Perfect eyesight - at any age

Tamarii2's One Day Challenge

Many of our eye related problems are caused by eyestrain, is this a fact? All my life I have been blessed with 20/20 vision that is until the past couple of years.

Glasses, many people wear them from the very young to the very old, and this great invention of the specatacle has improved the quality of many peoples live.

It was about two years ago that I found that I could not see what I was reading as well as I had been. Had I gone to the opticians at that time, he would have given me these simple exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding my eyes, that had become tense and rigid, and consequently put pressure on my eyeball so that it's shape became distorted.

Any way, I have since learned the art of performing a few simple exercises that will relax these muscles completely and disperse many eyesight problems, whether they are for short sightedness or long sightedness, altogether.

The following exercises are designed to be done without wearing glasses or contact lenses, I have been doing these for a couple of months now and have noticed an improvement,

To help relax the stiff and strained muscles around the eyes: keeping your head still and relaxed , move your eyes up and down half a dozen times, rest and repeat three times more. Repeat the exercise but instead of moveing your eyes up and down , move them from left to right.

Palming: If you are anything like me , you will often find that you are sitting back in a nice comfortable chair, If you are , put the palms of your hands over your closed eyes and stay like it for ten minutesor so. When you remove your hands and open your eyes , try to pick out things of the same colour. Remember to change the colour each day.

To shift the point of focus of your eye and help to lubricate the surface of your outer eye:you need to blink rapidly for a few seconds and then to squeeze your eyes shut for a moment. This exercise can be repeated for up to a minute.

To strengthen the ability of the eye to focus at different distances: imagine that you have a pencil attached to the end of your nose and trace the outline of different objects around you , some objects near and some further away.

Swinging ,helps to relax the neck and shoulder muscles and to improve the blood supply to the eyes: and is best practised whilst standing up. Relax your neck and gently swing your neck from side to side , backward and forwards in a gentle relaxed and rhythmical way.

It cam help to put on relaxing music whilst doing these exercises, also to gain the most out of them ,they need to be done regularly; at least once a day.

The above exercises are the current reccomendations , however , back in the early part of the last century their ideas were totally different , but very easy to apply and ,as beneficial to the eye.

Bathe the eyes frequently with warm water, not hot or cold.

Always read or work with the light falling over your shoulder on to the book or whatever you are looking at.

This one is different Keep a bit of green material by your side - and just look at it for a few seconds if your eyes get tired.

It is a good plan to vary the distance at which you are looking. When doing close work rest your eyes by looking at something further away for a while, and visa versa. By doing this your eyes will benefit from the change and be rested.

100 years ago , it was held that the sight would be strengthened , if the forehead ,just above the eyebrows, is bathed two or three times a day with ice cold water, but the eyes themselves must not be bathed.

12.42 - 155- total 1hr 10mins

To improve your eyesight and having committed yourself to the above , it is also well worth remembering that your eyes need also to be nourished properly.

The foods your eyes need the most

fresh fruit, vegetables and high fibre foods [wholemeal bread, nuts] and to cut down on fatty foods, sugar and salt.


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

Great exercises and tips! Thanks. My mother's just been through an urgent eye surgery, because her retina started to exfoliate. If she hadn't seen the doctor in time she would be blind on that eye by now irreversibly. She'll certainly benefit from your exercises.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Glad to be of help, hope your mother recovers speedily.


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

Yes, because she can't do any exercises until full recovery. Thanks.


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Not Telling 7 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

Very helpful information! Thanks


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

thanks for popping by, Not Telling


Iphigenia 7 years ago

I'll have to try those exercises - but will they make my contact lenses pop out? I'm myopic and have been since late teens. I've had contacts for 30 years - and since last year have needed reading glasses with my contacts. I also have prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses - plus ordinary sunglasses to wear with my contacts.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

My eyesight sucks.. maybe it's age, but I shall do these exercises anyway! thank you! Hub-on my friend!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

I was always so proud of my eyesight and the fact that I didn't need reading glasses, and then one day...bam! I had to eat my words. I should try these exercises to prevent further decline. Thanks for the tips Hawkesdream.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Iphy, these exercises should be done without contacts in, It does help to improve your vision. I still need to wear mine , but have found that when I don't have them with me I am not haveing such a problem as I was- not perfect by any means yet, but getting there.

Candie, try them what have you to lose, they are working for me.

Same goes for you feline, they do help.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

My son and his friends laugh at (with) me for saying "I can't hear you I don't have my glasses on!"


