If you scan the internet you are very likely to come across sites that claim just that – buy the program, the course, the CD-ROMs, the videos, the books and even audio tapes, then follow the exercises and your sight can be restored to normal.
It does not seem to matter whether you are short sighted (myopic), long sighted (hyperopia), or rely on bifocals, you can be old or just a child, this or that self directed eye exercise course will do the trick and if not entirely satisfied there is always a money back guarantee.
There does not seem to be any clinical evidence based on an acceptable or recognized sample size to back up the claims of the eye exercise lobby.
There is however, anecdotal evidence which is hard to verify, that a self-directed eye exercise regime has made considerable improvement or even restored perfect vision.
It should also be noted that in the State of Iowa USA, a consumer lawsuit has been filed by the state Attorney General alleging that an a company marketing a self directed eye exercise program used a combination of misleading marketing tactics, exaggerated claims of effectiveness, false implications of scientific validity and misleading consumer testimonials.
Nevertheless the practice of eye exercising to improve vision is centuries old and who are we to pass judgement on this or any other ancient therapy?
Just think of the number of times you have read or heard about a drug breakthrough brought about by a link with a traditional herbal remedy.
It was not that long ago when professional medical practitioners scoffed at the thought that a natural herbal remedy could be a cure and at best was only a placebo.
Readers may draw their own conclusions as to the merits or otherwise of the various eye exercises and their claimed benefits that will be emailed regularly to those of you who sign up to join my elite group of members, and at least will have some cost free’ knowledge of the subject.
If you follow an eye exercise regime diligently you could be throwing out the glasses and contacts or maybe lowering your dependency on them. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Self directed eye exercise programs should not be confused with the practice of Vision Therapy.
To put it simply, vision therapy, sometimes called visual training, behavioural optometry or development optometry, is a combination of eye exercises and visual aids, such as tinted or corrective lenses, carried out under the supervision of a qualified eye doctor or optometrist.
The therapy is widely used on children who have a vision problem or even to treat learning difficulties.
Eye care practitioners are not united on the benefits of Vision Therapy but if you have a child whom you suspect may have a problem then you should investigate this treatment and do be sure to get more than one qualified opinion.