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Eye Exercises: Do They Really Work?

By May 27, 2009

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Many people wonder if performing exercises with their eyes can actually reduce their need for glasses and ease learning disabilities. The various techniques, including eye-hand coordination drills, eye movement routines and focusing on blinking lights, are widely promoted by various companies. Does this sound too good to be true? It may be.

A recent 2009 study found little evidence in support of vision exercises that supposedly slow or reduce myopia, ease dyslexia and correct conditions caused by physiological problems, like blurred vision. Eye exercises are useful for some problems, such as treating convergence insufficiency in which the eyes have trouble working together. They do not, however, seem to relieve myopia or dyslexia.


Source: O'Connor, Anahad. The Claim: Eye Exercises Can Enhance Your Vision. The New York Times, Health, 25 May 2009.

November 11, 2009 at 8:21 am
(1) Dan says:

For me it really works.
I’v done eye exercises for a few month and my vision is really improved. You just have to persist and be patience. It takes time to see the improvement.

This is where I get the exercises:

There is a flash animation for every exercise to demonstrate it.

May 29, 2010 at 10:59 pm
(2) Karrie says:

Um, I don’t know if they work for sure, but I’m sure trying the eye exercises just in case. No harm trying. I’m hoping for the best!

September 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm
(3) Sheila says:

Well i’ve been doing eye excersises mostly palming, and I only wear my contacts/glasses when i REALLY need to see, and and i blink more, and i do various other excersises when i get a free moment or i’m listening to a boring teacher talk. Ive been doing this for about three days now, and today i forgot to put my contacts on, but at school, i would have random bouts of clear vision. this has NEVER happened before, and i was amazed that i could see results already. I checked a book out at the library and i recommend it its called seeing without glasses by roberto kaplan, no im not paid to say that btw. im a high school student and i just found the book to be useful, so yeah. so if your thiking about doing this, i wholly recommend it. and dont buy anything on this stuff, all you need is on the internet or at the library. hope i helped :) happy eye improving

November 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(4) brian says:

I did eye exercises for 2 years straight everyday twice a day for 30 to 45 minutes my vision improved a little but could still not pass a driving test.I did everything I was instructed to do I didn’t wear contacts or glasses for the entire time.I decided to have the lasik procedure and was very glad I did. I wouldn’t recommend doing eye exercises because it was a waste of time for me .

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January 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm
(6) Will says:

As someone who no longer wears glasses and improving the symptoms of an incurable eye disease I assure eye exercises can help improve eyesight.

Although which exercises, how you do them and for how long are important. For free vision improvement programs check this website out:

January 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm
(7) Richard says:

I have also been doing eye exercises for many years and have seen improvements. The Envision Self Healing website has a list of many eye exercises for everyone to try! http//:www.envisionselfhealing.com

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