Poor Vision? Achy Eyes? An Exercise to Refresh Your Eyes Naturally with Meir Schneider, Ph.D., LMT

The eyes are designed for a healthy balance of looking both in the near and far fields of vision. This design served us well when hunting and farming were our way of life. With the advent of computers, books, living and working indoors, and other changes in our lifestyle, the average person now spends the majority of their day looking in the near field of vision. When you look in the near field of vision, the ciliary muscles around the lens contract to make the lens convex. Conversely, when you look away at something far at a distance, the ciliary muscles relax, and there is a flattening of the lens that requires no effort. It becomes a wonderful exercise for the visual system, because when you look far at a distance, the total eyeball itself becomes a bit shorter than when you are looking at your near field of vision.

In this way, to look far at a distance is the most natural and relaxing exercise that your eye can have. In addition, there is actually no mental activity involved, so you can mentally relax as well, and simply enjoy whatever the eye sees.

  1. If you are in a room with a window, open the window and with a soft gaze, locate four points on the horizon—like clouds or colors or features of the landscape. If you do not have a window, pick four points that are the farthest from where you are sitting in your room or office.
  2. Let your eyes shift gently from one point to the next at your own pace, remembering to keep your gaze soft. If you are nearsighted and cannot see details at a distance, you may find yourself automatically straining to see the detail, or squinting to adjust to the light. Resist this urge and do not squint. Blink gently and wave your hands at either side of your eyes to increase your peripheral vision, and massage gently around the eye orbits to increase circulation.
  3. Consciously relax your eyes and let your eyes rest on whatever they see, whether the image is clear or blurry. Remember, the point of this exercise is to let your eyes relax and your lens flatten.
  4. Breathe deeply. Enjoy what you see. Let this be a time of relaxation for your eyes and mind.

When sitting in front of the computer, try to do this exercise every ten minutes for fifteen to thirty seconds. It takes less than a minute, and is a wonderful rest for your eyes.

Meir Schneider

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Meir Schneider Ph.D, L.M.T. is an internationally known therapist and teacher, and the founder of the School for Self-Healing in San Francisco. Meir is the author of Self-Healing: My Life and Vision;...


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