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Improve your vision by relieving eye strain

Updated on August 26, 2017
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Better Eyesight

Palming in a Dark Room

Many forms of defective vision are caused or exacerbated by eyestrain. this is particularly true in the case of shortsightedness or myopia. There are many exercises you can do to relieve eye strain. Most of them were developed by a famous eye doctor named doctor Bates.

It tends to be difficult to motivate people to carry out these exercises consistently. They involve relaxing the eyes and visualizing darkness, so a common question that people ask when they are shown these exercises is: Why do my eyes not relax when I am asleep?

Many adults , while they may have overcome their fear of of the dark that they had in childhood, are still uneasy in the dark. They do not like to lie in a dark room and this nervousness is transmitted to the eyes, causing a strain. When they finally fall asleep the eyes continue to strain and are tired upon waking rather than refreshed.

Even those brave souls who are not afraid of the dark may still try to see in the dark, but if you do not know the correct way to do this, you will also strain your eyes trying to see in the dark just before you fall asleep and this tension will stay in your eyes as you sleep.

For the above reasons many people do not sleep in a completely dark room, but your eyes need the room to be as dark as possible while you sleep. This is because your sight will not shut down completely while there is the smallest amount of light still visible in your room. Your visual equipment will continue to react to that tiny chink of light and that is the reason that Dr Bates recommended "palming", the technique whereby the warmed palms of the hands are placed over the the eyes, in a cupped position for several minutes.

Palming is best done in a darkened room.

Although the exercises formulated by Dr Bates can be very effective if practiced diligently, many people just cannot find a place for them in their schedule. So I would advise trying the following plan for improved vision, which does not involve many exercises and drills.


It may be a contradiction, but the fact is, the effort to see clearly can often reduce visual acuity. On the other hand, relaxing and accepting the blur, can actually result in improved vision. Several times during the day, allow yourself to become aware of your blurred vision, consciously letting go of the effort to see well.

Making Bedtime Work For You

Close your eyes during the day, whenever you have a few spare moments and visualise black.

In the early evening, get to know twilight for perhaps the first time in your life. As the room begins to darken, delay switching on lights and switch on only a few when you have to. Then, when you finally do go to bed you will be able to tolerate a greater amount of darkness than you usually do. Get your bedroom as dark as you can and before you go to sleep lie with closed eyes thinking of something black like a black kitten. Do some palming as well, if you feel like it.

Palm again in the morning when you wake up. Do not open your eyes immediately upon waking . You will strain. First make a decision not to strain. Know that your first vision will be blurred and be prepared to accept this Explore your blurred vision. Blink, breathe and then you are ready to start the day with relaxed eyes. These simple steps will probably improve your overall vision. At the very least they will give you a calmer and more balanced outlook on life.


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