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Shifting Eye Exercise

Dan, USAHow the Shifting Eye Exercise Improves Eyesight

The macula is a small area in the retina that contains a high concentration of cone cells. the photoreceptor cells responsible for seeing fine details. In our everyday lives the macula is regularly underused as we ignore fine details in our surroundings. This eye exercise activates the cones and retrains the brain to look at smaller and smaller detail making the eyesight clearer.

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Shifting Eye Exercise Summary

In theory this exercise can be performed on any object that has detail. Move the eyes rapidly from word to word, letter to letter or flower to flower depending on which Shifting exercise you are performing. As the exercise progress you gradually start shifting to smaller and smaller details stimulating and activating the macula.

Eye Exercise 1 – Shifting With Large and Small Print

Shifting With Large and Small Print Step-By-Step

  1. Large and Small Print Cover

    Remove any corrective lenses i.e glasses and contact lenses.

  2. Create a page on your computer with eight paragraphs of text. The first paragraph should be typed in large sized letters that you can very easily read. Gradually shrink the size of each new paragraph until you cannot read the final few from your normal reading distance. You can also download  our Large and Small Print from the Resources Section.
  3. Print out this document.
  4. Find the paragraph that you cannot quite read.
  5. Now look at the next paragraph down the page and instead of reading the letters look at the spaces between them.
  6. Now move even further down the page and look at the spaces between words.
  7. Finally, move to the smallest paragraph and count the spaces between the lines.
  8. Now look back at the paragraph that you couldn’t quite read before and see if it now easier to read.
  9. Cut a piece of black construction paper about 2 inches square.
  10. Put a tape loop near one edge of the paper and tape it to the eyebrow above your dominant eye blocking its central vision.
  11. Repeat steps 2 through 8 above while you wave your hand in the periphery of the dominant eye, which is covered by the black paper.
  12. Remove the paper and see if your vision is clearer.

Eye Exercise 2 – Shifting With Eye Chart

Shifting With Eye Chart Step-By-Step

  1. Remove any corrective lenses i.e glasses and contact lenses.10ft-vision-chart
  2. Download and Print out the 10 ft. Eye Chart from our Store Page.
  3. Tape the eye chart to a wall, preferably in full sun, where you can stand 10 to 20 feet away.
  4. Stand either 5, 10 or 20 feet away. Pick the distance where you are close enough to see the top two lines on the eye chart. If 5 feet is still too far get even closer.
  5. Read down the chart until you reach a line where you start to miss some letters.
  6. Now look below this and begin to count the letters in the lines that are too blurry to actually read.
  7. Now look at the spaces between the letters
  8. Go along these lines and say to yourself, “Letter, Space, Letter, Space, Letter, Space, etc.”
  9. Looking down even further where you cannot distinguish the letters from the spaces look at the spaces between the lines.
  10. Now look back up to the line where you missed some letters and see if can you recognize those missing letters.
  11. Now put on your obstruction glasses to cover your dominant eye and repeat steps 4 through 10.
  12. After working your suppressed eye in this way, take off the obstruction glasses and see if you can see letters that you couldn’t see before.

Eye Exercise 3 – Shifting With Flowers

Shifting With Flowers Step-By-Step

  1. photo(12)Remove any corrective lenses i.e glasses and contact lenses.
  2. Stand or sit where you can see a flower bed.
  3. Count 50 flowers. if you are unable to count individual flowers try counting the different patches of flowers.
  4. Now close both eyes and say “The flowers are…. (colour) the leaves are green.” For example, “the flowers are yellow the leaves are green.” Repeat three times then open your eyes and pay attention to the detail and colour contrast of the plants.
  5. Now count 50 petals. If necessary move in a little closer.
  6. Close the eyes and say “The petals are…the leaves are green,” three times.
  7. Open the eyes and look for improvement in detail, color or contrast.
  8. Palm for 5 deep breaths.
  9. Obstruct the dominant eye with obstruction glass’s or small piece of paper and repeat the sequence, steps 2-6.
  10. Remove the obstruction and pay attention to any change in clarity of color, contrast or detail of the flowers.