Take care of your eyesight

Training your muscles can help you do a variety of things. It can aid in pain relief, balance, appearance, health, mental function, breathing, and eyesight. Yes, you can do muscle exercises that will significantly improve your vision. You see, the reason you can see at all is that the muscles in your eye tighten and relax to change the shape of the lens, which changes how light enters the eye and therefore allows us to see.

We have already discussed how simple the exercise is and why it works. If you stare at something the same distance away for an extended period, the muscles in your eyes will become "set" tone-wise at that length. Because the muscles in your eyes are responsible for your vision, if they become "stuck or set," they will not move as quickly. This makes changing lenses increasingly difficult.

So, as silly and simple as it sounds, the key to this is to look around. Pencil pushups are my favorite exercise for this. Place a pencil about 6 inches away from your face. Make it so close that it is not easy to focus, but you can get it to come into focus. Then, find a point that is 10-20 yards/meters away and concentrate on that. You want it far enough away that you must focus to see it clearly, but not so far that you cannot focus or read at that distance. Then alternate between close and far.

Do this a few times a day. Play the near-far game, just like Grover on Sesame Street. Move the pencil closer and the other object further away as you improve. By exercising, you can help the small muscles in your eyes become stronger and thus work better, allowing you to see better.

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Dr. Matt Chalmers

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only. Before taking any action based on this information you should first consult with your physician or health care provider. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions regarding a medical condition, your health, or wellness.

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