[Video] Fix Your Eyesight With These 8 Qigong Techniques

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I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is that it’s entirely possible to start healing your eyes — without surgery — so that you no longer need glasses.

Now here’s the bad news:  It takes work. A lot of work.

If you aren’t committed, if you can’t dedicate 10-15 minutes every morning to do these exercises, then don’t bother reading any further.   This method isn’t for you.

If you think you might have what it takes, then read on and learn a series of special qigong techniques that can dramatically improve your eyesight, whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have an astigmatism.

(If you’re new to qigong, you can read more about it here.)

Ideally, these exercises should be done in conjunction with my 5-Phase Qigong Routine. If you don’t know this routine, I strongly recommend that you learn it, even if you’ve learned other qigong styles. Not all qigong is the same, and I can only vouch for the effectiveness of the method that I teach.

If you have any questions as you practice these techniques, then please post them in the comments section below.  And post your successes too, even minor ones!

Let’s dive in:

Exercise #1 – The Closing Sequence

Go outside between dawn and about 10:00am.  The earlier, the better.  Don’t skip this step.   It’s critical to do all of the techniques outside, in the morning light.  There is something about the early morning light that stimulates healing in the eyes.

Once you’re outside, go through the Closing Sequence that we normally do at the end of the 5 Phase Routine.  (If you don’t know the Closing Sequence, then you can learn it from this video here.)

Take a little longer than usual with the sequence, especially while holding the palms over the eyes.  (You can hold there for as long as five minutes.)

You’re going to continue doing the Closing Sequence throughout all of the stages, so make sure you know it well.

Exercise #2 – Counting Leaves

Stand a comfortable distance from a tree, plant, or bush with green leaves.  Using only your eyes (not your fingers), count the leaves.  Start with roughly 50 leaves, and gradually work up to 300.

If you run out of leaves, it’s fine to recount leaves that you’ve already counted.  In wintertime, you’ll need to find a suitable evergreen tree, or a bush.  If this isn’t possible for some reason, then bring your own leafy plant outside with you.  (Don’t forget to bring it back inside after!)

After Counting Leaves, finish with the Closing Sequence.

Exercise  #3 – Rolling Stars

With the eyes open, roll both eyeballs in big circles — ten times in one direction, and then ten times the other direction.  Make the circles as big as possible, and try not to move the head.

Then circle one eye clockwise, and the other one counterclockwise.  Just kidding!

Finish with Counting Leaves and the Closing Sequence.

Exercise #4 – Angry Eyes

Open both eyes as wide as possible and hold for about 2 seconds, and then shut both eyes as tightly as possible, holding for 2 seconds.  Repeat about 10 times.

Continue with Rolling Stars, Counting Leaves, and the Closing Sequence.

Exercise  #5 – Far and Near

Stare for a few seconds at a distant object like a cloud, or a tree, or a faraway object.  Then stare for a few seconds at a nearby object, like the tip of your nose, some grass at your feet, or the hairs on the back of your arm.   Repeat back and forth about 10 times.

Continue with Angry Eyes, Rolling Stars, Counting Leaves, and the Closing Sequence.  Practice this stage for 2 weeks before moving on.

Exercise #6 – Focusing on One

Stare gently at an object roughly 5-10 feet in front of you.  Keep the eyes steady and do not blink.  Hold for as long as you can, which may be a few seconds, or a few minutes.  At first, your eyes will get tired, and it will probably be uncomfortable.  Tears may roll down your eyes.  This is part of the healing process.  Don’t torture yourself, but don’t be a baby either.

Don’t get attached to the amount of time spent on this one.  Some days, you’ll last longer, while other days, you’ll get tired very quickly.

Continue with Angyr Eyes, Far and Near, Rolling Stars, Counting Leaves, and the Closing Sequence.  Practice this stage for 2 weeks before moving on.

Exercise #7 – Nourishing Eyes

For this stage, start with the other exercises.  So begin with Focusing One, Far and Near, Angry Eyes, Rolling Stars, and Counting Leaves.  Then stand upright, relax, and close the eyes gently.  Let your Qi nourish your eyes.  At first, the eyes may feel itchy or tired.  This is a good sign, and it indicates that the Qi is working on the problem.

Over time, you’ll find that your eyes get more and more comfortable, and that your mind is clearer.

Finish the session with the Closing Sequence.

Exercise  #8 – Throwing Away Your Crutches

This stage is the hardest.  When you are confident that your eyes are improving, then it’s time to throw away your glasses or contact lenses. If you continue to use your glasses, then your eyes will never fully heal.  Remember — glasses and contacts make your eyes lazy.

