Eye Exercises to Improve Reading

Eye Exercises to Improve ReadingIn the last decade there has been a substantial increase in the number of individuals who need glasses or contact lenses to read. Many claim the cause of this is an increase in computer usage, as well as extended television viewing.

While this has provided ample customers in the world of optometry, it is bad news for those suffering from the decline in vision. The solution? There are many eye exercises that can be performed easily, without any expensive or special equipment, that will actually strengthen your eyes and improve your ability to read.

The eyes contain muscles, and just like the body these muscles must be exercised in order to stay strong and healthy. For many, however, this is a fact that is taken for granted. People simply think that their eyes will keep going and if vision does begin to fail, glasses and contact lenses are the solution.

The fact is that this does not have to happen! Additionally, when you begin wearing any type of corrective lens, vision does not improve, it continues to decline over time, requiring stronger lenses in order to function as normal.

The fact is that by exercising your eyes several times a week, you can reduce the need for corrective lenses or the services of an optician. While there are some exceptions to this rule, such as individuals who have sight problems due to trauma or congenital problems, most individuals who need glasses could reduce this need if they utilized eye exercises.

Even if you currently wear glasses or contact lenses, with persistent use of eye exercises, you can return your sight to normal vision. While this may take some time, the fact is that it can, and has, been done.

The following list provides you with five easy, yet effective, eye exercises you can do to improve your vision and make reading much easier.

Exercise 1: Blinking

This is often an overlooked beneficial aspect to eye health. Blinking keeps your eyes fresh and able to focus for longer periods of time. Those who watch television or use a computer for extended periods of time will likely blink less than normal due to the intense focus they have on the screen.

An exercise you can practice is to take two minutes and actively blink every three or four seconds. Once you have done this consistently for two minutes, take note of how your eyes actually feel. Do they feel relaxed? Strained? Tired? Once you have realized how your eyes actually feel, blink once every 30 seconds, for a period of two minutes. Determine if there is a difference.

When you blink you are plunging your eyes into a brief period of darkness. This will help to ensure your eyes are fresh and helps to discharge any information and become ready for new. This can significantly reduce the amount of eye strain that you experience.

Exercise 2: Palming

During your next computer or television break try out this exercise. Palming is generally done to relieve the stress around the eyes and help them relax; this will help you read the information on your screen or in a book, causing less overall eye strain.

How to use the palming exercise:

  • Step 1: Breathe deeply prior to beginning the exercise

  • Step 2: Get comfortable leaning on a desk or table or resting your elbows on your knees and close your eyes.

  • Step 3: Place your hands over your eyes while cupping your palms. Your fingers should be on your forehead and the heels of your hands should be on your cheekbones. You should be sure that you are able to blink freely and that there is not too much pressure on your actual eyes.

While this may not sound like much of an exercise it can give your eyes a chance to rest and recuperate for a few minutes at a time. You will be surprised how much better they feel when you are done.

Exercise 3: The Figure Eight

This exercise, too, is simple yet effective for improving your reading vision. Using this exercise will provide you with more eye flexibility. Imagine that there is a large figure eight in front of your face about 10 feet away. Once you have visualized the figure 8, flip it on its side and begin tracing it with your eyes, very slowly. You should trace it one way for a while and then the other. This exercise strengthens your eye and improves your overall vision.

Exercise 4: Far and Near Focusing

This exercise can be done anywhere. In order to perform this exercise uses the following steps:

  • Sit comfortably, or stand comfortably, as this will only last for two or three minutes.

  • Place your thumb 10 inches in front of your face and focus on the tip.

  • The focus on an object that is 10 or 20 feet away.

  • Each time you breathe switch between the objects.

Exercise 5: Zooming

Zooming is a great exercise for improvement of your vision overall. This exercise is done by placing your thumb in the “hitchhiking” position. Then you should try to focus on your thumb with your outstretched arm. As you bring your thumb toward your face, keep focused on it the entire time until your thumb is about three inches from your face. Move your thumb back and forth for a few minutes and watch your eyesight improve.

Maintaining good eye health is vital for preventing the need for corrective lenses. The exercises listed here will help you improve your vision if it is poor, or prevent it from getting worse. Additionally, when you practice these exercise regularly, you will find that reading, watching television and using a computer is possible without your corrective lenses.

The fact is that most people take steps to care for their bodies, while neglecting their eyes. With the exercises listed here you can easily care for your eyes and keep them healthy even long into your golden years.

Want a step-by-step eye exercise program that holds your hand through a daily routine that will improve your reading vision? Watch this 10 minute video on eye exercises right now!


About Orlin Sorensen

My vision started to get blurry as a young teenager. Soon I was wearing glasses for just about everything. This was a hard blow for me because I had always dreamed of becoming a U.S. Navy fighter pilot which required perfect vision without glasses or surgery. But I wasn't ready to give up on my dreams, so I looked into every possible alternative which led me to eye exercises. Through daily vision training and eye exercises, I improved my vision from 20/85 to 20/20 and passed the Navy's visual acuity test. In fact Men's Health declared this one of the "Greatest Comebacks of All Time!" Now, I'm sharing exactly how I did it with the program that helped me so people like you can improve your vision safely and naturally, without glasses, contacts or laser surgery.

, , , ,

5 comments to Eye Exercises to Improve Reading
Leave Your Comments Now.

  1. Terry #

    Hi Orlin,

    Thanks for the info, but regarding the blinking one, I’m confused by this part:
    “Once you have realized how your eyes actually feel, blink for 30 seconds at a time, for a period of two minutes. Determine if there is a difference.”
    How do the 30 seconds relate to the two minutes? Should I blink for 30 seconds or for two minutes? Or blink for 30 seconds, then stop, then for another 30 seconds, etc, until two minutes is up? If so, how long should I stop between 30 second blinking sessions?
    Also, how many times/second should I blink for?


    • nola #

      . Terry I puzzled over this too. After trying out the interpretations you mention I think Orlin is trying to demo how rapid blinking in short bursts refreshes the eyes whereas ANY old blinking doesnt. I think his #2 version is asking us ro blink once ever 30 seconds, ie 4 blinks in 2 minutes, to show that this is NOT refreshing. That said I wish his webmaster would weigh in with the.answer AND. Get a grammar editor to tweak future blogs.

      • Hi Terry and Nola,

        Sorry for the misunderstanding. I’ve edited the blog above but here is it is…

        Blink every three to four seconds for a total of two minutes.

        Next, blink once every 30 seconds for two minutes.

        Compare the difference. When you blink more often, your eyes will feel fresher and be allowed to rest more often, which will help to improve reading capabilities.

  2. Joana William #

    I’ve done near and far focusing. It improved my distant vision too.
    I guess it’s good for improving both near and distant vision.

  3. sandeep #

    Hi Orlin,
    Nice article. it helps peoples and specially to those peoples who are in a practice of prolonged work on digital displays.Because, i am an optometrist, I also tried to suggest eye exercises to reduce eye strain and improve vision in my site named http://ready2know.co/

Leave a Reply