Can You Improve Your Vision?
September 28th, 2018,
What Can You Do to Improve Your Eyesight Naturally?
Dreading the thought of wearing glasses or contact lenses? Unfortunately, there are no proven ways to correct vision problems naturally. Corrective lenses or surgery are the only two methods of fixing most eye problems.
Can I Prevent Vision Problems?
Yes, there are things that you can focus on that can help you prevent some serious eyesight issues. Diet, exercise and regular check ups with your eye doctors are just the beginning.
What can I do to keep my eyesight healthy?
Healthy eyes and eyesight go hand in hand with good overall health. By improving your overall health, you can reduce the risk of contracting problems that lead to vision problems.
Maintain a sight healthy diet.
Are you getting enough essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients in your diet? Without the right nutrition, your eyes could be starving for the things they need to stay healthy.
There are some essential vitamins and nutrients that your eyes need:
- Vitamin A, C and E
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Beta carotene
These vitamins and nutrients are all natural occurring in the foods we eat, if you are following a balanced diet. Try adding these foods to your diet: dark leafy greens, peppers, eggs, fish and black eyed peas.
Exercise for better health
By maintaining an active and healthy body, we can reduce the risk of contracting chronic health problems.
High blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes can both have complications that cause vision issues. Diabetic retinopathy is “a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults” with diabetes, according to the National Eye Institute. - https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy
Exercise and a healthy diet can help regulate the body’s blood sugar, reducing the chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Eye Specific Exercises
A quick internet search on improving eyesight will bring up the Bates Method. The Bates Method is an alternative therapy for improving eyesight that was proposed in 1891 by William Horatio Bates. The techniques involved in his method centered on visualization and movement as well as activities like palming and sunning your eyes.
The Bates method is highly criticized because there is no objective evidence it works. It has also been argued that it can have negative effect on the eyes. Overexposure to sunlight and not wearing corrective lenses while driving can lead to eye injury and vision loss. Ignoring conventional eye care routines and checkups can lead to some eye conditions getting worse over time.
Qigong, Yan Bao Jian Cao, or “Eye Care Gymnastic Exercises”, is another controversial practice to exercise your eyes. It includes pressure point manipulation and has been implemented by China’s Ministry of Health to help prevent myopia and eyestrain. It is routinely practiced everywhere in China, including in school and the workplace. Qigong claims to be able to restore eyesight through eye exercises, like rolling your eyes. But, there has been no objective, scientific proof to support that this method is effective.
Rest Your Eyes
ust like the rest of your body, your eyes can become overworked, strained and tired. Make sure you are resting when you need to and getting a proper night’s sleep to promote eye health.
During the day, take a break from the screen! Digital eye strain is common in working adults and becoming more and more common in young children. Take breaks from your digital devices and computer screens.
Use the 20-20-20 rule to help reduce eyestrain. For every 20 minutes of screen time, take 20 seconds to focus on an object 20 feet away. This allows your eyes to relax, rather than being constantly trained on your screen up close.
Closing your eyes for a minute or two a few times a day is also a good habit. Two to three minutes is all that it take to allow your eyes to lubricate and avoid dry eye. This also helps to further reduce any effects from working too much in front of a computer.
A final great tip is to avoid digital screens right before bed. Lying in bed with a smartphone or tablet is a habit a lot of us have. Unfortunately, the extra strain of low light and excess blue light right before sleep has multiple side effects. Poor sleep, trouble falling asleep and fatigue have been accredited to too much screen time before bed. So, give yourself a chance to wind down without the extra light and protect your eyes.
Use the Tools You Have Been Prescribed
If you have already been to the doctor and have been prescribed a corrective lens, use it. Straining your eyes by not using your reading glasses, contact lenses or other vision device can lead to worsening vision problems.
Consult Your Eye Doctor Yearly
If you have great vision, seeing a doctor may not be at the top of your list to do. But it should be.
Only trained eye care professionals can see what is physically going on with your eyes. They can see changes in your eyes before they become a serious problem. This will help keep your eyesight healthiest over the course of your lifetime.
Annual eye exams can detect problems you may not even know you have. Problems in the optic nerve or early signs of age related macular degeneration can only be diagnosed by an eye doctor. AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness according to the national eye institute.
Vision problems like myopia, astigmatism or cataracts cannot be corrected without professional help. A nutritious diet, exercise and proper rest are the best things you can do to help your eyesight naturally.
Disclaimer: This information has been compiled from various sources and is intended for information purposes only. If you are experiencing any vision problems, it is always best to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.