Exercising the eye is much like exercising any other part of your body – a single activity creates a stimulus with far reaching consequences.

If you run on a treadmill or lift some weights, you are just doing one thing:  Moving muscles.  This is exactly what you are actively doing, when working on your eyesight (affecting the ciliary muscle actively, vs. passively letting glasses do the work for you).

When you do lift weights or run on the treadmill though, so much more than moving a muscle happens, in your body.  The amount of oxygen that can be delivered and utilized, is increased (over time, with consistent exercise).  Your whole body adapts to manage the new requirements.  Even such seemingly distant aspects like bone density can be affected – which tends to increase with exercise (and a healthy diet).

So when you are just creating a single stimulus by working a muscle, your whole body responds.

In the Vision Improvement Courses we discuss clear focus triggers.  These vary from person to person, and become your key to using your eyes focusing muscles actively.  We discuss some of the common triggers, such as blinking or using each eye individually for a moment to get our eyes to actively adjust at the blur horizon.

Not long ago humanity existed in a time where the concept of physical exercise was an unknown to many people.  Just a few generations ago the idea of cardiovascular exercise, and neighborhood gyms catering to this activity, simply didn’t exist.  In a similar way, I think we are at the forefront of the idea of expanding the notion of physical rehabilitation into the domain of eyesight.  There is an alternative to passively seeing the world around you, to using focal plane changing crutches (glasses, contact lenses, laser surgery).  Understanding the Four Pillars, and  learning to find your own clear focus triggers to work past blur and double vision will help you make your own great strides towards improving your natural eyesight.