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Can eye exercises prevent or correct refractive errors?

Can eye exercises prevent or correct refractive errors?

Not really: Refractive errors are intrinsic to the eye structure and are best corrected with glasses, contact lenses or lasik. In some cases of early presbyopia or difficulty reading, reading glasses may be delayed a bit with accommodation exercises but inevitably patients will require reading glasses. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kira
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Refractive Surgery (Definition)

LASIK is eye surgery that permanently changes the shape of the cornea (the clear covering on the front of the eye) in order to improve vision and reduce a person's dependency on ...Read more


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Are there any proven eye exercises I can do to improve my vision? (or prevent it from getting worse). What else can I do to improve vision?

Are there any proven eye exercises I can do to improve my vision? (or prevent it from getting worse). What else can I do to improve vision?

Get regular exams: Eye exercises have not proven to improve vision if the issue is the need for glasses. There are some exercises which can train your eye hand coordination which have some degree of success with athletes but these are not useful in ordinary visual activities. The best protection is regular eye examinations and the use of protective gear when engaged in any visually threatening activity. ...Read more

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Would eye exercises prevent myopia?

Would eye exercises prevent myopia?

No: No scientific research to date shows any eye exercises that work to stop or reverse myopia. Some expensive eye training exercises have been tried to help alleviate far sightedness but if a cycloplegic (dilated) eye refraction is performed to put the ciliary muscle at rest a true prescription of the eye results and eye glasses are needed. Rarely, a far sighted person can reduce power of glasses. ...Read more

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Do eye diseases affect refractive errors?

Do eye diseases affect refractive errors?

Sometimes: The focus of the eye is greatly affected by the lens - diseases such as cataract and presbyopia can dramatically affect the focus. Sometimes corneal scarring may induce astigmatism and keratoconous may cause irregular astigmatism requiring contact lenses to treat. ...Read more

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Can refractive errors of the eye affect the offspring?

Can refractive errors of the eye affect the offspring?

Yes: Many eye conditions have a hereditary component. Certain refractive erros do as well (it also depends on many other factors, such as how much near work or eye rubbing one does). ...Read more

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Do refractive errors of the eye affect your offspring consistently?

No: If both parents have refractive errors, the likelihood that their children will inherit this problem is higher, but not guaranteed. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby was diagnosed with infantile esotropia. she has slight refractive errors. what do you say about botox in the eyes to improve eyes?

My 6 month old baby was diagnosed with infantile esotropia. she has slight refractive errors. what do you say about botox in the eyes to improve eyes?

Other choices ?: Botox injected into any of the 6 muscles that control the eye position can help balance the process. It selectively weakens a specific muscle in an effort to improve how the eye lines up. In experienced hands it is one way to treat the problem. My thought would be to try less invasive treatments first. ...Read more

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Refractive surgery possible to correct astigmatism in eye ?

Refractive surgery possible to correct astigmatism in eye ?

Yes: As long as you have been evaluated and you are a candidate for the procedure, lasik can correct your astigmatism. ...Read more

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What do I need to do in order to get refractive surgery to correct astigmatism in eye ?

Refractive surgery: Patients who are interested in refractive surgery for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism should be screen by a refractive surgeon to determine if they are good candidates. If so, then their refractive errors can routinely be managed by lasik or prk. ...Read more

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Question about refractive errors; can you change the eyeball shape like braces move teeth?

Question about refractive errors; can you change the eyeball shape like braces move teeth?

???: What an unusual question. Not a stupid question at all, but one that i think both ophthalmologists and orthodontists alike will be stumped by. Surgical reshaping of the eye is done to correct visual pathology and orthodontics corrects dental arch pathology, other than that, I am unable to help you with an intelligible answer! ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is an eye refractive surgery for children?

Please let me know if there is an eye refractive surgery for children?

In special cases: The same gadgetry that is used for adults, can also alter the power of eyes in children. However, it requires general anesthesia, and that is simply not acceptable for a condition which will continue to change. There have been a few special cases in which one eye is impossibly too far from the power of the other eye and might therefore lose vision, but these are special. ...Read more

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I used to had very less dry eyes and also minor floaters now its fading away but is it mean that I am not eligible for refractive surgery ?

I used to had very less dry eyes and also minor floaters now its fading away but is it mean that I am not eligible for refractive surgery ?

Problems are not : Typical of dry eyes ; floaters at your ageā€¦.. Must see an ophthalmologist for proper dx. I personally do not keep the age 18 as the limit for laser. Simple myopia stabilizes after 7-8 years of start of glasses. Hyperopia can have laser @ any age depending on diagnosis. A person becoming myopic at age 16 does not become stable till age 22-24. Keratoconus ; pathological myopia are different. ...Read more

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Are there eye exercises I can use to correct vision problems?

Are there eye exercises I can use to correct vision problems?

No: Eye exercises have been promoted by optometrists for years but have been proven to have no useful purpose and certainly will not correct vision problems. Only one exercise is of value called "pencil pushups". For insuffiency of convergence, the medial recti can be strengthened by focusing on the number on a pencil at arm's length and bringing the pencil slowly towards the eyes. 10 reps 3 x a day. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of any eye exercises that can correct double vision?

Not many: True double vision is caused either by a problem with the way the nerves send messages to the eye muscles, something preventing the muscles from moving, or something partially blocking the vision in one eye. None of these can be treated by exercises. Double vision that does not go away after a few minutes should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can natural eye exercises work for correcting short sightedness?

Can natural eye exercises work for correcting short sightedness?

No: Near-sightedness cannot be corrected by any type of eye exercise. However, there are suggestions that near-sightedness is made worse with prolonged accommodation (using your eyes muscles to focus at close distances) in children. Wearing bifocals may slow its progression. At your age, the near-sightedness should be stable and cannot be influenced by anything you do. ...Read more

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Could lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia ?

Could lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia ?

Only in the young: Amblyopia is a condition in which an eye which is otherwise normal, sees less well. It is almost always caused by some eye malposition or refractive differencies between the two eyes in infancy and early childhood. The pattern of amblyopia becomes fixed if not treated by age 8 years. After that, exercises, etc. Cannot correct the condition. ...Read more

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Do lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia?

Do lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia?

No: Amblyopia is corrected by forcing the brain to use the weak eye more (not prune neural connections) -- so make the image sharper or remove double. ...Read more

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Can doing lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia naturally?

Can doing lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia naturally?

No: They have no evidence based value & their pursuit could delay worthwhile treatment & increase the chances that the condition will be permanent. ...Read more