As a temporary solution to help you build up confidence, try doing the eye exercises without your glasses.  Some of the stages won’t work, but some will.  Just do your best.

When you’re ready, resolve to take your glasses off for 1 hour every day.  (Obviously, don’t take them off during dangerous activities like driving.)  At first, it will be uncomfortable.  You’ll want to reach for your crutches.  But you can manage for 1 hour without them!

Gradually work up to 2 hours every day.  Then 3 hours.  Eventually, you’ll only need your glasses at night time, and you’ll be doing more and more of the morning exercises without glasses.  At this point, you can confidently get rid of your glasses completely.

Tips for Success

  1. Cheat.  If you don’t have time for all of the stages, then cheat.  Always do Exercise #1, but you can pair it with one or two of the other exercises as well.
  2. Eat lots of liver.  I know this sounds strange, but according to Chinese medical theory, eating liver will strengthen your Liver Channel, which in turn will strengthen your eyes.  If you are serious about healing your eyes, then eat liver at least once per week.  I recommend that you only buy organic liver.  My favorite recipe is chicken livers wrapped in bacon.  Yum!
  3. Rest.  If you aren’t sleeping enough at night, then your progress will be slower.   Rest your eyes, and your body, every night.
  4. Track your progress.  You can use my progress chart, or you can use your own method.  But please do something.  If you don’t measure your progress, then you won’t notice it, and you’ll quickly lose motivation.
  5. Don’t strain. Throughout your day, become aware of the tension that you hold in your eyes.  If you are constantly straining your eyes at work or at home, then you’re going to have to work even harder to heal them.
  6. Don’t rush.  Although many people start seeing results (see what I did there?) within a week, it will probably take anywhere from 3-12 months to fully heal your eyesight if you’ve been wearing glasses for years.  But isn’t that worth it? Take your time and enjoy the journey.
  7. Drink less.  If you drink a lot of alcohol, it will put an additional strain on your Liver Energy.  Cut down or quit for a while to strengthen your Liver Energy, which in turn will help heal your eyes.
  8. Renew your prescription.  If your eyes are improving and you haven’t yet thrown out your glasses, then go get a new prescription.  Yes, I know that it’s expensive, but it’s also concrete proof that your eyes are healing!  If you continue down that road, then pretty soon you won’t need to spend any more money on your eyes!
  9. Go outside.  In case you missed this advice earlier, it’s critical that you do the exercises outside.  Morning light has a quality that is very nourishing to the eyes.  Don’t skip this step.
  10. Comment.  If you’re having trouble, then come back to this article and post your questions and comments.  I’ll do my best to help, and you may get some advice from others as well!
  11. Get acupuncture.  If you want a big boost, then go see someone like my wife.  She’s a miracle worker, and she has also done a ton of post-graduate work on healing the eyes using acupuncture and alternative medicine. But any good acupuncturist should be able to help.

 Note: This article was original published in 2012, but was completely revised and updated in May, 2016.  

Mindfully yours,
Sifu Anthony

I’m Anthony Korahais, and I used qigong to heal from clinical depression, low back pain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I’ve already taught thousands of people from all over the world to use qigong for their own stubborn health issues. I teach online courses, and also lead in-person retreats and workshops.

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83 Responses to [Video] Fix Your Eyesight With These 8 Qigong Techniques

  1. Steven July 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Is it necessary to have chi flow in order to heal my eyes?

    • Sifu Anthony July 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

      Hi Steven. Most of the people I’ve taught the eye techniques to were my students, but I think you can get decent results without knowing Flowing Breeze Swaying Willows. Experiment, and find out!

  2. Melissa July 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Hmmm.. this is tempting. My contact prescription is -6.5 in one eye, -8 in the other. Meaning that I’m very near-sighted. Would someone with really bad eyesight be able to reach 20/20 vision, or just a significant improvement? I was told that even with laser correction surgery, I’d still need some kind of glasses or contacts.

    • Sifu Anthony July 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

      Give it a try, Melissa. I’m not really in the business of saying “that’s impossible!” I’ve seen so many people shock their doctors by reversing so-called “incurable” diseases that my mind is always open to possibilities.

    • Amanda August 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Melissa, just a bit of encouragement for you, but I’ve seen reports of people following the Bates Methods and going from -10 (!) to not needing glasses, and I have a hunch that the method Sifu posted will work better than the Bates method.

