Do any of you do eye exercises?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 25, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Do any of you do eye exercises to improve your vision, or just to relieve computer/tv strain (or other activites that cause strain such as reading, knitting, needlework etc.)? If you do, describe some of the things you do and how it has helped. I am generalizing here but it seems that most people neglect/abuse their eyes and considering our eyes do so much for us lol. If any of you wear glasses and have improved your vision with eye exercises, I would also love to hear about that(I don't wear glasses by the way).



on April 25, 2012
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My eyeballs do tabata sprints during my REM cycle.

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on April 25, 2012
at 09:03 PM

I roll my eyes every time I see the term "artery-clogging saturated fat"

Seriously, though...a patient (who works in an ophthalmology clinic) once told me about the 20/20/20 rule. Every twenty minutes, find an object 20 feet away, and stare at it for 20 seconds. This apparently relaxes the muscles in the eyes that help you focus. This method decreases fatigue. I've shared it with my patients who stare at computers all day and most have said that it helps.

Your mileage may vary.

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on April 25, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I read a lot about "ocular fitness" when I was reading Yoga books. They recommended a whole host of exercises that included:

  • Drawing 1/4 circles in each of the four visual quadrants (upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right)

  • Sun gazing (direct face towards sun with eyes closed)

  • Focusing alternate on two objects (one close and one far away)

  • "Relaxing" the visual field (allowing the eyes to stay slightly unfocused

  • Concentrating the visual field (staring intensely at an object such as a plant, a candle, or the "third eye", the space between and above the eyes)

There were many more (I feel like I should do a post on this now that I am thinking abou it!) and I still do them from time to time. They do help relieve eye strain from too much TV, computer, etc. and I feel like they are quite challenging because we typically don't focus our attention so deeply on the small muscles of the eye.



on April 25, 2012
at 08:03 AM

I do sometimes, Just look up, sideways and down and then in combine those in a circle. Have no idea if it does any good...


on May 28, 2013
at 06:03 PM

I personally tried exercises described in this great resource, and it worked quite well. Don't except to throw glasses within month, but I got 0,5 correction on both eyes, using these methods for 3 and half month. Didn't believe it becouse my doctor told me nothing about it, when I asked his opinion.

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