Yoga Exercise for Farsightedness

Submitted by Matt Papa on March 19, 2013

Hyperopia or farsightedness is a condition in which the human eye is able to see the distant objects easily, but finds it difficult to view the closer objects. A person with a farsighted eye cannot satisfactorily perform activities such as reading, sewing, etc. This condition can affect both children and adults.

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If a child is suffering from farsightedness, the eyes may recover from the condition along with the growth of the children through a natural process known as accommodation. However, in the adults, the eyes are no longer able to adjust or recover on their own, and thus medical assistance is required.

Yoga Exercise for Farsightedness

Farsightedness is considered as a refractive error because it is associated with the incorrect bending of the light rays and the incorrect focusing of the images.


The eye consists of two focusing structures, namely, the lens and the cornea, and in normal conditions, they focus the images on the surface of the retina. However, in hyperopia, the light is focused behind the retina and this result in blurred images.

Some of the symptoms of hyperopia are

  • Strain in the eyes
  • Difficulty to focus on the nearby areas
  • Headache after reading and other activities requiring closer eye functions
  • Blurred images
  • More need of light while doing closer works

In case a person experiences any of the above symptoms, it is recommended to consult a professional eye specialist. Yoga may be helpful as a complementary and alternative medicine in improving the symptoms of hyperopia.

Benefits of Yoga for Hyperopia

The eye yoga poses consists of certain blinking movements that help to lubricate the eyes. Most of the eye problems are triggered by the dryness in the eyes. The eyes can effectively be relaxed by the proper lubrication. Certain yoga eye stretching exercises also helps to increase the blood circulation to the eyes. This also helps to improve the condition. Yoga helps to tone the eye muscles, reduce the tension that accumulates in the eyes due to certain activities, and also stimulates the optic nerves. Before trying out any yoga poses, it is recommended to consult with a well experienced yoga practitioner.

Poses

The specific yoga poses that may be beneficial in controlling farsightedness are as follows:

Warnings

One important thing to consider while performing the above yoga steps is not to overstrain the eyes at any time. Proper breathing is necessary, and you should always focus on doing the yoga poses in a relaxed way.

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