Many people exercise to keep their bodies in shape, but have you ever thought about doing the same for your eyes? According to a recent study published in Current Biology, you can reduce your blind spot through training and exercise.
What is the blind spot?
Everyone has a natural blind spot, but most don’t notice they have one because it’s not in their central vision. The blind spot occurs at the back of the eye where the optic nerve passes through the retina.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia conducted a study on ten people. Over the course of twenty sessions, the participants performed different eye exercises to measure the impact on their blind spot. While it was only by about 10%, researchers concluded that the size of the blind spot did diminish for the participants.
Eye exercises may help people suffering from age-related macular degeneration—vision loss due to the breakdown of the retina. More research is needed, but the hope is that researchers can figure out why eye exercises work and how to implement it with patients.
How to detect your blind spot?
To find your blind spot sit about a foot away from your computer. Take a look at plus sign below and close your left eye. Move your head closer and farther from the screen. You’ll notice the dot moves in and out of view. That’s your blind spot.
What can you do to improve your vision now?
There are a lot of myths about different eye exercises that will improve your eye sight. However, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, vision problems like being nearsighted or farsighted cannot be corrected by eye exercises. What you can do is get your annual eye exam. A WellVision exam from a VSP doctor not only evaluates your vision, but it can also help detect other health issues like diabetes and hypertension well before they become apparent. So it’s important to manage your eye health on a regular basis. You’ll also want to make sure to have the right vision plan to get the care you need and manage the cost of that care. Even those without coverage through work can find individual vision plans through VSP Direct. Caring for your vision can lead to a better quality of life in the long term.
This post was written by Jessica Caswell, a VSP employee.