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Your Questions About Improve Vision Naturally

October 17, 2011
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Richard asks…

Can anyone tel me how to improve my vision naturally?

I really wanto improve my vision cz i dont like wearing glasses

admin answers:

You could do eye exercises. I know a lady who strengthened her eyes to the point where she no longer wears glasses.
She swears it was by doing eye exercises every day.

Here’s what she did:

Roll your eyes in a slow circle clockwise a few times. Then roll them counter clockwise the same number of times.

Do this several times:
Look down hard to the lower left and right, then look up to the upper left and right. Look straight up with your eyes, and straight down. Look to the left and then to the right.

Look at your thumb, then at the wall. Then back at you thumb, then back at the wall several times.

Do this sort of thing every day and see if it helps improve your vision. I can’t hurt, and if it doesn’t help, you’re certainly not out anything.

Best wishes!

Ken asks…

How can I improve my vision naturally through vision exercises, diet, etc. etc.?

admin answers:

Eat some carrots

John asks…

what can you do to improve your vision naturally????

Any ideas or tips thanks im 14 and wear contacts. And i get on the computer everyday and use it at least every 1 hour and take a break after an hour or til my eyes start to hurt.

admin answers:

There are eye exercises and relaxing techniques that can improve vision naturally. Read more about them here:

http://www.refractiveeyedisorders.com/ryv

Healthy diet is also essential for improving vision and good eyesight. Take a look here:

http://www.refractiveeyedisorders.com/opf

Regards,

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Strabismus

October 16, 2011
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Linda asks…

After Squint surgery 2.5mnths : my eyes are still not straight?

After Strabismus surgery 2.5mnths : my eyes are still not straight?
I am 22 yrs old and suffering from amblyopia since childhood and my right eye has almost no vision and bends a little inwards. I had a squint surgery to get this inward bending eye straight. After the surgery, I noticed:
a) when i looked straight, the right eye was looking outwards (exotropic).
b) when i looked to the left, the right eye will look straight and NOT move inwards at all.
c) only when i looked to the right, both eyes looked fine.

The doctors said my muscles need to heal and told me to do normal eye exercises for 3 months and that the right eye should be fine by then.

But its 2 1/2 months now since the operation and my eyes are still the same!!!

I am so worried and depressed and don’t know what to do. I don’t want to go for another operation since I already had one squint operation before this on both eyes when I was one year old (which was a failure).

My eyes were just a little squinted before, now its HORRIBLE !!!

admin answers:

Do the exercises… And consult one more eye doctor!

I trusted my first doctor for my lazy eye, he told me it will cure and now he says it wont, so! You need to think that doctors can be wrong too!

Steven asks…

antimetropia?OD+3.75 , OS-0.75 – very annoying and difficult to adjust in everyday life …?

the diopter machine read OD:+3.75, OS-0.75. it reflects the reality, i see better in the distance with my right eye but i can’t read with it – and vice-versa.i had strabismus when i was little-i did a lot of eye exercises,then an operation when i was 6.the operation succeded. I had glasses another 2 years – then i didn’t have to wear them anymore. now i’m 28.last year i had a more serios eye exam with the above mentioned readings.i wear glasses again:+1.5 for right eye and zero for the left eye.it’s very annoying because i realize that i’m using a different eye for different type of activity.when i gaze in the distance i look with my right eye,when i read i definitely use only the left eye.(my left eye is not very good with seeing distant objects and i’d like to have this fixed – but the doctor said they don’t want to put a difference larger than 1.5 between od and os.i’d be willing to try both some – for my left eye and more + for my right eye-if that would bring me a better vision!
i don’t want to consider laser or contact lenses yet.
would a prescription with -0.5 for OS and some more + for OD be intolerable? i’d like to be able to see better with both eyes. (even the left eye – which is better has big problems for me,because i can’t see anything clear that’s more than 2 or 3 meters away …)
well.. the doctor didn’t try a higher diopter for my glasses. i started to wear glasses again in november 2006-and had another eye exam which had as a result an increase in my OD value from +1.25 to +1.5. That is after i told her i had strabismus when i was little-she said “well then let’s put +1.5..usually u need more when you have this. “otherwise she would had left it with 1.25. there is a slight improvement in my right eye‘s vision-but not significant.and my left eye is only for reading and writing (actually i do this most of the day,in front of the computer). i’d like to be able o use my right eye also for reading (i sense that i’m not using it-it would feel almost the same if i shut it)-and i’d like to be able to see at distance with my left eye (same,i don’t use it when trying to see a distant object). i moved recently to london so i want to find a good ophthalmologist/optician here.i hope i’ll find some help.this problem might not be too serios,but it’s on my mind constantly!
maybe the doctor was not good i don’t know. I had that explanation twice – from 2 different doctors. (same clinic-but different doctors). both used “no more that 1.5 difference” line… i suppose it’s because i didn’t wear glasses for 20 years and i have to wear glasses again-maybe they meant not from the beginning but they thought of increasing the strength for my right eye later in time. there are many things that worry me-for example-i can choose which eye to use to look at one object-when i use my right eye-my left eye runs towards the nose(my strabismus is back).my night vision is not good either. i did a test trying to touch my pointing fingers in front of my eyes-instead of being tip to tip they were overlapping…the more i think-the more problems i discover…