  3. Amanda July 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Sifu, I was interested in asking you about this! Did you used to wear glasses yourself? I have some books that are based on the Bates method of vision correction, but I started them and never finished, and never really followed through with the exercises/techniques described in them. You’ve renewed my will to make a change! I’m excited to start (and I think Andy will be, too.)

  4. Steve July 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Hi Sifu!

    I’m going to do this. After practicing for almost three years, I was wondering if it was possible to reverse poor eyesight with Chi Kung. So this sounds great!

    My first question: Is it recommended to “throw away my crutches” before Step 8? I can happily and easily go without my glasses (they are for nearsightedness) for hours at a time at home. Is this recommended, or should I be patient?

    Thank you for posting this, and for teaching us these arts. They and you are greatly appreciated.

    • Sifu Anthony July 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

      Steve, you can put away your crutches any time. Since you’re pretty comfortable without your glasses, definitely try to do the exercises without them. Obviously, if you need them to drive, keep them handy.

  5. Jimmy July 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this, Sifu. I will now work on committing myself to this. How can I not do so.

    Jimmy

  6. Sifu Anthony July 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    The exercises are 95% the same as Sifu Wong teaches them. I’ve made a few minor changes based on experience, and feedback from students.

  7. Charalampos July 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Thanks Sifu Anthony 🙂

  8. Marty Nemenyi July 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Hello: Have you seen any success in lowering ocular pressure? Glaucoma is my concern.

    • Sifu Anthony July 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      I think these exercises will help with glaucoma because they bring so much energy to the eyes. The extra energy will help to restore normal pressure, similar to how it restores other imbalances in the body, like high blood pressure. Experiment, and let us know how it goes!

  9. Lisa July 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Sifu,

    Thanks for posting. My situation is I can see long distance fine but my reading vision is going bad. I had Lasix surgery about 6 years ago in both eyes. I’m curious to see if this can help my up close vision. It bugs me that I have to wear glasses.

  10. David July 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I am so glad you posted this. . I have been wondering for some time now how I can improve my farsigthedness and throw away my glass as suggested in Si-Gung Wong’s books.

    Now I am all over this practice, started today as a matter of fact. I will post up the results in a months time.

  11. Kan July 30, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Hi Anthony siheng,

    What do you think of eating carrots to improve your eyesight?
    Is it really true or is it one of the few tricks mothers pull on their children to make them eat them? (My mum still does these kind of tricks on me though.)

    • Alexander December 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Kan,

      I remember doing research on this topic. In some big (albeit, “western” study) they concluded that carrots are in fact beneficial for kids’ vision, but have no effect on adults’. Take it for what it is worth. Exercise regime such as above should be more beneficial than munching on carrots, I’d think. (Fun fact, it is in fact possible to turn yellow from eating excessive amounts of carrots 🙂

  12. Charles Scheidecker August 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I’m starting week 4 of the healing eye exercises and I’ve noticed real improvements in my eye with astigmatism. 6 inches farther without squinting, and several feet beyond that there is less blur. One more week of counting leaves, then adding on rolling stars!

    I have a trivia question if you know the answer, Sifu: is there a particular significance to counting green leaves? Does the color make a difference?

  13. JR September 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    While I realize that it’s great to be able to rise above and beyond the expectations of medical science, I’ve been told to avoid straining my eyes too much without my glasses. Though these exercises are very helpful, I trust you’ll understand if I stick to the advice of my ophthalmologist on avoiding too much strain. Interestingly, he is opposed to ocular surgery as am I. I see eyeglasses as far less harmful than an invasive procedure. I don’t like the idea of cutting into anything unnecessarily. That’s especially so when it can make the patient go blind!

    Interestingly, I already was doing eye exercises before this that were prescribed to me by western science. I have a convergence insufficiency, which means that I see double because of a muscle dysfunction. Both those exercises and the ones outlined here have been helpful to me. I am grateful to you for that.

    I was curious if other foods designed to activate the liver meridians would help just as well. I understand that limes, mussels and mulberries activate the same energy. Is this true?

    Thank you very much!

    • Sifu Anthony September 5, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Yes, foods that nourish the Liver Meridian will help. But this presumes that you’re doing Qigong as well. Unfortunately, I can’t speak for other styles of Qigong that don’t include the technique Flowing Breeze Swaying Willow, which circulates the energy freely. In that case, eating foods that nourish the Liver may help a bit, but I can’t say if it will get to the root of the problem or not. Do let me know how it works though!

  14. David September 27, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Okay, well it’s been over a month since I stated that I would give the results in a month’s time.

