• 5 Eye Exercises for Astigmatism

5 Eye Exercises for Astigmatism

Astig­ma­tism is a dis­or­der of the eyes where the focus or focal plane changes while still attached to the sur­face of a lens or cornea. A per­son who is suf­fer­ing from astig­ma­tism will expe­ri­ence blur­ring, prob­lems with per­cep­tion and dif­fi­cul­ty expe­ri­ence with image dis­tor­tion. For those who have astig­ma­tism, oth­er con­di­tions like far­sight­ed­ness and short­sight­ed­ness also go hand in hand.

Many peo­ple believe that astig­ma­tism is only can be cor­rect­ed by med­ical inter­ven­tion when it can eas­i­ly be alle­vi­at­ed and even cor­rect­ed through eye train­ing exer­cis­es. In fact, there have been cas­es where with the right exer­cis­es in the right fre­quen­cy yield­ed con­sid­er­able results in just one day!

For men and women with severe cas­es, the improve­ment was seen in just a week’s time. Whether you are short­sight­ed or far­sight­ed, just like work­ing out mus­cles, often our eyes are in need of some cross train­ing to strength­en cer­tain eye mus­cles that have become weak over time or due to a dis­or­der.

Here are our top 5 eye exercises for astigmatism:

  1. Rectus muscle relaxation

The rec­tus eye mus­cle can come into con­sid­er­able strain over time, and astig­ma­tism might be the result of a weak or tight rec­tus mus­cle. The rec­tus mus­cle relax­ation exer­cise is done by grad­u­al­ly and gen­tly relax­ing the eye rec­tus mus­cles. The exer­cise should be done in the fol­low­ing steps:

  • Put your thumb in front of your face just above the nose (about 10cm)
  • Move your thumb as if it is run­ning on a clock. First slow­ly move your thumb to 12 o’clock where it will dis­ap­pear and leave it there for 2–3 sec­onds.
  • If you expe­ri­ence ten­sion here, that’s okay. Return to the ini­tial nose spot and move back to 1 o’clock then again to 3,5,6,7,9, 11 and back to noon.
  • From the cen­ter out, don’t for­get to breathe. Exhal­ing slow­ly will help relax your mus­cles.

Dura­tion: 2 min­utes

Rep­e­ti­tions: 2–4 times per day

  1. Eye Massage

Eye mas­sages are an effec­tive and relax­ing way to reduce strain for those suf­fer­ing from astig­ma­tism. This exer­cise is effec­tive because it helps restore the shape of the lens as astig­ma­tism is when the lens has been dis­tort­ed.

  • Close your eye­lids and place two fin­gers on each lid
  • With gen­tle pres­sure move your fin­gers from right to left, top to bot­tom in a cir­cu­lar motion
  • Move clock­wise and coun­ter­clock­wise 10–15 times repeat­ing both the right to left and cir­cu­lar motions

Dura­tion: 1 minute

Rep­e­ti­tions: 2–4 times per day

  1. Reading

Now we don’t mean pull out just any book and start read­ing chap­ter after chap­ter, this is to be done a cer­tain way to improve the pres­sure and strain caused by astig­ma­tism.

  • Use cor­rec­tive lens­es and pull out a book
  • Place a play­ing card or anoth­er object to the side and focus on that after you’ve read one para­graph
  • Switch back and forth from the book to the object
  • Con­tin­ue off and on until your eyes start to feel tired

Dura­tion: 10 min­utes

Rep­e­ti­tions: 2–4 times per dayreading a book

  1. See a chiropractor

Peo­ple who have astig­ma­tism tend to tilt or posi­tion their neck and head in one posi­tion more than anoth­er. Because of eyes strain, most peo­ple have an incor­rect stature or tilt­ed head. It is sug­gest­ed to get an adjust­ment to relax the neck and spine while also cor­rect­ing pos­ture.

  1. Paper and peripheral vision

  • Take a piece of paper that is long and wide enough to cov­er both of your eyes
  • Make sure the side is exposed so you are able to peek out strength­en­ing your periph­er­al vision
  • Grab your cor­rec­tive lens­es and attach the paper to your face at the bridge of your nose
  • Move your hand to the periph­er­al side of the paper one after anoth­er.
  • With­out mov­ing the head, look to see the fin­ger at either side
  • Repeat

Dura­tion: 5 min­utes

Rep­e­ti­tions: 2–4 times per day

Each exer­cise is meant to improve the strain put on the eyes by astig­ma­tism. Dai­ly prac­tice will absolute­ly help the dam­age that has been caused by astig­ma­tism while giv­ing your eyes new path­ways of prac­tice to improve your trac­tion, span and reduce pres­sure. Con­sult with your eye doc­tor and ask if these exer­cis­es will help your case.

For more arti­cles on vision check out our blogs or call and make an appoint­ment with Dia­mond Vision today.

October 1st, 2018|Comments Off on 5 Eye Exercises for Astigmatism

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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