admin answers:

Unless the doctor’s comment is based on having tried and failed with a larger difference the stance seems unreasonable.

If your right is your established reading eye, as you get older you’re going to need more of the plus in that eye anyway as your accommodation (naturally) fades.
If you have no effective binocular vision, there is no reason not to give each eye its best Rx, except for the cosmetic imbalance between the two eyes, which may well be a minor consideration. Especially as for many social situations you might not be wearing the glasses at all.

If there is binocular vision contact lenses would be the route of first choice, as the anisometropic effect is much reduced with them, both on image size and on relative prismatic effect.

But even with glasses and binocular vision, +1.50 is no fixed limit. I’ve got 3.25 sphere difference between my two eyes. And fairly good binocular vision.

There are at least definite *possiblities*, depending on your exact refraction and binocular status.

Optometrist, retired.

Sandy asks…

OD +3.75, OS-0.75 Both near and farsighted – i need some answers?

the diopter machine read OD:+3.75, OS-0.75. it reflects the reality, i see better in the distance with my right eye but i can’t read with it – and vice-versa.i had strabismus when i was little-i did a lot of eye exercises,then an operation when i was 6.the operation succeded. I had glasses another 2 years – then i didn’t have to wear them anymore. now i’m 28.last year i had a more serios eye exam with the above mentioned readings.i wear glasses again:+1.5 for right eye and zero for the left eye.it’s very annoying because i realize that i’m using a different eye for different type of activity.when i gaze in the distance i look with my right eye,when i read i definitely use only the left eye.(my left eye is not very good with seeing distant objects and i’d like to have this fixed – but the doctor said they don’t want to put a difference larger than 1.5 between od and os.i’d be willing to try both some – for my left eye and more + for my right eye-if that would bring me a better vision.
i would be willing to try glasses with a larger number difference – one with plus and one with minus. now i have a 1.5 difference – i feel there’s no much difference when i have them on – and i’d like to see that difference. is what i have called Anisometropia? where do i find more information-and advice?it’s VERY annoying to see so differently with each eye-it seems i have to adapt my eyes to each thing that i look at…
i don’t have any problem with wearing glasses – if they would give me a better confort… i don’t want to think of lasik or other surgical interventions – and i think i wouldn’t be confortable with contact lenses either. i need advice on glasses…
i was still searching in the internet.
I am looking for Antimetropia … – please anyone knows to give me a solution? some advice – some personal experience…
i want to avid laser treatment…
i would choose that only in an emergency situation, i think…
i already had a strabismus surgery on both eyes when i was little – and it was a successful one – i don’t want to push my luck too much…

admin answers:

A significant difference in the power between the two eyes is called anisometropia.
The problem caused by this is that the more “plus” spectacle lens makes a bigger image on the retina, and the brain finds it difficult to fuse the two images.
You should ask your optician about contact lenses, as the image size is not so much of a problem with contact lenses.