    First of all I will say that it is not that I have not been commited to the practice, but due to the odd hours I am working, I have had to practice this method off and on, on certain days. I can say this much for sure, I am seeing a slight improvement. IE: if I walk into a Grocery Store and look up at the Isle signs from a distance, with alittle more focus the lettering/Words are more visible, and of course other things in far sight are becoming more clear; The Television Closed Captioning included. However this practice is going to take longer than orgininally intended for a speedy way to cure bad eyesight.

    I will say I remain devoted to the practice, it’s just going to take me longer than others.

    Thanks Again Sifu,
    David.

    • Sifu Anthony September 27, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Keep up the good work, David. Slow and steady wins the race.

  15. Sophia September 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Hi Sifu,

    I have tried over and over again with the Bates method (which is very similar to your method) and have been able to keep it going well for a week but somehow need to keep my momentum to keep going after this! I am trying once again and am determined to make it!

    The problem I have is that my vision is -6 in both days which means I can’t go to work and not wear contacts/glasses. I am just wondering if I make sure to spend an hour relaxing in the morning and maybe doing a couple of exercises and then when I get back home immediately taking them off and relaxing again will it still work?

    Thanks Sifu 🙂 So glad you’ve made a site like this 🙂 Also do you known of anywhere were there might be a forum online to encourage us to keep going?
    Sophia

    • Sifu Anthony September 30, 2012 at 6:23 am #

      Hi Sophia,

      Have you learned Qigong yet? That may be the missing piece. I’ve met people who were successful with the Bates method, but it sounds like it took a lot more work (and discipline). This makes sense because they were only addressing the physical side of things. With Qigong plus these exercises, you address the physical and the energetic.

      Yes, you can continue to wear your glasses. Most people have to do this. The exercises will still work.

      As for discipline — just remember what you want. That’s a big motivator. 🙂

      -Sifu Anthony

  16. Amanda October 16, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Sifu,
    Some days, I am not able to make it outdoors before 10AM with enough time to do these exercises. Is it better to skip the exercises for the day completely and wait until the next morning, or should I do these at another time during the day? So far I have just skipped for the day.

    I am up to stage 4 now, and notice that I do not get eyestrain as badly as I did before. I think I also see a little more clearly. I am going to start reading an eye chart every few days to track my progress in a more concrete way.

    Thank you for sharing this information!

    • Sifu Anthony October 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

      I think it’s good to skip a day now and then to let the eyes rest. But it’s also okay to do the exercises after 10am now and then, assuming that you’re getting some morning light on most mornings. You can always do the point massage, nourishing eyes, and heavenly drum!

  17. Amanda October 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Here is my progress update. I have been following this protocol for the past two and a half months and now I can see 20/20 out of the glasses that I was prescribed 16 years ago (which are 1 diopter weaker than my “current” prescription that I can no longer wear–they’re much too strong now). I am kicking myself for not testing my vision in these glasses when I started practice, but I know it was NOT 20/20. I ordered further reduced prescription glasses online and should receive them this week. Looking forward to being able to get rid of the glasses forever before too much longer. Before I started the protocol, I was getting ready to get fitted for stronger lenses, because I was not seeing well out of the “current” lenses.

    If anyone’s curious I am myopic and my “current” glasses are -4.25 in each eye; the old lenses I’ve been wearing are -3.25. And I have definitely cheated some during this time! I’ve skipped days, and had to do the cheat that Sifu suggests with only doing the new exercise and the closing sequence, instead of the full complement of exercises. I have not eaten any liver during this time (bad Amanda!), I’ve still been consuming alcohol, and I’ve spend a LOT of time in front of a computer. Yet, I have still seen improvement! I also notice significantly fewer “floaters” in my field of vision, which is nice.

    How is everyone else doing?

  18. Fred Chu October 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I went through the program, though I started with Rolling Stars because I couldn’t find any trees in places where I felt safe practicing (there’d been a rash of burglaries and muggings in the area, go figure). I did notice after my morning practice session after a few weeks of Closing Sequence, Rolling Stars, and Angry Eyes, however, that I could look across the two-lane street and count the leaves of a large tree without glasses, which surprised me! Sadly, the tree is losing its leaves with the colder weather, so I’m trying to instead count points on its branches.

    Unfortunately, I wear my glasses quite often because I’m studying and reading microbiology, so my results aren’t ideal. I have noticed that I’ve added a few inches to my clear reading vision (papers can now be about six inches away from my eyes instead of two or three inches). I can now clearly see my hand at the end of my outstretched arm (couldn’t do that a few years ago!) A few weeks ago, I felt confident enough to drive (in an empty neighborhood!) sans glasses for a few blocks. I also regularly bicycle sans glasses.

