Presbyopia is where the eyes start to lose their ability to focus on near objects. The reason for this change is not clear, but it is thought that it might be caused by the loss of power to the muscles that control the lens of the eye.
More often than not, this condition is brought about by the aging process. Just as the rest of the body starts to succumb to the effects of aging at some point in our lives, our vision is no different.
Some of the symptoms of presbyopia can include:
- Problems focusing on objects near to us
- Difficulty in seeing things in dim light
- Difficulty in focusing on small objects and fine print
As your vision becomes worse you will want to find ways to treat the problem, and while the go to answer is usually eye glasses or contacts, often corrective lenses can actually make your eyes worse. As you start to use corrective lenses to help with presbyopia, you’ll be on a continuing downhill path and will need to keep getting stronger lenses as your eyes continue to deteriorate.
In some instances, people even turn to surgery to help. However, this can not only be costly, it might be ineffective and even cause some nasty side effects. As with any surgical procedure there is also a possibility that something could go wrong and you might be unfortunate enough to lose your vision altogether.
There is another option for people that don’t want to go down either of these two routes listed above: eye exercises for presbyopia can help you to improve your vision naturally.
However, before we start looking at the individual exercises that can help you, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your eyes in order to maximise the benefits of doing vision corrective exercises.
By getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet, you can help to keep your body, including your eyes, in better condition for longer.
If you’re diet isn’t the best and you’re not getting the best vitamins and minerals to help with your vision, then you could consider taking supplements. This will ensure that your eyes are getting the best support from your body to stay in the best condition for as long as possible.
Unlike other eye issues, presbyopia can be helped by doing some exercises at home on your own. All of the exercises that can help concentrate on strengthening the muscle that controls your focus. Just like strengthening any other muscle in your body, this happens by flexing and relaxing and making the muscle work harder than usual.
Before you start with any exercise, you need to do some warm-up exercises. Use this warm-up to loosen the ocular eye muscles and improve the amount of blood flowing to the surrounding parts of the eyes. This in turn will increase the amount of oxygen that is getting to your eyes and help to improve your vision.
Close your eyes and rotate them 10-15 times in a clockwise direction. When you have finished do the same again but in a counterclockwise direction. Make sure that you do this before you start your exercises and ensure that you keep your eyes closed at all times.
Open your eyes and allow yourself a moment or two to regain your focus. You’ll now be ready to start on the next few exercises.
Distant Object Focusing
Hold something close to your face, about six inches or so. This should be something small like a pencil or your index finger. Focus on that object as best as you can for about a minute and a half. Then change your focus onto something about 10 feet away, but don’t change the direction of where you are looking.
Try to look at something directly ahead of you. Once your focus is clear on the distant object, go back to focusing on the object close to your face. Again, look at it for about 90 seconds.
Repeat this process five or six times.
Arm’s Length Focusing
The premise for this exercise is the same as the distant object exercise. Here you need to extend your arm away from your body and put your hand into the ‘thumbs up’ position. Focus on your thumb and then slowly bring your thumb towards your face and keep your thumb in focus.
When it gets too difficult to focus on your thumb, then move your arm slowly back out to the extended position, but continue to stay focused on the thumb.
Keep going for about three to five minutes. Never take your focus away from your thumb.
Clock Face Exercise
Complete this exercise last and use it as a warm down exercise. Imagine that you have a clock face in front of your eyes. Move your eyes vertically from 6 to 12 o’clock. Do this 20 times. Then move your eyes from 9 to 3 o’clock. Again do this 20 times.
After doing this exercise, you should close your eyes and let them rest for a while.
Eye Exercises for Presbyopia
By completing these basic exercises and ensuring that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals, you can enjoy better vision for many, many years to come. As we begin to get older, our eyes will naturally start to deteriorate. To combat this natural process of aging, do these simple exercises every day. This should take you no more than 20 minutes a day.
A small price to pay before you start noticing improved vision and realize you can avoid wearing corrective lenses or getting costly surgery.