Exercise generator
Exercises
Get Eye Charts
Get Eye Charts
 

Exercises for squint

Squint (strabismus in Latin) is the eye defect that manifests itself with the weakening of eye muscles, which causes the change of the visual angle of one eye against the other. The effect of the squint is the impaired stereoscopic vision.

Normal eye Squinting eye
Normal eye Squinting eye

More information on this defect can be found here

When doing the exercises for the correction of squint, we need to adjust “the position” of muscles, that is, try to improve the eye coordination and restore it to the natural balance. The treatment of squint using vision exercises can be divided into 2 stages:

  1. Improvement of the eye coordination by the exercises for eye convergence and the exercise for flexibility of the eye muscles to make the squinting eye work with the other. For this aim, we use a cord as reference point. It is all about to see the imaginary cross which will be visible when achieving the proper position of both eyes and their convergence at the object we want to see.
  2. The second stage is the correction of the deviating eye and its main defect (such as short-sightedness). This is due to the situation that the squinting eye usually has a larger defect than the other one. Therefore, achieving the same acuity in both eyes will lead to the better balance between the eyes and a full correction of squint.

Exercise Z7. Exercise of swinging in mirror

This exercise was developed by Clara Hackett with the aim to relax the eyes and make them work together.
  1. Stand with the back facing the mirror in a small stride so that the feet are set apart at about the width of the arms.
  2. Conceal the healthy eye (let’s assume this is the right eye) with the palm and look straight ahead with the other eye.
  3. Now, turn the upper part of your body in the appropriate direction of turning the eye allowing you to see your eye in the mirror. If, for example, the left eye is facing the inside, turn your body to the left.
  4. Turn slowly to the initial position. Repeat this 4-6 times.
  5. Now, conceal the left eye and keep turning right until you can see the right eye in the mirror.

Duration: 2-4 minutes. Repetitions: 2-10 times per day
Alternative exercises: Z8, Z9 Eye strain: medium

Exercise Z8. Corrective swinging exercise

  1. Stand straight in a small stride so that your feet are set apart at about the width of the arms and pull out the hands to the sides at the height of the shoulders.
  2. Turn your head always in the opposite direction to the deviated eye. Therefore, if, for example, your left eye is facing the inside or the right eye facing the outside, turn your head to the left and look at your left hand while moving your head and trunk.
  3. Bow the upper body to the right with the left hand raising towards the ceiling and the right hand moving closer to the floor.
  4. Straighten your body to the initial position and bow the upper body to the left with the right hand raising and the left hand lowering.
  5. Now, change the sides and repeat the exercise this time looking at the right hand.
  6. If your right eye is facing the inside or the left eye facing the outside, do this exercise as described above but start from turning the head towards the right hand.
  7. Duration: 2-4 minutes. Repetitions: 2-10 times per day
    Alternative exercises: Z7, Z9 Eye strain: medium

Exercise Z9. Exercise with the trombone

This exercise is proposed by Janet GoodRich and as the name suggests, it involves the movement of any object back and forth like the musician playing the trombone.
  1. Any object of the size of a small bottle will be good for this exercise. Preferably, you should use an object that has many interesting elements so that your eyes have something to focus on.
  2. If your left eye is squinting to the inside, conceal the right eye with the hand and move the object from the central line of the body outside to the left. If your eye is squinting to the outside, the object should be put in motion starting from the outside and continue to move until it achieves the central line of the body.
  3. When we have already completed the first stage of movement, we move the object back to the initial position and repeat this movement 5-20 times. We can change the speed and range of movement.
  4. In the case of the defect in the right eye, conceal the left eye and do the same steps as in 2/3.
  5. While moving the object focus your sight on different details of the object trying to see them as sharply as possible.
  6. You should preferably move the object with the cord described in exercise K4, thus allowing yourself to uncover the healthy eye at a certain point and check whether the imaginary cross is visible. If you manage to do that, enjoy the success, it means that your eyes converge properly. Otherwise, conceal the healthy eye again and do the exercises with the squinting one.
  7. Duration: 2-4 minutes. Repetitions: 2-10 times per day
    Alternative exercises: Z7, Z8 Eye strain: medium

 
 
  © 2010 - BatesEyeExercises.com - All rights reserved