    Rarely, when practicing Focusing One (my apartment is rather scarce, so I use a wall-hanging of Guan Yin), everything suddenly becomes crystal clear for an instant before blurring again. Those moments are very inspiring for me to continue practicing these exercises.

  19. brahim November 19, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Hi Sifu, Kindly, may i know whether it is required to put our glass on or without wearing glasses to do the exercise? and if both are permissible, which will be better?

    • Sifu Anthony November 19, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      Hi Brahim. It would be better to do the exercises without your glasses. But if that’s not possible, then use your glasses for whichever stages you need them.

  20. Kan June 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Anthony siheng,

    My eyes strain quite easily when I read a computer screen with my glasses on. (Tried different prescriptions and checked my overall posture), but when I don’t wear them I can read it quite comfortably. Any ideas? Btw. I’ve been doing the eye exercises for almost a year now.

    Best regards,

    Kan

    (ps. I know acupuncture can help me. But who can I trust here in my country?)

  21. Jesus June 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Do the techniques help for far-sightedness too, or only for near-sightedness?

    Thanks

  22. David Burch June 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Sifu,
    I’ve started doing this in the morning. Can I follow it with a 15 minute routine?

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais June 19, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      Of course. You can start or finish with the eye exercises. See what works better for you.

  23. Kathleen Lund July 20, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Sifu, I am so glad that I came to this site to ask you a question (on Rainey’s advice)! I found the answer in two different comments here. I have been practicing Qigong daily since before my first workshop in May and twice daily since you were here in Jacksonville in June. About four weeks ago, i added this regimen for fixing eyesight. As I was going to it directly after my regular practice, I was not wearing my glasses. I recently checked the article “Fixing Your Eyesight with Qiqong” and noticed that it does not specify whether or not to wear glasses during the exercises. What a relief that I was doing it right! I experienced a strange event yesterday while riding in a car: i felt a stabbing sensation like an electric shock in one of my eyes. Rainey says it might be a nerve “waking up”. I don’t have to understand it: as you have said before, what matters is results! Thank you.

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais August 10, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Kathleen,

      How is the sensation in the eye? Was it a one-time event, or has it continued? It sounds like the Qi is moving. How do you feel now?

  24. Elaine August 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Umm.. I want to do this, and I have time to do all the stages in the summer, but not when school comes back. So my question is: what is the new exercise? 😛 Is that Stage 8. Thank you!

  25. Manfred November 25, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Hello Sifu I’m curious why do we start only with closing sequence for 2 weeks? Can’t we just do all eight stages from day 1? I have the time now and I’m fully motivated from past experience!

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais November 25, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      Hi Manfred. The idea is to build up gradually. Doing too much too fast is not in line with the basic philosophy of Chinese medicine.

      • Hilary March 21, 2014 at 9:16 am #

        Hello Sifu Anthony

        Thanks very much for this posting – I’m really keen to stop wearing my glasses and have two questions:

        – If I am doing the closing sequence anyway at the end of my morning qigong & internal force building practice, do I still do an extra closing sequence for two weeks before starting with counting leaves?

        – For counting leaves: I have around -10 (am very shortsighted). Without my glasses I will have to stand quite close to a bush – around 30 cm/1 ft – to be able to see the leaves to count them. Is this preferable, or would it be better to count from a longer distance with my glasses on?

        Thanks for any help in this 😉

  26. chris December 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Hi I just recently started losing my vision and I took my eye test last week and my vision is 16/20 how long will to fix it thanks because I have school early so I won’t have slot of time

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais January 2, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      Hi Chris. I can’t say how long it will take. There are simply too many factors. But try it out for a few weeks, and see how it feels. A lot of students say that they see results even after a few weeks of practicing!

  27. Manfred February 2, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Hello Sifu. After doing these exercises for +2 months I still have not noticed any improvement in my eyesight. I am really quite disappointed. What could i be doing wrong? Should i face the sun and close my eyes? Should the sun be red? (sunrise). Should i be grounded to the Earth? I don’t know sifu but this really sucks.

  28. Sifu Anthony Korahais February 2, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Hi Manfred. Sorry to hear that you’re frustrated. What is the specific problem with your eyesight?

    You don’t need to face the sun. Being grounded isn’t important.

    How long are you practicing in the morning? Are you going through all of the steps now? How old are you? How are you measuring improvement?

