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How to Improve Eyesight – Eye Exercises

Updated on August 5, 2013

How to Improve Eyesight With Straightforward Eye Exercises

It is pretty common that peoples vision starts to fail with time and age. Many people will have some degree of age-related eyesight loss as they get older.

BUT! ... it doesn't need to happen. If you are aware of some easy peasy eye exercises and tricks on how to improve eyesight, you stand in pretty good shape to keep your eyesight in fantastic condition for most of your life.

You just need to take the time to learn these eye exercises, and then you should be able to do them regularly and keep your peepers peeping! The best things about eye exercises is that you can do them anywhere, at anytime you think of it. A couple of minutes here and a couple of minutes there throughout your day works wonders.

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About Eye Exercises

If you are keen to learn about in a natural way, then there are very straightforward eye exercises that you can start to do - right now.

In an extremely simplistic explanation: USE IT - OR LOSE IT...

If your eyes are continually focused in one spot for long periods of time (like your computer screen) then the muscles start to get fixed. Apart from doing eye exercises, you should regularly look up, look out into the distance, roll your eyes around. Make sure you are stretching all the muscles, and in every possible direction.

Just making a point of moving your eyes as often as you think of it, goes a long way to keeping them in good working order. All muscles are designed to work, and those in and around your eyes are no different.

So, remember to look up and look out at least every half an hour, (more is better) if you are working on a computer or doing anything that requires long periods of visual focus.

What Vision Therapy Exercises Can Do For You

Here is a list of eye problems that proper vision therapy eye exercises can help correct:

* Hyperopia - Far-Sightedness

* Short-Sightedness - Myopia

* Cross-Eye - Strabismus

* Lazy Eye - Amblyopia

* Astigmatism

* Presbyopia - aged related vision loss

* Eye strain

* Light Sensitivity

* Poor Night Vision

* Cataracts

* Macular Degeneration

* Glaucoma

And all it takes is doing some exercises!!!

While this list may rather over the top, maybe an exaggeration, it is not. The truth is that most of these problems come from not working the muscles in the eyes. And this means not only the muscles that move your eyeballs around, but the muscles that are use to focus.

While eye exercises that move your eyeballs themselves around, stretching the muscles in the process, are great - you also need to do focusing exercises.

One good example of a focusing exercise is to hold a pen right at the tip of your nose and focus on it. Then, move the pen slowly away from your nose until your arm is stretched right out. Then shift your focus from the pen to something way in the distance. Once you have done that then do the same steps, but in reverse.

One other thing that you will probably notice in the mirror, is that your eyes will appear a lot healthier and brighter looking. Exercising eye muscles is both stimulating and relieving at the same time. There is increased blood flow and more oxygen supply to the tissues and toxins are moved out faster. The sclera of your eyes becomes noticeably whiter and brighter, and you have a more radiant look.

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Did you have any idea that doing exercises with your eyes would improve your vision?

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Simple Eye Exercises - Basic Eye Exercises Video

Now, don't laugh as this man guides you some very basic eye exercises. There is a little more to it than just what he is showing, however, if your are only able to do just these exercises alone, then you eyes will get stronger.

Of course, you will probably want to do these in the privacy of your bathroom, or somewhere that no-one might get frightened! Keep that in mind if you have little children, hee hee hee.

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How To Do Eye Exercises
How To Do Eye Exercises

How To Do Eye Exercises

... to improve eyesight

Below are three eye exercises - which are targeted to ease strained eyes, to help get you started.

Find yourself a comfy spot to do them when first starting, and a time when you won't be interrupted - although they do not take very long at all, once you have learned them. Once you know how to do them, you can adjust them to be done where ever you are.

You will need to find a book or some other printed item to help you when doing these eye exercises.

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Word Eye Exercises

First get comfortable and relax. Find a particular word in your book, and without moving your eyes, just stare hard at the word so that you can see all of it's letters individually. Direct your complete and total focus onto that one word. Try and save the image of the word in your mind, so you could see/remember it when your eyes are closed. Concentrating and staring at it should make the word go fuzzy.

Now, close your eyes and let them rest for a minute or so, being aware of how they feel and try to let them relax.

