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Eye Exercise Improve Myopia : How effective is Eye Exercise?

Eye Exercise Improving Myopia: Latest Technology & Future

With numerous eye programs and products promoting eye exercises for nearsightedness, claiming to work wonders to improve your eyesight, it is no wonder that more and more people are beginning to asked, is nearsightedness correction really possible with eye exercises for nearsightedness alone?

The answer is really YES and NO.  This article aims to answer this question objectively.

Eye Exercise Improving Nearsightedness: Whats is the scientific principle behind?

Eye exercises are sometimes termed as eye accommodation exercises.  When our eyes see images, whether near or far, our eyes are constantly adjusting its focus, much like a camera does.  This is achieved with the group of ciliary muscles in our eyes.  The process of focusing near and far is medically known as accommodation.  (Also see How our Eyes Work)

When we see near object, our ciliary muscles tenses up.  When we see distant object, our ciliary muscles relaxed.  That is the reason why doctors would advise í░relax your eyes, see farí▒.   Many clinical studies have shown a strong correlation between near work and myopia.  With excessive near work, the ciliary bodies go into spasm and loose its accommodative ability, leading to myopia.  (Also see Causes of Myopia) Hence, if we are able to train our our ciliary muscles, we would be able to maintain its healthy function, and also treat myopia.

The concept of eye exercises to improve myopia has being around for a long time; the most famous advocator of which is Dr William Bates whom proposes amongst others, eye exercises in the 1920s commonly known as í░Bates Methodí▒.  His principle however has attracted much criticism from many eyecare providers, which we will attempt to explain the reasons later.

Eye Exercise Improving Nearsightedness: How effective is Eye Exercise

Once you understand how our eye works, and how myopia is caused, you will be better able to understand how effective is Eye Exercise for nearsightedness correction.


If the cause of myopia is due to visual fatigue as a result of poor visual habits or lifestyle, eye exercise will be helpful in shortsightedness correction.  Especially so for people whom are known to have weak ciliary muscle functions.  For people whose myopia is likely to be genetic or hereditary, eye exercise will be less effective.  However, it does not means that they will not benefit from eye exercises, eye exercises will still be helpful in maintaining the healthy function of the eye, and hence control myopia.

In addition to helping you to inhibit nearsightedness, eye exercises can be very helpful in the following situations too:

  • To increase eye function in people who find it difficult to read due to their inability to focus properly.
  • To reduce excessive eyestrain and fatigue.
  • Delaying presbyopia which is due to reduce focusing ability as one age
  • To help reduce increased sensitivity to bright light and strong illumination.
  • People who have crossed eyes may benefit a great deal from eye exercises as they help to align the eyes properly.
  • Doing eye exercises regularly can help to strengthen the eyes after eye surgery or any eye illnesses.  (However, this should only be done after consultation with your eye care providers.)
  • Amblyopia or commonly known as lazy eye
It is thus indeed possible that nearsightedness correction can be achieved simply by spending a few minutes everyday on doing relatively simple eye exercises.  In Asia, there is already a device EyeRelax that is widely sold in optical shops, clinics and pharmacy used for the control of myopia and improving eyesight.  This product has even won international accolades.It is especially effective for people at the onset of nearsightedness, when the vision is affected by visual fatigue.  For those whom have higher diopter of say -3.0 and above, where it is likely that their eyeball shape would have changed, and hence full recovery to good vision often difficult with eye exercise.  However, these people can use eye exercises to help improve their eyesight, and prevent their eyesight from worsening with healthier functioning eyes.
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There are a few factors affecting the effectiveness of eye exercises for nearsightedness.
  • If the cause to the user's myopia is highly genetic instead of visual fatigue, than eye exercises will not be too effective.  However, eye exercise will still be useful in controlling the progression of myopia.  Eye exercise maintains their eye functions and hence slows down its retardation further.
  • The user's lifestyle also plays a big part.  If the user continues to abuse their eyes with excessive computer gaming, poor visual habits or even poor nutrition intake, it will also affect the effectiveness of the eye exercise programme.
  • The user's discipline and diligence plays a big part to the effectiveness of the programme.  Most eye exerciser therapy requires 45 minutes of the patient's time, 2 times a day, to go through various cumbersome procedures.  This is difficult to commit especially with urban hectic daily life.  This is even more difficult if we are dealing with children subject.

However, increasingly technology is now available to guide patient step by step.  Devices such as EyeRelax for example is designed based on the latest visual fields research and is able to automate the whole process, reducing each treatment for nearsightedness to only 6 minutes each time.

Now that you have a good understanding of eye exercises effectiveness for nearsightedness correction, you are able to make an informed choice.


