There is no denying that many children today suffer from poor vision, as well as eyestrain. But what can you do to help your children? While contacts and glasses are certainly a safe way to ensure your child can see properly, neither of these products fix the root of the vision problem.
Contacts and glasses can’t prevent your child’s eyes from growing weaker over time, which only results in needing stronger corrective lenses. However, there is another option! Eye exercises are a great way to help children build and maintain strong eyesight naturally, without the use of contacts or glasses.
Eye exercises are safe. They are also designed to strengthen the eye over time, improving vision instead of just placing a lens in front of a damaged eye.
Below are some really easy eye exercises you can teach your children.
Memory games: In most games of this nature, a picture is shown briefly, and then the participant must try to remember as much about the picture as possible.
Eye shift exercise: It is really important for children to learn to shift their eyes quickly between objects at different distances.
Tracking exercises: These exercises are great for kids because they help the eye keep track of words while reading.
Rotating exercise: This one is really simple! Instruct your child to rotate his/her eyes in a clockwise motion.
Eye “writing” exercise: Tell them to write something, anything, with their eyes only. Do not let your child move his/her head to do this“Clock” exercise: First, tell your child to imagine a large clock. Have them look at where the centre of the clock would be to start, then say a number and ask your child to look where it would be on the clock.
It’s important to teach your children the importance of taking care of their eyes.
For more information about eye exercises speak to one of our Vision Works optometrists. Why? Because we Love Your Eyes!