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Improving Vision Naturally with Eye Exercises

Updated on April 1, 2015
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Cheryl Paton practices a variety of natural health exercises; her own health has improved because of it.


Improve Eyesight Naturally; How to

I see better now than I have in years, and I did it naturally.

I had wanted to improve my vision naturally and saw an ad in the local newspaper for improving one's vision with eye exercises, not with surgery or bi-focals. I was sold. It was just what I had desired.

I ordered the kit and I was on my way to improving my vision myself, in a natural way, doing various eye exercises and relaxing techniques.

When I first started eye exercises, my vision was rated 20/600 and 20/650.

At my latest exam my vision, was rated 20/200, and continues to improve.

I began improving my vision naturally by wearing two pairs of glasses.

I wore reading glasses over the prescription pair that I had. That reduced their strength so that I could begin the journey of transforming my vision towards the other direction.

The kit I got came three pairs of glasses; each one was a different strength. Basically they were over sized reading glasses that could fit over top of another pair of glasses. So I started out by wearing a pair of reading glasses over my prescription glasses to reduce their strength. I wore the extra pair of glasses around the house, and eventually got brave enough to go without glasses around the house. Now, I go around the house, in stores, and in the mall without glasses, without even giving it a second thought.

Since then, I have also learned some more techniques and have worked my way out of several pairs of glasses and continue to improve my vision.

I like seeing naturally and that my vision is better now.

Reading glasses, 1.25 on Amazon

One of the ways that I started exercising my eyes was by wearing reading glasses, first over my regular glasses, and then by themselves. I purchased mine in a vision kit, so although not pretty, they were large enough to fit over top of a pair of glasses.I did this to help improve near sightedness. I started with a diopters of 1:00 and worked my way up to 2.50. I wore these around the house and for reading.

Change the distance of the reading material

Take the print slightly out of focus, then bring it back in focus, then repeat.

Our eyes are surrounded by muscles. As with any other kind of muscle, they improve with use. So if you are doing a lot of close up work, then pause every so often and look at something farther away. It doesn't matter if the something farther away comes in clearly or not. The point is to give your eyes muscles some exercise and some change. So change it up by changing the distance.

Another way to change the distance is by adjusting the distance of the book or the paper that you are reading. Take the material a little bit out of focus; read for a minute, bring it back into focus for a minute, and then repeat.

Please note that this exercise is best done when one is not reading for comprehension. I found it helpful to read numbers, i.e. 47823908, for doing this exercise, because then my eyes are actually looking at the details instead of automatically using spelling rules to help figure out what comes next. It's also easier to remember to change the distance when I am not caught up into what I am reading.

When I first stopped wearing glasses while sitting at a restaurant table, the people sitting across the table looked rather blurry. I can see them clearly now.

Basic eye exercises for improving vision

The eyes are held in place and move by muscles. Exercising the muscles that surround your eyes helps your eyes do what they are meant to do, adjust for different distances.

Palming to relax your eyes

In addition to exercising one's eyes, it is also good to relax the eyes.

Later I learned the benefits of palming, as well as doing some other relaxing exercises for my eyes. Palming in general is a way to relax your eyes, more so than what sleep can do. You can do palming by rubbing your hands together briskly, and then placing your cupped palms over your eyes. (With glasses and contacts off.) Then periodically open and close your eyes, while looking all around, and let them relax in the darkness. You can do this for a minute or two throughout the day, or even for hours if you want.

It is also beneficial to periodically smile and think pleasant thoughts while you do palming. Especially helpful is to also periodically visualize seeing things clearly at multiple distances while doing this exercise. I also find it helpful to open my eyes first before removing my hands, when I am done.



Blinking is not only a way to relax your eyes, it also moisturizes your eyes. Take a minute here and there, and blink. How fast can you blink?

An early inspiration on improving my vision - was this book by Meir Schnider.

One of my early inspirations was reading a book by Meir Schneider. Meir Schneider was born blind and after several surgeries for cataract removal, he went on to explore sight and self healing. He improved his own sight and does not need any corrected lenses to drive now. Meir went on and got a PH.D. and created several vision improvement products.

(Some of the prices for this book have gone pretty high. You might want to check at your local library. That's where I found the copy that I read.)

Self-Healing: My Life and Vision (Arkana)
Self-Healing: My Life and Vision (Arkana)

Meir Schneider went from having cataracts as a child to having 20/40 vision as an adult, by doing various eye exercises.


Meir Schneider went on to share some vision improvement techniques.

He also shares more about his history and holistic healing techniques.

More on vision improvement by Meir Schneider

Yoga for Your Eyes - Natural Vision Improvement Exercises
Yoga for Your Eyes - Natural Vision Improvement Exercises

Meir and his assistant demonstrate holistic eye exercises.

