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Eye Crunches to Reduce Eyestrain and Myopia

January 3rd, 2012

Eye doctors recommend that you do an eye crunch because when you’re actively using your eye muscles, you’re reducing your chances of myopia (nearsightedness) and eyestrain, which especially occurs among those who spend hours working in front of the computer or watching television. Dr. William Bates, an ophthalmologist, developed the earliest eye exercises in 1900 and he authored the book Perfect Sight Without Glass in 1920. Other benefits of doing an eye crunch include blood circulation to the eyes, reduction of eye tension and a reduction in the risk of age-related macular degeneration.  Finally, the eye crunch repairs a lazy eye, which occurs when some of your eye muscles weaken.

One eye crunch to try is to read from an eye chart that you can purchase from a medical supplies store. Paste the eye chart on a wall that’s a few inches away from you then glance up at it every few minutes. Another idea is to put your hand over one of your eyes then try to read some of the letters on the chart.  Do the same eye crunch with your other eye and repeat this for a few weeks.

Eye Crunch: What is it?

November 28th, 2011

Eye crunch is the natural effect that occurs in your eyes when you are looking at something.  Just like the parts of your mouth work differently when you are using them, the eye works in different ways depending on how it is being used.

Since we are using our eyes to see constantly when we are awake, we tend to overlook the fact that we do use them in several different ways.  Eye crunch is the way the internal parts of our eye react and send different signals to the brain depending on how the eye is used and the different parts of the eye that are being strained and utilized.

The biggest difference in how we use our eyes is when we are viewing something that is up close as opposed to something which is in the distance.  The eye crunch in each of these circumstances is different as different parts of our eyes have different parts to play and thus different strains when looking far away or looking up close.  Another example of a time when eye crunch plays a big part in how our eyes react to what we are doing is when we are reading.

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