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Improving Vision Naturally with Eye Exercises
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.
I found that 1:00 to 1.25 was a good place to start.
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.)
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
Meir and his assistant demonstrate holistic eye exercises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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© 2009 Cheryl Paton