Vision Correction Eye Exercises

 The Bates Method 
 Eye Exercises for Natural Vision Improvement
 The following is an excerpt from more detailed information that can be found here
It seems like Bates eye exercises are everywhere we look these days. You might think it’s silly to use these old fashioned exercises to help your eyes see better, or get rid of eye strain – after all, they are exercises from a doctor who was alive over a hundred years ago! The truth is, if you use these six steps to help make the most of the Bates eye exercises, you could end up feeling better about your vision.
Step One: Close Your Eyes When Relaxing.
Many of the Bates Eye Exercises take place with your eyes closed. So, close your eyes while sitting or lying in a relaxed position.
Step Two: Remember to Stay Relaxed.
It might help you to listen to relaxing music, or focus on bird songs or wind chimes in the distance.
Be sure to think pleasant thoughts as you undergo these exercises. You will get a lot more out of them, and you’ll certainly feel better overall.
Step Three: Try Sunning
With your eyes closed, allow the sun’s warmth to reach all areas of your face. Do this for about five minutes
Step Four: Work Up To Palming
Palming is sometimes referred to as cupping. In order to get the benefit of the exercise, you must allow your hands to become very warm. Do this by either rubbing them together briskly or letting them warm in the sun while you are doing the sunning relaxation exercise. Once your hands feel very warm, place the palms of your warmed hands over your eyes. Do not press in with your hands. Just relax and focus on the darkness, or imagine a scene that you enjoy looking at. This exercise will not work properly unless your eyes are completely relaxed, so think about a beach or your favorite mountain range. Really try to feel it in your mind and experience the feeling of being there, with your eyes closed. This will allow your eyes to relax completely. Try to do this for at lease five minutes to get the most benefit from this type of Bates eye exercise.
Step Five: Give Free Rein To Your Imagination
According to the Bates eye exercises, when you see things in precise detail inside your imagination, you remember them better and see them better, in return. Practice this with familiar objects to see whether it works for you like it does for so many people who enjoy using Bates eye exercises to see more clearly.
Step Six: Center Your Vision
Whenever you look at any kind of object, you might notice that only one small detail of it may appear to be perfect. The rest, in fact, might look a little bit blurry. This occurs because there is only one part of your eye – the fovea, which is located inside the retina – has the ability to see things in perfect detail. If you look at things and focus on one little detail at a time, you will notice that you tend to see better, and your memory for objects you look at might improve, as well.

I’ve worn glasses since the age of eight; how about you? Many of our children may be better off knowing about the following ways to reduce eyestrain. These exercises probably help anyone, so take off those specks or take out those contacts, and let’s begin.
With the pointer finger of each hand, massage your temples (the side of the head on the level with the eyes) in the depression that you will find there. If you wear glasses, the depressed location is right underneath each side of your glasses frame.
Use the finger and thumb of one hand to gently pinch and massage the uppermost part of the nose. Again, if you wear glasses, this is right under where the center of the glasses sets upon your nose.
You may have, unconsciously, already been doing the above two exercises when you’ve had a headache or sore eyes. Here’s four more for you to try:
This is a tricky one. Place the ball of your thumb along the underside of the upper margin of your eyesocket, find the supraorbital notch, and press. (“What?”) In other words, press up under the eyebrow with the ball of your thumb. Just under the top of each eye socket there is a little notch. No kidding, you can feel it. This tells you that you’ve got the right place. Press carefully upward.
Now, at the same time, take your fingers and rest them along your front hairline (or where your front hairline used to be!). Draw the fingers DOWN together, while drawing the thumb up, bringing it all together as you gently mush your forehead skin in the middle. I call this exercise the “Boris Karloff Exercise” because you feel (if not look) like the Frankenstein monster in full forehead make-up.
Smile. No, really: smile. An upper line formed by your grin curves up on each side towards your nose. One finger’s distance out from each nostril, right on this smile line, is the location for this massage point. The facial nerve emerges from the maxilla bone at this point. After stimulating this point, try a deep breath through your nose. Many people find that it helps clear their sinuses.
So far, we have massaged, and relaxed, all four major muscle areas around the eye. The eye can move in all directions because of the four attachments. It is much the same control provided by a joystick in a computer game or airplane. We’ve just relaxed all “remote controls” to the eyes. Ophthalmologist William Bates, M.D. explains how this can improve one’s vision in Better Eyesight Without Glasses (available through interlibrary loan or from internet used booksellers).
One of my favorites, and Dr. Bates would agree that it is quite relaxing. Close your eyes and lightly and rapidly stroke the lids with your fingertips. Back and forth, top and bottom lids as well.
We’re not even close to the eye muscles, but there is reason to believe that reflex or trigger points operate throughout the human organism. Utilization of such a point is in your hands, literally. With your palm open and your thumb up, you will notice a ridge of skin between your thumb and a top plateau that runs flat up to your forefinger. Take the thumb of your opposite hand and place it over this fold of skin on top, like a tent. Roll the thumb further over the side and you will locate a point about a thumb’s distance in. Meet your thumb with the forefinger and press together. You have the point if you feel a wincing pain like when the dentist is drilling a tooth. I hate going to the dentist as much as any one, but after stimulating this point a few times daily I can take my glasses off and see better than I should be able to. To learn other pressure points, please refer to The Natural Healer’s Acupressure Handbook, by Michael Blate. (available on the internet used book market [try a Google search] or via inter-library loan). 
1. Always stimulate points bilaterally. That is, be sure to do the points with each eye, on both sides of the face and on each hand.
2. Your fingernails should be short to avoid hurting yourself.
3. Do not do the exercises if you have a good reason not to. It is probably best to avoid using any pressure points while pregnant unless you have first checked them out with your doctor or midwife.
4. One may generally do the exercises several times a day. I do each one for a count of about fifteen. 
Here’s a way you can reduce eyestrain for sure, and myopia possibly: exercise your eyes’ extrinsic (outside) muscles. This is my personal adaptation of one of the Dr. Bates eye exercises (Bates, William: Better Eyesight Without Glasses.)
Here goes: Cup your hands and gently press the palms over your eye sockets, without touching the eyes or eyelids themselves. Your fingers should be pointing out and upwards, towards your hairline, or where your hairline used to be. Now press your palms evenly inward, creating a uniform pressure all around the skull and muscles that enclose your eyes. Done right, it will feel as if you are wearing deep-sea diving goggles, and we all know exactly what THAT feels like, don’t we.
As you press, “look” to the left. It will be dark, of course, but you can feel the eye muscles at work. Now “look” to the right. (Now stand up. Sit down. Fight, fight, fight. Just kidding! Say seated and relax.) Continue to press, and “look” up, then down. Repeat all four motions. Then repeat once more, and then again. Now easily remove your hands, slowly open your eyes, and wait a bit before you put your ‘specks on again. How’s that feel? Tension gone? Vision a tad sharper? Not bad for one session. Try to do these exercises three times daily. And you can tell your friends you “palmed” another hint from DOCTOR YOURSELF!

