The effectiveness of eye exercises to naturally improve various eye conditions has been a debated topic for some time now. While some say they work to the point of swearing by them, others say they do no good at all and are nothing short of a waste of time and energy.
So how do you know if they work or not? It seems you just have to try these eye exercises out for yourself. It seems the results are based on the eye condition itself, the severity level of an individual’s condition as well as the level of effort and consistency basis the individual puts in when laboring these exercises.
Type of Eye Exercises
The following are examples of eye exercises:
- Rotation of the eyes
- Stretching of the eyes
- Mild pressure on the eyes with the palm of your hands Hot and cold compresses
- Focusing on a distant object for a few seconds then immediately refocusing your eyes on a nearby object
- Focusing on a mark on the window, then outside the window and back to the mark
- Following a pencil
These eye exercises strengthen eye muscles, improve focus and eye circulation; stimulate the brain’s vision center, provide a healthy flow of oxygen in the eyes, and improve flexibility in the eye lenses.
The point of eye exercises is to work the eye muscles in circular, side to side or up and down motions in order to work the muscles in your eyes to help gain sight at multiple distances.
Sometimes an eye doctor will prescribe eye exercises, depending on the patient, the age of the patient and if the patient has any secondary conditions or multiple eye problems. Eye exercises are known to be more effective in younger patients that older.
Generally, after age 40 the lens of the eyes hardens and lose elasticity, making full focus while reading a challenge. Known as presbyopia, once it starts it will only worsen. Holding what you are reading farther away will help to a degree and for some time, but eventually reading glasses, multifocal glass or full vision correction will become a need.
Knowing how eye exercises work in correlation to eye conditions would help in making a decision if they are worth trying for you. Some eye conditions that may be helped with eye exercises are:
- Near sightedness
- Far sightedness
- Blurred vision
- Computer eye fatigue
- Macular degeneration
- Dry eyes
These eye conditions have to do with how light rays enter the eye and achieve a point of focus. Sometimes the issue is the shape of the eyes, such as with astigmatism. Always seek the advice and treatment of a professional eye doctor for any eye condition.