The School for Perfect Eyesight, Sri Aurobindo Ashram,
Pondicherry, is a ray of hope to those suffering from visual defects. The patients have to undergo treatment for a week and follow it up through simple exercises taught in the School.
Although the treatment is free, one may contribute according to his will.
The beneficiaries are in the age group 7-40. Strain seems to be the chief cause for refractive errors. The School intends to popularize relaxation as an important and vital part of preventing visual defects.
Misuse of the eyes while reading, sewing, watching films, has been the cause of the strain in the eyes and headaches. Relaxing exercises might reduce the need for glasses. While glasses help to correct eye defects to some extent and offer relief from headaches and watering of eyes, they do not check deterioration. The power of glasses continues to increase.
There are a number of relaxing exercises, taught here to improve the sight. One has to come here to learn them under proper supervision to get the maximum benefit. A few of the important exercises are as follows :
After the sun treatment, go into the
shade and wash the eyes with ordinary or saline water. To wash the
eyes, take an eyecup, fill it with water, dip your right eye
inside and blink gently ten times. This should then be repeated
for the left eye. After washing, the eyes should be gently wiped.
Palming is the most important
exercise and all should practice it to get relief from pain and
fatigue. Palming is done by covering the closed eyes with the
palms of the hands so that no light passes through. Children
should be advised to palm regularly, so that they can work better.
If it is done often it is one of the best methods for relieving
strain and discomfort and gives relaxation.
4. READING FINE PRINT IN CANDLE-LIGHT AND IN GOOD LIGHT
Reading fine print or
photographically reduced print is a very good exercise for myopia
and causes no discomfort. The fine print booklet must be placed
below the chin and should be read at the distance from which it is
seen best. This distance will vary for every individual. Blink
twice in each line and shift the head along the line. This is to
be done for two to five minutes. It should be done in candlelight
and then in good light. If any pain or discomfort is felt, the
reading may be avoided.
6. GAME OF BALL
This exercise improves the
accommodating ability of the eyes. It helps to form the blinking
habit. It is done by throwing the ball from one hand to the other.
One should follow the ball's movements and blink after each catch.
This should be done for ten minutes.
Children like to play for a longer period and should be allowed to
After practicing for several days the vision improves, giving full
relaxation. It is to be noted that all can practice this exercise.
7. DISTANT CHART READING
This is where memory becomes a help
to the eyes. Two identical charts are used. One of them is hung on
the wall and the patient holds the other.
The patient reads with blinking the distant chart. When he is
unable to do so, he looks at the chart in his hand and then keeps
his eyes closed for half a minute. Then with gentle blinking, he
looks at the distant chart and tries to make out the letter
without straining or squinting. After some time the patient is,
with the help of the memory, able to visualize the letter and the
distant objects, which he previously was unable to see.
8. VAPOUR AND COLD PACK
A bowl of water is heated to form
steam and a few drops of eucalyptus oil are dropped in. Lean over
the bowl and blink in the rising vapour for a minute or two. Then
take two clean handkerchiefs, dip them in ordinary cold water and
place them over your closed eyes. Leave them like that for ten
Those suffering from sinus troubles should avoid taking the cold
All these exercises take about 35 to 40 minutes to complete. One
may find some complain of headache or eye pain during these
exercises. In this case the experts are to be consulted.
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