Our eyes contain many muscles. Therefore it makes sense, just as we need to exercise our arms, legs and stomach muscles to keep them healthy and strong, relaxing our eye muscles will certainly benefit us also.
There is plenty of research that has been providing us with valuable information on how important eye exercises really are. But there is a well know pioneer that started this movement some time ago.
An ophthalmologist named Dr. William Bates residing in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century developed a series of eye exercises to improve eyesight. Dr.Bates did this without resorting to glasses, lenses or surgery. He felt that many eye problems had their root causes in laziness, tension and stress, and many of his patients were treated without the normal correction such as lenses, glasses or surgery. Dr Bates’ methods were first devised many years ago, but an abundance of people still practice them today.
Dr Bates new that the eyes could be re-trained to relax and improve. The link between the optic nerves and the brain was what he focused on improving.
Dr Bates’ theories were largely ignored by the world of medicine back in the beginning of the 20th century. However, throughout the years, masses of people around the world have experienced remarkable improvements in their vision upon using his methods. Short sightedness, long sightedness, astigmatism, squints and lazy eyes have all been treated successfully using these methods. The exercises are extremely simple and even little children can easily learn and practise these exercises. Also, people with perfect vision that may have family members who wear glasses and are prone to these genetics can also use these vision exercises to strengthen their eye vision, improve their concentration and co-ordination.
These methods work and many countries such as Russia and China have been the forerunners in implementing these simple techniques.