Eye exercises.

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Yoga to improve eyes
From: dynasor.infi.net (Dennis McClain-Furmanski)
Date: 29 Apr 1995 06:32:35 GMT

> Someone recently posted saying they had used yoga to significantly improve their vision. I would love to hear more -- the specific exercises done, how long it took, and any other details. I have poor vision and would like to find a way to improve it.

I wasn't very clear. I do yoga to practice awareness and control over my body. Consider it as non-impact martial arts. This allows me to particiapte more effectively in the exercises specifically designed to improve my vision.

These exercises are

  1. wearing a patch over one or the other eye to force the one to exercise. I find that they take turns being dominant. This may be because one has slight amblyopia, I'm not sure.
  2. Going without glasses as much as possible.
  3. Forcing myself to see things at the edge of my ability.
  4. Using one eye, read at arms length from a book, and moving the book to different areas of my field of vision.
  5. Quickly alternating between focusing on something near, and far. I started at 10 times each, 5 times a day, and now do 50 times, 10 times a day or so.

As with most exercise, if it hurts, it's working, but you're doing too much. Drop back a bit and do less until you can without discomfort, then move up again.

There are other specific exercises of Chinese origin which are supposed to work, but I never studied up on those since mine already worked for me.