And now open your eyes and move your vision across the word. Focus on each letter, individually, very slowly. Gently blink both eyes. Don't force this. Now when you look, the word should be much more in focus.

Double Vision Eye Exercises

Often when looking at something, people don't realize it, but only one eye is doing all the work. The other eye will not be pulling its weight. Many people have this and are unaware of it. This is a mild form of Ambylopia (lazy eye) and is something I had myself. Most times squinting can help you focus better, and this can become a habit. Squinting will cause eye stress and the lazy eye will get lazier. It needs to be brought into line.

Choose some object to focus your vision on, something with crisp edges. A letter on a proper eye chart is good, but anything will do, really. Now, what you need to do is to relax your eyes. Steadily focus your vision on the object, and allow both of your eyes to focus as one. This can be harder than it sounds, if you have one slightly lazy eye.

Now, close one eye and focus with the other for a couple of minutes, then swap eyes. I found this exercise particularly helpful.

Afterwards, close both eyes and let them relax. It is important to always rest your eyes after making them work hard.

This eye exercise is specially designed for getting both of your eyes working together, make sure you practice it often.

The Spot Eye Exercises

Choose a dot or other similar small thing in the book. Be calm and focus upon it. Try and make it as vivid as you possibly can. Keep looking at the dot until it appears not quite as blurry. Soon, you ought to be able to focus upon it.

Let your focus soften for a little bit - then shut your eyes and rest them. Open them up again. Then once more stare at the dot. Don't stare hard now, preferably let your eyes move across the page. Move your focus over the dot, backwards and forwards. Then close your eyes and blink them softly a few times.

Then you can try shutting your eyes, and try to see the spot in your "mind's eye". This is designed to relax your eyes, and it ought to make it easier for you to focus upon the dot.

More Eye Exercises - ... follow along ...

Why don't you follow along and do the exercises with the girl in this video? I find that after doing simple exercises like these, my eyes feel so great. It is so relaxing for them when the muscles are stretched and loosened.

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What Now?

I hope this page helps you at least understand that - yes - it is possible to fix your eye sight.

If you have any of the eye problems I listed earlier, then you would get a heap of benefit from vision therapy.

And if you have not yet resorted to corrective eye wear, then it is still great to learn how to keep your eyes in tiptop shape, and be able to stop these problems before they start. It is such an easy thing to do, and can be of so much benefit.

If you would like more information about how to see better, then please feel free to visit my blog: Cure-Eye.com

Eye Exercises Need Eye Charts

Buy an eye chart here

It is a good idea to have an eye chart or two around if you are working on improving your eyesight. You will be able to use them to perform the exercises, and also to keep track of how your eyes are improving. That will help to keep you motivated!

Here is some nice eye charts for you to have a look at:


Snellen Eye Chart 22" L x 11" W
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Baby Boomer's Eye Chart Visual Acuity Program
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Sloan Translucent Letter Eye Chart
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Graham Field Kindergarten Plastic Eye Chart 22" x 11"
Info & Price


Illuminated Eye Chart-Snellen 20' Distance
Info & Price


Eye Chart - Pediatric Color Eye Chart
Info & Price

Ishihara Test Chart Book, for Color Deficiency
The Ishihara Color charts pictured here are accepted by the world's leading authorities, as being an easy and very accurate method of testing color deficiency.

You can test yourself (or someone else) for congenital color blindness and red-green blindness - each in two forms.

Info & Price

Please leave a comment you don't have to be a Squidoo member to have your say. Let me know you dropped by and if you did the eye exercises with the videos? Or anything else you want to say :-)

Did You Know About Eye Exercises? - ... and how they can improve your vision?

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      anupriya 3 years ago

      I want to get rid of my glasses ....r u sure these work?

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      CoolKarma 4 years ago

      @BradleySheldrick: Yes Bradley, and they certainly do work. Even just doing some very basic exercises makes a big difference. Thank you for visiting and for your comment :-)

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      BradleySheldrick 4 years ago

      Great lens, I never thought it was possible to do eye exercises, so thank you for the info!

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      Badbreathguy 5 years ago

      An interesting lens. I'm a big believer in the value of these exercises and have been using them for several years.

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Very interesting!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Like anything, your body, mind and eyes - exercise is important.

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