Movement for Self-Healing: An Essential Resource for Anyone Seeking Wellness
Movement for Self-Healing: An Essential Resource for Anyone Seeking Wellness

Meir Schneider talks about his history, and his own healing not just for eyes, but for the body as well.


An interesting study on eye charts

A study was done with eye charts. An eye chart was created that went from smaller print to larger print.

Participants started out reading the smaller print at the top to the larger print at the bottom.

The print got progressively larger instead of smaller, and became easier to read.

The participants after vision scores were higher after reading this chart,

rather than when the chart started out larger and got


Hmmmm. Why is that?

Perhaps because the eyes were adjusting to the size of the print and the mind was thinking, this is getting easier. The person was beginning to think; I can do this.

I'm enjoying our cats while I'm wearing pinhole glasses.

I'm enjoying our cats while I'm wearing pinhole glasses.
I'm enjoying our cats while I'm wearing pinhole glasses.

Pin hole glasses exercises - What I do that helps my vision continue to improve.

I find that watching TV through pin hole glasses helps me to see the TV better, especially if there is a lot of print, i.e. like when watching shows like, "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?" and "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy."

They took some getting used to, but I find that I'm more able to maintain my vision improvement, when I watch TV through pin hole glasses.

I further use pin hole glasses for some of my eye exercises:

1. For one, while wearing the pin hole glasses, I look at the holes, then through the holes, and repeat that several times, then relax my eyes.

2. Second, again while wearing the pin hole glasses, I follow the rim of the glasses with my eyes all the way around clock wise, then back around counter clock wise. I repeat this a few times, then relax my eyes.

By doing these exercises with pinhole glasses, I've noticed my vision continuing to improve.

Look around.

Move your eyes in a circular pattern.

With my head facing forward, I look around in a circular pattern with my eyes. So basically I am moving my eyes in a clockwise pattern, looking up, then to the right, then down, then to the left, and then back up. Then I change the direction and look to left, then down, then to the right, and then back up.

I also do this when looking over my shoulder. I turn my head to look over my right shoulder. Once my head is turned, I look all around with my eyes as in the above paragraph. Then I look over my left shoulder and again look all around with my eyes. It's also a nice neck stretch.

I find it helpful that when I'm already doing a stretch, to also look around.

Look further and just gaze.

Relax and gaze, looking into the distance.

One of the easiest ways to get into the mind set of seeing more is by looking further. While out walking or riding, or wherever; look further. Look out into the distance. If there is a horizon to see, look at the horizon. Clarity does not matter. Just look and gaze. Give yourself permission to look further, beyond the comfort zone of what is currently seen clearly.

I love to see, stickers.


Notice what you do see.

I can see that.

While looking at a sign or text, or whatever it is, notice what you see. For example, if the sign is farther away, notice the space between the letters, notice the space between the rows of words. Notice what you are seeing.

I notice what I see stickers.


I give thanks for my eyes.

Features affirmations along with eye exercises.
Features affirmations along with eye exercises.

This eye chart features eye exercises paired with affirmations.

Using affirmations helps to train the mind to think of positive things, and the things that you can do.

This eye exercise chart is from CherylsArt at Zazzle.

My natural vision improvement began with a desire

and then of course, following through with action.

The improving of my vision naturally began with a desire. In my journey of improving my vision and creating better health for myself, I have learned to use affirmations, among other things; i.e. adding a pleasant ending to an experience, and talking more kindly to myself.

I had taken a bit of a break from doing eye exercises. The good news is that wearing the pinhole glasses while watching TV, helped to maintain my current success. And another plus, I got the impetus to get back into a daily routine of doing some eye exercises, and improvement is happening again. May you have much success in your own vision improvement journey.

There are more vision improvement products at Amazon.

© 2009 Cheryl Paton

What eye exercises have you done so far? - You can share your tips and feedback here.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      You're so welcome Brite-Ideas. Even such a simple thing as looking away every so often, to look at something that is a bit of a distance away, can be helpful.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks for this, glad I visited, hadn't thought about doing eye exercises and do I ever need to! As you know working online can take a huge toll on our eyes

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @robmonty88: Yes indeed. There are others listed here on this page. Do you know of more?

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      robmonty88 3 years ago

      Pinhole glasses help a ton, but there are many eye strengthening exercises that you can do everyday to dramatically improve your eyesight.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @SheGetsCreative: They are really neat. It's amazing how looking through a bunch of tiny holes makes things become clearer.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'm intrigued to learn more about the pinhole glasses especially.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @Margaret Schindel: So glad you found it encouraging. It's amazing what our bodies will do when we treat them well. : )

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Cheryl, I found this article fascinating and very encouraging. Although I need only reading glasses with a fairly mild prescription at the moment, I don't take my eyesight for granted and know that it is likely to deteriorate further as I get older. It's wonderful to learn that there are simple exercises we can do to improve our vision naturally! Thank you so much for sharing this helpful information.

