, the eyes are tired and need to relax and renew to improve vision. The constant strain day in and day out does nothing but damage the eyes. Below are three exercises design to remove the eye strain.
The first exercise is the Dot exercise. To do this find a period or comma on the page and focus on making it as clear as possible. Stare at the period until it comes into focus. Chances are after a few seconds the period will actually became less clear and blurry.

Try relaxing your eyes. Close them for a minute and let them relax. Now look at the period without straining. Don’t stare; instead, let your eyes slowly move around the page, over and around the period. Don’t focus only on the period, the eyes need movement. Make sure to blink a bit. Try closing your eyes and picturing the dot and then look at it again. Once the eyes are relaxed it should be easier to see the period.

The second exercise is the Word exercise. Find a word on the page that is five or more letters long. Stare at the word so that all the letters are in view, but don’t move the eyes. Focus entirely on the whole word trying to get the best image in your head. Again, staring and concentrating hard is going to cause the word to blur.

Now, relax your eyes and allow them to move slowly over, around, and across each letter of the word. Blink. Allow the eyes to lead you; don’t force them to look at what you want. The word should be clearer when you look at it again. Letter the eyes move around is what will help them work best without the strain.

The third exercise is the Double Vision exercise. This exercise is meant to get your eyes to work together as a team. Most people use one eye to look at an object, while the other eye does its own thing. Squinting can help bring an object into focus with both eyes, but this causes unnecessary stress. The trick is to relax the eyes, focus on the object in a calm way, and allow both eyes to focus together.

Learning exercises to relax the eyes is a great way to develop lasting habits and ensure great eyesight for years to come.


Here’s a sample of an exercise to help you relax and sharpen your vision that you can try at home. It’s called “palming”.

The Art of Palming

There are various steps and procedures one can take to help improve eyesight. Poor eyesight is condition caused by our own bad habits of ignoring the needs of our eyes. The eyes are a delicate, important organ in the body and they need just as much care as the other organs.


Palming is a way to help the eyes relax, naturally. Eyes are in constant motion, even when we are sleeping, the eyes are moving around. It’s not possible to completely stop the eyes from moving because they need to stay lubricated. However, we can slow down their motion and help them relax.

In order to relax the eyes, you must first relax your mind. If your mind is running away with its thoughts, your eyes will strain to keep up. Palming helps relax the mind and the eyes all at the same time. The procedure is simple and takes less than 20 minutes, but you can do it for however long you need to.

The first step is to rub your hands together to get them nice and warm. Next, place one palm over each eye. Be sure to cup the palms so they are never directly touching the eyes or putting pressure on the eyelids. Your elbows should be resting on a hard surface, like a table or your knees.

The next step is to relax, fully relax. With your eyes closed beneath your palms, feel the muscles in your body start to relax. Start from the top of your head and slowly move down to your toes, feeling each muscle in between start to relax. The more relaxed you are, the darker the blackness your eyes see will be. At first, you may see a grayish color but as you relax that gray will become a darker and darker shade of black. The deeper the blackness, the more relax your eyes are.

You want to clear your mind of all thoughts. Forget all the lists and things that need to get done and focus solely on the darkness. If it helps, you can picture pleasant things like flowers blossoming or the waves of the ocean. Try to stay in this relaxed stage for at least 15 minutes.

Once you open your eyes again, things will be more focused. Colors, shapes, and lines will be more defined and your overall vision will be clearer.




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