Exercises shown here were developed for better vision by Meir Schneider, who healed himself of congenital blindness using the Bates Method. His even principals for healthy vision are:
- Deep relaxation
- Adjusting to light frequencies
- Looking at details
- Looking into the distance
- Expanding your periphery
- Balanced use of the two eyes
- Body and eye coordination
Deep Relaxation Exercises
Step 1: The Long Swing- This exercise develops a sense of fluidity and flexibility that will allow you to look at details with more ease, to adapt to light easier and to adapt to new livelier visual habits.
- Stand with your legs far apart, hold one forefinger up before your eyes, about two feet from your face, and focus on it.
- Then move the finger as far to each side as you can, following it with your eyes, moving your head so that the finger is always in front of your nose. As you look at your finger, see all of your surroundings moving in the opposite direction.
- After moving your head from side to side several times in this manner, continue the motion while allowing your body to follow the movement of your eyes. As you turn toward the left, turn far enough to actually bring the right heel off the floor; as you turn to the right, the left heel will lift.
- The purpose of this exercise is to increase the sense of movement while you look.
Step 2: Looking into the distance – Look at the sky, look at the clouds, look at the hills and valleys. When you look near (as when you are staring at a computer screen or phone) you unknowingly strain your eyes. Looking into the distance relaxes your ciliary muscles and keep the lens more flexible and flat.
- If possible give yourself a few hours away from close work. Look into the distance, scan or look at different areas. Remember to blink and avoid straining, if it is fuzzy let it be fuzzy
- Pay attention so that your face is relaxed and your jaw isn’t clenched
- Try for 10 minutes and increase to as much as you can to compensate for the extreme strain we have daily of looking near
Step 3: Exploring the periphery – Reduce strain on your eyes while looking centrally by looking peripherally. When we don’t notice the periphery, the strain on the central vision becomes much greater, which in time, makes us use it poorly. This causes us to strain our central vision decreasing it’s clarity and eventually losing it.
- Sit somewhere comfortable where you can see something in the distance that you enjoy looking at. As you start to look into the distance, start to wave your hands to the sides of your head to notify your eyes that a periphery exists.
- Don’t look at your hands just look at the distance, and allow your eyes to recognise the movement. Do this for a few minutes
- As you do this you should feel the eyes release their tension and relax.
Step 4: Palming: Give your eyes a break from all light so that they can rest completely, this is like a deep breath for your eyes.
- Rub the hands vigorously together for couple of minutes until you feel the warmth in your palms. T
- Cup your hands over your eyes to block out the light, but making sure not to touch the eyelids. Feel the warmth of your hands on your eyes, breathe deep and relax your eyes.
- Aim to do 24min a day, 6 min at a time.