Relieve Eye Strain with Acupressure

Bladder 1, 2 Acupressure Points

Acupressure points Bladder 1 and Bladder 2 relieve eye strain.


These points are so close to the eye use extra caution when locating and apply pressure.  Use only gentle contact and very light pressure, especially when working with Bladder 1 (BL 1).

It is always best to practice finding these points on yourself before contacting them on another person.

Gentle Slow Contact

When using these acupressure points to relieve eye strain make gentle contact and then slowing sink your pressure into the points. Breathe deeply and make tiny circular pressure to the points. Apply pressure for a short time, less than 30 seconds. Take the time to pause and notice how you feel. Based on your results, apply your pressure again, always being sure that you are creating relaxation rather than pain or more strain.

More Points for Eye Strain

Bladder 1 and 2 are just a few acupressure points to relieve eye strain. You can add Gallbladder 1 and San Jiao 23 to your set of points for relieving eye strain.

Experiment and notice how things change.  With practice, you will find your confidence and ease using these points.

How to Locate Bladder 1

Bladder 1 (BL 1) is located at the inner corner of the eyes as shown in the image above.

How to Locate Bladder 2

After locating Bladder 1, draw a line straight up to the inner edge of the eyebrow, this is the location of Bladder 2 (BL 2). Use the image above for guidance.

Learn more about the Bladder Merdian here, it is 67 acupressure points!

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. PJ on January 7, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Just FYI it looks as though the picture has mixed up BL 1 and BL2.
    The first point I learned about from a high school friend was BL 1, who would “pinch” it (at the upper end of the nose, under the brow bones) to relieve allergy and sneezing symptoms. I don’t often see this referred to though it does work!

    • Cindy Black on January 8, 2023 at 8:46 pm

      Oops! – you are right. Thanks for letting me know!

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