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 and eye vitamins 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 kind of exercise 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 eye exercises and a daily eye vitamin, all it takes is just a little time and effort!

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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.

      • Tori #

        Well I went to the eye doctor and all they did was give me glasses and there coming in soon

  2. Kathy #

    I asked my son to buy your products 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 products 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 Ocu-Plus Formula 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 vitamins for yourself. I believe the results will speak for them self.

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

      • Kathy #

        Hi Tyler, I just saw your reply for the first time. Thanks so much for referring me to your website for more info. Right now though I need to get off the tablet as my eyes are tired from the “backlight.” Since I first wrote, my ophthalmologist has gone out on medical leave & then retired. The retina specialist I see just informed me he’s moving “up” & needs to change who my next & all future appointments are with. I’m not happy about this!!
        This morning I left a message to order a month’s trial supply of your vitamins but worry I may not have the finances to continue at $35 per month, as I am still seeking full time employment. My vision has become worse at night or in dark, but it is also much more light sensitive by day (sun glare). I can’t afford prescription sunglasses but use 2 different visors when driving (brown for day & yellow for night).
        “Kathy” just returned my call from Rebuild Your Vision & I decided not to order the trial yet … as she explained it takes a couple months to see results so perhaps I should wait until I am re-employed full time (steady) in order to continue buying vitamins. (It’s already been 5 years since my job search began so I hope it happens SOON!) In the meantime, I must get serious about my diet, exercise, sleep & using the 10-10-10 rule. I’ll let you know if I have any vision changes & will refer back to your website more often to keep mindful. Thanks again.

      • Lady T #

        I was just reading the post and it is VERY typical of a Doctor to knock down anything Natural. My opinion is they very took time to study it. I try to go for Natural first…..It never fell me yet.

      • Anonymous #

        Why your Ocu-Plus is not available in medical drugs stores or vitamins shops ?

    • 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. Noah #


    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 Tyler!

    • Ana #

      Hi Noah, what exact exercises did you do to help with your astigmatism? I’m 19 and suffering from astigmatism after I studied for weeks and weeks in front of a computer for my final exams, and now my before-perfect vision tries my patience every day. I feel like there’s a constant film in front of my eyes, I’d love to know the exercises you used to eliminate this problem, thanks!

    • Candice #

      What kind of exercises did you do?

  4. Tammy #

    Hello Tyler,

    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.


    • 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.

  5. 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!

    • Devine #

      Which exercises do you use for progression?

  6. Terry #

    Hi Tyler,

    Thanks for the info on this page.

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


  7. Isareene #

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

    • Missy g #

      Yes the eye exercise does help

  8. vhanded #

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

  9. 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?

  10. 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

    • Qais Qais #

      Cover your left _better_eye for 3 hours a day at least to make the right eye strengthen itself and about the lazy eye cover your right, non lazy eye so the left eye will get rid of laziness

  11. rene #

    Hi Tyler, tnx this is exactly what i was looking for. I do agree with Tammy though: the excercise about paper in front of your eyes could be explained more clairly. I also didnt get that you should not move your eyes from the text. And furthermore: how far to the sides should the paper block your vision? And do you keep both fingers up and within vision and only make yourself aware of one finger at the time? That is, you focus your attention on one finger without moving your head, eyes or finger right? So the other finger remains within sight but youre just not focussing on it, right?

  12. Kim #

    Hi i have a pretty vision and i don’t really want glasses or do any surgery. I read this and may I ask does this really work? please answer me truthfully because I would really want to read without glasses or contact lenses. thanks so much.

  13. yw #

    Please help i have power of 300 in my left eye and no astigmatism and 75 in my right.but my right eye has astigmatism of 200.should i get an eye patch and which eye should i patch?when doing this exercise do i need to cover my left eye?

  14. Subhransu #

    Hello Mr. Tyler,
    i’m a computer student, studing in 12th standard. i used to work on computer for at least 6-8 hrs a day n doctor had prescribed me a thick glasses with high power, so i want to ask that is this exercise will work for me also, or do you have any more effective trick ..??

  15. ramesh #

    I feel an easy way to understand this is to perform convergence and divergence of the eyes as is done in the 3 cup exercise.

  16. Sandra #

    Hi Tyler,

    The fun with Paper exercise, If I have a horizontal astig blurred vision (means blur at the top and bottom of the object), do I flash my fingers above and below my eyes or still focus my fingers on the left/right of each eye?

