Eye Exercises for Astigmatism

If you are currently suffering from astigmatism, then you already know, and all too well, that the main symptom of this condition is blurry vision.

If you love to read or if your job entails working on a computer for hours, you already know how irritating and stressful it can be to have your vision blur. Your eye doctor may have already suggested that you have surgery or stronger eye glasses to combat this condition. There is a third option you may want to consider. Eye exercises can help to strengthen your vision and correct the problems caused by astigmatism.

Astigmatism is caused by the front surface of your cornea not curving the way it should: usually one side will be more flat than the other. Light tries to pass through the cornea but because of the incorrect curving, the light does not pass through evenly and this results in the blurry vision you may be experiencing.

Believe it or not, eye exercises can help you with your astigmatism. The idea of exercising your eyes may seem strange to you, but if you think about it your eyes have muscles that need exercise to remain strong just like the rest of your body. When you look at it that way it only makes sense that exercising your eyes would be a good idea.

Just as your body may need physical therapy to recover from an injury, your eyes may need a little TLC to get back on track. Below are three exercises you can do at home to work on your astigmatism.

Don’t give up!

Exercising your eyes can improve your vision; however, just as with any other exercise program it takes some time for the results to appear. Exercising your vision is not an overnight cure, but it can have wonderful results.

Yes surgery may offer faster results, but do you really want to go through the expense and pain of eye surgery when a few simple and even fun to do exercises may cure the problem?

Remember that eye exercises take time to start working as our bodies respond to workouts slowly but surely as we get stronger and stronger. One of the main issues people have is sticking to the exercise program. It can be frustrating because it is often difficult to measure the improvement in your vision.

Library Science!

Eye Exercises for AstigmatismA simple exercise to start retraining those eyes of yours is to read. Ok… it’s a tad bit more complex than just picking up a good thriller and settling in for the evening. Here’s what to do:

1. Start without any corrective lenses (be sure you are in a safe, seated position if need be!).

2. Start by reading some text in a book (or an eye chart if you happen to have one). Next, avert your gaze to a different object (like a book or playing card).

3. Switch back to the text you were reading and resume reading.

4. Again, switch to the other object and focus for a moment before switching back to the text.

5. Continue this on and off focusing/switching for a few minutes or until your eyes are tired.

Try not to strain while doing the exercise. If your eyes become sore and tired take a break from the exercise. You can always go back to it when your eyes have rested. As you progress with the exercises you should find that you can continue for longer periods of time before your eyes become tired. This provides one way for you to see that you are really making some progress. 

Check Your Head

Because people with astigmatism tend to tilt their head in one direction or another (they have an inaccurate perception of what looking straight ahead is), you can help correct your condition by being conscious of this. If you feel like tilting to the left or right, try tilting your head in the opposite direction of what feels most comfortable. Don’t worry if you catch yourself tilting at times, just try and correct it when you do notice it.

It takes some time to get used to paying attention. Our body wants to automatically compensate for the vision problem and it becomes a habit. As with most habits this one can be difficult to break. However, if you correct it each time you notice it you can retrain your body, it just takes a bit of time and patience.

Fun with Paper

Who says exercising can’t be fun? If you want to try something a bit different, here’s a good one for you!

This exercise is aimed at strengthening your peripheral vision.

Get a piece of paper that is long and wide enough to cover both of your eyes. You want the paper to be long enough to cover your eyes but not block your side vision. You may want to use a thick paper like construction paper for this exercise. Ok, now that you have your paper ready, follow these steps (remember to always do eye exercises when you are safe and comfortable):

1.  As in the first exercise we spoke of, start without wearing any corrective lenses.

2. Using a piece of tape attach the paper to your forehead just above the bridge of your nose. Remember, you want the paper to block your forward vision while allowing you to see from the corners of your eyes.

3. Next, raise one hand up to the side of each eye (where the paper ends).

4. Try, without moving your head, to see each finger on one side from the eye on that side.

5. Now, move on to the other side and do the same.

6. Continue to do this for a couple of minutes or until your eyes are tired!

By including these simple eye exercises into your daily routine, you can strengthen your eyes and improve bad vision due to astigmatism. You don’t have to resort to eye surgery or surrender to a lifetime of eyeglasses – there are completely natural and easy ways to repair your vision yourself with the Rebuild Your Vision Program, all it takes is just a little time and effort!

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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.

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  1. Brenda #

    Have you any knowledge on Lebers disease my grandson who is 24yrs old suffers from Lebers and lost his cenral vision,he is on lots of vitamins and minerals including q10.He is also on IDEBENONE which he gets of his consultant who he see”s every three months.

    • Hi Brenda,

      Unfortunately I don’t. I can only recommend checking with your eye doctor and even getting a second opinion from other eye doctors. Sorry I couldn’t be much help.

