~   EYE HEALTH   ~
 
Below you will find various eye health exercises, all of which I use (when I can get myself to do them...). They are really eye relaxation techniques rather than 'exercises' like weight lifting. They do not have an immediate effect but definitely help when I do them consistently every day for a week or two.  Like going to the gym, knowing the benefits of them does not always lead to me practising them!
I do know that they work and I hope that they help you to keep your eye muscles in shape.
 
  Pinhole Glasses
Here are links to three different companies that sell pinhole glasses online. I first saw them at a health products trade fair in London in the late 1980's. For the last few years I have been wearing them consistently every day for an hour or two and its easy for me as I put them on first thing in the morning while I'm having my tea and checking my email on the computer etc. PinholeGlasses.org have the coolest models and the best prices. You can wear them outside if you go for a walk but you will find that in the sun, the black surrounding the holes seems to enlarge and it can put your balance off at first. When you wear them indoors, after a while you don't see the holes anymore and a sort of clear patch opens up. My eyes feel better while wearing them and I do notice during the day if I have not been wearing them that morning.
    www.PinholeGlasses.org
www.internatural.com
www.pinholes.com
 
    the brock string

Make the string on the left by getting a piece of string about 60 inches long. Tie a large bead in the middle, then two more, one on either side, 10 inches from the middle one. You can use any kind of bead in any colour, I found these big wooden ones. Finally tie a loop on each end so you can hook it over a doorhandle or hook or anything stable that will hold it at the right height level with your eyes. You can do this exercise sitting down.

TO DO THE EXERCISE:

Hold the string from one end and pull it taught from whatever its hooked over at the other end to just by the tip of your nose. Stare down to the first bead and relax your eyes so that you see a converging V or X shape of two strings meeting at the bead. Move your eyes to the next bead keeping the two string V or X shape. And on to the next and back and forth. When you get good at it, try to make the strings converge inbetween the beads as well. Do this for 5 mins every day.
 
To print out the pdf files from the links below, you should have Adobe Reader 6 and upwards installed. If you don't see anything after you have clicked on the links, download Adobe Reader and install it - Its free. One of the files is larger and if you are on 56K diallup it will take a minute or two to download. Make sure that your print dialogue is set to scale the document to your printer's margins. If you have trouble printing it out, contact me via the contact page and I will email the files to you.
 *(29 April 2010) The PDFs should hopefully print at the proper size - US Letter size 8.5 X 11 ins.
The edges of the printed letters on Exersise 3 should measure 136mm X 157mm
 
  EXERCISE 1

Download the illustration on the left by clicking on the link below and print it out on a letter size piece of white paper. Paste it onto a piece of light cardboard or have it laminated at Kinko's if you find it too floppy to hold.

TO DO THE EXERCISE:

Hold the print at reading distance and relax your eyes while focussing on the double image at the top until you see three yin/yang symbols instead of two. You have to sort of 'see through' the symbols. When you see them quite easily, move your eyes down the sheet to the next line and do the same with the other symbols. Move your eyes up and down the sheet keeping the three images of each line of symbols. If you practice it becomes easy. Do this for 5 mins every day.

Download Exercise 1 PDF
 
  EXERCISE 2

Download the illustration on the left by clicking on the link below and print it out as explained in exercise 1.

TO DO THE EXERCISE:

Hold the print about two or three inches from your eyes, level with the center. Focus on the center and follow the arrow with your eyes to the number at the end and back to the center. Do not move the print away from your eyes, even if it is blurred at that distance. Go around the clock one arrow at a time. You can go to opposite numbers across the center as well when you get bored. Do this for 4 or 5 mins every day.

Download Exercise 2 PDF
 
  EXERCISE 3

Download the illustration on the left by clicking on the link below and print it out as explained in exercise 1.

TO DO THE EXERCISE:

Hold the print at reading distance and relax your eyes while focussing, just like in exercise 1. You should now see five columns of print instead of four. Start off reading and re reading the paragraph at the bottom of the MIDDLE column that you now see. As you get better at it with practice, try the next paragraph up and so on. I still haven't made it to the smallest top one. You will notice interesting things about the word 'breathing' when you are doing it properly. Do this for 5 mins every day.

Download Exercise 3 PDF
 
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