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Helpful Eye Exercises

Updated on April 2, 2012

I never had any problems with my eyesight. But lately due to a lot of computer and paper work, I’ve noticed that tiny words in print have become difficult to read. They have become blurry. And often times, I know my eyes felt very tense and strained. This caused me to panic. I mean, hey, I value my eyesight and I felt I should be doing something to take care of them. Although I am not an eye doctor nor am I an expert at this, but I’ve discovered that these eye exercises have been very helpful.

Tired Eyes?

Begin by Relaxation

Take a deep breath…inhale and exhale slowly. Close your eyes gently as you continue breathing. Take a few more deep breaths. And as you inhale imagine a soft green light coming from above penetrating your head and eyes. As you exhale, imagine you are blowing the tiredness from your eyes. Repeat 7 times.


I find palming to be a very effective way of reducing tiredness or fatigue in the eyes.

  1. Sit with your back straight making sure that you feel comfortable. If you are sitting down with a table in front of you, make sure that your elbows are resting in a position that does not make you feel ill at ease.
  2. Rub both your hands together to warm them. Close your eyes. Cover both your eyes with cupped hands. The heels of your palms are resting on your cheekbones while your fingers crossed over your forehead. The palms should not be touching your eyeballs.
  3. With your eyes closed, continue to relax and breathe and this time imagine the darkness that you see inside your eyes is as soft as the blackest velvet.
  4. Do this for a minute or so. Then gently open your eyes and remove your hands slowly. You will discover that your eyes will feel rested and surprisingly the things around you appear clearer and sharper.
  5. Now if your work requires a lot of eye usage or concentration (e.g. computer work), do this every hour. So the total amount of palming is at least 10 minutes a day.

Eye Isolation Exercises to Improve Visual Concentration

In these exercises, be sure to remember that it is only the eyes that will be moving. The head and neck should be kept still. Do the eye exercises slowly and at your own pace. If you feel your eyes getting sore, just blink a few times and close your eyes before you continue. Always make sure you are in a comfortable position with your spine straight.

  1. Start by moving your eyes up and slowly look down as far as you can. Repeat several times.Blink quickly and close your eyes to relax the eye muscles.
  2. With head facing straight, move your eyes to the right and then to the left as far as you can. Repeat several times. Remember to move your eyes slowly. Blink quickly and close your eyes to relax the eye muscles.
  3. Still looking ahead, this time roll your eyes clockwise and then counterclockwise. Make sure you are able to feel that you are following an imaginary circle. Make the circle as big as you can. Repeat several times. Blink quickly and close your eyes to relax the eye muscles.
  4. Without blinking, focus your gaze on the tip of your nose. Remain in this position for as long as you can. Blink quickly and close your eyes to relax the eye muscles.


Using a pencil or one of your fingers, place it under the tip of your nose. Slowly, move forward the pen or the finger in a straight line as far as your hands can go. Then look past the pen or finger straight into the distance and see the objects or surroundings clearly. After go back to the tip of the pen or the finger and move it back to the tip of your nose. Repeat several times. Blink, close your eyes and squeeze them tight.

After all these eye exercises, you can end the session by palming.


A New York Ophthalmologist by the name of William H. Bates (1860 - 1931) introduced the concept that sunshine has great therapeutic value for the eyes esp. defective ones.


  1. Do not sun both eyes at the same time (as in Never!!!)

  2. Do not stare at the sun or spotlight (as in no, no, no!)

This should be done outdoors or in a window facing the direct rays of the sun. A substitute can be used if no or little sun is available. One can use a 150 watt spotlight bulb. But you must sit six feet away.

Ready for sunning? Here's how.

Close your eyes making sure your eyes are in a relaxed state and that you are not frowning. Face the sun or the bulb and with eyes still closed, move your head side to side and allow the warmth of the sun to relax the tense nerves.

After a minute or two, cup one eye with your palm (make sure your palm is covering your eyes and not your fingers) continue to move the head from side to side and, blinking rapidly, open both eyes. The one that is cov­ered must be open too. With the eyes relaxed, look at the sun, moving the head, in a lateral swing from shoulder to shoulder, so the eyes follow a line passing through the sun. REMEMBER: Keep blinking.

