Why Would I Need Eye Exercises?

Eye Care | Chesapeake, VAHave you ever been so fascinated with a subject that you couldn’t get enough? Maybe you’re obsessed with a celebrity, or a certain point in history. For us, we love eyes. And when you start reading about eyes, you may find that you’re just as obsessed as we are!

As you learn more about eyes, you may find that there are groups of people who have developed exercises to help keep their eyes healthy. And, let’s face it, in the day and age, where we stare at damaging screens for hours and hours each day, a few exercises couldn’t hurt. And you may even find that some legitimate organizations utilize eye exercises.  For example, those who train to be snipers in the military often use exercises to help them relax, deal with stress, and see things that are very far away. So, even if you’re not interested in joining the armed forces, keep reading if you want to learn more about eye exercises.

Before we continue, we should mention that eye exercises won’t change the shape of your eyes. So, if you suffer from astigmatism (oval shaped eyes), myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or presbyopia (an age-related inability to adjust focus from far to near), then you may benefit from traditional methods like glasses, contacts, or even Lasik to correct your vision.

What may be helped with eye exercises:

  1. blurred vision
  2. sensitivity to light
  3. eyestrain

What may not be helped with eye exercises:

  1. excessive blinking
  2. paralyzed eye muscles
  3. squinting
  4. eye spasms

What kind of exercises you might be asked to try:

  1. cover one eye and look at various objects, then switch
  2. focus on a single object
  3. re-focus from an object close to one far
  4. follow a pattern on a wall with your eyes

Not every eye condition will benefit from eye exercises, though there are some conditions that may be treated with the right exercise. If you work on a computer, as many of us do, it’s recommended that you give your eyes a break every twenty minutes to look at an object twenty feet away for around twenty seconds.

If you think you have an eye issue that may benefit from regular exercise, it may be worth investigating. Please call us at (757) 484-0101 to schedule a consultation today.

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