Monday, February 16, 2009
Exercise And Eyesight
I was intrigued to see an article in The Telegraph this morning - "Sir Paul McCartney unveils 'eye yoga' exercise video".
For the last year or so, I have noticed a slight deterioration in my own eyesight when trying to read in lower light levels, such that I often find myself trying to find more light or cursing the text which is 'too small'.
Having had the odd discussion about this with slightly older clients and having celebrated my 44th birthday yesterday, I recognize that this is not an uncommon feature of growing older. However, tucked deep in my memory banks for the last 30 years or more, there is a book I once found on my grandfathers bookcase "Better Eyesight Without glasses". The gist of the book was that the eye needs to be treated like any other part of the body - and exercised. It is largely under muscular control.
A quick Google search reveals that the book is still available and there are various websites devoted to improving your eyesight without the need for glasses. An example is here http://www.holisticonline.com/yoga/hol_yoga_pos_eyeex.htm
Osteopaths, of course, like to treat holistically and are able to treat a wide variety of different ailments. I have yet to see, however, an osteopath treating long sightedness. Somehow, I don't see this as being the osteopaths latest solution to the credit crunch. It might just however help somebody to avoid buying a pair of glasses...and enable them to spend a little more money looking after their back ache or their foot pain!
So - if I'm not sporting an attractive new pair of glasses next time you come in and see me, you'll know that the eye exercises are working...