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About Irmina Santaika

Irmina Santaika- Stiles is an Artist, Early Childhood Education Instructor and Bio-Energy Distant Healer. She has a private Bio-Energy Healing practice in which she creates Healing Sounds with Personalized Prayers for individual clients and provides Bio-Energy Healing consultations. In her free time she enjoys to paint, to illustrate books and to draw. Irmina also loves to take care of her plants, and to spend time with her beloved husband Ronald and world’s cutest dog Giant Schnauzer Baldur. Read more about Irmina Santaika here:

4 Responses to Vision Correction Eye Exercises

  1. Jens says:

    Very useful article. I’ve only recently begun experiencing eye ‘ache’ after sitting infront of the computer. I’ll apply some of these techniques.
    Another useful technique I use is to relax the eyes by non-focusing. I allow my eyes to take in the whole field of vision before me whilst avoiding focusing on any one object. I find i relax much more too.


  2. Rumbolt says:

    Sometime in their 40s most people begin to have trouble maintaining a clear focus at a near distance. Weakening eye muscles and a loss of eye flexibility cause the condition known as presbyopia. However, there are eye exercises that can help increase eye flexibility. Sit at one end of a room. Keep your eyes moving by allowing them to scan around the edges of different objects in the room. Do this for about three minutes :)

  3. Carol says:

    Totally agree with you Santaika and Celine! Great Exercises!!! Thanks!
    I found the “Eye Exercise for Farsightedness” : “This exercise improves your eyes’ ability to quickly shift focus from near to far, or from far to near. Without wearing your glasses, hold up a finger about 6 inches away from the tip of your nose. Concentrate on your fingertip to the count of five before shifting your focus to a distant object at least 20 feet away. Hold your gaze as you count to five. Begin alternating your focus between near and far objects each time to the count of five. Repeat the exercise 40 times.”

  4. Celine says:

    Exercises to Relax the Eyes

    Use relaxation exercises as a warm up before performing other eye exercises, or to relieve eyestrain. According to the, eyestrain can be a symptom of an underlying eye problem or uncorrected vision. Eyestrain, too, can cause blurred or double vision, increased sensitivity to light or trouble shifting your focus.

    Sit in a quiet room and close your eyes. Focus on the rhythm of your breathing for three minutes. Get more blood flowing to your eyes by slowing dropping your head back and then forward again. Keep your spine straight and your neck relaxed. With your head erect, turn it to the right as far as it will go, back to center, and then to the left so that you are looking over your shoulder. Next, drop your head forward and roll it in a wide circle. Raise your right shoulder and then drop it down. Do the same with the left shoulder before raising both shoulders at once. Relax your eyes after performing eye exercises by closing them and covering them lightly with cupped palms. Take deep breaths and visualize a calm, distant scene for about two minutes.

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