"What were cavewoman (caveman) eyes designed to do and why should you care?"
Cavewomen used their instincts to feed and keep their families safe. Strong eyes were keen and trained to scan the fields, find the berries and know the markers to get from here to there. Good vision was and is a survival thing. The eyes said, "aha, there's the safe red berries, go this way to get them."
Thousands of years have changed our environments, but not the shape and function of the eyes. You drive to the grocery store and don’t go out into the wild.
Eye movement is governed by muscles, that become week, stiff and inflexible. Eye movement or lack of good scanning and tracking influences fall risk.
According to the National Council on Aging, “falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.”
Vision is essential to our inner GPS.
What you don't use, you can lose.
Keeping your eyes tuned and moving well will help you avoid these problems down the road.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Try this exercise: Easy finger push-ups exercise.
With your head straight and the tip of one finger at eye level. Slowly bring your finger to a full arm’s length (stay focused on the tip of your finger) and slowly bring it back towards your nose.
Do this a few times.
Repeat whenever you have been spending a lot of time only looking in one direction.
*If you would like to see the exercises, check out this video among others on YouTube. Click here.
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