It shouldn’t be a huge surprise that not everything you hear from your friends or read on the internet about eye care in Cape Cod is true. For example, we’ve found that there are many misconceptions when it comes to our patients performing eye exercises. For that reason, we’ve put together this post that’ll help clarify any of these misconceptions. Continue reading to learn the fact and fiction behind eye exercises!
Myths about eye exercise
Sadly, many of the things we hear when it comes to eye exercises are simply myths. Here are a couple of the most common ones:
- Exercises will improve your vision: It’s safe to say that many of us would like to have better eyesight. Unfortunately, eye exercises alone won’t do it for us. Poor eyesight often has to do with the basic anatomy of your eyeball, and a simple eye exercise won’t do anything to fix that.
- Exercises will delay future vision loss: Again, you can do eye exercises until you’re blue in the face, but that won’t do anything to prevent future problems. Our eyesight tends to worsen as we age due to a variety of factors, and exercises can’t push those problems aside.
Facts about eye exercises
The good news is that not all eye exercise hearsay is false! The points below about eye exercises do have some truth to them:
- Exercises help with some things: Though an eye exercise won’t allow you to have 20/20 vision once again, they are helpful for folks with a lazy eye or those with other vision issues. Simple daily exercises can help strengthen eye muscles that’ll relieve eyestrain, improve double vision and help your eyes regain full strength after surgery.
- Exercises are easy to do alone: The best part about eye exercises is that you don’t need any high-tech machinery or fancy medical equipment to do them. Depending on the exercise, you’ll just be looking at a solitary object for a while, switching your focus between different objects or looking at multiple objects at once.
Common eye exercises
Now that we know what’s true and what’s not when it comes to eye exercises, let’s take a look at a few of these exercises! These are some easy-to-do eye exercises that can be done practically anywhere at any time:
- Focus change: Hold your finger a few inches from your eye and focus on it, then slowly move your finger away from your face while holding your focus. Look away for a moment at an object in the distance, and then switch back to your finger and move it slowly towards your face. Look at the object in the distance again and then switch back towards your finger. Repeat this three times.
- Near and far focus: Hold your thumb 10 inches from your face and focus on it for 15 seconds. Then, locate an object in the room that’s about 10 to 20 feet away and focus on it for 15 seconds. Next, focus on your thumb again for 15 seconds. Repeat this pattern five times.
- Figure eight: Pick a point on the floor or wall about 10 feet away, and trace an imaginary figure eight with your eyes. Keep doing this for 30 seconds and then switch directions.
It doesn’t matter if you’re nearsighted, farsighted or simply want a pair of designer sunglasses—come to Bayview Optometrics! We’re the leaders when it comes to all kinds of eye care in Cape Cod.