Presbyopia is a progressive vision disorder that affects millions of elderly adults each year. For most elderly adults, the complications of presbyopia began in mid-life and were often ignored until such time as reading and driving at night becomes a complication. If you have been diagnosed with presbyopia, it is important to become familiar with the condition and to find ways in which to naturally slow the progression of the eye disorder.
Progressive deterioration in vision is a sign of presbyopia which often leads to impaired night driving or an inability to read the newspaper or even to browse online. With early diagnosis of presbyopia, many adults can overcome the complication associated with impaired vision and slow the progression into later adulthood. To do so, it is important to become familiar with the eye exercises that you can do at home – commonly referred to as vision therapy.
Vision therapy can be clinically based or based on self-treatment. For adults in mid-life, diagnosed early with presbyopia, vision therapy is quite effective when done at home and can be achieved by learning a few simple eye exercises. Using just a small object, and learning to focus and move your eyes about in strategic manners, you can improve the muscle health of your eyes and even improve your vision.
There are many types of vision therapy that can be done at home and the best option for obtaining a plan that is customized to your needs is to first visit with an ophthalmologist. Obtain an eye exam and then ask your doctor about the use of vision therapy at home. While some cases may require referral to a physical therapist that specializes in vision disorders, many optometrists or ophthalmologists can show you the exercises in a few visits to the office. With proper instruction, you can learn to do the various conductive and flexing exercises that will improve your vision over the long term.
Vision therapy has become increasingly more popular in recent years as many adults turn to natural solutions to eye disorders. While your eye doctor may be inclined to fit you with a pair of contact lenses or eye glasses, it is prudent to also ask about vision therapy and eye exercises you can do at home to improve your vision. With the right combination, you can mitigate the progression of presbyopia and avoid the potential complications of vision health later in life.
Sources: Journal of Optometry & Vision Disorders, 2006: 7: 8-11.