As the name suggests vision therapy refers to a series of treatments associated with the improvement and enhancement of vision through the creation of new neural patterns. Therapy is usually recommended to patients who are having trouble with their vision and are facing trouble responding to conventional treatments and glasses. Typical physical therapy patients include those who have difficulty in focusing, have a drifting eye, suffer from amblyopia or have crossed eyes.

Regular exercise of the eyes usually relieves symptoms such as strain, blurriness, sensitivity to light, tiredness, red eyes and headaches. Typical eye exercises include basic spotting ad focusing tasks which challenge the vision. The simplicity of these exercises enables patients to care for their eye troubles at home. Consulting with a doctor at all times is however of the utmost importance. In fact, there are many vision therapists that offer services and prescribe the best exercises based on your current condition and history.

Spot the Ball

Balls of various sizes are suspended on a string and have various numbers or letters written on their surface. Swing the ball and keep an eye on it. Try to call out all the letters and the numbers that you can identify. This will enhance your ability to view and focus on moving objects.

Relax your Eyes

One method of relaxing your eyes is by rubbing your hands together to create friction. Once your hands have warmed up, cup them and place them over your eyes. Make sure that there is no direct contact between the eyelids and the palms. The fingers should be resting on the forehead for the duration of this exercise.

The Bead and String Method

String three large beads of different colors through a yarn and fasten one end of the yarn to a wall. Make sure that the other end is fastened exactly at eye level and place the other end on your nose. Space the beads equally with one close to the wall, one 4 feet from the nose and the other 1 foot close to your nose. The first step is to focus on the farthest bead. When viewing the bead, you should be seeing two strings rather than one, forming a V converging at the targeted bead. Next, focus on the middle bead. This time you should be viewing an X intersecting at the central bead. The third bead should also form an X converging at the nearest bead. If you happen to be viewing one bead, consult a doctor since the brain suppresses weaker vision suggesting that one eye is not functioning optimally.

The Rule of Thumb

This simple Vision Therapy exercise should be done multiple times on a daily basis. Holding out both thumbs at an arm’s length, move both in small circles creating crosses in the air. With your head in a stationary position, follow both thumbs in the course of their movement. Make sure that the surroundings and the thumbs stay in focus throughout the duration of the exercise.

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