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      This is very intriguing. I'm very dependent on my contacts during the day and my readers for looking at my computer!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @TanoCalvenoa: You've got great vision. Hopefully you'll never need the exercises. : )

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      This is interesting. It's not a subject I know anything about, since I have 20/10 vision - although I know plenty of people who could benefit from this. And maybe I'll need it someday in the future.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @yair-yahav-5: Thank you yair-yahav-5. I agree with you whole heartedly.

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      Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent Lens. Okay I really need to start doing eye exercises again! Love the chart! And the part about the eyechart in ascending order is brilliant!

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      yair-yahav-5 3 years ago

      Great lens, about eye excesses. It is one of the best treatments to improve vision naturally.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @Lionrhod: Thank you Lionrhod. All the best with your eye exercises. It helps to exercise those muscles too. : )

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @Elsie Hagley: It's good to hear about others that are improving their eyesight. Thank you much for the pin. : )

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I like this and thank you for leaving the comment with the link on my "Health and Aging" article. I do exercise my eyes and used to wear glasses all the time, now only wear them for reading. Will pin it on the Health and Aging on Squidoo.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @ecogranny: You are very welcome Grace. All the best to you in improving your vision naturally. : )

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for these tips and for sharing your experience with improving your vision. Pinning so I can come back again and again to refresh my memory.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Hi Creative Artist,

      thanks for the lens. I have been thinking about this a lot lately, as I notice I am becoming more and more dependent on my reading glasses. It makes much more sense to try to improve eyesight naturally than to just allow it to decline with age. Good work!

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      ipadlessonsite 4 years ago

      You're right when you say you need to have the desire - great site, thanks for posting!

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      @tekaha: That's right! She was training her eye to do more than it had been doing!

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      tekaha 4 years ago

      my daughter's friend wears an eye patch for four hours every day to strengthen her weaker eye. i love these natural fixes!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      @greenspirit: That's good news. God bless.

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      INeedGlasses 5 years ago

      I do eye exercises regularly and they can work wonders, esp. for stress :)

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      and an angel's blessing from me too.

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      An important topic covered really well. I've tinkered with natural vision techniques, but never kept it up I'm inspired again.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      @INeedGlasses: Amazing, isn't it!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      @Fushi LM: Fushi, thank you for stopping by and commenting. I am glad that you found the information helpful.

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      Fushi LM 5 years ago

      Today when people work more on computers their eye visions tend to loose the light. Before i visited your lens my friend I must admit being unaware of this techniques of making improvement in vision. Very helpful

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      Johnnygenre 5 years ago

      Take eye exercises is the key to keep eye healthy,so keep in mind, wear qualified glasses~!

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      peacefullyhappy 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      BellGames 5 years ago

      Hi! I thoroughly enjoyed your lens! It covers a lot including progressive lens therapy which is used a lot! What I've heard most people do is get the progressive lenses and just find your comfort level WITHOUT the prescription lenses. Then read away ensuring your reading material is always at a slight blur. Thanks for the insights!


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens. I like the yoga eye exercise video. Seems so simple but I think it works.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very good information. I too have been working on improving my vision naturally and have had some good progress. It sure beats depending on glasses all the time.

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      husssaid 6 years ago

      i was fascinated when reading the pinhole glasses section, i should check this on Amazon too, Thanks to visit our site Nice Lense, thanks to visit our site @ Eye Exercises

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      brucedirectsales 6 years ago

      Great lens awesome infor matiion I lik eit a lot keep up the good work.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      @herculeafitness1: Thank you herculeafitness for sharing the success story with pinhole glasses.

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      herculeafitness1 6 years ago

      Great information about improving vision naturally. The study regarding the vision chart was fascinating. I wonder why that is as well? My sister used the pinhole glasses with my nephew to improve his vision successfully.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Fisheye 6 years ago

      Great lens! I have a few on the same subject if you would care to give me a visit. By the way, I gave you a thumbs up.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      My goodness, I can hardly believe this. Very optimistic lens!

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      Penny Pincher G 6 years ago

      great exercise lens

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I used to do palming and it was very helpful for my eyes. I have horrible vision and have always feared losing it altogether. Now, with lots of computer work, I try to remember to take frequent breaks to exercise my near-far eye muscles. So glad these exercises have helped you! Blessings to you for sharing this good and interesting information!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Very interesting information about ways to go about Improving Vision Naturally

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      @kerbev: KAB, I've not read or heard of any studies regarding sleeping masks and vision; good question. I do know that muscles surround the eyes, and that relaxing them and exercising them is helpful.

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I've never heard of this working. Very neat. I wonder, should people use those sleeping masks? Does that relax eyes more then without?

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting. I will have to give this a try to see if I can get rid of my glasses.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice lens! Thanks for adding this to