The concept that certain eye movement patterns can correct vision abnormalities such as near- or farsightedness has been around since the 1920s. While there's no scientific evidence to support these claims, helath care professionals do realize that exercising the eyes does have health benefits. Dr. John W Phelts, D.C. sees many patients who have vision problems and has seen great improvements. In his New York, NY office he uses applied kinesiology and blood testing to determine which protocols will help improve patients with vision issues.
Did you know that your eyes are supported by muscles called extraocular nuscles? They make it possible to look in various directions, like up and down, left and reight. Exercising these muscles may improve your vision and eye health. Strong eye muscles also protect against the negative effects of vision overuse patterns, such as digital eye strain or frequent night driving.
Below are two eye exercises; the first is for general eye health and the other is for glaucoma.
Figure Eight Eye Exercise
You may have practiced this exercise, sometimes called "yoga eyes," if you've ever taken a yoga class. This exercise should be done from a seated position, such as at your desk, while relaxing in your favorite chair, or in an easy, seated yoga pose.
Pick a point on the floor about 10 feet in front of you and focus on it.
Trace an imaginary figure eight with your eyes.
Keep tracing for 30 seconds, then switch directions.
Exercise to Reduce Intraocular Pressure Related to Glaucoma
Perform either option A or option B in combination with the blinking technique, performed simultaneously. These can be done with or without wearing your glasses.
A. Alternate between looking at very distant and very close objects. For example, when seated or standing, alternate between looking at your thumb, then looking at an object that is farther away, such as a building or a tree. Do this exercise for 40 seconds.
B. Keeping your head stationery, alternate between looking right and left with your eyeballs for 1 minute.
Blinking Technique. Very light and fast blinking, the eyelids are light as "butterfly wings".
While not all vision abnormalities or medical conditions can be corrected by eye exercises, keeping the eye muscles strong, flexible, and nourished is essential to protecting eye health.
There are amino acids and b-vitamins that can also improve vision. Dr. John Phelts uses Applied Kinesiology (AK) testing to determine the proper balance of these nutrients for improved vision. He also uses an AK techmique to reduce eye pressure in patients with glaucoma. If you are interested in improving your health with natural methods then give us a call 212-286-2012. We are located just two blocks from Grand Central station. We are near the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.