Your vision is one of your most important physical attributes, which makes it essential that you do whatever you can to prevent vision loss. Although many vision problems can now be corrected through surgery, the truth is that we still don't know enough about the potential long-term effects of LASIK and other eye surgeries. For this reason, it’s a good idea that you first attempt to use any natural methods at your disposal before resorting to potentially risky and expensive surgeries.
Having less-than-perfect vision is a fairly common problem, and around 24 million Americans are thought to suffer from impaired vision to some degree. Luckily, there is hope, as all of the following methods may be able to help you improve your vision naturally and without the need for surgery or medications.
Improved Vision with Eye Exercises
There are some doctors that believe that many vision problems stem from fatigue and overuse of the eyes, and there is at least some anecdotal evidence that shows that exercising your eyes may be the key to overcoming this fatigue and thus preventing and improving vision problems. By performing all of the following exercises at least once a day, you may just see your vision problems begin to decrease over time.
- Hold a pen a few inches away from your face and focus your eyes on it. Keeping your eyes focused on the pen, slowly move it away from your face until it's at arm's length before then moving it back towards your face. Repeat the process 10 total times, making sure to keep your eyes focused on the pen throughout.
- Slowly roll your eyes in a circle. Start off with 10 rotations of each eye in a clockwise direction and then do 10 more counter-clockwise rotations.
- Warm up your eyes to reduce fatigue. When your eyes start feeling tired, warm them up by rubbing your hands together vigorously for a few seconds to create heat. Once your hands are sufficiently hot, hold them against your eyes for a few seconds.
- Gently massage your temples and above and below your eyes. Rub in small circles around your temples, above the midpoint of each eye and below the eyes just next to the bridge of the nose. For best results, do 20 or 30 circles in one direction and then switch to the opposite direction. Repeat as needed.
Boost Your Vision through Supplements
Nutrition is extremely important for eye health, as the eyes require vitamins A, C, E and various other nutrients in order to function at their best. The problem is that many people simply don't get enough of these important nutrients through their diet. For this reason, it is a good idea to boost your level of nutrients by taking supplements recommended by reputable health professionals and organizations. For instance, taking a supplement that contains DHA can improve eye health by helping to support cellular membranes, while beta-carotene and other anti-oxidants can help protect against sun damage and may be able to help fight against age-related macular degeneration.
Don’t Forget to Give Your Eyes a Break
Rest and relaxation is as important to your eyes as it is to your body. Unfortunately, many people spend much of their day staring at computer screens, smartphones and televisions, all of which can directly lead to eye strain and fatigue. Over time, this can potentially lead to a variety of vision problems, which is why it's important to rest your eyes on occasion. In fact, it is recommended that you give your eyes at least a 10 minute break from the screen for every hour you spend looking at it.
Although there is no guarantee that the above methods will be able to improve your vision, the fact that all of the methods are risk-free means they are well worth a try. With any luck, you'll soon find yourself facing fewer vision problems and being able to see clearly without having to resort to surgery.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact the Cambridge Institute for Better Vision, or Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.