Exercises for Astigmatism
Have you ever wondered what the source of your blurry vision is? Oftentimes it is because the outer
visible areas of your eyes, also known as the corneas, are not perfectly round. This makes anything that
you are looking at focused both on the retina and behind the retina. To you it appears as a shadow,
doubling, or tilting.
If you have experienced these symptoms, you may have astigmatism. It is most likely due to an uneven
stress pattern located within the muscles of your eyes. In most cases astigmatism is due to cornea
distortion due to an uneven stress pattern among the four muscles located around and in front of the
There are a few different types of exercises you can do to relieve this stress or to reverse your
astigmatism entirely. It is recommended to attempt this exercise first before continuing to the more
1. Put your thumb right in front of your eyes, within just a few inches. Do not worry if your thumbnail is
2. Slowly move your hand up, following it with your eyes but not your
head. Then move your thumb down following the same instructions.
Repeat in all different directions, remembering to go slowly.
3. Take a break to relax your muscles and repeat the exercise, this time
synchronizing your movements with your breathing. Inhale slowly as
you move your thumb one direction, and exhale slowly as you bring it
back to the center. Pay attention to how your whole body will begin to
relax, including the muscles in your eyes.
4. It is important to note that you should do this exercise two different
ways, in a clockwise direction and in a counter-clockwise direction. This
will allow you to notice if some angles are more difficult for your eyes than others. Make note of those
1. Download and print a Tibetan wheel eye chart and place it about an inch from your nose with the tip
of your nose pointing at the circle in the center. Once again, it is alright if you cannot see the chart
2. Looking at the chart you will see several pillars with steps leading towards the center. Jump from step
to step with your eyes until you can see the circle. Then repeat, while exhaling slowly.
3. Follow the smooth spikes. Remember to practice the breathing exercises at the same time.
4. Similarly to the other eye exercise, you will need to continue the exercise many times a day.
Depending on how serious your astigmatism is you may be able to get rid of it completely while just
doing the exercises for a few short weeks.
It is recommended that those that have vision problems and are considering treatment should invest in
health insurance for vision care. These exercises can help the shape of your cornea become more round,
but it is possible that you may need more help than just these exercises. If that is the case, do not
hesitate to find the help you need.
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