How to Improve Your Vision with Exercise

It's time to stop thinking about vision as some sort of cloud-based operation that we can't really change. You are not at the mercy of the eye chart. There are some very fix-able aspects of the visual system and this article is designed to show you how.

The most important fact that you will have to keep in mind as you read this article is that five out of the six ocular muscles attach the sphenoid. 

Ocular Eye Muscles

The sphenoid is a bone (that sort of looks like the bat signal) that sits inside your head, right behind your eyes. 

Sphenoid Bone Gif

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The sphenoid moves when you move. At its best, it's very un-stable and able to adapt to any movement in the body. It needs to be free to move. 

As Strength & Conditioning Coaches, your primary task is almost always going to be to maximize single leg stance. If this is a new concept to you, you should take a second to read this article. When you are in right single leg stance, your entire body should functionally shift, turn the proper muscles on and off and move accordingly. The same should happen during left stance.

The sphenoid is not excluded from this. When you are in left single leg stance, the sphenoid adjusts. When you are in right single leg stance, the sphenoid adjusts like this...

Sphenoid and Occiput in Single Leg Stance Rotation

You are looking down on the top of the skull. The top of the picture is the front and the bottom is the back. The left and the right are properly oriented. 

So that's what should be happening inside of your skull when you stand on your right leg.

The body is anatomically biased towards the right side. Over time, the right side of the body becomes very strong and the left becomes much weaker. The right side won't turn off and the left side won't turn on. Because of this, we get stuck in that right stance position with our sphenoid. You can learn more about the body's asymmetrical anatomy here.

Now let's re-visit this picture...

Ocular Eye Muscles

In this picture we are looking at the left eye. We know that the sphenoid, with respect to this picture, will move to the left, thus shortening these ocular muscles. 

On the right side, these muscles will be lengthening. Quite literally tugging on the eye. This very well might change the shape of the eye.

Now look at this picture...

Different Eye Shapes

If those muscles are tugging the eyeball backwards, what is that creating? I hope you are saying nearsightedness. 

If your body is stuck in right stance, you may be stuck with nearsightedness in the right eye and farsightedness in the left.


Most folks would get a new lens to adapt to this new vision. Maybe they would just chalk it up to getting old.

But not you!

You know now that maybe, just maybe, all you have to do is just become way better at getting out of right single leg stance and into left. 

What are the muscles you need to train? Hamstrings, adductors and abs.

And just like that, you're an optometrist. 

If you want to learn more about this, I will be hosting a live webinar tomorrow morning for all 4A Health Club members where I will outline the entire visual system, give you real exercises you can use to make this change and I will show you a four-week program I created specifically to help correct visual dysfunction. And don't worry, if you can't make the live show, all club members will have access to the recorded version any time you want. 

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