“Unveiling” the secret to reversing vision problems naturally

I thought these amazing veiled ladies from all over the world might help hold your attention for a few minutes while you stop on this post, and I think it a good way to emphasize that most important but most taken for granted body organ, the eyes.

In one sentence, we have to get glasses because the eye muscles get weak and lose their ability to focus the eye. However, by exercising the eye muscles for  a mere 5 or 10 minutes a day, the process can be reversed and the eyes can regain their natural ability to focus properly, similar to an automatic focus in the lens  of a camera.

Remember, I seldom write about anything like this that I have not tried for myself, and I have tried it and it does work, so simple (NOTE: I'm not saying it has taken my vision back to 20-20, but I have seen much improvement. I must admit I can go through a month or two without doing my eye exercises, but eventually I get back into it.)

So let's "unveil" the truth that perhaps eye doctors don't want us to find out for ourselves……………

When I found myself straining looking at a co-worker's computer screen a few years back, I found that odd, in that never happened before. That's when I ran across some information on the web, that simple eye exercises will help declining vision reverse itself. True enough within a few weeks, I was able to look at a computer screen normally again, although my vision was not 100% just back to were it was a year or so prior.

The issue in a nutshell: The eye has about 6 muscles controlling movement and shape, the normally round eye is for seeing in the distance, the elongated "egg shaped" eye, for reading and such.

To read close up, muscles will squeeze and elongate the eye for close up focus. If eye muscles are weak, the eye can't elongate for reading and other activities such as threading a needle. The opposite is true for seeing at distances. For distances, the eye muscles must work the eye to move back to its rounded shape.

The eye doctor resolves this issue by giving us glasses with a lens that helps us read or see distance, but eyeglasses are a "stop gap" solution to addressing weak eye muscles. 

The lens of reading glasses allows the eye to focus on words in a book or computer screen, because, with an eye like mine, the muscles are too weak to squeeze the eye to have it "elongate" and focus to read close up. Ever notice when you have trouble reading something, you will squint? That's because you are trying to squeeze/elongate the eye to get it to focus.

However, the problem with wearing eyeglasses is the fact that once you start wearing eyeglasses, the eye muscles stop exercising themselves, since the lens of the glasses does all the work, similar to walking on crutches. Eyeglasses prohibit the eye muscles from their natural work and thus prevent the eye from regaining its natural ability to utilize the muscles surrounding the eye to control the shape of the eye in order to focus.

With that premise in mind, instead of wearing eyeglasses or reading glasses, one merely needs to CONSISTENTLY perform daily eye exercises, which I will speak on the ones I used in a second, and just like any other muscles in the body, through exercise, the muscles will regain their natural ability to focus the eye, reducing or even eliminating the need for eyeglasses.

This process does take time, and I must admit that in all that I take seriously about my health and wellness, I started off very well and slacked off a bit after several months, so I wear my reading glasses sometimes, and other times I don't have to. As I write this article, I am re-devoting myself to totally eliminating my reading glasses, since my ability to read the computer screen is much easier than before.

My other issue is that I didn't know until I went to the eye doctor that I have amblyopia, also called "lazy eye", where one eye is naturally weaker than the other from childhood. The issue here is that although it may not be noticeable as a child, it can get progressively weaker as one gets older, and the weak eye may actually stop sending signals to the brain, as the stronger eye compensates for the weakness.

What I did there on my own accord and using my own logic, and maybe taking a chance, was to wear an eye patch over the strong eye when walking around the house and on the computer, to only work the weak eye.

It seems to help a lot, but since the eye muscles are not working while wearing reading glasses, I make sure to exercise that weak eye everyday, even though I need reading glasss to see the computer screen with my weak eye when wearing my eyepatch over my strong eye. The results have been great for me, in that, as I said before, I can read the computer screen [most times] without glasses at all. And I make sure I exercise the muscles of that weak eye.

So far as the eye exercises to strengthen the eyes? There are volumes of web articles and YouTube videos pertaining to exercises to strengthen the eye. Since I don't think it necessary, I wouldn't advise purchasing the DVD's that I see on this subject over the web, since they are only going to tell you the same information you can get for free.

For the most part I used some of the exercises I ran across after watching YouTube videos, and I invented my own exercises. Here are the eye exercises that I perform.

Since my left eye is weaker, I like to close and hold my right eye shut which helps focus on my left eye (although both eyes will move the same).

Simple Circles – As simple as this one is, it seems to serve me best in that simply make these broad circles with my eye, always keeping my vision close to the corners and top and bottom of my eye as I can, almost like I am trying to look back into my skull. I make the circles fast then slow, then abruptly stop and reverse directions.

My current favorite, that I though of recently is to trace out the letters of the Alplabet with my eye, it really gets the eyeball moving in different directions and different angles

One of my other favorites, which works very well, is to quickly move my around, with no pattern at all, you know, dart, move left, move right, make a couple of circles, slant, slice all over the place in random movements.

Figure eights – These really seem to work the eye muscles, I am basically drawing out the figure 8 with my line of vision, attempting as always to look as far into the corners, tops and bottom of the eye as I can, but coming back into the center at the point where the "criss cross" happens with figure 8. When I do this one fast, I really feel the eyes working.

My other favorite is the "zig-zag" where I go from side to side like I'm tracing the letter Z, or shall I say several Z's stacked on top of each other, bouncing the eye from left side to the right..

Geometric Shapes: This emphasizes the point that I don't think you need to pay for exercises, since most movements I do, I make up my own exercises and most are simply tracing geometric shapes with the eye . For example I will do a "square" always focusing as far on the edges and corners of my eye as much as I can, I also do triangles, diamonds, or whatever I can think of.

I do this for 5 minutes or so a day, the easiest way is while I am on my computer listening to music, I will exercise my eye for the entire length of one song, since I have tendency otherwise to stop after about 30 seconds.

The other component to I exercises that I ran across when I first started is the concept to getting the eye muscles to "relax". This allows the eye muscles to not be "frozen" into the elongated position for near-sighted people, or "frozen" into the round shape for farsighted people. I gotta get more consistent with these, since I think they have great value.

Squeezing the eyes real hard and then open real wide, repeat 10 times or so. This allows the natural tears to lubricate he eyes and properly change shape and focus.

Near and Far: Focus on an object nearby, like the corner of your computer screen, and then focus on a far away object such as a birdhouse outside of your window, repeat several times. This one is probably important and make s logical sense, in that like and automatic camera lens, it trains the eye to use its muscles to elongate he eye for close up viewing and to round the eye for far away viewing.

There are others, but as I said, you will find endless suggestions on the web from people who have put all  this into practice.

In the end, the eyes are the most important but least exercised part of the body. I am typing this post with no reading glasses, and when I originally found myself squinting in front of my computer screen a few years back, writing this would have been impossible without reading glasses. I am going to go all out, after inspiring myself after writing this article, and see if I can eliminate the reading glasses permanently. I'll will do another article when I get to that level………and with dedication and consistency, I'm sure I will succeed.

~stay healthy~


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Great Post! I too have a lazy left eye. Partially blind actually in the left eye. Was diagnosed with MS after going blind in both eyes but recovered most of my vision. Have been on a journey of health through nutrition and just looking to fine tune the last bit. I know some where out there is the final answer. This will be a fun test. Keep up your great posts!


I just started these exercises yesterday, and boy, are my eyes tired!
I've always had really crappy vision (very near-sighted, plus astigmatism, plus tons of varicose floaters) but it's gotten even worse in the past year, and I can tell that my muscles have gotten very weak. I can no longer see the alarm clock across the room no matter how hard I squint, and it actually hurts when I roll my eyes up and try to focus on the measuring cup for cooking.
I'll get back to you in a couple of weeks with a progress report.


I leaned since song is about 5 minutes, just exercise them while a song is playing twice a day, and I am taking a break from my computer work. When the song stops, then I stop.


Just did my morning set to "Hey, Ho, on the Devil's Back".  Only 3-1/2 minutes but I'll be repeating at least four times a day to establish the habit. 
Could be in my head, but I think it's already making an improvement. I could almost make out the time when I woke up this morning!


If you can get through a few month’s you should see some improvement. I also noticed that if you squint til the eye is almost closed and try to read the clock with you bad eye, for me it was with the clock close up, you bad eye can actually see clearly. What that means is that the eyesight is not permanently damaged, but the eye, when in a certain shape and certain level of muscle contractions, can see just fine, it just gets “frozen” into a shape that makes vision blurry, and the muscles are too weak to re-focus it, like camera lens that is stuck in one focus position. But be patient, I will even admit that I will slip on my exercises for few weeks, then jump back into them.


