As we age, many of us over the age of 45 start to experience reduced near vision. This is a natural process called presbyopia. The symptoms can include difficulty seeing menus and text in dim lighting, having to hold reading material further away, and having trouble reading small print.
Some eye doctors also recommend a unique solution: eye exercises to increase the eyes' flexibility. Although we may be fighting a natural decline in our eyesight, recent studies have shown that our vision remains adaptable even beyond 43-44 years old, allowing for functional improvements in vision if approached correctly.
This approach has proven to be effective in improving vision well beyond the typical age of onset for presbyopia. With these exercises, we can potentially slow down or even reverse the effects of age-related vision loss.
The first exercise is called the push up accommodation. This exercise involves the use of small print and helps in maintaining the eyes' ability to focus at different distances. Here's what you need to do:
The second exercise is called jump accommodation. This exercise involves looking at near and distance information to train the eyes to make changes quickly. Here's what you need to do:
Studies have found that perceptual training can improve vision in people with presbyopia, a condition that makes it harder to see up close as you age. The training improves their visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and reading speed, and the results show that these improvements are not due to improved optics of the eye. The training may work by increasing the sensitivity of neurons in the brain and the processing speed, making it easier to "de-blur" the images and retrieve information from them. These studies provide evidence that while presbyopia is an inevitable part of aging, training can help overcome its effects and improve quality of life for older people. Perceptual training requires specialized instruction and materials from our eye doctors, ask our doctor about perceptual training with Revital Vision.