Astigmatism is defined as a vision disorder whereby individuals experience blurry vision at any distance. There are a number of factors that cause this vision imbalance. However, if you are searching for a solution to this vision problem, natural eye exercise techniques can alleviate the symptoms associated with this condition.
According to the American Optometric Association, Astigmatism is caused either by an irregular shaped Cornea or lens inside of the eye. In a healthy eye, the Cornea, (front surface of the eye), is shaped like a basketball allowing light entering the eyes to bend so that it falls directly on the Retina. In contrast, in the case of Astigmatism, it is shaped more like a football causing light to improperly focus behind the Retina resulting in blurred vision at any distance.
Circulation problems created by stress and tension are also causes of Astigmatism. In this case, a buildup of stress and tension in the neck muscles can cause a restriction of circulation to the head and the eyes.
Diabetes is a contributing factor as some people with this condition can develop a form of Astigmatism called Lenticular Astigmatism. In this case, the patient’s Cornea is normal and the only abnormality is in the shape of the Lens. High blood sugar levels can alter the shape of the lens leading to a worsening of vision. This condition is temporary as the shape of the lens returns to normal after the proper treatment is administered.
Here are some Astigmatism correction exercises that can relieve the symptoms of Astigmatism: Consult your physician before beginning any eye exercise routine.
Neck Exercise: Stand and maintain a good posture or if you prefer you can perform this technique seated in a comfortable chair. Move your head gently and slowly first to the right and then to the left for 4 sets of 10 repetitions a day. You can finish this routine with head circles. This exercise involves moving your head in the form of a circle first in a clockwise direction and then in a counter clockwise direction. You are probably wondering why performing such a technique improves Astigmatism. The entire circulation system is interconnected. The head supports the neck and our daily activities can create stress and tension in the neck area. As a result there is a restriction of circulation in the arteries between the neck muscles. This stress causes the neck muscles to become tense restricting blood flow and the transportation of nutrients to the head and eyes. Neck exercises help to increase circulation to these areas.
Eye Yoga Exercise: The benefits of this exercise includes stronger eye muscles, sharper focus along with a reduction of Astigmatism symptoms. Sit in a comfortable chair. Relax and close your eyes. While your eyes are closed, move them from side to side several times. Ensure that you breathe deeply throughout the entire course of this technique. With your eyes open, move your eyes in all different directions. Up then down then side to side. Cross your eyes by focusing on your nose then, alternate your focus back and forth from your nose to a distant object several times. Finish your routine by relaxing your eyes.
An irregular shaped Cornea, Diabetes, and a buildup of stress and tension in the neck muscles that results in circulation problems in the neck and head are some of the causes of Astigmatism. Natural alternative eye exercise techniques are beneficial as they can correct these visual imbalances. Ultimately, they can help to restore our visual system back to a normal function once again.