Farsighted Eye Exercises

Updated February 21, 2017

Farsightedness, or hypermetropia, is the eye's lack of ability to focus on objects in close range. If left untreated, persons with farsighted vision will suffer from eye strain and severe headaches. The common remedies for farsightedness are wearing prescription glasses and laser eye surgery. But there are also eye exercises that can improve your vision and may reduce farsightedness.

Test for Farsightedness

Before you do any farsighted eye exercises, find out whether you are indeed farsighted and not suffering from an entirely different eye condition. The test for farsightedness uses a near vision chart and a distant vision chart. If you can see the distant vision chart clearly but you have difficulty seeing the near vision chart, then you have farsightedness. You can perform this test yourself if you have access to an eye chart. However, a licensed optometrist will need to determine the severity of farsightedness and a prescription for corrective lenses.

Before Doing Eye Exercises

The best time to do eye exercises to improve farsightedness is first thing in the morning when your eyes are not yet tired. Read over the eye exercises carefully to understand them and note each step for before starting an exercise. Do the exercises in a well-lit room---not too bright but enough to see clearly---and in a relaxed manner so you do not strain your eyes. After doing the eye exercises, end with eye relaxation exercises.

Focal Flexibility Exercise

The focal flexibility eye exercise is designed as a workout for the eye muscles that transition from near to far vision. One of the best things about this exercise is that you can do it any time, any place, and need no special equipment.

Sit in a comfortable position where you have a clear view of a focal point about 20 feet away. The focal point can be a painting, a car, a store window or anything else at the right distance. Next, hold your index finger up, about 6 inches from your face. Focus your vision clearly on the finger. Move your eyes back to the far object, causing the eyes to refocus at a different distance. Do this exercise twice a day. Each time, switch the focal points 30 to 40 times. If you have been doing the exercise for a few weeks, you may wish to increase this to 50 to 60 times for each session.

Eye to Nose Exercise

Hold your hand over one eye to keep it closed. Using the available eye, try to look at the tip of your nose, forcing your vision to focus in very close. Once focused, switch your view to a more distant object so that your vision will adjust to the greater distance. Repeat this exercise 10 times, then switch to the other eye. Some people also like to do both eyes at once, although the result is that you appear cross-eyed when staring at the tip of your nose.

With regular practice, you may reduce your farsightedness.

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