How to Improve Eyesight





Introduction: How to Improve Eyesight

Many issues with eye sight that result from the eyes inability to focus can be either improved or fixed with exercise. This instructable improves muscle tone in the eye but will not assist in problems caused by cataracts or other issues that block the light passing into your eye.

This is a simple exercise and is important to do if you are finding your eyes losing function when working at a computer for extended periods of time.

You will require:

a pen
something you can see that is more than 6 metres away

If you need to wear glasses to focus, wear them while doing this exercise. Your eye will do more work if it is able to get a clear focus and doing the work is what strengthens the muscles.

If your eyesight is too poor to focus on a distant object, use an object as far away as you can still focus on.

Time: 30 seconds or so. At least once per day. Preferably every hour while doing computer work.

Step 1: Finding the Right Distance.

Hold a pen in one hand so that the tip of the pen is facing up towards the ceiling.

Cover one eye with your hand and look at something level with your eye and as far away as possible. Preferably at least 6 metres.

Raise the pen in your hand until the tip of the pen blocks what you are looking at..

Focus on the very tip of the pen now.

Move the pen, still pointing up to the ceiling, closer towards your eye until it is too close to focus on.

Move it back away from your eye until it comes into focus again.

The distance the pen is from your eye now, is the distance to use for the exercise. Keep the pen in this position.

Step 2: Focus Far

Now, while you are focusing on the pen, let your focus shift to bring the far object that the tip of your pen is blocking into focus. You will notice that when you do this the tip of the pen goes out of focus.

Keep focusing on the distant object until it is clear. This should take less than a second.

As soon as it is clear, focus back on the tip of the pen again.

Step 3: Focus Close and Repeat

When you have focussed on the distant object, return your focus to the tip of the pen. Make sure you have brought the tip of the pen completely into focus and then focus again on the far object.

Repeat this process counting each time you focus far away. Do this till you count to 20.

Now cover your other eye instead and repeat the process.

Do this once an hour while working on computers or doing close work.

Once you have done this for a few weeks and seen an improvement in your eyesight, please post a comment saying how often, how many days it took and your results. This way we can all get some idea about what to hope for and maybe a little inspiration from each other.



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    31 Discussions

    It is possible to improve your eyes focus, both near and far. I have been able to move the far focus of my left eye from 9 inches to 30 inches and improved my right eye from 20/150 to 20/30. I can read this easiy at a 16 inch distance with my right eye (down from 40") For 15 years my eyesight has been checked every 6 months by opthalmologists.. (Glaucoma checkups)

    I can understand how studies show that eye exercises do not work. I have spent an unreasonable amount of time- thousands of hours over many many years learning how to do it. No scientific studies include that kind of crazy persistence. It's like

    Learning to see farther (or nearer ) requires feedback, so the focusing muscles can learn. Your eyes focus is constantly changing slightly and recognizing these changes lets you learn what works.

    I look at a patterned line drawing with a variety of line thicknesses from a distance where the larger are visible, but not the smaller, thinner ones. Relax and eventually the thinner become visible for an instant. Repeat, repeat, repeat and try to hold the better focus for a second, then 10 seconds. Don't tense any muscles- relax them- let it happen. The key is to pay attention to the muscles around the eyes. I believe they must be relaxed to allow focus changes. (This is not a known fact, just my experience.)

    Probably isn't reasonable for an adult to spend enough time to make it happen. Most people don't want to spend 2 hours every morning doing something this boring, but like learning many things, I needed to know.

    However, I believe that much myopia in grade school children could be prevented or at least minimized by keeping their eyes focus flexible, able to see far, as well as close up. They spend way too much time looking at phones, games, computers, etc.

    Eye focus is just like stretching other muscles- if you don't touch your toes every day when 6, it will become much harder at 10, 20, or 40.

    Please note that eye exercises like this (based on the Bates method from 1920) have been shown to have no beneficial effect on poor eyesight. Despite the method being thoroughly debunked in 1956, and by recent studies in it is still pushed by various quacks around the world (especially on the internet).

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    i can say that this comment is debunked. I made the experience that eye vision can be improved and that the eyes can vary in performance by days and hours. Try the exercises your self and dont believe some studies paid by the industry. gretings

    How do you, a sample of 1, know that your eyesight was improved by the exercises?

    The studies were not paid for by "the industry".

    I know that this exercises work from my own experience. There a lot of other People who made the same experience, so talking about 1 sample is just bad statistics. Also the definition "no effect" might not 0% as normal humans would thinkt. Statisticans can define the terms in to their own wishes, since there is no statistics police ;D . I know it since i work with stats. I know from other fields of western medicine that they play unscientific if it brings money. For example Amalgam(Quicksilver) is declared as "harmless" in medicine since they made a ton of money with it, but in Chemistry that stuff is labeld very dangerous. So one of Both sciencefileds must lie. Anyway what is your intension to fight this Method which might help people? greetings

    "A lot of people"? A dozen? A thousand? [citation needed]

    I talked about a "sample of 1" (very different to "1 sample", which you would know, and be careful of, if you really did work with stats), because that is what you gave - your own, singular personal experience.

    Amalgam is not quicksilver. Quicksilver is liquid mercury, highly neurotoxic (it was mercury fumes that made the Mad Hatter mad). Amalgam is, well, it's amalgam - it starts as an alloy of mercury, silver, tin, & copper, then a chemical reaction radically alters its properties to render the constituent parts harmless, even though each on its own can be toxic.