  29. Manfred February 3, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Hello Sifu thanks for getting back quickly. I have myopia, -1.75 in one eye and -2 in my other eye. I have been doing one stage every 2 weeks just like you suggested. I never skipped a day. On good days i spend 20 minutes outside. On others i spend 10 minutes. I face the sun usually. I am just about to start stage 6, i am 21 years old and have been wearing glasses since i was 10. I measure improvement by my ability to read words at my computer screen. It fluctuates and sometimes i can see better but it never lasts. I still have to keep the computer at about arms length. Thanks for the help

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais February 3, 2014 at 10:10 am #

      Hi Manfred. I suggest that you start going through all of the stages, and also try to get a feel for which stage helps the most (or feels the best). If you can figure that out, then favor that stage more than the others.

      Also, try to find a way to measure incremental progress. That’s a big problem with students — they don’t know when they’ve progressed 10%, so they can’t even tell if they’re on the right track. If you figure out a way to measure small progress, then you’ll be able to relax knowing that you’re at least heading in the right direction.

  30. Hilary April 21, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Hello Sifu Anthony

    Thanks very much for this posting – I’m really keen to stop wearing my glasses and have two questions:

    – If I am doing the closing sequence anyway at the end of my morning qigong & internal force building practice, do I still do an extra closing sequence for two weeks before starting with counting leaves?

    – For counting leaves: I have around -10 (am very shortsighted). Without my glasses I will have to stand quite close to a bush – around 30 cm/1 ft – to be able to see the leaves to count them. Is this preferable, or would it be better to count from a longer distance with my glasses on?

    Thanks for any help in this 😉

  31. Terence May 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Thanks for the article. I am very shortsighted, over -10. I suffer from chronic floaters and am in my 30’s. Its common for young people with severe shortsightedness to suffer from this. I am also more likely to have a retinal detachment than a normal person, which is a much more serious condition.

    So, I practice chi gung for the eyes, to help prevent retinal detachment and hopefully heal the floaters, and prevent more from occurring.

    I have to admit, I am cynical of chi gung healing severe shortsightedness as the eyeball has grown bigger than it should be. But I am very interested in chi gung to keep the eyes disease free.

    If you can give any pointers and suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais May 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Terrance. By “shortsightedness”, I assume you mean myopia, which we call “nearsightedness” in the US. Anyway — practice the exercises for a while, and see what happens. I’ve had several students make progress, including one who commented in this thread.

      My best advice for you is to find a good qigong teacher. These exercises are a good start, but they don’t really count as qigong proper. A good, daily qigong routine, plus these exercises, will give you the best chance at success. Try this article if you haven’t done so already:

      http://flowingzen.com/1024/lifting-the-sky-best-qigong-exercise-ever/

      • Terence May 12, 2014 at 5:20 am #

        Thank you Sifu Anthony.

        I’ve actually worked from Sifu Wong Kiew Kits book, The Art of Chi Gung, for some years.

        Right now I’m doing chi gung for 2 hours per day. In a typical session I willl practice Lifting Water for 50 rounds, then do Lifting the Sky and/or Pushing Mountains for 50 rounds placing my palms on my eyes every 10 rounds. Then I will finish with 50 rounds of Lifting Water.

        I concentrate on Lifting water so much as I have tension in my neck and shoulders, which I find a disease in its own right. I am also a lower back pain sufferer.

        These ailments are of course, all linked.

        I will add your exercises to my routine and see how it gos.

        Chi Gung classes are unfortunately very expensive in London. If you could recommend a teacher, I would appreciate it.

        Thank you for your help and insight.

        • Sifu Anthony Korahais May 12, 2014 at 10:25 am #

          Hi Terence. If you’re doing 2 hours a day already, then you’ve got the necessary discipline, which is great. But you lack skill.

          You can remedy that by going to learn from a good teacher, even if it’s just for a short period of time. I’m not exaggerating when I say that, after learning from a good teacher, you’ll accomplish twice as much in half the time. In other words, you’ll be 300% more effective.

          Look up Barry Smale in the UK. You can find his info on Grandmaster Wong’s website.

          • Terence May 13, 2014 at 8:18 am #

            Thank you Sifu Anthony.

  32. Mar May 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Sifu Anthony,
    Namaste!

    Some pieces that came across my way throughout the years – I dropped my glasses (which I needed for everything, even though not absurdely strong with astigmatism) for about 30 + years – I was in college. I am 56 now and my eyesight is just great. I am forwarding your technique to everyone who (really) wants to have the same.

