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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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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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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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