Bates Method Principles of Eyesight Improvement : Resting the Eyes

The simplest way to rest the eyes is to:

  close them for a sufficiently long period while thinking of something pleasant. 

This is always the first thing to do, and there are very few people who don’t achieve immediate benefits from this.

You can achieve some degree of relaxation and alleviate tiredness in your eyes by simply closing your eyes as described above.  This is instinctive and most people know that when their eyes feel tired that closing them provides relief.  The next stage, or next level of relaxation for the eyes after this, is the practice of Palming.