• 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

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