    The main motivation for me was what George Groddeck wrote in his book “The Meaning of Ilness”, in the beggining of the last century (I guess), on a chapter about eyes and vision – I’d be happy to forward the link to it if anybody is interested. Groddeck presented the statement about glasses as a shield to the world, and I wanted to live my life in full…

    Years later, I’d stumbled into another one, written by Aldous Huxley, “The Art of Seeing”- Huxley was almost blind, and recovered most of his eyesight through exercises, detailed described in the book; some claim that was just a variation of the Bates method – still, very good.

    Now, having a family issue with an eye problem, and searching to learn Qi Gong and discipline, I came to find your work and teachings, which you do so gracefully, with a fun touch to it, that makes it just irresistible.

    We can’t force people to see without glasses, they have to feel and want it; sometimes, we just don’t want to see it, with or without glasses; these are tools of comfort and protection (?), even though they might hurt and crease the nose bridge and behind the ears…and, we are not even aware of it…

    As everything else in life, whether a TV, a leg, brains, whatever we don’t use, we lose – eyes are in the same pool; if they are not exercised, they become atrophic.

    Your generosity in sharing and helping out is touching, and contagious – I am hoping into your exercises, even if it’s difficult for me to keep up with those at morning time – I am awake for the whole night, almost everyday.

    Many blessings, and thank you!!!!

  33. Mar May 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Sifu Anthony,
    Namaste!

    Some pieces that came across my way throughout the years – I dropped my glasses (which I needed for everything, even though not absurdely strong with astigmatism) for about 30 + years – I was in college. I am 56 now and my eyesight is just great. I am forwarding your technique to everyone who (really) wants to have the same.

    The main motivation for me was what George Groddeck wrote in his book “The Meaning of Ilness”, in the beggining of the last century (I guess), on a chapter about eyes and vision – I’d be happy to forward the link to it if anybody is interested. Groddeck presented the statement about glasses as a shield to the world, and I wanted to live my life in full…

    Years later, I’d stumbled into another one, written by Aldous Huxley, “The Art of Seeing”- Huxley was almost blind, and recovered most of his eyesight through exercises, detailed described in the book; some claim that was just a variation of the Bates method – still, very good.

    Now, having a family issue with an eye problem, and searching to learn Qi Gong and discipline, I came to find your work and teachings, which you do so gracefully, with a fun touch to it, that makes it just irresistible.

    We can’t force people to see without glasses, they have to feel and want it; sometimes, we just don’t want to see it, with or without glasses; these are tools of comfort and protection (?), even though they might hurt and crease the nose bridge and behind the ears…and, we are not even aware of it…

    As everything else in life, whether a TV, a leg, brains, whatever we don’t use, we lose – eyes are in the same pool; if they are not exercised, they become atrophic.

    Your generosity in sharing and helping out is touching, and contagious – I am hoping into your exercises, even if it’s difficult for me to keep up with those at morning time – I am awake for the whole night, almost everyday.

    Many blessings, and thank you!!!!

  34. Amit June 26, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    Hi Sifu Anthony ,

    Thanks for sharing this technique. They seem to be working for me as I have sharper vision ( I an myopic ).I have practiced 2 weeks at the most , so yet have to make a proper conclusion about the effectiveness.
    I have always been interested in channeling internal energy, but could not understand where to get the accurate information. Your website makes things a lot easier to understand.

    Thanks again.

    Amit

  35. Ryan August 10, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Sifu,

    You mention eating liver. Would an ok substitute be to just take a liver supplement? If so, which one do you recommend?

  36. matt October 27, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    of course effecting any of the third dimension with a magnetic energy that
    does not give of electricity is way out of the scope of a normal western
    human.

    try all your life building chi then maby you can make the flame move but
    refocuse eye lenses.

    my god man please

  37. Dorrie November 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Greetings Sifu Anthony. Grateful to have found your offering here, I’ve been doing the exercises for about 13 weeks. Don’t know yet if my (58 year very near-sighted) sight has improved, but i do have results such as watering eyes and (i think) changes in how i see close-up. It’s not that hard for me to go for hours without the glasses when i’m home. My question: ‘Focusing on One’ does not have ‘angry eyes’ and ‘nourish’ does not include ‘focus on one’. Are these mistakes or intentional? At first I decided to do the practice as printed, then i thought maybe it was unintentionally left out, so now i do all. Please clarify? Thanks so much….. and by the way, your 2 videos of Lifting the Sky are so helpful in their detailed demonstration.
    Warmest Appreciation!!

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais November 7, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      Hi Dorrie. Yes, those were typos (which I just fixed). Thanks for catching them. Keep up the good work (with your eyes, not just editing).

