Indeed, there are some serious eye conditions that demand medical treatment. But in fact, some of the most common ones – primarily myopia (shortsightedness), hypermetropia (longsightedness), and amblyopia (lazy eye) can be improved and in some cases, completely cured, by doing simple eye exercises.
Some serious eye specialists have written books on improving eyesight without glasses, the most well-known being undoubtedly The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment Without Glasses by W. H. Bates, M.D. The technique he describes in it, called palming, can indeed improve one’s eyesight considerably, especially if combined with a few simple but effective yoga-based eye exercises.
Palming is the Best Exercise to Improve Vision
The idea of palming is to relax the eye muscles which are sometimes so strained they distort the very shape of the eyeball resulting in impaired vision. Cover your closed eyes with the palms of your hands (hence the word, palming) and try to relax your eyes to the point when all you can see is complete darkness without any specks or spots of color. Click here to read the description of the exercise.
Yoga Eye Exercises Can Improve Eyesight if Done Regularly
This set of very simple exercises only takes five minutes, but when done on a regular basis, they’re known to dramatically improve one’s vision. Their purpose is to train and tone eye muscles, the same way as we tone our body muscles in the gym. Naturally, you have to take your glasses or contact lenses off to perform them.
- Without turning your head, look down, up, left, right. Repeat the combination eight times. Don’t move too fast: one second for each eye movement is fine, and slow background music is a great idea. Don’t try too hard, either: eye muscles are very fragile and you can sprain them very easily, so be gentle. If you start to experience any pain or “sprained” feeling in your eye muscles, stop doing the exercises immediately and don’t try again until the pain goes completely (it can take several days).
- A similar exercise: look to the low left corner of the eye, then to the opposite high right corner, then low right, then high left. Repeat eight times.
- Now try to draw a horizontal figure of eight with your eyeballs, rotating them first clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Be gentle; don’t overdo it and don’t strain the muscle. Repeat eight times.
- Cross-eyes: Looking down, cross your eyes focusing them for a second on the tip of your nose. Relax. Now cross your eyes focusing on the middle of your nose. Relax again. Finally, look up and cross your eyes focusing on the bridge of your nose. Relax. Repeat the whole combination eight times.
- Finally, rotate your eyeballs clockwise, moving them in a wide circular motion. Repeat eight times.
Window Focusing: A Vision Exercise that Helps Correct Lazy Eye
This is a remarkably effective exercise, and like all eye exercises it has to be performed without glasses or contact lenses.
Choose a window with a view and place a small mark or sticker on the glass pane on your eye level. Stand in front of the window so that the sticker is about 10 inches away from your eyes. Choose an object outside the window – for example, a tree branch far enough so you can just about make out its details without glasses.
For three to five seconds, focus on the sticker, then look away at the chosen object outside and focus on it for another three to five seconds. Now focus on the sticker again. Keep taking turns focusing on the sticker and the object outside.
Continue for ten to 15 minutes, preferably to some relaxing music. To improve “lazy eye,” cover your good eye with the palm of your hand and do the exercise using your lazy eye only.
More Eye Correction Solutions: Solarisation
Contrary to old wives’ tales, direct sunlight is the best thing for healthy eyes and perfect vision, provided you keep your eyes closed. Stand (with your eyes closed) facing the sun. Very slowly, turn your head to the right as the sun warms your eyeballs under your closed eyelids. Then turn your head, also very slowly, to your left. Your closed eyes should be focused right in front of you, so that as you turn your head, the sun can warm every corner of your eyes.
Repeat the combination eight to ten times. You can also “stare” at the sun for a few seconds with your eyes closed. This exercise is especially effective when followed by palming, done for a few minutes until the golden-red sun imprint under your closed eyelids disappears completely, replaced by deep velvety black.
Are Eye Exercises for Everyone?
Natural eye exercises have their limitations, as well. Here are three issues to consider before making a decision to try them:
- Eye exercises work best if the person stops wearing glasses of contact lenses completely, or at least switches to weaker ones. It’s not always possible, of course, but there’s always a way out: — for example, wearing slightly weaker glasses for driving or watching TV. There are occupations though that demand wearing glasses or lenses at all times, in which case a vacation might be the best time to start doing eye exercises. The first results normally show within a couple of weeks or sometimes even days.
- Once your eyesight has improved, the exercises have to be continued because once you stop doing them, your eyesight may with time revert to its original state. Just like brushing one’s teeth or staying active, eye exercises have to be done on a daily basis for the rest of one’s life.
- Eye exercises work best when one’s eyesight is not seriously impaired. Normally, according to Russian Professor Norbekov, one’s vision can be improved considerably or even cured completely if the degree of myopia doesn’t exceed -4 diopters. In more serious cases, vision may improve to a degree but is unlikely to become perfect.