Contacts and glasses have, for a long time, been used to correct vision problems. However, if you’ve used them for a while, then you know that they can be cumbersome at times. From cleaning them daily to breakage or slippage to the inconveniences they cause when doing outdoor activities, the list is endless.
Here we look at the best ways to help improve your eyesight and say goodbye to those glasses.
The FDA approved Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, commonly known as LASIK surgery in 1998. LASIK is a safe and invaluable way of correcting eye vision. The American Refractive Council says that the risk associated with LASIK eye surgery is less than the risk caused by wearing contacts. About 19 million Americans have undergone LASIK surgery, with about 96 percent having been satisfied.
If you choose to go the route of LASIK eye surgery, there are a few things about the procedure that you should keep in mind.
First, it is important to know that LASIK is an outpatient procedure. Both the procedure and results are fast (about 20 minutes). While your doctor may give you some medications to keep you calm, you’ll remain awake during the whole process.
What. more, you’ll notice a huge change in your vision within a few hours after the surgery.
A lot of research also backs LASIK surgery. Besides the extremely precise lasers used during the surgery, some of the technology used during the procedure was designed by NASA. Ideally, many clinical studies have been done on LASIK and found it to be safe and effective.
Another important thing to note is that LASIK is non-invasive, meaning no deep incisions will be made, and you’ll experience little discomfort during the procedure. The best part is that you won’t need contact lenses or glasses after laser eye surgery.
Orthokeratology involves the use of gas permeable contact lenses in a bid to reshape the cornea. It can help reduce eye problems like hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism.
However, unlike LASIK surgery, orthokeratology offers a temporary solution, meaning a patient will need to go back to wearing glasses if they can’t continue to use them.
Some benefits of using Orthokeratology include:
- Eliminate discomfort from glasses
- Eliminate the risk of breaking glasses
- Reduce the development of nearsightedness for children
- Help improve eyesight in a wide range of environments like when in the rain, while swimming, etc.
Orthokeratology is best for those who need vision correction below -5.50 diopters, nearsighted people under age 40, athletes, kids showing early signs of nearsightedness, etc.
Watch Your Diet
We are what we eat. This is indeed true when it comes to eye health. Eating carrots is an excellent way to improve your vision. Carrots contain vitamin A, which enhances good vision. Besides vitamin A, foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, and copper are also necessary.
Muscular degeneration is a common issue for most people as they get older. Carrots, eggs, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, and pumpkins will help reduce muscular degeneration.
Wild salmon, mackerel, and other coldwater fish will help your eyes too. They contain DHA, a fatty acid that strengthens eyes and other cell membranes.
A common known cause of weak eyesight is prolonged exposure to computer screens. Besides the irritation that this causes, it can cause pain as well. One simple exercise that can help reduce this problem is blinking. It will help reduce the pain and irritation and make you feel much relaxed.
Another great exercise is eye-rolling. Eye rolling involves looking up and rolling your eyes for ten minutes in a clockwise direction. After that, close your eyes for two eyes while relaxing. Repeat the same procedure but now in an anti-clockwise direction. Besides being a healthy exercise for your eyes, eye-rolling may help you get rid of your glasses.
You already know that smoking can affect your lungs and cause a myriad of health issues, right? Well, it can cause blindness as well. Smokers have an increased risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Besides, smoking reduces the number of antioxidants (which are much-beneficial to the eyes).
Ensure You Have Enough Sleep
No matter how busy you are, you must ensure that you get enough sleep every day. Not having enough sleep will affect your health and wellbeing. When you get a restful sleep, your eyes become renewed.
If you must remain on your screen for long hours, ensure to take long breaks to give your eyes time to rest.