  38. Julian December 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Hello, I noticed a small contradiction in your article. You say not to strain the eyes but the Angry eyes stage involves doing so.. may you please clarify this for us? Thank you

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais December 23, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Julian. Mild discomfort is okay, but when it starts to become actual pain, then you should back off and take it easy. Does that help?

  39. Tim May 27, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Sifu Anthony,

    I’m now doing the eye exercises for almost two months and I think I can see some improvements. Please answer the following questions:

    – Is it normal that on some days I can see pretty good, but on other days it’s like I’ve never done the qigong exercises.

    – Is there any way to fasten the process? Would it help to do the exercises twice a day? Maybe before I go to bed or is once every day the perfect amount? I think I need some new glasses, because of university. If I sit in the back I can’t read very well with my current glasses and I also need to tense my eyes to read correctly. That’s the reason why I want to improve my eyes as fast as possivle, so that I don’t need to buy glasses which I hopefully won’t need for more than two or three months

    -I am a student, so I have to read a lot or work at the computer. After some hours my eyes get really tensed. I think because of that the improvements are a lot slower! I already avoid to use the computer – but if I can’t avoid it, should I do Nourishing Eyes or any other exercise to relax my eyes. Maybe the point massage helps?

    Thank you very much!
    Tim

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais June 1, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Yes, I think it’s normal for there to be ups and downs.

      The best way to speed up the process is to improve your diet, and practice more Qigong!

  40. Terry December 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Thank you Anthony. Very nice of you to help.

  41. sneha December 30, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    I have floters+myopia can i also do this exercises?

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais January 1, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      Hi Sneha. Students have told me that these exercises help with myopia. I’m not sure about floaters thought. It’s worth a try!

  42. Sam April 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    What are some of the alternative medicines for improving vision? Thank you

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais April 23, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Sam. I’m not sure I understand your question? If you mean forms of alternative medicine, then I think acupuncture and chiropractic are great choices. If you mean herbal medicines, then those need to be prescribed by a qualified physician.

  43. Sam April 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    Yes I mean herbal medicines, sorry. Oh right, I just wanted to know if any foods in particular could help myself improve I vision quicker

  44. Sam April 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    As I am at college, and have to do lots of close study work for preparation for exams, thank you.

  45. shatakshi chikerur April 28, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    Plz tell me what should I do to get normal my sequent eye

  46. Stan Cohen May 7, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    I use some of these with my seniors already. Am going to see more of your ideas. Great info! Thank you.

  47. Gail Good June 5, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Gail Good…I have been practising ”Fix your eyesight with Qigong” for 6 weeks diligently, as I have MD in my left eye and I have had such light sensitive and aggitated eyes that I was unable to read or watch TV..very depressing…BUT…since doing..the opening and closing sequences and all the stages…also attending Tai Chi classes and practising reiki on myself…my improvement has been remarkable in every way.Would a skype chat with you be possible sometime after the 13th June? WOULD LOVE TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais June 12, 2016 at 8:09 am #

      Gail, I’m so glad that you’re getting great results!

      • Gail Good October 27, 2016 at 5:42 am #

        Hi Anthony….I have now been practising your healing techniques for 6 months diligently,and find that I can once again read and watch tv with ease.Diligence is clearly the key.A simple miracle…thankyou thankyou..

  48. Ryan F Bailey September 21, 2016 at 5:17 am #

    how long do you do each exercise before moving onto next exercise in step?

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais September 21, 2016 at 7:50 am #

      Just a minute or so if you’re a beginner. It’s better to progress very gradually!

  49. Jennifer October 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    We’re just getting into winter here in Canada where I live. While I can handle standing outside to do the exercises in the cold (to a point anyway!), I’m wondering if the morning light is still effective on cloudy, overcast days?

    Just don’t want to be outside freezing my butt off if there’s no benefit to be gained on rainy or snowy days. Thanks for the advice!

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais October 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

      Hi Jennifer. I suspect that the morning light is still beneficial on overcast days, but I don’t know for sure. If it’s too cold, just practice inside near a window.

      Are your eyes improving from the exercises? Usually, people see results within a few weeks.

  50. DY October 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    I am an acupuncturist and currently learning new techniques to benefit the eyes and hopefully improve my myopia! I am curious to know if these are traditional qigong methods that precede the Bates Method…and if you have any sources to support – teachers’ names, or books, etc. Thank you!

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais October 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

      Hi Debbie. Good for you!

      I can’t help you with original sources. So many of these things come from an oral tradition. Although I inherited these techniques from one of my teachers, I can’t verify that they are older than the Bate’s method. I suspect that they are much older, but I have no proof.

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