For decades, there have been various forms of self-help eye exercise programs that promise to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses in Cape Cod, MA. However, you should always be cautious of any company that makes such claims. While there is some research that suggests some types of eye exercises can improve your eyesight, most experts say there is zero evidence to indicate they can do so to the point where you will be able to throw away your glasses or contacts.
Several government agencies regulate the kinds of companies that make these types of false claims about their products or methods. There have been some in recent years that were removed from the marketplace for misleading customers.
In one example, a district court in Iowa in November 2006 stopped sales of See Clearly Method vision improvement kits marketed by a company called Vision Improvement Technologies. The state court said the company’s advertising was misleading and ordered it to pay $200,000 in restitution to customers who had been paying $350 each for these fraudulent kits.
Understanding the eyes
To better be able to determine if eye exercises are actually able to improve your eyesight and reduce some common refractive errors, you need to know how the eyes work:
- Farsightedness is a result of the eyeball being too short and incapable of focusing on near objects, because light rays going into your eye achieve focus past your retina.
- Nearsightedness is a result of the eyeball being too long, and the light rays have too far to go to reach the focus point in the retina.
- Astigmatism is a result of an irregularly shaped cornea, but can also be caused by an irregularly shaped lens. Either issue causes light rays to split to different points of focus, resulting in blurred vision.
- Presbyopia is an age-related problem in which the lens loses elasticity and can no longer focus on multiple distances.
Eye exercises typically involve moving the eye muscles up and down, side to side or in circles. The goal is to work the muscles in a way that creates better control of the back and forth movement of the natural lens of the eye, hopefully resulting in better sight at multiple distances.
The main questions to consider with regard to whether or not these exercises will actually substantially increase the quality of your eyesight are: Will these exercises change the basic shape of my eyeball to make it longer or shorter? Will these exercises change the basic shape of the cornea? Will these exercises regulate the shape of the lens, or make it more elastic?
Almost all research that has been performed has failed to produce any evidence that these eye exercises can alter the structure and basic anatomy of the eyes in a way that can sufficiently improve eyesight.
Therefore, it’s important to be wary of any company selling programs based on eye exercise that are guaranteed to improve your eyesight or eliminate your need to use contact lenses in Cape Cod, MA. The science just does not line up.