When I was young (in the 70’s), my teacher saw me squinting to read the blackboard while I was in the front row, so she sent me to the school nurse for an eye exam. I failed & learned I was only near-sighted. The nurse told me I had 1 month to get glasses or I would be expelled.
Though glasses are helpful, my father didn’t want me to rely upon them. He learned that glasses do not help strengthen your eyes, just like a wheelchair doesn’t help strengthen your legs.
So my father brought me to a holistic eye doctor in Connecticut. Dr. Friedman gave me eye exercises to do 2 times/day which I did every morning & evening.
1 month later, I went back to the school nurse to retest my eyes & I had 20/20 vision! I was near-sighted & far-sighted now! WOW!!! No need for glasses! Yaaaaay!!! I was so happy because I didn’t want to wear glasses! I told the nurse I did eye exercises twice a day but she didn’t seem to be interested. So sad.
Here’s what I did. These eye exercises helped me to stretch & strengthen my eyes, which feels so good!
ORTHOPICS - VISUAL TRAINING
Stick/dowel-use a marker to color the tip red or any color
Approximately 15 minutes
Here are the Eye Exercise Instructions for Nearsightedness given to me by my childhood eye doctor:
1. Immerse washcloths/compresses in comfortably warm water.
Close eyes & hold 1 of the compresses over the eyes, exerting a gentle pressure. With lids closed, roll eyes up, down, right, left, roundabout towards the right, then roundabout towards the left, ALWAYS WITH LIDS CLOSED for a period of 2 minutes.
When one compress begins to cool, change it at once with the other warmer one. This gives muscles & tissues outside the eyeball a gentle massage.
2. Sit about a yard away (3 feet) from any convenient wall.
Place a mark (X) that is directly in front of you on the level with & between your 2 eyes.
Sit up straight, keeping good posture, spine straight & elongated & at all times keep your head looking forward so it doesn't move right, left, up or down. If necessary, hold your chin with the other hand. (This is an exercise for the eyes & not the neck muscles).
3. Now you will exercise your eyes by creating a CROSS & an ‘X’.
FIRST MAKE A CROSS:
Hold the dowel so the colored tip is straight ahead at the center point (X).
While looking straight ahead at the red tip of the dowel, without moving your head, move the dowel slowly & rhythmically UP as far as the eyes can follow it; then back to the center point (X).
BLINK SLOWLY EVERY TIME YOU COME BACK TO THE CENTER POINT (X).
Repeat 12 times (NORTH).
Then move the dowel from center point (X) DOWN as far as the eyes can follow it; then back to the center point (X). BLINK each time at the center.
Repeat 12 times (SOUTH).
Then move dowel from center point (X) to the LEFT as far as the eyes can follow it; then back to the center point (X). BLINK each time at the center.
Repeat 12 times (WEST).
Then move dowel from center point (X) to the RIGHT as far as the eyes can follow it; then back to the center point (X). BLINK each time at the center.
Repeat 12 times (EAST).
NOW CREATE AN “X”:
Move the dowel from center point (X) to the NORTHWEST as far as the eyes can follow it; then back to the center point (X). BLINK each time at the center.
Repeat 12 times.
Then do the same for NORTHEAST, SOUTHEAST & SOUTHWEST.
In other words "box the compass" making 12 sweeps in each of the 8 directions of the compass.
**BLINKING SLOWLY AT THE COMPLETION OF EACH SWEEP.
4. Next exercise: CIRCLES
Point the dowel just below the center point (X).
Make a little CIRCLE around the (X), following the RED dowel tip with your eyes.
BLINK at the completion of the circle.
Then slowly continue to make bigger circles, about 1 foot in diameter following the RED dowel tip with eyes.
BLINK at the completion every circle.
Then another circle 2 feet in diameter. BLINK.
Then another circle 3 feet in diameter.
Complete each circle with blinking, enlarging circles in clockwise motion, expanding circles.
12 circles in all.
Then REVERSE backwards gradually diminishing in size until you are back to the center point in counter-clockwise motions.
5. After exercises, immerse the 2 compresses in cold water.
Place over eyes with lids closed, and roll eyes in all directions as with hot compresses.
Continue this for 1 minute.
6. Then put on a sleep mask, lay down and relax eyes for 3-5 minutes.
That’s it. About 15 minutes, 2 times a day for 30 days. That's what I did so that I could see far distances & have 20/20 vision again! I am not a doctor & I'm not saying that anyone else will have 20/20 vision. I'm just telling you what I did.
Feel free to email me & let me know what you think!