Peripheral vision is extremely important for all daily life activities. We use our peripheral vision all of the time without even realizing it. However, prolonged close eye work or simply staring forward too hard eventually diminishes the eye’s ability to see clearly peripherally.
The following peripheral vision exercise techniques are great for enhancing side-vision. They are extremely easy and can be done any time and as many times you’d like.
Here is for to perform the first Peripheral Vision Exercise.
- Take a pencil or a pen and sit comfortably on a chair. Keep your back straight and look forward.
- Hold the pencil about 10 inches in front of your eyes.
- Look forward and try to see past the pencil into the “distance”. You should see the pencil but it shouldn’t be your focus.
- Slowly move the pencil to the left without moving your eyes. You should see it with your peripheral vision. Move the pencil as far as you can see it peripherally.
- Repeat the same to the right, up and down. Remember not to look at the pencil but see it with your side vision.
- Once you master steps 1-5, you can start moving the pencil diagonally or do circular movements clockwise or counter clockwise.
Two Dots Peripheral Vision Exercise
Take a look at the image on the left. You can create a similar chart or print the chart available at the end of this newsletter. It is recommended that you print the image in color. Hang the chart on a wall and sit (or stand) approximately 1 meter in front of it. The little black dot should be at your eye level. Here is what you need to do next:
- Look at the little black dot and “lock” your eyes on it. You should see the two colored dots with your side vision.
- Keep your eyes focused on the little black dot for about 30 seconds. While doing that, resist the temptation to switch your focus to the colored dots.
- Close your eyes and perform Palming for about a minute and repeat.
You may find the Two Dots Peripheral Vision Exercise somehow hard to perform at the beginning. Do not give up and keep trying. Your ability to maintain steady focus on the central dot while seeing the other two dots with your side vision will gradually improve. Remember that you should not push yourself too hard and strain your eyes. Always relax after each repetition and after completion of the exercise.
“Grab” Peripheral Vision Exercise
The following vision exercise is one of the easiest peripheral vision eye exercises. It can be done anytime and as many times you want. Here is what you have to do:
- Ask a friend to help you with the exercise.
- Sit comfortably on a chair, keep your back straight and look straight ahead.
- Ask your partner to stand right behind you.
- Ask your partner to start wiggle their hands near the edge of your peripheral field of vision to the left and to the right. Every time you see your partner’s thumbs, grab their hand.
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