Eye Exercises

A doctor may prescribe eye exercises if you have:

When Should I Try Them?

Doctors may recommend eye exercises for conditions involving how the eyes work together, such as convergence insufficiency, that may cause problems such as:

They won’t help if you:

  • Have dyslexia
  • Blink a lot
  • Squint
  • Have eye spasms
  • Have a paralyzed eye muscle

The doctor may give your child exercises to do if he has lazy eye, a loss of vision in one eye because he uses the other more. The condition usually starts in childhood. First your child will get eyeglasses, if he needs them. Then the doctor will put a patch over his good eye, or use eye drops to blur vision in it, so he has to rely more on the lazy eye. Vision therapy exercises can also force the brain to see through the weaker eye, which helps restore vision.

What Do They Involve?

They’re designed to strengthen your eye muscles, help you focus, ease eye movements, and stimulate your brain’s vision center. As you do them and progress to new ones, you’ll learn how to control your eye muscles and see properly.

What you do will be unique for you, based on your age and other eye problems. You might be asked to:

  • Change focus from near to far and back again.
  • Cover one eye and look at different objects.
  • Concentrate on a solitary object.
  • Follow a pattern to build vision muscles.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on January 17, 2017



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