  2. Kathy #

    Hello,
    I asked my son to buy the Rebuild Your Vision kit for me (for Christmas) & he did. I read all the info in the loose leaf binder & then took it to my ophthalmologist’s office for approval before beginning the exercises.
    Well, I was quite surprised & disappointed when he told me that “there is no such thing” & that you are “making a lot of money” … He also told me, “Don’t waste your time … who has time for that in their life?” The only good thing he said is that it won’t hurt me to do the exercises (but that it won’t help either). He also told me how to find out if you’re telling the truth would be to get your eye records from whomever your eye dr. is, stating this would be a lot of work!!
    It’s still sitting on my kitchen table, and I haven’t made the commitment to put in the time since I’ve been spending hours on end job searching (my priority for a long time). How can you convince me otherwise in order to motivate me? Any comments by users of your exercises would be very, very welcome (even if they don’t buy your other vitamin products). Thank you so, so very much.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for writing.

      Tens of thousands of people have used the Rebuild Your Vision Program to improve their vision safely and naturally. We have hundreds and hundreds of success stories that have been sent to us, many of which you can read on our website. You will also see my actual before and after eye exam results directly on our website.

      You might look to find a behavioral optometrist in your area that is more familiar with natural vision improvement. It sounds like your doctor might not be familiar with how it can help. And more than anything, try the program for yourself. I believe the results will speak for them self.

      Let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help.

    • Christine #

      Hi all, my name is Christine.  When I was eleven years old my teachers said I had learning disabilities, but knowing me better, my mother refused to accept it. Instead she investigated other things and my eye doctor determined that my eye muscles were weak, making me unable to track words properly across a page or read number without mixing up their order. The optometrist set me through a year of rigorous eye exersizes and (even though my young and stubborn self resented this) my parents assiduously kept me to the program. Within a year I was reading better than most kids my age and no longer needed corrective lenses either!!! Exersizing the eyes is a very medically sound approach to correcting vision. A friend of mine (who is an optomologist) often uses it to treat patients who suffer migraines becauseof eye strain. I’m sorry you have a dud eye doctor Kathy. There IS SUCH A THING as eye exersize and it is effective. Be careful though! Like all exersize, take it slow. You can get a nasty reaction headache from overworking your eyes!

  3. joseph #

    Hi, Can someone help me? i just got the products but i was confused with one of the excercises in the book. It says to perform the string of beads (down string). what does “down string” mean? does it mean i start at the bottom and work my way closer to my nose or work my way down?
    please help me.
    thanks

    • Hi Joseph,

      Start at your nose and work your way down the string. Let us know if we can help any other way.

  4. Noah #

    Hi!

    Just want to testify that eye exercises really do work for curing astigmatism. I did try a certain exercise and actually eliminated my astigmatism. I was told this by my optometrist when I was getting a new pair of reduced prescription glasses. I do however concur with Kathy’s ophthalmologist about the time required to do these exercises. It really takes much commitment and consistence to see improvements. That said, it’s definitely not impossible to improve your eyesight. You have put together a helpful website and wonderful product Orlin!

  5. Tammy #

    Hello Orlin,

    Just a quick question… in the exercise mentioned above, titled “Fun with Paper” – when looking at our fingers (#4), I understand we shouldn’t move our head, but what about the eyes? Should we look at the fingers with the corner of the eye (indirect vision) or can we actually move the eye to the right and left respectively? I’m confused about this.

    Thanks!

    • This exercise is aimed at strengthening peripheral vision, so you want to keep your eyes focused straight ahead at the paper in front of them. Try to see the finger on one side without moving your eyes.

  6. Rachel #

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience ! I’ve been going through the same dilemma with an incredibly bad vision and wishing there was another way than surgery to get back 20/20 vision to be a pilot ! I was about to give up when my eyes started becoming uncomfortable with my contact lenses/glasses. My vision improved only slightly in the last two weeks, but it was a change & it really boosted my spirits !!

    It’s also a relief to know that someone other than myself has managed to be a pilot having had bad eyesight as a teenager!

  7. Terry #

    Hi Orlin,

    Thanks for the info on this page.

    I think:
    “your the cornea”
    should read either:
    “the cornea”
    or possibly:
    “your cornea”.

    Thanks.
    TRS

  8. Isareene #

    What if the grade of my lens is over 300 will this still work?

  9. vhanded #

    I have an astig index of 250, which is quite high. Wonder will this work?

  10. Cevan #

    Great tips! One question though. I’ve been doing the exercises without glasses, but after I’m done I’ll usually put my glasses back on after a couple minutes. Is this ok to do?

  11. Phuc Luong #

    Hi, I’m 18 years old. I’m suffering from myopia, astigmatism and lazy eye. My right is -5.5 D , CYL -1.75, my left is -1.5D , CYL -2.5. my right one is lazy. What should I do to improve my eyesight? I have really bad eyesight. The right is 20/400, left is 20/70. Please give me some advices . Thanks for reading

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