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.

More Tips to Improve Eyesight

Reduce the Wearing of Glasses

Most, if not all, natural vision improvement products will tell you to wear glasses as little as possible, or event to not wear glasses entirely. The reason for this is that glasses provide a temporary fix and do not improve your eyesight over the long term. Glasses will make your eyesight worse over time, which is why many people need stronger prescriptions each time they visit their optician.

Get Some Bilberry Extract

Bilberry is one of the best things you can take to improve your eyesight naturally, and you should start noticing results in under a month. The best type of bilberry to get is the standardized extract, ideally at 160mg. Although anything over 100mg should be good.

Avoid Sugary Foods

Sugar is bad news for the eyes – the more sugar you eat, the worse your eyesight will become. Sugar can come in the form of natural and artificial sugar.

Distance Focus Exercises

Since most people are short sighted (can see objects better when they are closer) one of the best exercises you can do to improve your eyesight is to refocus the eye by looking at near and far objects. You can do this using the finger method described in tip number 2 of our first tips article.

Use an Eye Exercise Program

Download an eye exercise program, or get any bates method book from Amazon and do the exercises daily. Go through each level in the program slowly, and only move up to a higher level when you find the exercises easy to do. This will give you a regimen to strengthen the eye muscles in your eyes.

Refocus Constantly

Whilst you should set aside some time to do eye exercises daily, it is a good idea to refocus your eyes throughout the day by making an effort to look at objects which are in the distance. Most of the time you are looking at objects which are very close to you. So take advantage of the times when you can look at things which are further away. At the same time avoid staring for long periods at computer or TV screens. If you have to look at a computer or TV for long periods, try to occasionally look at something in the distance.

Improve Your Hand To Eye Coordination

Exercise is great for general health, but for eyesight try sports that improve this. Martial arts are great, badminton is also excellent. Play games that work on this too. It is another great excuse to have fun!

Natural beauty care for the eyes

There is nothing more exciting than bright sparkling eyes. Your eyes should reflect your inner self and inner beauty. Lifes stresses and strains can however reduce the vitality of your eyes. There are many kits and kinds of makeup cosmetics on the market, but rather than using sythetic products there are natural things you can use to treat your eyes.

Natural Remedies

Try taking triphala powder for 2-3 months to promote a healthy system from within. You can even use this herb in an eyewash form to treat diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and conjunctivitis.

After washing the eyes with triphala water apply olive or almond oil around the eyes and massage gently. It makes eye muscles strong and soft and the skin around the eyes looks healthy.

Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Apply cucumber juice on the black circles with cotton for 2-3 weeks regularly.

Mix equal amount of almond oil and honey and apply a few drops on black circles for 2-3 weeks.

Dip five almonds in water, peel them and chew nicely in the morning or make a paste and take along with 250 grams of milk.

Take 125 gm of tomato juice and squeeze half a lemon in it. Mash 5-7 leaves of spearmint in it. Add black salt according to taste. Drink this once on the morning and evening to be relieved of constipation, worm infection and acne.

Take iron and calcium rich diet as their shortage are one of the dominant factors for black circles under the eyes.