  17. Jas #

    I have astigmatism of about 5 in my right eye. So can you please tell approximate how much time it will take for me to decrease it even by .50 by doing exercises.
    Thanks in advance.

  18. Ajan #

    Hello sir, I have astigmatism. Does palming. rotating eye clockwise/anti-clock wise and blinking eye will help to cure my problem? My powers are -3.25 and -2.50.

  19. mohua #

    Hello sir i am medical student have power of 6.5 and 7.00 ..doc says its myopic astigmatism with some deviation of left eyeball on focussing a particular object..what are the eye exercises i can do to recover fast??

  20. Kiara #

    Recently I discovered I have an astigmatism in one of my eyes. Is there any way that I can figure out which eye it is without having to schedule an eye exam?

  21. Mike Robinson #

    Astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea, so how does exercising the muscles inside the eye change the shape of the surface of your eye? That doesn’t seem to make sense to me. It seems like your only source is simply because it “worked for you”, but do you have any scientific studies that back up what you are claiming? You can’t exactly rule out other factors, such as change in diet or exercise or external factors, such as moving to a location with less allergens when there’s only one person in your “study”.

  22. James #

    Just a few questions isn’t most astigmatism caused from a refractive error of the cornea or lease of the eye itself? And how will eye exercises help to fix a cornea that is either to flat or to round?

  23. mattheau #

    I’ve had astigmatism for as long as I could remember, its sucks, I saw this article and I’m left wondering, could my vision revert to 20/20 eventually? My dream job requires perfect vision and I can’t do any type of surgery, nor can I were lenses or glasses for it, so again I ask, so you think its possible for my vision get to 20/20?

  24. Arathi #

    How long i shud wait for the result

  25. Umut #

    Hello i got astigmatism too my numbers are low 0.25-0.50 and im not using my glasses in normal but when im on pc (i look screen 6-7 hours a day) i took my glasses if i wont my eyes strain hard , is it dangerous to dont take glasses when looking at the screen ?

  26. Admer #

    How do eye exercises that exercise muscles change the physiology of the cornea such that it can refract light properly?

  27. Matt #

    Still waiting to hear how wxcersizing a muscle in the eye reshapes the cornea

  28. Gitty #

    I have astigmatism only in one of my eyes so would the exercises be more effective if I cover my other eye or is there no difference?

  29. Md.Yusuf #

    I am 55,Indian from Asia.I have blurry eyes.may be astigmatism?
    Morning time it is almost better and to clear but as heat and sunlight goes up it starts blurry vision.I had taken Asprin for headache,if it is migraine and the opthomolgist has prescribed eye drops.Pain is reduced but blurry vision is still there.
    Why it is clear in the morning then starts blurring up?
    May be astigmatism? Please suggest.
    The opthomolgist told that eyes are normal.


  30. Fatima #

    My daughter is only 3.5 years old and she has astigmatism. Optometrist said it is in between 3-4. She can’t manage with single eye, with both eyes her vision is better. Though she could figure out small pictures of objects on the eye test but she was confused with some though and with single eye her vision dropped significantly. Optometrist said she may be long-sighted than short-sighted. Optometrist recommended for glasses now but I am very worried and sad as she has to wear glasses at this age.

    What exercise do you think would suit her? It will be hard for me to let her practice those exercises as she is too small. She can’t read yet and won’t be able to follow all instructions. Could you please suggest if her astigmatism may cure without glasses, only with exercise and vitamin? Do you have vitamin in syrup or lozenge form or any other kids’ favourable form?

    When she was around 1 yr old, she used to see rhymes on laptops during feed time and for long time, it continued until she was close to 3 yrs old. I tried a lot to feed her without this but she wouldn’t eat. Do you think watching laptop from close has worsen her astigmatism?


  31. ScubaSteve #

    The exercises in the muscles in your eyes work just like any other muscle in the body. Even though the cornea is not shaped as round as it should be, as the muscles become stronger, the muscles are more firm and tightens the eyes from the corners, as if you were grabbing your eye on the left and right and squeezing it slightly. The more firm the muscles, the more the muclses will be contracting the cornea and reshape itself. Use your brains guys. All muscles change shape depending on the strengthing of the muscles. The stronger they are, the more it will correct the problem

  32. Priyanka #

    Hi, My 2year old nephew has been diagnosed with astigmatism. He’s in US. What can you suggest for him?

  33. marzia #

    i have a severe astigmatism since I was a baby
    how much would it take to improve my eyesight?
    is ocu-plus formula also available in Pakistan?

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