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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?

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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