These Daily Exercises Can Help Improve Your Vision


Did you know that there are exercises that can help improve your vision and eyesight?

For many people, the assumption is that once the eyes begin to have problems, it’s an irreversible condition. But there are eye exercises you can do to improve your vision and visual skills.

Conditions like myopia, convergence insufficiency and tracking problems can be improved with Vision Therapy. Eye exercises can also decrease symptoms such as eye strain, fluctuating vision and double vision, and poor depth perception. Some of these need to be done under the guidance of a vision therapist and optometrist, and some can be done at home as part of your overall self care. Diet also plays an important role in eye health, but today we will be discussing only eye exercises.

Here are several eye exercises to use every day to promote and improve your vision.

Increase Visual Stamina and Flexibility

This exercise helps to maintain your stamina to focus, and change focus for prolonged periods at near, as well as relax your eye’s focus by shifting away from your desk or computer screen. Start by focusing on an object as close to your eyes as possible that you can see clearly. You could use the writing on a pencil, or even focus on the lines of your finger for a few seconds.

Then look at something with details at least 10 feet away. It would be great if you have a window, look further away in the distance to relax your focusing muscles. Alternate your focus between the near and far objects for about 2 minutes each day.

The Convergence Exercise

This exercise helps you to maintain eye teaming or convergence at close distances which is important for reading and computer work.

Start by bringing your index finger as close to your nose as possible without seeing double. Focus on it for a few seconds, and feel your eye muscles converging. Then slowly move your finger away while keeping the eyes focused on it to keep it single. Your goal is to be able to bring your finger close to your nose without seeing double. Repeat 10 times each day.

Relieve Eye Fatigue

The 20-20-20 rule helps relieve eye strain for people who have to focus on one activity for extended periods of time such as working at your desk, cell phone or computer.

Every 20 minutes, take a break and focus on an object that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds then resume the task.

Stretch Your Eyes

Focus on the floor, door, or wall and draw a figure eight with your eyes at least ten times for thirty seconds. This is a great exercise to start the day with after waking up to “stretch” your eyes and improve blood circulation to your eyes.

Alternate exercising with relaxing your eyes as part of your daily routine that is combined with excellent nutrition for good eye health. Be sure to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet to get enough antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin to keep your eyes healthy.

Vision Therapy Improves Productivity While Improving Comfort

In addition to these exercises, one of the most effective ways to supplement your vision and eye health is vision therapy. This field of treatment includes eye exercises, but also includes personalized treatment supervised by a Developmental optometrist. The goal of vision therapy includes improving the input and processing of visual information by improving eye muscle coordination, tracking and visual perception such as visual memory and visual discrimination.

Tips for Healthy Eyes and a Healthy You

There are additional steps you can take to make sure you keep your eyes healthy.

Have your eyes checked every year! Vision is such a big part of our life. We depend on our vision in school, at work, and for sports. Seeing your best helps you perform at a higher level. Many people get used to vision problems that have gotten gradually worse over time, but are treatable to make their lives better.

More people have dry eyes than any other vision problem, yet most people with dry eyes don’t know they can be helped. Your eyes don’t have to feel dry, tired or red after working on the computer if the underlying issues are treated. We have a MoisturEyes Dry Eye Clinic and Spa that has helped literally thousands of patients be more comfortable, and look better by treating the dry eyes that leads to red, droopy, or crusty eyes.

Many serious eye diseases don’t have noticeable symptoms, which makes it more important to schedule annual eye exams to detect vision problems before they interfere with your vision. Be aware of your family’s health history with vision as well, since many eye conditions can have genetic causes.

Healthy diet - Maintaining a diet consisting of healthy fats and antioxidants can contribute to healthier eyes and vision. These include Vitamin A nutrients such as carrots.

Wear sunglasses - UV rays can be more harmful to your eyes than you may think. Wearing sunglasses can help block both UVA and UVB light from significantly affecting your eye health and vision.

Dr. Elise Brisco

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