If the light seems too strong and creates any discom­fort, begin on a line far enough below the sun so that there is no discomfort and gradually you will be able to move the line up until it passes through the sun.

Do this ten times. Then cover the exposed eye and repeat with the eye that has been covered.

Again, always do palming after sunning. Do sunning at least once a day and in the early mornings.

One Last Eye Exercise

Place two or three feet away a lighted candle which is at eye level.

Sit comfortably making sure your spine is erect ready for meditation.

Breathe deeply until you experience a feeling of calmness and peace.

Gently open your eyes and look at the flame of the candle until you feel your eyes water.

Now close your eyes and cup your hands over them (the heels of your hands resting lightly on your cheekbones).

Observe the after image of the flame of the candle. Try to retain the image for as long as possible. If you continue doing this exercise you will be able to “see” the image of the falme in your mind’s eye even without the use of the candle.

This helps strengthen the eyes as well as improves one’s concentration and resolve.

I value my eyes and thus I am doing these eye exercises. Will you do it too?

By: Michelle Simtoco

Do you have any eye problems?

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    • bryanps profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      hey there,

      very useful exercise tips for the eyes. I use a lot of my eyes in my workplace and at home too. Staring in front of the computer for long hours is certainly not helpful

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I think the glasses will help but I still encourage you to do the eye exercises. A friend of mine does it daily and she could really see improvement. :) Take care.

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      9 years ago

      I went to get my eyes tested because i couldnt cope with headaches and found out that my eyes not able to stick images together so i am seeing double but my eyes are trying to not let me see that so thats why i am getting headaches... he gave me the option of exercise and glasses - i chose glasses to wear on computer and reading as it will get rid of headache quicker than exercise... am i silly to do that??

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hope these eye exercises help you :D Thanks for stopping by... regards!

    • ht33rad profile image


      10 years ago from Southern Hemisphere, a little to the left.

      I am so sick of spectacles!!! this looks like a good way forward thanks.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yes I am grateful that I don't need eyeglasses but I know I have to care for my eyes..the fact that sometimes the smaller print already gets blurred. So I make sure I do palming and these eye exercises certainly helped. :-) Thanks for sharing about your experience. Nice new avatar by the way. :-)

    • SweetiePie profile image


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Be happy you have very good eye sight. My grandma used to tease me that one day I would have bad eye sight because all of her kids did, and it turned out to happen. I have been wearing glassed for thirteen years now, needed them a little before that, and I actually am used to it. Taking breaks from the computer does help though.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi cobraski...thanks for dropping by :-)

    • cobraski profile image


      10 years ago from Maryland

      Great hubpage! Thanks for the tips.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Alex, I know eye exercises to correct vision is entirely a different field of expertise. I've read about it and have been amazed at how it worked for some people while others it didn't. Well, for now, I just focus on using these eye exercises to help my tired eyes and for taking care of them everyday. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :-)

    • AlexK2009 profile image


      10 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I've worn glasses since I was in primary school. I got no benefit from eye exercises but I recall a case of Multiple Personality disorder where one personalityh needed glasses and the other did not so maybe there is an element of belief and self image involved.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi ocbill, yes we need it if we want our eyes to last us for a long time! :-) Thanks!

    • ocbill profile image


      10 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      much needed tips for heavy computer users like myself. Thanks

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Beth, I saw your twitter link on your profile and it would be nice to get to know you more too. :-) As for this hub, we normally just ignore eye fatigue but knowing we can do something about it, now it's up to us to be disciplined enough in doing it. Hahaha :-)

      Hi Kea, hope you notice and feel the changes. I feel so good when my eyes are able to relax. :-) Hope it will be for you as well.

      Hi Jmell, it's a joy to read a testimony from someone who does these exercises like me. :-) Thanks!

      Hi Purple Perl, I'm curious as to what you wrote. What happened? Did you stop using the exercises? :-)

      Hi Shamel, I hope you didn't have a hard time reading and exercising too. hahaha :-) It's always nice to see you.

