May 9th
2009

Eye Exercises  ⁄  Extraocular Muscle Warm-up

Nearsightedness, in its early stages, is not a disease, it is adaptive change of the eyes to improper actions.  The Dynamic Fixation Method is based on the idea that if your eyes start moving in the right way, your sight will become sharper. In the previous lessons, you began to feel your external ocular muscles. If you want to have strong vision, you must control both – the performance of the exercise and its outcome. The outcome of the exercises is estimated visually, and the performance is controlled through muscle sense in real time.

Extraocular Muscle Warm-up

This exercise goal is to warm up and stretch out the extraocular muscles. In this way, we prepare them for work. So when do oculomotor muscles start working? – As soon as we wake up and open our eyes. That is why I recommend doing this warm-up as soon as you wake up, lying on your back in bed with closed eyes.


Your eyelids are closed and relaxed. Look in front of yourself; every muscle is relaxed. This is primary position.

On the count of one, move your eyes to the left. You will feel tension in the left corners of your eyes.  Make sure that the tension is only on the left. If you have felt it over or under the eyes, it means that you didn’t move your eyes exactly to the left.  Then return them to the primary position and move them left again, slowly. If you feel tension in the corners of the right eyes too, it means that the antagonist muscles are working at the same time.  (Antagonist muscles are opposite muscles; for example, the opposite of the lateral ocular muscles are the medial ocular muscles.) This means that you are doing the exercise too forcefully and not smoothly. Try to do it right. Then move the eyes to the primary position.

The eyelids are closed and relaxed as before.  On the count of two, move your eyes up so that visual axes are parallel, as if you are looking at the sky. If you do everything right, you will feel tension over the eyes. Muscles in the left, right and under the eyes are relaxed. Then move the eyes to the primary position.

On the count of three, move your eyes right. You will feel tension in the right corners of your eyes. Try to relax the rest of the muscles. Your muscle sense will help you do it. Then move the eyes to the primary position.

On the count of four, move your eyes down so that the visual axes are parallel. Imagine that you are looking at your feet if that helps you. You will feel tension exactly under the eyes. Relax the rest of the muscles. Then move the eyes to the primary position.

On the count of five, move the eyes inwards towards the bridge of the nose.  The eyelids are closed and relaxed. You will feel tension in the both medial ocular muscles in nasal corners. The rest of the muscles are relaxed. Then move the eyes to the primary position.

At the diagram below is shown the sequence of counting and eye movement at the beginning of warm-up:

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Continue to do the exercises in the same sequence. Warm-up includes 100 exercises. Every exercise complex consists of five movements.  Count repeated eye movements in opposite directions in multiples of five (5, 10, 15, 20….. 85, 90, 95, 100). At first you will be tired and unable to do many movements, but you can work to increase the number to 100. It is not necessary to do more than 100 movements.

Doing the movements from 21 till 99  use sequence of counting and eye movement as at the diagram below:

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This warm-up prepares the eye muscles for work and also improves blood circulation and circulation of intraocular fluid in the eyes.  If you do this warm-up every morning, it will help you reduce the risk of such dangerous diseases as cataract and age-related macular degeneration in the future.

Take care of your eyes. Get rid of myopia the natural way.

Dr. Arkadiy Davydov.

4 Responses

  1. David Gloeckner:

    29.09.2012 at 04:47 #

    I have vertical diplopia supposedly due to a problem with eye muscles. Hope your exercises will help.

  2. Doc:

    29.09.2012 at 15:21 #

    David, I hope so too.

  3. Abida:

    06.12.2012 at 13:55 #

    Hello Doc,

    With closed eyes I am not able to do this excercise properly.Basically,in my case the movement of the eyes is not correct with clsoed eyes.It’s kind of diffcult for the first time.Can you help me?Sorry,for dropping so many queries -)

    Regards,
    Abida

  4. Doc:

    06.12.2012 at 18:52 #

    Abida, the point is in a sort of control. When you are doing the warm-up exercise with open eyes you are controlling eye movements by vision. With closed eyes you are using the perception of eye movements and the perception of how your eye muscles work. At the beginning closed eye movements are not correct because the visual control is natural for you, but the perception of eye movements is not. You need a lot more practice of warm-up and the goal is the right visual skill with perception of how your eyes move.

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