Update 4/24/13: Been doing the eye exercises twice daily for about 2-3 weeks now. Focus has improved somewhat; I can read the alarm clock about half the time. The really big improvement has been with the range of motion of my eyeballs: I can now look much further up or down or side-to-side than I could before without strain. It no longer hurts when I'm looking up at a measuring cup. Yay, it feels like I'm turning the clock back as far as my vision is concerned. Will continue these on a dailly basis.


Awesome, thanks for your comments so others may be able to follow along. For me, it’s the same, I can read well “half the time”. I still haven’t got into those techniques where have to “relax” the eyes. Keep going!!!!!!!!


Hi There I aways had a lazy eye as a child but it was only noticably when I was very tired, my sight has gotten worse I now have what they call an optional squint, the eyes fight with one another, they work in oppisite directions, I will try this exercise, as keep you posted thank you for this post it gives me hope.



Hi Fagmeeda,

Good luck with your eye exercises, let us know how it turns out.

~stay healthy~


Congratulations !!! Your article is well done, you made it so funny and very created!!  The info is realy the best, dr. Mercola sales it and very costy for lots of us but with your suggestions its a good way to start and you motivate by tell us your experience. nutrition helps as well but the excercise is the key Comments


Hi sonia

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I still do eye exercise, but I must admit for honesty I go through phases where I slack off. My eyesight is no were near totally reversed, but I can read the monitor with no reading glasses. and I can read my cell phone texts with no glasses if I REALLY relax my eyes and take my time.

The one thing I do all the time, which I did mention in the article, is I wear and eye patch over my strong eye, or when I am in frond of the computer, I wear a pair of old reading glasses with the strong eye lens of the glasses blacked out. This forces only the weak eye to work. Fortunately for me I work from home, and I can spend 8-10 hours of the day with only the weak eye operating. This forces the weak eye to send signals to the brain by itself. I really think that work.

…..and I still do my eye exercise when the thought pops into my head.

So I don’t think my vision will ever be fully 20-20 again, but at least it is not getting worse

~stay healthy~


Glad your exercises have helped. I have one eye very different too.

I cycle a lot and that does wonders for the eye, as you have to dart your eyes around rapidly, looking in the distance, then looking down at thorns, and back etc.

My way of exercising my eyes at the computer is to slant my computer screen back, so when my eyes are looking at the top of the screen they have to focus twice as far away than the bottom of the screen, thus excercising them in the process of using the computer. Obviously that will work with a desktop screen but not a tablet.

As a child I always exercised my different eye, cycling with just it. Nowadays I go to sleep with that eye slightly open and the other closed, to give it a "preference".

Hope some of these ideas help too.



Hey DM

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

I gonna see if I can try your computer screen suggestion. To be honest, I’ve been slacking a little on my eye exercises, I gotta get back seriously into it. One thing I do consistently is wear reading glasses all day with the strong eye blacked out and and eyepatch over the strong eye, since I can work at home and no one can see me looking like a pirate woth glasses.

Bu tI do have to remember to exercise my eye every day.

~stay healthy~

Doug at Gaia Health Blog


Edit to above : the computer screen is stationed with the screen bottom at eye height, so the leaning back in this position creates a good distance difference for the eyes to focus around on. d


thanks for the tips im trying them already


Sick to death of my glasses. I have had great eyesight up until around the age of 40. I am 43 now and it has progressively gotten worse. Going to give this my best effort and get back to you!


Hi Shelly,

It takes diligence and perseverance. I can go for a few months with slacking off my eye exercises and then get back to it. My eyesight is no where near normal, but I could read my computer monitor without reading glasses if I want to.

What I do now, which is my choice, is that since my left eye is so weak, I’ve blacked out the right eye of my reading glasses and wear an eye patch over my right eye. In this way my left eye does all the reading. I work from home and no one sees me all day. I was told if you have amblyopia, if that weak eye gets too weak I was told it will stop sending signals to the brain.

The way I learned to stay “fairly” consistent with eye exercises is i have a morning playlist of “good morning music”. Whenever I hear a certain song, I stop and exercise my eyes for the length of that 5 minute song. Works pretty well.

On a scale of 100% in how devoted I am to this whole thing, I’d say I’m 80%. It works, my eyesight is basically “stable” and not gotten worse, I think somewhat better, but I could do better if I wanted, and if I learned to stop using my reading glasses all together, I guess sometimes they are just more convenient. I could do better but I think I’m doing decent. I am pretty devoted to covering my right eye 8 -10 hours a day and letting my weaker left eye do all the work part of the day.

Doug at GAIA Health Blog

Doug Wallace

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