How the Near and Far Eye Exercise Improves Eyesight
The ciliary muscle is an involuntary muscle which is part of the middle layer within the eyeball. It is connected to the lens by suspensory ligaments called zonules. The zonules and ciliary muscle allow the lens to either round (to see near) or flatten (to see far). When we focus our eyes on a near object the muscles contract, rounding the lens. When we focus on a far object, it relaxes, flattening the lens.
Just like any muscle in the body, if we don’t use it to its full potential then it will become weak and inflexible. So by fully contracting and relaxing we can train the muscle to become stronger and more efficient at its job ie accommodation (focusing), helping to improve eyesight.
Near and Far Eye Exercise Summary
Find a view which has at least a couple of different distances. For example, the beach has the horizon and the waves closest to you. Hold up your finger in front of you and shift your gaze from the most distant object, to the middle object and finally to your finger. Repeat this sequence but be sure you are not straining or overworking your eyes.
Near and Far Eye Exercise Step-By-Step
- Remove any corrective lenses i.e glasses and contact lenses.
- With a soft gaze, without any strain, look into the distance. Choose an object within your view that is the furthest away, for example, the horizon when looking out at the ocean.
- Now choose an object between you and the furthest object i.e. the waves in our example.
- Now hold up your finger as close to your nose as possible without strain.
- Keeping a soft gaze and without any strain, shift your focus from far to middle to near continuously i.e. horizon, waves, finger.
- Try to play with different variations such as going from far to middle 10 times, then middle to near 10 times or near to far 10 times.
Please note that a lot of us have weak ciliary muscles, so take it slow to begin with, paying extra attention to any strain or discomfort. If you find you are straining or feel any discomfort, stop and palm. If you feel as though you can continue, then do so; if not, then stop and come back to the exercise when the eyes are feeling relaxed again.