The eyes contain many small muscles, and there is no doubt that eye exercises can do little harm to your eyes, but can they actually be of benefit?
A New York ophthalmologist called Dr William Bates, developed a series of eye exercises to improve eyesight without resorting to lenses or surgery. Dr Bates felt that many eye problems had their root causes in stress, tension and laziness of eye and he thought that because of these causes, eyes could be treated without correction such as lenses, spectacles or even surgery. Dr Bates' methods were first devised at beginning of 20th century, but many people still practice them today.
Dr Bates' theory revolved around notion that muscles of eye became fixed on a scene causing strain to eyes. Dr Bates felt that eyes could be re-trained to relax and improve link between optic nerves and brain.
Dr Bates' theories have been largely ignored by world of medicine. However, many people around world have claimed remarkable improvements in short sight, long sight, astigmatism, squints and lazy eyes using these methods. Even young children are able to practice exercises and people with normal vision may improve concentration, reading skills and co-ordination by following routines suggested by Dr Bates.
In essence, you can expect to perform some simple exercises for about half an hour a day. These can involve some of following:-
• 'Palming.' To rest and relax your eyes, sit comfortably in front of a table, resting your elbows on a stack of cushions high enough to bring your palms easily to your eyes without stooping forward or looking up. Close your eyes and cover them with your cupped palms to exclude light, avoiding pressure on sockets. Breathe slowly and evenly, relaxing and imagining deep blackness. Begin by doing this for 10 minutes, two or three times a day.
• 'Swinging.' Relax and keep eyes mobile. Stand up and focus on a distant point, swaying gently from side to side. Repeat 100 times daily, blinking as you sway. Blinking cleans and lubricates eyes, which is especially important if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer.