Eye Exercises: The Real Deal or Just Wishful Thinking?

If you wear glasses or contacts, you may have seen products or training plans that claim to offer exercises that will strengthen your eyes, correct your vision problems, and make you able to see without the need for glasses or contacts. These products are typically accompanied by a high price tag. If you’re skeptical, you have every right to be, especially since there is little scientific evidence that supports these products’ claims. Many experts do not believe that eye exercises actually contribute to better vision; you can find out why below.

Source of Vision Problem

One of the reasons that critics remain so skeptical regarding the effectiveness of eye exercises is due to the eye anatomy issues that contribute to vision problems. Most vision problems are caused by an inconsistency or dysfunctional aspect of the eyeball. For example, if the eyeball is too short, it causes farsightedness, and if it is too long, it causes nearsightedness. Furthermore, if the cornea is irregularly shaped, it causes astigmatism.

As you can see, it is difficult to accept the possibility that simple eye exercises could have such a drastic affect on the physical anatomy of the eye to the point that it would result in vision changes. When you look for major scientific evidence backing these claims, you’ll find that none really exists.

Types of “Exercises”

One technique described by a now-defunct program, the See Clearly Method, was known as “tromboning.” To perform this exercise, individuals were told to hold a small object at arm’s length before inhaling and bringing the object in so that it touched the tip of their nose. Then, they would exhale, look at the object, and move it back to arm’s length. According to the See Clearly Method, this exercise was designed to improve visual focus and the flow of nutrients within the eye as well as strengthen eye muscles.

In summary, there is no major evidence or serious scientific basis that supports the claims that eye exercises can improve general eyesight problems or reduce the need for corrective lenses. The best thing you can do to improve your vision and care for your eyes is to talk with your ophthalmologist.

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