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Improve your vision by way of 'eye yoga'

Christine J. Kim - | 10/29/2010, 7 a.m.

USA WEEKEND Health

Eye exercises can help maintain or improve vision and eye-brain coordination. According to Jane Rigney Battenberg and Martha Rigney in their book, Eye Yoga, you can reawaken deep brain capacities that have been lost over time. "Eye yoga stretches the eye muscles to increase their flexibility, relaxation, ability and stamina," they say. Here are a few exercises you can try:

Clock circles. Look up to the 12:00 of an imaginary clock in front of you. Keeping your head still, slowly sweep your gaze around the clock face. Reverse and repeat, adjusting circle size and speed as you go.

Finger push-ups. Hold your index finger at arm's length from the tip of your nose. Slowly move your finger closer and farther away, keeping it in focus. Repeat five to eight times.

V-in and V-out. With your index and middle finger, make a V-shape at a comfortable distance in front of you. Slightly cross your eyes and focus on a spot in front of the V for V-in and behind it for V-out, until you see three fingers. Focus on the center one until you can clearly see the tip where the two fingers come together.

Cup your hands over your closed eyes to relax them once you finish.

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