Thursday, March 12, 2009

Convergence Exercises for Healthy Eyes

We all spend a lot of time scanning the computer screens or browsing text on paper as an unavoidable part of our life. Prolonged visual strain leads to weakness of eye muscles or convergence weakness and discomfort in eyes. The only remedy is to strengthen your eyes muscles by regular eye exercises.

Instructions for Convergence Exercises
Our eyes are parallel to each other while looking straight ahead at a far off object. When we look at a near object the two eyes move towards each other – converge. Normally the eyes can converge to look at an object as close as 5 to 8 cm from the eyes. In convergence insufficiency this point recedes more than 12 cm away. Weakness of convergence can occur in individuals involved with a lot of near or computer work or those who suffer from any systemic illness. The exercise described below can help improve the convergence over a period of 4 to 8 weeks.
Exercise Steps
1. Sit or stand straight and look at a far off small object.
2. Hold out a pen at an arm’s length and look at its tip.
3. Slowly bring the tip close to your eyes, keeping the tip at level with your eyes.
4. Hold the tip for about 10 seconds at the point where you feel some strain or heaviness in the eyes. The tip should continue to appear clear and single – should not appear double.
5. Then again take it back to an arm’s length and hold it there for 10 seconds.
6. Again slowly bring the tip close to your eyes to the point where you feel some strain.
7. Repeat this 10 times and then again look at the far off small object. Then again repeat the whole cycle
Exercise Schedule
• To begin with, do this exercise for 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening at a time when you are relatively fresh.
• Gradually increase the duration of the exercise to 15 minutes over a period of next 2 weeks.
• Carry it on religiously regularly for 2 months, after which once a day exercise for 5 minutes is sufficient to maintain good convergence of the eyes.
• It is normal to feel slightly more strain, pain in eyes and even headache for a few days when you begin convergence exercises. Rest assured that gradually you will recover and your symptoms due to convergence insufficiency will soon be better.

Feel free to comment or ask questions.

Dr. Sanjay Dhawan
Senioe Eye Surgeon
Delhi & Gurgaon

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Anonymous Me said...

Is this for eyes with an over convergence or under convergence?

Dyslexicon said...

@Tiffany - These instruction work well for people with convergence insufficiency. It also helps those with normal convergence but spend long hours doing near work or work on computers and suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome or strain.