Can eye exercises really improve vision?

Recently, various methods of therapy and vision training with the help of exercises have gained wide popularity. You can even find advertisements on the Internet that promise complete restoration of vision, thanks to which a person will even be able to read without glasses. Typically, exercises involve certain movements of the eyes, the use of inappropriate glasses to “train” the vision, pressing on the eyes with the palms of the hands, etc. But how scientifically sound are such treatment options and do they really allow you to restore your vision and give up glasses?

Can eye exercises really improve vision? There is an opinion that eye exercises can restore vision and eliminate wearing glasses. Photo.

There is an opinion that eye exercises can restore vision and eliminate wearing glasses

< h2>Do eye exercises help improve vision

According to Benjamin Botsford, professor of ophthalmology and ophthalmologist, there is currently no research that confirms the effectiveness of eye exercises. That is, there is no convincing evidence that exercise has long-term benefits and allows you to stop wearing glasses.

Many may think that the effectiveness may depend on the type of disease. It is not difficult to guess that, for example, if the lens is cloudy, exercise is unlikely to help get rid of the problem. However, evidence of the effectiveness of eye exercises is lacking for any condition or disease, including such common ones as myopia, where close objects are seen better than those that are far away.

Do eye exercises help improve vision? With myopia, a person has difficulty seeing objects that are blurry. Photo source: Photo.

The same applies to farsightedness, in which a person, on the contrary, sees objects located further away better than those that are close. Also, studies have not shown the effectiveness of eye exercises for presbyopia. With this condition, people usually go without glasses, but wear them when reading. Typically, presbyopia begins in people after 40 years of age.

Presbyopia does not refer to either nearsightedness or farsightedness. Vision problems occur because the lens becomes harder over time, making it difficult for a person to focus on small text. The problem gets worse with age.

For example, one study of the “glasses-free reading method” concluded that exercise-based therapy did not produce clinically or statistically significant changes in visual acuity, but subjects experienced subjective positive responses. That is, people thought that their vision improved a little, but in fact there was no improvement.

Do eye exercises help improve vision? When working at a computer, you need to take a break every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds and do simple eye exercises. Photo.

When working at a computer, you need to take a break every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds and do simple eye exercises

When vision exercises are effective

Despite the fact that none of the scientific studies have confirmed the possibility of restoring vision with the help of exercises, you should not refuse them. The fact is that they help preserve vision before it deteriorates. Currently, most people spend a lot of time in front of computer screens, televisions and gadgets, which negatively affects their vision.

To avoid vision diseases, experts recommend taking a break of 20 seconds every 20 minutes. During such a pause, you need to look into the distance, as well as relax your eyesight and blink. In addition, when we look at a display for a long time, we blink less often, resulting in dry eyes. Artificial tears, which can be bought at the pharmacy, can solve this problem.

By the way, periodic breaks need to be taken not only because of vision. Recall that prolonged sitting increases the risk of death. Therefore, it is important to perform exercises not only for vision, but also for the whole body.

When vision exercises are effective. Walking in the fresh air is good for vision. Photo.

Walking in the fresh air is good for vision

In addition, it is necessary to spend more time in the fresh air, which is also very good for the eyes. Unlike exercise therapy, the benefits of being outdoors have been proven by research. This is especially useful in childhood, as it correlates with a decrease in the incidence of myopia.

The only thing for walking in the fresh air to be useful is to wear sunglasses, including for children. Moreover, under no circumstances should you look at the Sun. But glasses with a blue light filter, which are recommended to be used when working at a computer, do not actually protect your eyesight, so wearing them is useless.

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In addition, do not forget about proper nutrition. A diet with enough vegetables, fruits and greens, which are good for vision, will help «strengthen» your eyes. Compliance with these recommendations, although it will not fully protect against vision problems, will significantly reduce the risk of their development.