Improve Your Eyesight Naturally with Eye Exercises

You may be able to get rid of your glasses and improve your vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and light sensitivity with these eye exercises.

| July/August 1983

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    Sunning is one of the best relaxation techniques for your eyes. Don't, however, open your eyes and look directly into the sun.
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    A pencil is a handy device to use when practicing central fixation, shifting, or as a substitute for a narrow-edged ruler during the squinting exercise.
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  • palming
    Palming allows the eye muscles to rest, and should be done frequently throughout the day. For best results, prop your elbows on a cushioned surface or pillow.
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  • swinging
    Long swings (which help increase the mobility of the eyes) incorporate the entire body in movement. Begin by facing the wall, and end each arc facing the opposite wall.
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    In a nearsighted eye, the eyeball is too long, so light rays focus in front of the retina.
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  • normal-eye-diagram
    In a normal eye, the eyeball is just the right length, so parallel rays focus on the retina.
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  • farsighted-eye-diagram
    In a farsighted eye, the eyeball is too short, so light rays focus behind the retina.
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Today, more than ever, inappropriate response to stress is being cited as a primary cause of many ailments that plague modern humanity. Whether it's caused by environmental, cultural, or psychological factors, anxiety can lead to a great number of mental and physical problems. Indeed, recent research indicates that stress is a major contributing factor in disorders of the eye as well.

Such findings can have wide-ranging implications. After all, at least half of the population in the United States currently wears prescription glasses or contact lenses. Furthermore, possibly as many as 70% of Americans have visual problems of which they're not even aware. In a sense, you might say that good eyesight is no longer normal!

Yet, very few folks are born with visual abnormalities. For the most part, defective eyesight is acquired. If that's so, can poor vision be corrected? According to studies done by Dr. William H. Bates, a distinguished New York ophthalmologist who pioneered in the field of visual training, you can dramatically improve your eyesight naturally, without glasses or contact lenses!

What is Visual Training?

In the past, most vision experts worked from the theory that the eye is able to focus on varying distances solely because it can change the shape of its lens, and that most seeing problems are due to a permanent deformation of the eyeball and lens. 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. When habitual tension and strain tighten them, then, a sight dysfunction may occur, and teaching these uptight muscles to relax, through a program of visual training eye exercises, can remedy many seeing disorders.



It should be noted here that few eye professionals support this theory, and even fewer offer visual training to their patients. Most eye specialists continue merely to prescribe the wearing of corrective lenses for refractory errors, which—in effect—encourages the eyes to maintain abnormal vision by allowing them to become permanently adjusted to a constant degree of error.

Practitioners of the visual training method suggest, however, that a person gradually decrease the amount of time spent wearing corrective lenses during the day, and that fundamental eye exercises be performed (without wearing glasses or contacts) to lessen dependency on mechanical aids.

Rohini Karnad
6/21/2018 4:30:20 AM

Poor eyesight in children is a big concern for every parent. But with proper care, we can keep those twinkling eyes safe and healthy. Want to know how? Read on. https://www.parentcircle.com/article/6-natural-ways-to-improve-your-childs-vision/


patty
9/29/2017 9:05:35 AM

This is amazing. My Father always had me do some of these exercises from the time I was a little girl. He is an Old World Italian & only went through the 8th grade. So many healing things have been lost through the years. Now I see studies that prove my Father was right all along. BTW My Dad is 98 years old & still has good eyesight as do I. Thank you for printing this.


willmapp
9/24/2017 8:49:17 PM

Wonderful article... What many people don't realize is that there are literally hundreds of reports published in medical journals about studies that have been done, the results of which prove that doing eye exercises can improve your vision - http://abouteyeexercises.com/do-eye-exercises-really-work-to-improve-your-vision/







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