My thoughts on eye surgery

There has been an awful lot of marketing and advertising about laser eye treatments/eye surgery. It does sound exciting, the fact of having no more glasses and contact lenses, and having the freedom of clear vision. But is it really worth it? Considering that it is traumatising the eyes themselves.

I do know someone who has had it, and so it seems to have “worked” for them. But when I heard of things like this it got me a little excited. This was even after trying eye exercises off and on for a while (obviously my eyesight improved, but I was still myopic to a fair degree). This excitement was before doing further research into what actually goes on in the surgery. It would be stupid to say that this surgery does not damage the eye. It does damage it. If you are not familiar with eye surgery then you really should research it. Someone who has Myopia (short sightedness) has an American football shaped eye, so the focal point is not at the retina, but somewhere forward of there. What eye surgery does is it slices a flap of the cornea, peels it back, a laser then peels a tiny layer from under the flap, and then the flap is replaced. What this essentially does is force the light to focus at the retina. As you can hear from the description it does not sound too nice. Who would choose to have that done? We can also see that it actually treats the symptoms but not the cause. The real reason the eyes became weak in the first place has not been remedied, the eyes are likely to deteriorate. Granted it may take a number of years for this to happen, but it is likely to happen. There is an alternative though. Learning to relax your eyes while strengthening them through exercise. Embarking on an eye exercise routine can be done, like any exercise, at varying levels i.e. for a few minutes now and again, or embarking on a regimen of up to 30 minutes each day. This takes some dedication, and results are not immediately seen. But persistence will pay off.

More information about exercising the eyes can be found elsewhere on this site. For example, The muscles of the eye and how to exercise them is an article I wrote which teaches you exactly how to do that. Even a few minutes of eye exercise per day helps. You can take these exercises as far as you like. Here is a great video that can show you how to deal with computer eye strain. After all, you are reading this on a computer! It doesn’t take very long to do, and if you are using a computer you should be taking regular breaks. Remember the 10-10-10 rule.

Natural Eyesight Improvement Books and Information

There are lots of vision improvement books, courses, audio books, charts, tools, you name it. Before you hand over your hard earned cash you can do a search on google for free information. On Google Books you can view the book that started it all – Better eyesight without glasses by W H Bates (the link will take you to a version that you can read online, for free). The book was a revolution – and a shock to the established ophthalmologists. It is strange however that they are still taught at college and medical school that eyesight cannot be taught naturally. Another great resource full of downloadable e-books and magazines about improving eyesight naturally is

Vision Chart

How else would you monitor the progress of your natural vision exercises than test them with the Snellen eye chart. There are many sites out there that have printable examples of this chart, but the best one I have come across is from This site has many versions of the chart, and the beauty of the thing is that it is free! The downloads section of the site has a printable PDF version of the chart as well as postscript. Enjoy!

Feel free to post other links and resources that you might find!

The muscles of the eye and how to exercise them

The human eye has six muscles that control its movement in the eye socket. These muscles, like any other muscles, can be toned, too tight, or too loose. With the stresses and strains of modern living most of our muscles are in a state of tension – which directly affect the shape of the eyeball. Eye exercises can tone these muscles. Toned muscles are in a relaxed state of readiness almost. It has been said that the greatest form of tension is lack of usage. Ask anyone who hardly moves how much energy they have. Then look at someone who exercises regularly. These eye muscles then provide information about what exercises will target what muscles. The muscles in the eyes are:

  1. Elevator of the eyelid – raises the upper eyelid
  2. Superior oblique – rolls the eyeball
  3. Superior rectus – turns the front (cornea) upwards
  4. External rectus – turns the front (cornea) outwards
  5. Internal rectus – turns the front (cornea) inwards
  6. Inferior oblique – rolls the eyeball
  7. Inferior rectus – turns the front (cornea) downwards

The primary muscle to affect the shape of the eyeball is the superior oblique muscle (number 2). A simple eye rolling exercise, controlled so it takes 10 seconds or so to perform one rotation done for 1 minute each direction will target this muscle. Practice this everyday along with other muscles. This is a great video which shows how this muscle works.