Many people that have eye conditions such as myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia that require the use of corrective lens such as eye glasses or contact lenses generally don’t like wearing them.
Further, many people are hesitant to undergo corrective eye surgeries such as Lasik because of the risks involved.
So what other option is there? Well there natural ways to improve your vision and decrease your dependency on glasses.
Here’s what you need to do.
1) Reduce the Effects of Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer Vision Syndrome is defined as the “group of eye and vision problems related to near work that are experienced during or related to computer use”. There are various symptoms such as tired, sore and dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, slowness in changing the focus of your eyes and excessive tearing.
However, there are habits that you can develop in order to reduce the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome.
Create an ergonomic workstation – maintain a viewing distance of 20-28 inches and the center of the computer screen should be 4-9 inches below your eyes, because your eyes work best with a slight downward gaze.
Eliminate glare in your work area – Adjust blinds or curtains to minimize sunlight. Turn down overhead lights so that the brightness of the screen and the surrounding room are balanced. However, do not, however, work in the dark
Take a break – It’s easy to lose track of time at the computer. At the very minimum, take a break at least once an hour for about 10 minutes and blink frequently.
2) Provide Your Eyes with Proper Nutrition
Your diet affects your overall health; and that includes your eyes. Here are some of the specific nutrients that directly affect the health of your eyes.
Vitamin A – I am sure that you’ve heard that carrots are good for your eyes. Ever wondered why? Carrots contain a carotenoid called beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is an anti-oxidant. Antioxidants such as vitamin A are essential to eye health. Vitamin A is known to:
- Help your eyes adjust to light changes
- Moisten the eyes, which can enhance visual acuity
- Prevent the forming of cataracts
- Help prevent blindness from AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration)
Vitamin C and E – these two nutrients also assist in the long term health of your eyes.
Lutein – Studies have shown that Lutein, which is found in foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, corn and pumpkins, may reduce the risk of AMD as well as it may play a role in helping reduce the risk of cataract extraction.
Water – Drinking water frequently also helps.
Increase the intake of nutrients that promote healthy eyesight… There are actually eye vitamin supplements especially formulated for healthy eyesight.
3) Do Eye Exercises
Eye exercises are exercises that are used to improve your eyesight through conditioning the muscles responsible for clear focus or eye teaming (controlling how you use and aim our eyes together).
There is great debate as to the legitimacy of using eye exercises to improve vision. However, there are numerous references as to the benefits of doing eye exercises and there are several natural vision improvement programs available. Here are some eye exercises to improve vision that you can try.
Keep in mind though that natural vision improvement isn’t easy… But here are some tips to improve your chances of success:
- You must be patient, disciplined and committed in order for eye exercises to work for you.
- It’s important to understand that in most cases, the condition of nearsightedness or farsightedness was developed over a period of many years and there it is unfair that substantial improvement through natural means can be gain in a relatively short time-frame.
- You can’t expect to not do the exercises and yet expect to improve your vision… that’s absurd! You have to do the exercises regularly… preferably at least once per day.
- You have to wear your glasses as infrequently as possible. This helps you decrease you dependency on your glasses. Many eye exercise programs suggest that you get a pair of glasses with a weaker strength while going through the program.
So if you want to improve your eyesight, but can’t afford eye surgery or are afraid of the possible risk, then natural vision improvement is an alternative to consider. Just remember, you have to be disciplined, patient, avoid poor eye habits and eat the proper nutrients.