How the Distance Looking Eye Exercise Improves Eyesight
In our modern lifestyle we spend almost all of our waking hours looking at close objects. Computers, cell phones and even our friend’s or colleague’s faces are seen at a relatively close range.
When we look at close objects, the ciliary muscles in the eye that round our lenses to make these objects clear are contracted. As with all muscles, contracting the ciliary muscles (also called the ciliary body) for long periods of time can lead to stiffness, fatigue and eye strain.
Our eyes are designed to spend a majority of time looking out into the distance, at the weather, crops or animals. When we look into the distance the ciliary muscles relax and our lenses flatten. Therefore, if we rarely look into the distance our ciliary muscles can never rest and relax.
As an antidote to the modern habit of looking close, this simple eye exercise flattens our lenses and relaxes our ciliary muscles making our eyesight clearer.
Distance Looking Eye Exercise Summary
Find a place where you can see an object 20 feet or more away. Looking at infinity such as a horizon or landscape is the best.
In a relaxed way gaze softly into the distance. In later stages of this exercise you will also shift from detail to detail in the distance to engage the brain.
Distance Looking Eye Exercise Step-By-Step
- Remove any corrective lenses i.e glasses and contact lenses.
- Find a location where you can look out into the distance, approximately 40 yards or more.
- Spend 10 minutes or longer just appreciating what you can see, even if it seems blurry.
- Shift from detail to detail. For example, move your gaze from branch to branch or window to window.