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

That's funny Candie, I knew a cha[ once that couldn't answer his phone without putting his on. lol


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Good information, well presented. I am going to try these suggestions. Thanks!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks for dropping by, I have found them helpful , James.


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Great tips on a topic (vision) that is foremost on my mind this weekend, as on Tuesday I will be receiving a new kind of contacts for my unique eye problems that supposedly will mean for the first time in my 60 years that I will see 20/20. Plus I will have the use of an eye that I have never seen through. Hopefully, my world is about to change and I'm so excited.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

How wonderful for you, jerilee, hope all goes well and all your dreams become reality. The world will be seen so different from your perspective, please take notes , would love to hear about the changes you experience.

If you feel that you want to try these exercises, please wait until your eyes are well rested before attempting, Do speak to your opthamologist first.

Good Luck and again Congratulations.


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Silver Freak 7 years ago from The state of confusion

Fascinating hub, HD. I like the research you did and the exercises. Very well done!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks for reading, do try them, Silver.


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lafenty 7 years ago from California

After hitting 45 my eyesight started to decline. Perhaps these exercises will it slow down. Thanks for the info.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

They will not only slow it down, lafenty, but it will improve


BadCo 7 years ago

Nice one Hawk, my eyes are always on you : )


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Cheers me dear, much appreciated.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Alison, keep green material to rest your eyes? That's interesting. Maybe stand in a woods. Paint your living room green. hmmm


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Wow - that's a great list! I think I'll start one at a time and then work through them all. Thanks Hawkesdream!

By the way, did you know that the left to right eye movement for 30 seconds is also supposed to jog your memory when you can't remember a name? :)


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi Dolores, I thought the same as you ,when I first read about the green, but it is right I tried it.

Shalini, thanks for dropping by and leaving the memory tip.Have you tried it? does it work?


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Just what I need, well done


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you katyzz, glad to be of assistance.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I had to smile when I read your hub. I also recently wrote Helpful Eye Exercises too. LOL Thanks though for the tips on how to take care of the eyes like bathing it with warm water and so on. I found palming to be very effective in helping me cope with tired eyes. :-) Thumbs up!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

haha I smiled also when I read yours..Snap!


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guidebaba 7 years ago from India

Great Tips !


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

thanks for reading, guidebaba.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

I have done some of the sideways/up and down exercise just because I felt it was good - now I know why and more - thanks bunches for this information. I do have a lot of eyestrain, tiredness, bad eyesight..yukyuk, Will try these and think of you when I do them! Thank You!


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Bookmarked your hub for tuture reference. I had Lasik a couple of years back to correct my 575/600 vision and am always looking for ways to maintain the 20/20 vision I now have. Thanks. :)


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franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

Very helpful hub for my eyes! Thanks


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

hey frogy, dont you find that sometimes? you do something naturally then find its good for you. thanks for reading.

Hi Susan Ng, thank you for bookmarking, a real compliment

francia, so pleased you dropped in, hope you enjoy the exercises.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Thanks for the exercises. I too have had 20/20 vision all of my life until suddenly at my mid 40s I'm needing reading glasses....uggghhh. I will start on this exercises today!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

you better lol, had to rush off earlier, ever tried finding them when you haven't got them on..nightmare lol


anita 7 years ago

My present power is -9, has anybody in the earth reduced the power from this to 0, want to hear their experience.

Like to hear from people who really reduced the problems and now completely alright.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Think that this all takes time Anita, but it certainly a good topic for discussion, for myself personally these exersices certainly help.


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simplyjo 7 years ago

Great tips - esp for ppl like me who r addicted to being in front of the PC at all times of day, and weird hours of night too. LOL.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

lol Jo, you and me both, thanks for calling


Ishita 7 years ago

My present power is -2.25, and the doctor says that the power cannot r


Ishita 7 years ago

My present power is -2.25 and the doctor says it cant reduce. But I think it can with the help of the tips and exercises given by u because I realy dont want 2 wear glasses. Thanks.


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sudhan45 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing the information


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mrbill15 6 years ago from Cave Creek

Focus On What’s Important

What we feed our bodies feeds our eyes. Many of the vitamins and minerals in our bodies are found in much higher concentrations in our eyes, so a diet lacking in these vitamins and minerals can lead to vision problems as we grow olde


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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you mrbill15, diet is definitely a factor when faced with eye problems


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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI

Nice article. It can't hurt to try these exercises. I showed my Dad and he swears by them. Why he never mentioned them I don't know.


koolkutiesecret 6 years ago

Thank you very much! These help a lot! Do u have any other suggestions? Because this material is awesome!

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