If a eye exercise programme claims to be able to correct your nearsightedness irregardless, it is not true.  One of the criticism on Bates practitioner is their view that with their method, the myopic eye, which is longer than normal, will be able to self regulate and return to normal size, and thus correct vision with persistent usage.  This notion is unacceptable to the mainstream of medicine practice.


Hence if you are looking to improve your eyesight, or controlling myopia, eye exercise for shortsightedness correction will be suitable for you.  If you are looking for a complete cure (where there is none currently), you will be disappointed.  Generally, improvement to the eyesight would have set in within 6 to 9 months when the eye regains its good function.  Continual usage is unlikely to result in further improvement, but it is encourage in maintaining the eyes healthy function.  EyeRelax has being able to gain good acceptance amongst eyecare professionals with its responsible statement despite its superior efficacy.

Eye Exercise Improving Nearsightedness: Latest Technology & Future

Through the research of visual fields and the availability of more sophisticated equipment, scientist now understand how our eyes function better.  It is through these researches that it was realize that the quality of the retinal image plays an important part to myopia development.  EyeRelax is the first to have incorporated the findings of these studies into its technology.  Hence it is able to improve both the accommodation function and the retinal activity thus achieving higher efficacy to improve eye health in a shorter time.

With increasing emphasis towards preventive medicine worldwide to combat the escalating health cost, and advancement in the ophthalmology fields, eye exercises is play a more significant role in our eye health in future.
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Eye Exercise Improving Myopia : Simple Eye Exercise
Eye exercises are usually quite simple and can be done almost anytime and anyplace. Some eye exercises for improving vision involve shutting one eye and focusing on an object close to you. After a few seconds, you focus on an object far away from you, while keeping the eye shut at all times. You alternate between focusing on the near object and the far object a few times and then repeat the entire eye exercise with the other eye closed. Other eye exercises for nearsightedness involve staring at various objects continuously instead of only one object close to or away from you, whereas some eye exercise programs may involve following a specific pattern or movement with your eyes so as to improve your focusing ability and also strengthen your eye muscles. By doing such eye exercises, you can strengthen your eye muscles and enable them to contract and expand properly so as to view near and far objects easily. Accommodation accuracy is also improved by doing eye exercises, which in turn helps to slow down the progression of myopia and keep your eyes healthy. A practical example to aid understanding would be; students whom sits right behind in the classroom and having to squint to see whats written on the whiteboard will often end up myopic. There is no "tension" to their muscles since they are sat far away, but nevertheless "tension" to their vision causing myopia. This also partly explains the less than satisfactory results of eye exercisers that purely concentrates on relieving ciliary muscle fatigue. Currently, only EyeRelax, an international award winning device is designed to treat both the accommodation and the visual neuro system(improving the quality of retinal image) of the eye and hence noted for its better efficacy. Apart from nearsightedness correction, eye exercises can be useful for various other eye problems to
Apart from nearsightedness correction, eye exercises can be useful for various other eye problems too.
Eye Exercises For Other Vision Problems

The following vision problems can be treated better with eye exercises:


Vision therapy are known to be especially effective for the treatment of amblyopia than mere passive patching.  Some eyecare practitioner requires their amblyopic patient to sort colour beads, circle particular words on newspaper etc as part of their treatment process.  These treatment method can however be very frustrating to the patient whom are already suffering from poor vision.  That is when devices such as EyeRelax Amblyopia are very useful.  Not only does it reduce the recovery time by half, it also makes treatment less painful than traditional method. When a person with amblyopia practices eye exercises regularly, their brain is forced into seeing from the affected eye. This goes a long way towards restoring proper vision in that eye. In fact, if used correctly at the age of four, eye exercises can be extremely successful.

In correcting amblyopia as the condition is at its most treatable at that age. Thus, eye exercises are a great corrective tool for children under the age of 5 diagnosed with amblyopia.  In adults, the best time to practice eye exercises is when the amblyopia has just been diagnosed and is still in the diagnostic stage.

Other Vision Problem : Squint, Strabismus and other eye muscle disorders

Apart from amblyopia, eye exercises can be used to help people who are suffering from vision problems due to convergence insufficiency and accommodation problems. Eye exercises have also proved to be immensely beneficial in the treatment of strabismus (crossed eyes) and are used for the treatment of presbyopia and rapid eye movements too.

This type of vision therapy is known as Orthoptics. Orthoptics refers to the use of various eye exercises to help improve sight problems caused by eye muscle disorders.

Vision problems such as glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration cannot be treated with eye exercises.  However, it is widely accepted that through eye exercises for nearsightedness and vision therapy machines such as EyeRelax, it is possible to delay the onset of these conditions and keep your eyes healthy for much longer.