Can You Naturally Improve Your Eyesight?

The rising trend of “green” healthcare has a DIY cure for everything. From ear infections to lack of energy, there’s a natural and effective way to treat almost anything. But did you know that there’s a natural way to improve your eyesight? It sounds suspicious, but it can work. With proper relaxation, training and nutrition, your eyesight can get better, or at least keep from getting worse.

Relaxing Your Eyes

For most people, your eyes only get rest while you are sleeping. This is, in fact, some of the most important rest your eyes can get. It allows the muscles and parts of the eye to fully relax, rest, and recover. Getting at least 8 hours of aptly-named “shut eye” can help your eyes be ready for healthy vision.

Another type of important rest for your eyes is small stints of rest during the day. Most people look at small type on screens frequently throughout the day. This constant, intense focus causes strain on our eyes, and a quick break here and there can make a big difference. Shoot for a 10 minute break for every 50 minutes spent focusing on small writing. During that break, remember to focus on an object farther away to work different muscles in the eye and give the tired muscles a chance to relax.

Training Your Eyes

Your eyes have muscles, and muscles can be trained. It used to be thought that problems with the lens caused poor vision. Now, eye experts are finding that muscles in and around the whole eye and not just the lens are responsible for vision. Therefore, if you can work the right muscles, you can train your eyes to see more effectively. Daily exercise for several weeks can bring naturally improved vision. Try these exercises to improve vision, or for more advanced exercises, try the Bates Method.

  • Palming: Warm muscles can work better. Rub your palms together for a few seconds to create heat, then place your palms over your eyes with your fingertips crossed over your forehead. Leave for about 5 to 10 seconds to let the heat relax your eye muscles. Repeat 3 times. Be sure to do this before and after eye exercises.
  • Eye Rolls: Look as far up as possible, as far down as possible, as far right as possible, and as far left as possible. Repeat a few times, then begin to roll the eyes, first counter-clockwise, then clockwise. Repeat 10 times each direction.
  • Focusing: Grab a pen or pencil and hold it out at arm’s length. Try to focus on the tip of the pen or pencil as you slowly move the object in toward your face, and then back out again. Repeat this maneuver 10 times.
  • Massaging: Rub your temples in a clockwise, then counter-clockwise motion. Then, massage the middle part of the eyebrows and the bottom of the eye near the nose. Repeat for 20 times in each spot, for each eye.

Nutrition for Your Eyes

The final part of the natural eyesight trifecta is good nutrition. Like the rest of your body, your eyes need specific vitamins and minerals for peak function. Naturalnews.com gives some great ideas for eye-healthy foods that contain powerhouse nutrients for the eyes.

  • Antioxidants: Leafy greens, pumpkin, carrot, yellow pepper, and sweet potato
  • Sulfur, lecithin, and cysteine: Garlic, onions, dairy, coconut, and legumes
  • Anthocyanin: Blueberries, acai, and goji berries
  • Fatty acids: Salmon, trout, mackerel and other cold water fish
  • Vitamin C: Broccoli, citrus fruits, and Brussel sprouts
  • Vitamin E and Copper: Tree nuts
  • Zinc: Beef, wild game, and eggs

Natural Treatment Doesn’t Have to Exclude a Doctor

Eating right, working out your eyes, and getting some rest should all give your vision a boost. However, not all remedies work for all people. Many people take years of work to see improvement. Everyone’s eyes are different, and these methods aren’t guaranteed to give you 20/20 vision.

The best bet for great vision is a strong combination of naturally proven methods and the knowledge and guidance of an eye doctor. The doctors at Advanced Eye Medical are here to help you in your quest for better vision, with or without prescription intervention. Schedule a consultation today and get your eyes seeing better naturally.

How Does Age Affect Your Eyesight?

Father Time is more kind to some and less kind to others. One thing’s for sure: all bodies age at some point. And the eyes are no exception. Aging definitely has an impact on eyesight – vision can grow weaker with age. As adults reach their 60s and older, some normal conditions and some diseases become more likely and more dangerous. Knowing how age affects your eyes can help to prevent and treat diseases and keep your eyes healthy.

Eye Conditions That Are Normal with Aging

Some things just happen to the eyes as they age. These types of changes aren’t dangerous and are just a product of the aging process.

  • Seeing Floaters or Spots: This is caused by vitreous detachment, or the gooey substance inside the eye detaching from the retina. This usually occurs in a bright room or outdoors. While often harmless, it could be a signal of retinal detachment if accompanied by flashes of light.
  • Dry Eyes or Tearing: The tear ducts age and begin to function less efficiently. This can cause too many tears or not enough tears, which can mean discomfort either way. If you are experiencing dry eyes, try artificial tears to ease the burning and itching. If you are experiencing tearing, protect your eyes from wind and light by wearing glasses with shaded lenses.
  • Presbyopia: The lens inside the eye will harden with age, and that makes it increasingly difficult to focus on objects that are close to the eyes. This is why most seniors find that they need reading glasses. This is totally normal with age, and it can be easily remedied by glasses or Lasik.

Eye Diseases That Are More Dangerous

Even though most of the following diseases are more common in older adults, they are still serious conditions that should be monitored and treated carefully. Early detection can also help avoid complications, such as vision loss.

  • Cataracts: This is a tricky disease to classify. It is quite common among seniors and could be considered a normal aging condition. However, it can be very serious. It results from cloudy areas forming in the eyes lens during the aging process. Surgery is now commonplace and highly effective, and treating cataracts correctly can restore lost vision.
  • Glaucoma: Too much liquid pressure inside the eye can cause problems in the fluid flow between the lens and the cornea. This causes glaucoma. Glaucoma is very serious and can cause blindness relatively quickly. Catching it early via your yearly eye exam makes it much easier to treat.
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): This disease deteriorates the macula of the eye, which is where central vision occurs. This part of the eye is most active during reading, driving, watching TV, and other activities that require sharp focus. It’s the leading cause of senior blindness in the U.S., and while it is vision threatening, it is treatable. Getting a yearly eye exam is the surest way to catch AMD early and keep it from worsening.
  • Retinal Disorders: Conditions that affect the retina, or the part of the eye that collects images and transfers them to the brain, are more likely in old age. They include diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. Both conditions could result in blindness, so catching and treating them as early as possible is important.

 

Your Yearly Eye Exam is Your Most Important Weapon in the Fight Against Aging

It might seem like an eye disease is inevitable with aging, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Get your yearly eye exam and get screened for age-related diseases and conditions. Also, if you experience any pain, change in vision, flashes of light, or double vision, contact your eye doctor immediately. Let the eye doctors at Advanced Eye Medical lead you in your fight against vision loss with aging. Call today for your consultation. After all, your eyes aren’t getting any younger.