We are often hearing of the myriad benefits of exercise. We might be told that going for a run or a swim, or participating in some other form of cardiovascular exercise keeps our hearts and minds healthy. It might be that we are told to partake in flexibility exercises, in order to keep out bodies limber and to prevent injuries. There are endurance exercises, balance exercises, mind game exercises, neck strengthening exercises – you name it; just about every body part can be exercised in some way or manner in order to improve some aspect of it. So what about eye exercises? You may have heard that exercising our eyes can improve – or prevent the further degeneration of – our vision. If exercising other parts of our bodies has positive impacts, surely exercising our eyes can too! So, is there any merit to natural eyesight correction?
In order to weigh up the arguments surrounding natural eye correction – or, yoga for eyes, as it is sometimes known – let’s trace it back to its roots. Natural eye exercise came about way back in the 1920s, when Doctor. William H. Bates – a renowned ophthalmologist in his time – began conducting studies, and eventually publishing books, that asserted the virtue of eye exercises for improved vision. His primary assertion was that eyestrain causes vision weakness; thus, exercises that reduced strain would lead to vision correction.
Today this view is quite controversial, with a lack of scientific evidence to back it. It is an accepted fact that a need for glasses or contact lenses is a result of irregularly shaped eyeballs, pupil size, and/or the eye’s aptitude for shifting focus. The eyes very commonly weaken as we age. So unless eye exercises can reverse aging eyes, or affect the way in which they are shaped, they are unlikely to have any significant effect on our vision.
Common eye exercises include ‘hydrotherapy’, which involves interchanging hot and cold towels that you place against your eyes, “palming” (where you rest your eyes against your palm) and focus exercises – such as where you shift your focus between a finger and a distant object.
There is no scientific or medical evidence that eye yoga can reverse the factors that cause eye diseases such as presbyopia, hyperopia, myopia and astigmatism. A more sure answer for those who have an aversion to short-term solution such as contact lenses or glasses is laser vision correction. Laser eye surgery is actually able to change the shape of the eye, and offer a permanent solution for those who suffer from impaired vision.
Of course, the team at Perfect Vision always recommended that you seek advice from your ophthalmologist before embarking on any type of eyesight correction – whether is be natural, prescription or surgical.
For more information on all types of vision correction and remedies, call the team of eyesight experts at Perfect Vision on 13 13 40, or head to http://perfectvision.com.au/ and make an enquiry or book an appointment today!