      Hi Tom, glad you found this hub helpful. :-)

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Angel Dottie, I am avoiding wearing glasses or contacts ever. So I'm on a mission...take care of my eyes while I still can. :-) Hope this helps you too. By the way, do you know your comments always gives me new insights about you and it is a joy to do so. I can see you clearly tonight since I got to rest my eyes the whole afternoon. :-)

      Hi mayhmong, do low blood pressure cause your eyes to be blurry too? Hmmm...yes, hope this eye exercises can help you relieve of the strain. Take care..

      Hi casi, thanks for sharing those tips. I believe everybody would want improved eyesight right? :-)

      Hi cashmere, doing it as often as possible and regularly is the key to best results. Yes do give it a try. I am doing it and is helping me a lot! Thanks for the lovely message you wrote on my fanmail. I hope to be able to read more of your hubs soon. :-)

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      Tom rubenoff 

      10 years ago from United States

      I first heard of these exercises from a friend whose father is a special kind of opthamologist. He teaches these exercises to help people avoid having to wear glasses. My friend greatly decreased her need for glasses using these exercises. Thanks so much for writing about them.

    • shamelabboush profile image


      10 years ago

      I was following all the above steps while reading :) This is really helpful.

    • Purple Perl profile image

      Purple Perl 

      10 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Excellent hub as always,ripplemaker! I used to wear glasses for 5 years. And after doing the very same exercises you write about,I did not need them any more.But,that was between ages 9 and 14.

      Today,I don reading glasses as I write this comment.

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      10 years ago

      I love these tips......and they work too!

    • kea profile image


      10 years ago

      Great hub. My eyes are tired a lot and I have to force myself to focus. I will try some of your suggestions.

    • Beth100 profile image


      10 years ago from Canada

      Great exercises! It's important to let our eyes rest during lengthend amounts of time on the computer, reading, drawing and so on. Eye fatigue is more common than we realize. Excellent topic Ripplemaker! (PS - thanks for Tweeting me!) :)

    • cashmere profile image


      10 years ago from India

      That's a much needed Hub at this point. I have really tired eyes. I think I'm going to do this on a routine basis.

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      10 years ago

      Try eye rolls. Sit on the floor and clockwise look as far up and you can then repeat but go down the clock. That is good for astigmatism. I used the see clearly method and I got my fusion back by trying their natural exercises. Do blurr reading also. Just read something in your weaker lens. I do it every day and I've stayed in my recent prescription for over 7 years.

    • mayhmong profile image


      10 years ago from North Carolina

      This is exactly what I needed to hear! Lately, my vision has become blurry and having double vision. That's probably due to the fact that I have low blood pressure. But those little exercise and stretches help.

    • Dottie1 profile image


      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Sitting for long periods of time in front of the computer is definitely a strain on my eyes. At one time in my life I needed to wear contacs while driving due to heavy use of computer. Then I stopped using the computer for some time and my eyes corrected themselves. No restriction on my license anymore but now that I'm hubbing well I'll have to wait for my next eye exam but in the meantime your helpful eye exercises will be put to good use. Nice job and thanks so much!

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Everyday Miracles, the palming truly helps.  Last night, I could feel my eyes starting to smart and had to palm before sleeping. I felt it really relaxed my eyes.  Yes, there are studies about that...restoring eyesight naturally. Maybe after the hubchallenge you could look into it.  Hahaha The link I placed above is one such guy. His name is Leo Angart.  Vision Training Home Page. Take care... :-)

      Hi Ashley, cool towel huh? I should try that too. :-) Hope these exercises help you as well.

    • AshleyVictoria profile image


      10 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub! I wear contacts and they can be such a strain on my eyes, especially after a long day. I find that a cool towel helps calm my eyes.

    • Everyday Miracles profile image

      Becki Rizzuti 

      10 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I'm told that vision can be restored using simple exercises but I wonder why doctors then don't promote it more? I have astigmatism, I'll always wear glasses or contacts (unless I have lasik). Thanks for this! I get eyestrain a lot!


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