Eye Exercises to Improve Vision

Here are a few exercises to relax back your tired eye muscles.


First, rub your hands together until they feel warm (about 15 to 20 seconds). Then place your cupped hands over your closed eyes, being careful not to touch your eyes with the palms of your hands. The fingers of each hand should overlap and rest gently on the center of your forehead.

Sit quietly for one to two minutes with your hands over your eyes. The more relaxed you become, the blacker the darkness you will see with your eyes closed.

Near-far Focus

This exercise improves eye flexibility: Hold a pen six inches from your nose. Focus on this pen. Take one deep breath and exhale slowly. Then focus on an object about 10 feet away. Take another deep breath and slowly exhale. Repeat back and forth 15 times. This exercise is very effective in strengthening the eye muscles.


Place a bowl of hot water and a bowl of cold water in front of you. The hot water should be hot but not so hot that it burns you. The cold water should be ice cold, so either put ice cubes in it or get it out of the refrigerator.

Put a wash cloth in each bowl. Place the wash cloth from the bowl of hot water against your closed eyes for 30 seconds. Then do the same with the wash cloth from the bowl of cold water. Continue to alternate the hot and cold wash cloths.
Finish by gently massaging your closed eyes with a dry towel. Do this for two minutes.

Rotating the Head

This exercise is to relax your neck and head muscles and reduce shoulder tension. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. On the exhale, slowly drop your chin to your chest. Relax your neck and shoulders. As you inhale deeply again, slowly and gently rotate your head to the left, then back, keeping your shoulders relaxed. Make your movements slow. Now exhale full as you rotate your head to the other side and down to your chest again. Repeat this sequence twice then change directions and repeat twice more.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Eye Exercises to Improve Vision

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      These exercises are general eye exercises, not specific for macular degeneration.

      Patients this condition can be trained by certain exercises to increase their peripheral field of vision. You need to visit an eye specialist and get trained for that. They teach you how to avoid blind spots and make full use of the range of vision you have.


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