Though the new year may bring on the resolutions that include more exercise, better eating, and even learning a new language, chances are you aren’t thinking about your eyes. But, there may be some situations where exercising your eyes can be a good thing. Keep reading to learn why you may benefit from regular eye exercises.
Overall, physicians do not recommend exercises to help improve vision issues that are caused by the irregular shape of any part of the eye. For example, if you’re near-sighted or far-sighted, the eye is either long or short and no amount of eye exercise will alter that fact. What they may recommend, though is exercises that encourage the eyes to work together better. You may have had to wear an eye patch as a kid to help with a lazy eye, for instance or your eyes may tire with prolonged reading due to a problem called convergence insufficiency. In these circumstances there are some who might recommend eye exercises.
What may be helped with eye exercises:
- blurry vision if caused by eye muscle weakness related to convergence insufficiency
- eyestrain when related to eye muscle weakness
What may not be helped with eye exercises:
- squinting to improve clarity of vision
- excessive blinking
- eye muscles that are paralyzed
- eye spasms
- light sensitivity
Additionally, dyslexia will not be helped with eye exercises, as we know that dyslexia is an issue with the brain, as opposed to an issue with the eyes.
What kind of exercises you might be asked to try:
- Focus on a single object
- Follow a pattern
- Adjust focus from an object near to an object far away
- Cover one eye and look at various objects.
Though you may not benefit from eye exercises, there are some conditions that may benefit from regular exercise. In fact, if you work on a computer, it’s recommended that you give your eyes a break every twenty minutes to look at an object twenty feet away for twenty seconds to allow the ciliary muscle which aids in near focus the opportunity to relax. This simple exercise can help support eye comfort for years to come.
Exercises can occassionally help your eyes work better together, and may even help your eyes recover from the strain put on them as you use computers. Call us at (818) 907-1038 to schedule a consultation at our Encino location or (818) 346-8118 for our West Hills location.