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Does Eye Exercise Improve Vision?

We all know that exer­cise is an impor­tant part of phys­i­cal health and well­ness. Get­ting out­doors, mov­ing your body, and increas­ing your heart rate all help improve your phys­i­cal con­di­tion and strength. Many oth­er forms of exer­cise also include men­tal health and spir­i­tu­al health.

Participating in the daily exercise of any kind is good for your overall health, but does eye exercise improve vision?

You may have seen infomer­cials or read arti­cles endors­ing eye exer­cis­es for those who wear con­tacts or glass­es, claim­ing to improve your eye­sight with­out the need for surgery. If you’re skep­ti­cal of this claim, you should be. Eye exer­cis­es alone will not alle­vi­ate your depen­dence on glass­es or con­tacts, and they will nev­er accom­plish the suc­cess­es that cor­rec­tive eye surgery can offer.

LASIK and oth­er forms of eye surgery are med­i­cine and sci­ence-based prac­tices that rely on the fields of biol­o­gy, oph­thal­mol­o­gy, and tech­nol­o­gy to achieve real-world results. Unlike pro­mot­ers of eye exer­cis­es who can­not back their asser­tions with empir­i­cal evi­dence, eye surgery can. They tend to make pseu­do­sci­en­tif­ic claims such as wear­ing lens­es weak­ens the eyes and cre­ates a need for pre­scrip­tion eye­wear. Not only is this claim false, but it does not con­form to the phys­i­ol­o­gy and anato­my of vision.

Science and medicine have proven to be the only application for improving and correcting vision.

Girl considering the advantages and disadvantages of wearing contactsWith that said, there is some evi­dence to sug­gest that eye exer­cis­es may help in delay­ing the need for con­tacts or glass­es in select peo­ple. This is more pre­ven­ta­tive than a cor­rec­tive method of vision improve­ment, but eye exer­cis­es can­not pre­vent all eye com­pli­ca­tions and do not work for every­body. You may want to try eye exer­cis­es, but you don’t need to pur­chase a spe­cial ‘eye exer­cise’ pro­gram to accom­plish this, you can dis­cov­er the exer­cis­es on your own online. Some exer­cis­es are sim­ple and straight­for­ward; if your eyes are weak and tired from strain­ing them to look at a com­put­er screen or out­doors in the sun, then take a visu­al break from those activ­i­ties and refo­cus your eyes on oth­er objects or sim­ply close them and rest.

While eye exer­cis­es may help you refo­cus and regain tem­po­rary sight, they can­not reduce or elim­i­nate com­mon eye dis­or­ders such as near­sight­ed­ness, far­sight­ed­ness, pres­by­opia, and astig­ma­tism. Fur­ther­more, eye exer­cis­es can do noth­ing for more seri­ous eye dis­eases such as glau­co­ma and mac­u­lar degen­er­a­tion. Only cor­rec­tive eye surgery can offer vision improve­ment for all the above.

When you expe­ri­ence a loss of vision, the first thing you should do is con­sult a pro­fes­sion­al, not buy into an eye exer­cise train­ing agen­da. Many peo­ple go through life tol­er­at­ing blur­ry vision; they often do not rec­og­nize that they have a vision prob­lem or how severe it is until they are fit­ted with con­tacts or glass­es. Once peo­ple become accus­tomed to blur-free vision, any deviance from the norm becomes far more notice­able. This is not a result of glass­es mak­ing the eyes weak­er, but rather a mat­ter of per­cep­tion. Peo­ple notice small changes where they hadn’t before and act to change their pre­scrip­tion eye­wear soon­er. Near­sight­ed­ness is often char­ac­ter­ized by the need for stronger and stronger lens­es over time, but this is not a result of the eye­glass­es; it is a result of the nat­ur­al degen­er­a­tion typ­i­cal of near­sight­ed peo­ple. Con­tacts and glass­es do not weak­en their eyes, age does.

While cor­rec­tive eye surgery can­not reverse aging, it can improve your over­all vision for years to come. Home exer­cis­es can­not com­pete with the med­ical advances in cor­rec­tive eye surgery. Vision surgery is a safe and effec­tive method for improv­ing your vision with the great­est pos­si­ble results, and no one does it bet­ter than Dia­mond Vision.

April 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Does Eye Exercise Improve Vision?

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