    My intention is simply to educate through scepticism - you must not accept medical procedures or substances purely on the say-so of a stranger on the internet. Dig, investigate, evaluate, sceptically assess.

    Yeah i know what amalgam is supposed to be "harmless" but the truth in our soceity is, that even this statement can be produced.The history has a lot of examples when a pharmacy is declared harmless first and later its marked very dangerous up to deadly ( You should investigate more on this. Money is a value which is ranked higher than human life in the Pharmacy. If an Authority said its harmles so its a fact, even if its a plain lie to make money. Amalgam releases Quicksilver all the time, this increases if you fruit acid containing meals or meals/Tea/Coffe to a multiple amount of a Rate 50-100x , or 3. if the Amalgam gets under Pressure from teeth usage.Since every human uses his teeths exactly like this, but it should be avoided when you have Amalgam on your teeths, the exclusions are completly unrealistic. So over time you get toxicated heavily. This also is written in the manual of the Producers, so at least they dont lie... But no Dentist ever tells that to a client. Again when you never question any authority you are walking blind, you have a black spot in your sight when you only investigate when its conform with the official statements. Didn't you ever come a cross a situation when 2 of your Authorities you trust had an opposite opinion?

    And i dont know if you wear glasses and came to this article. Did you even tried it?

    And to quote your Argument: "you must not accept any medical procedures or substances purely on the say-so of any Authority from the Pharmacy". Dig investigate and read the attached Manuals - then you think twice to take their products.


    This isn't about opinions, it's about verifiable evidence & facts.

    Full disclosure: you're arguing about science and evidence with a science educator.

    That is just your opinion , also there is no scientific evidence that you are a science educator / that science educators know it all / that science educators never are wrong / that you can compete in a complete different field like medicine where they have no scientific education! Anyway good look with your small POV. greetings

    Hang on, did you just say that it's only my opinion that Science is not about opinions??

    I think this conversation will have to go on pause until you've read up on some actual Science, instead of conspiracy websites.

    Eye exercises DO improve poor eyesight. I myself have tried the Bates method, and i can prove that it reduced my myopia from 2 to 1 . Do not believe everything glasses industry tell us. Have a try an see for yourself .

    hello friend ,my eysight little bit low ,how to improve it i don't wearing glassess plzzzzzz help me my email is plz help me
    thnks for help me

    I have been told nothing by any industry, I sought out the results of meta-studies encompassing the testing and examination of hundreds of subjects over half a century.

    If you perform some research, you will find that myopia naturally decreases as you age, without any intervention at all.

    (And why do certain kinds of people automatically assume that anything produced by "industry" is bad?)

    Hi Kiteman,

    Thanks for linking to that interesting article. I am not sure why you interpreted that article as saying the exercises have no effect when there are a number of references in the article to scientific methods finding positive results from the variety of processes being researched.

    Because the article does not specifically reference any one technique I am not sure if the successes it mentions relate to this exercise or to others.

    I am also interested in the apparent subjective improvements that are not supported by refractive tests. Especially about learning to interpret what we see better rather than actually improving eye function.

    If you are aware of other related articles please link them in these comments.

    To others trying to determine if this exercise is being helpful, please try and use repeatable tests like reading a particular size news print at a particular distance in the same light.

    I know success is great news, but also, if you have been doing these exercises and see no results from it, please post a comment also. That is the only way we will get balanced feed back. Failures to improve will not be taken as negative feed back, but a contribution to our total knowledge on the subject.

    "...a number of references in the article to scientific methods finding positive results from the variety of processes being researched."

    I'm not sure we've been reading the same article:

    ...reported no statistically significant benefits from training... improvement in subjective visual acuity in myopes with no corresponding improvement in objective (i.e. measured by an optician) visual acuity has been reported

    There is level I evidence that visual training for control of accommodation has no effect on myopia.

    No evidence was found that visual training has any effect on the progression of myopia.

    No evidence was found that visual training improves visual function for patients with hyperopia or astigmatism.

    No evidence was found that visual training improves vision lost through disease processes such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.

    The only risk attributable to visual training is financial i.e. It's a scam!

    Holding a pen and moving it in close and then further away while focusing on it seems simple enough to do. I am curious to find out any actual test data on whether this is effective and if so how effective on improving eyesight. Is it more beneficial to do this exercise longer than just 30 seconds? <a href='' > Optometrist</a>


    while doing this exercise,which is more preferable:wearing glasses or naked eye

    and when i focus ,the object seems to be two in number, why??

    what is the solution??

    Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier and an air combat ace, used a very similar technique to improve his vision -- an absolute requirement for any WW II fighter pilot. He used the tip of a pin, though. I have not tried this, but it gives the procedure credibility. Today is my birthday. I am 59. I am going for a medical soon and will record my vision reading now; in six months; and after one year. Regards Richard

    I've restored my -5 (ALMOST!) myopia naturally, so yeah, you can tell me that it doesn't work, whatever. The quacks are those that work in the eyesight industry. There's more it it than just solely these eye exercises. A LOT more, actually, because eye exercises form less than 5% of the total work - the rest in mainly mind work, coupled with exercises, and a couple of other things.

    is exercising your iris really beneficial or just detrimental?