The infomercials you see on TV are slick and at moments of weakness can really be convincing. What a concept – do some exotic eye exercises and chuck your glasses.
What’s missing is acceptance from the scientific community or any evidence to support the effectiveness of these programs. In particular the claims that wearing prescriptive lenses “spoil” the eyes, that eyeglasses are “eye-crutches”, that one is led to an endless cycle of even stronger prescriptions, akin to drug addiction. Unfortunately, or fortunately for the non-believers, these programs do not align with what’s known in basic anatomy and the physiology of vision.
It is true that eyesight with refractive issues, like near and far sightedness, is largely irreversible, unless one opts for lasik or other forms of corrective eye surgery. And Presbyopia, or the natural stiffening of the lenses of your eyes caused by old age, is just a fact of life. The frustration of endless prescription upgrades one feels is mostly illusory, as how it is explained is that the wearer becomes more demanding of clearer images, whereas previously content with slightly blurred eyesight. It is really blameless since who would not want perfect vision?
So what can one do? An excersise that seem to work is to simply stop when your eyes are strained – and staring at the computer for long periods of time is a common culprit. Take frequent breaks and while during those pauses, let your eyes relax while keeping it focused on distant objects.
This is free but it is not going to improve your eyesight. What it can do is slow down the degradation. You could see it as an improvement directed at the future.