Deborah E. Banker, MD
Would you like to throw away your glasses? Most people would
Would you like to throw away your glasses? Most people would. One possible solution can be found right under your fingertips literally!
There are six muscles around the eye and one muscle inside the eye that, like any other muscles, are susceptible to tension and stress. Often these muscles can be too tight or too loose, which can actually pull the eye out of shape and distort vision. Fortunately, one can employ exercises in Chinese acupressure to tighten or loosen these muscles and alter the curvature of the cornea, or in simpler terms, to help coax the eyes back into their natural state of health. Since the acupressure points are situated over nerves, tendons and muscles, acupressure allows one to be precise about sculpting the desired changes.
The superior oblique muscle (point 7) is one of the first muscles that applies pressure to the eye and causes its shape to change, often resulting in the need for glasses.
For nearsightedness, slowly press the acupressure point for one second with your thumb, and then release it. Do this gently for two minutes. It is important to breathe in when applying pressure and to exhale when releasing it. Make sure you do this slowly! If done too rapidly, it could have the opposite effect.
For farsightedness, the point must be shaken gently. Don't shake the whole head but instead wiggle the finger gently over the point for two minutes.
The second muscle is the inferior oblique (point 15) at the side of the nose on the inferior orbital bone. For nearsightedness, start with point 15, press and release. For farsightedness, shake it to tighten the muscle and lengthen the eye.
In farsightedness, the eye is too short and oftentimes the rectus muscles could be too tight. Point 10 will influence all the rectus muscles. To loosen muscles, press with your fingertip for one second, then release. To tighten muscles, shake the point gently.
Finally, one more muscle that may contribute to a visual problem is the ciliary muscle (point 3), which is the circular muscle inside the eye. For nearsightedness loosen the point by pressing, then releasing. For farsightedness, tighten the point by shaking gently.
For a complete list of eye acupressure points, please refer to the following diagram: