This eye pillow combined with eye massage will improve the vision of people suffering from near-sightedness, presbyopia, and eyestrain. This Pillow is an eye mask that is effective not only in easing eyestrain but also in inducing sleep.
How to Make the Eye Pillow
Material needed for making eye pillow: (1) Piece of thin, soft, fine-texture silk cloth, 9 cm wide and 37 cm long. (2) Salt, natural or refined, 70 grams or about 7 tablespoons. (3) Dried lavender which can be bought at shops selling herbs or drugstores, 2-3 grams or one tablespoon.
- Fold the silk cloth in half lengthwise.
- Leaving a narrow margin, sew up the two long sides, starting from the folded end and stopping at 1 cm from the open end. Use a sewing machine.
- Turn the sewn cloth inside out. The seams will be inside the bag and not visible.
- In a receptacle, thoroughly mix seven tablespoons of salt and one tablespoon of dried lavender.
- Put the mixture into the silk bag. Use a spoon.
- Fold the open end flaps of the bag inside up to 1.5 cm. Sew up the opening with a sewing machine, leaving a margin of 5 mm from the end.
How to Use
Lie down on your back and close your eyes. Place the eye pillow over your closed eyes for 5-20 minutes. Repeat this every day as often as you have the time. For a soothing effect, you can keep the eye pillow in the refrigerator when not in use. But be sure to place the pillow in an airtight vinyl bag. The pillow can be used repeatedly until it becomes dirty or torn. It should last half a year.
The eye pillow’s effectiveness can be doubled by combining it with a simple eye massage. For this, clip your fingernails short and wash your hands thoroughly with soap. The massage can be done lying down or sitting on a chair, but the eye must be kept closed.
- Push the tips of the index finger and middle finger between the eyeball and the eye socket just below the middle of the eyebrow. Do this with the fingers of both hands and both eyes simultaneously. Now, move the fingers of the two hands simultaneously to the right and then to the left, as if rubbing lightly. Move 20-30 times each way. Apply just enough pressure as to get a pleasant feeling.
- Push the tip of the middle finger (of both hands) between the eye socket and the outside corner of the eye (both the left and right eyes). Move the finger up and down vertically as if rubbing lightly, 20-30 times each way.
- Push the tips of the index and middle fingers between the eyeball and eye socket at the middle of the underside of the eye. Move the fingers horizontally to the right and left alternately, as if rubbing lightly, 20-30 times each way.
- Push the index finger between the eyeball and nose bone on the inner corner of the eye. Move the finger up and down vertically as if rubbing lightly, 20-30 times each way.
When the massage routine is finished, lie down on you back and place the eye pillow over your closed eyes. In this state, perform this eye exercise.
- Rotate the eyeballs clockwise 20-30 times. Then rotate counter-clockwise as many times.
- Move your eyeballs up towards your forehead as far as you can and keep them there while you count 10.
- Move your eyeballs to the left as far as they will go and keep them there while you count 10.
- Move your eyeballs down towards your cheeks as far as you can and keep them there while you count 10.
- Move your eyeballs to the right as far as they will go and keep them there while you count 10.
After the eye exercise is over, keep the eye pillow on your eyes for another 5-20 minutes. If you fall asleep with the eye pillow over your eyes, it’s quite OK.
By Kazuko Wakashima, 35, housewife
My daughter Kanae’s vision began weakening two years ago when she was spending hours on end playing TV games. She complained that it had become hard for her to see words written on the blackboard at school. A test showed that the visual power of her right eye was 0.8 and that of the left 1.2. Previously, both eyes were 1.5. Weekly treatment by an optometrist brought no improvement. In fact, last summer the readings were down further to 0.3 for the right eye and 0.5 for the left. A month ago, I heard about the eye pillow and eye massage and tried it on my daughter as a last resort. Unbelievably, one month after starting the treatment, the right eye had recovered to 0.9 and the left to 0.8. Even the optometrist was surprised. Whenever I hear of anyone with eye trouble, I am going to tell them about the wonderful eye pillow.
By Keiko Akimoto, 59 housewife, bookkeeper
I have been working 20 years as bookkeeper at the company operated by my husband. About a year ago, I began to have trouble with my eyes. They tired easily and near the close of the day my vision would become blurred. Ms Kazumi Komine, the instructor of the relaxation class at my sports club recommended the eye pillow which she had developed. I began using it every night before going to bed and anytime during the day when I felt my eyes tired. At night I first do the eye massage before applying the pillow. After two months, my eyes no longer became blurry at the end of the day’s work. Last November when I got my vision tested, the reading of both eyes were up surprisingly to 1.2 from 0.7 of the right eye and 0.9 of the left a year before. I keep the eye pillow in the refrigerator and this makes it more refreshing. When the salt in the pillow lumps up, I dry the pillow in the sun. This makes it as good as new.