10 Eye Exercises to Heal & Reverse Eye Problems

How to Reduce Eye Strain and Improve Your Vision Naturally
By Duke Peterson
It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re also how we’re able to observe the world. Our eyes are important for reading, working, and even communicating. Our eyes are sensitive though; they work hard and they need time to rest and recover from the constant strain we put on them.
Did you know that you can often cure poor eyesight simply by changing a few bad habits? Even if you’ve worn glasses for years or are prone to eye problems, learning to remove the stress and strain on your eyes can greatly improve your vision.
Your eyes can tell you when they need a break. Your head may start hurting, your eyes start to burn a little, or a slight twitch may develop in one or both eyes. These are signs that the eyes need to rest.
Eye problems are of particular concern if you spend much of your day in front of a computer screen. Staring at a computer and forgetting to relax and give your eyes a break can result in eye problems and permanent damage.
It’s important to learn to listen to your body; it knows better than you do when it’s time for a break. If you work until your eyes burn then you’ve missed all the previous signs.
Here are 7 tips to help you prevent damaging eye strain:
Tip #1: Take a short break every hour of work. This means you need to get up at least once every hour and walk around (even if it’s just to the bathroom or the water cooler).
Taking breaks alone, however, isn’t enough.
Tip #2: Look away from the screen every 15-20 minutes for a minute or two. Look at things close up and far away to allow the eyes to adjust and move around. Your goal is to avoid the eye strain in the first place.
Tip #3: Blink as often as you can to keep your eyes lubricated. Take a few minutes to roll the eyeballs around. You can do this with your eyes open or closed to avoid looking silly. Open and close your eyes often to give them a short break.
Tip #4: Yawn when you have to (or even when you don’t). Yawning stretches out the jaw muscles which keeps them from becoming tense and causing headaches and eyes strain.
Tip #5: Move around as much as possible. You should always be in a comfortable position, so adjust your body or chair as often as needed. Move the keyboard or monitor so you aren’t stretching your neck or looking at things at a strange angle.
Tip #6: Try to avoid glare on your monitor. If you’re near a window then move the monitor around as the sun moves, or get a screen protector.

Tip #7: Keep your work area bright and well lit. Bright lights lighten up the mood and keep you feeling positive. Dim lights only bring down your mood and cause you to feel sluggish.

Making minor changes in your work space and taking breaks often can prevent eye damage from long hours spent in front of the computer. After a long day at work, though, your eyes are tired and need to relax and renew to improve your vision. Here are three exercises designed to remove eye strain.
Exercise #1: The Dot exercise. To do this exercise 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 your eyes are relaxed it should be easier to see the period.
Exercise #2: The Word exercise. Find a word on a page that is five or more letters in length. 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. Letting the eyes move around is what will help them work best without the strain.
Exercise #3: 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 and practicing exercises to relax your eyes is a great way to develop lasting habits and ensure great eyesight for years to come.
Bio:
Duke Peterson spent more than 25 years in the ophthalmology business. As a leading optical doctor, people were shocked when he left his practice to help vision sufferers improve their eyesight — naturally. Duke is the author of Vision Without Glasses and has spent many years perfecting his system that exploits a previously unknown short-cut to get your vision back, naturally and forever.

10 Comment(s)

  1. I have read about putting a little raw honey on your eyes twice a day to get rid of cataracts. What do you think of that. It does sting for about 25 seconds.

    Elizabeth | Reply

  2. I hope to do the exercises regularly & be rid of my glasses for ever! I am 81 yrs!

    Maki | Reply

  3. I tried to copy the ten exercises but only 3 would surface.
    Can you help me save all ten?
    Thanks,
    Maki

    Maki | Reply

  4. I have been retired 15 yrs. now after 45 yrs. practicing Optometry. I never saw a person with permanent damage to their eyeballs from over use of their eyes (except for having a raging sweet tooth)in any activity short of over exposure to UV light especially welding. Where are your mainstream references for your conclusions? There are many claims such as yours beginning with Dr. Bates going back about 100 yrs. but have never been substantiated on an ongoing and successful clinical basis.

    ....Dr.Dana Lee Taylor | Reply

  5. I bought his program and did the work and believed it was possible but it did not work for me

    Melody | Reply

  6. The eye exercises really work!! Twenty + years ago my husbands eyes were not good enough to get into the military to qualify to be a pilot. He began doing the exercises religiously and within a few months time his eyes were perfect, he passed the physical and he became a pilot! You just have to be persistent and believe!

    tamara hampikian | Reply

  7. Being in the “ophthalmology business” doesn’t qualify someone to give advice on vision issues. Rolling eyeballs doesn’t really do much except keep people from viewing the screen- which is good advice.

    Everyone’s vision and eye function is different; no one “magic bullet” is right for everyone. Some “general” visual hygiene concepts are good but best to get it from a trained professional.

    Jeff (optometrist)

    Jeff | Reply

  8. Hi Maki – there are only 3, not 10 :) Exercise #1: The Dot exercise. Exercise #2: The Word exercise. Exercise #3: The Double Vision exercise.

    Trevor Justice | Reply

  9. Are these exercises good for people who are nearsighted? I don’t spend a lot of time on the computer. I have been nearsighted since about 13 years old. I am 57 now. Just went for an eye check up and the doctor was surprised that my eyes have not changed in all these years. He pointed out that eyes usually get worse. mine are the same. But I would love not to wear glasses anymore.

    Shirley | Reply

  10. which exercises did he follow exactly?
    how/where did he learn about them 20 years ago?
    Thank you for any help

    ~Anthony

    Anthony | Reply

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