Various products and programs on the market claim they can cure farsightedness using eye exercises. Since exercising your eyes sounds safe and easy, you may be tempted to give these offerings a try. But do eye exercises really work for farsightedness?
You have no problem seeing road signs when driving and can easily read the board even when sitting in the back seats at a lecture. But trying to read the newspaper or type on the computer leaves you squinting to make out blurry words. If that sounds familiar, you may have a condition called farsightedness. Issues with close-up vision can affect your lifestyle and lead to more serious vision problems down the line, so it is important to get treatment.
Can I Cure Farsightedness With Eye Exercises?
Farsightedness (also known as hyperopia) happens when light entering the eye focuses behind the retina instead of directly on it, leading close-up objects to look blurry. Eye exercises have been around for over 100 years and can help with certain eye conditions like crossed eyes or lazy eye. But doctors agree they are not effective for treating farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism, says the American Academy of Ophthalmologists. There is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of eye exercises as a treatment for hyperopia.
“Eye exercises cannot help with farsightedness,” ophthalmologist and Manhattan Eye director Yuna Rapoport, MD, MPH tells WebMD Connect to Care. “You cannot change the curvature of your eye with eye exercises.”
Treatments for Farsightedness That Actually Work
Luckily, there are several effective treatment options for farsightedness. Depending on your individual vision profile, overall health, budget and lifestyle, your doctor may recommend one of these vision correction methods:
Eyeglasses and Contacts. Eyeglasses and contacts are lenses that help light focus properly on your retina, reducing blurriness at short distances. Corrective lenses only work while you are using them and cannot permanently change your eyesight.
Refractive Surgery. If you are looking for a long-lasting alternative to glasses or contacts, LASIK surgery may be a good option. In this surgical procedure, a doctor uses a specialized laser to reshape the cornea, allowing light to focus correctly in the eye. LASIK has a strong track record for correcting farsightedness and is especially helpful for treating mild to moderate hyperopia, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Other types of laser eye surgery include LASEK and PRK.
Every eye is unique, and only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can determine the right course of treatment for you. Make an appointment with your doctor if you are having farsightedness symptoms.
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