Improve Your Eyesight Without Glasses
As we age our eyes tend to deteriorate and we begin to have difficulty reading smaller print. Some people develop other eye problems but a reasonable percentage of the population will find reading menus in restaurants and the newspaper print becoming a problem sometime after the age of 40. Usually we go to the optometrist for an eye test and are prescribed glasses for reading. However it is possible to try some eye relaxation and exercises in an effort to improve your eyesight without having to wear glasses. If you do decide to try the following exercises, It is still recommended you get your eyes professionally checked to eliminate any eye disease such as glaucoma.
Relaxing the Eyes
The best way to relax the eyes is to blink frequently. Gentle closing of the eyes and opening again is best and blinking helps the eyes keep moist.
Relax your neck by sitting in a comfortable chair with both feet flat on the floor and arms hanging relaxed. Rotate your head very slowly making a large circle from one side of your body to the other, thereby stretching your neck in all directions. Do this from each side.
Relaxing the eye nerve - this is very important and can apparently correct many eye disorders. The method is called 'Palming' and brings about complete relaxation of the eyes. Sit down at the table, close your eyes gently, rest your elbows on the table and form a cup with the palm of your hands and cover each eye completely. Do not put any pressure on the eyes, but shut out all light. At first when you palm you may find you see grey or brighter colours. As you keep on palming and relaxing you will more and more be able to see black only. Palming before going to sleep can help with insomnia.
Swinging - Stand erect and relax the entire body, your arms hanging loose and feet 10 inches apart. Sway your body from side to side.
1. Keeping your head still, move your eyes up towards the ceiling and then down towards the floor.
2. Move eyes from left to right as far as possible to give these muscles a good stretch.
3. Move eyes upwards and to the left then downwards and to the right - on a diagonal.
4. Move eyes upwards and to the right and then down and to the left - on a diagonal, so eyes for exercise 3 and 4 are diagonally crossing the face.
5. Roll the eyes in a circle starting at 12 o'clock and going around to your left.
6. Roll eyes in a circle starting at 12 o'clock and going around to your right.
7. First look at the tip of your finger or a pencil held near the eyes, then look at an object in the distance.
Test eyes in all directions and start exercising those muscles that hurt you the most, in other words do the exercises that hurt the most. For each exercise move your eyes as far as you can in each direction without straining them. Do each eye exercise about 14 times - eyes up - one eyes down - two etc. After each exercise you should blink about 20 times. Remember when moving your eyes in the required direction to always keep your head still and facing forward.
Strabismus or cross-eyes is failure of the muscles to hold the eyeball in its correct position because of weakness. The most important thing is to strengthen the eye muscles and to relax the tight muscles that are pulling the eyeball out of shape. Frequent palming is suggested. Also by patching the the stronger eye the weaker eye has to do more work. Try all the exercises to find out which muscles are tightest and tensest. Stretch those muscles especially. When the eyes pull toward the inside the exercise moving eyes left and right is usually beneficial, all exercises are of benefit.
Near sightedness or Myopia
Near sightedness is often caused by strain, through which the oblique muscles around the eyeball squeeze and elongate the eyeball so the light rays focus in front of the retina. This causes blurring, especially when looking into the distance. To try to correct this the neck should be relaxed by rotating it several times each day. Palm conscientiously at least 3 times per day for a period of 10 - 15 minutes each time. Do especially exercises 3 and 4 several times each day. Every time you wash your face use a little cold water over your eyes (with eyes closed). This increases circulation.
If you choose to palm in bed, be sure to put a pillow under your elbows so that your arms are in a comfortable position.