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Your Questions About Can You Naturally Improve Eyesight

October 15, 2011
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Sharon asks…

Can you improve your eyesight naturally?

I have had more then 20/20 vision for as long as i can remember, but recently, it has fallen to 20/20. I was wondering how i could get it back to what it was b4.

admin answers:

As much as I wish I could say otherwise, glasses, contacts, or surgery are the only way to improve your eyesight.
I’ve been looking for other options for almost 20 years since I first had to get glasses and I have found things that improve the health of your eyes (which can help them from getting worse), but they can’t make the actual visual acuity better. Most of them are natural herbs (like Lutein, Bilberry, and Eyebright) and vitamins (A and E among others) that help maintain the health of the eye, but unfortunately couldn’t improve vision.
The main reason is because vision problems are a physical problem (the physical distance between the retina and lens), not a chemical problem that can be changed with drugs, herbs, or supplements :-(

I’ve heard of eye exercises that some people try, but based on a lot of research I’ve done on them, there is no basis to say that it will improve your eyesight at all long-term. All that’s left after all that is surgery or glasses/contacts. Sorry.
Also, there is an article at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/EyeHealthNews/11-eye-myths-debunked/Story?id=8919023 that points out some of the common myths about eyes. Some of these are included in there, but it also verifies that reading in the dark or watching a TV/computer screen too close doesn’t negatively affect the vision long-term. Good luck and I hope I helped!

Carol asks…

How can you improve your eyesight/vision naturally? Without contacts or glasses.?

My vision is starting to get worse. But its not that bad yet. Therefore, i did not go and consult a doctor. I don’t like the idea of wearing contacts or glasses. I don’t want to be dependant to them for the rest of my life! How can I improve my vision naturally before it gets worse? Please help. thank you.
Please tell me some good eye exercises or recommand some good books if possible. Tq! ^^

admin answers:

Nothing works , go to an eye doctor

Nancy asks…

Improving eyesight naturally….?

Is it really true that you can improve your eyesight naturally?

I got the book,
Relearning to See: Improve Your EyesightNaturally!
& have done he “natural” things & excersises you‘re supposed to do.. but I don’t know if my eyesight has improved or not..

~Was buying the book a rip-off?

~If improving eyesight naturally doesn’t work, what abuot contacts? & what if I get an infection?

Thanks!
I’ve been trying to do the excersises since about May..

I kind of gave up on it though.

~Should I keep on doing to excersises?

~How long will it take to improve them?

The last time I checked, [which was two years ago] one eye was 20/80 & the other is is 20/100.

admin answers:

There are classes of people, probably not the majority, who will be significantly helped with the correct eye exercises.

Where there is ciliary spasm, (basically cramp of the ciliary muscle from working at near too close or too long) which can make people appear more short-sighted than they are.
I’ve improved individuals 3-4 lines on a chart in five minutes in some cases.

Where certain types of binocular vision problems are present. Eyestrain can be reduced and comfort increased, but no shift in the basic Rx occurs.

Somewhat related to the above are specific sports training exercises to improve eye tracking and hand-eye coordination. These are often working on a pure “practice effect” basis. Again there is no change in basic Rx.

The original book on eliminating refractive errors with exercises,”Better eyesight without glasses” by Dr Bates still resurfaces periodically. It is ancient, and is wrong on basic anatomy, and gets its credit because of the effect it produces in the first class of people above. Many modern versions are descendants of this original.
The broader claim made by these, that refraction in general can be made to disappear is exaggerated in the extreme.

Optometrist, (retired)
Sceptical about exercises as a panacea, but not for the right people.

Contact lenses convey a very small risk, provided proper routine and hygiene is followed, accepted by hundreds of thousands of people. Lots of people get eye infections *without* contacts!

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Your Questions About Improve Vision Naturally

October 14, 2011
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Helen asks…

How do I naturally improve my vision?

I am sooo tired of glasses. The more years I wear glasses the worse my eyes get. My step bros fixed their sight (which was worse than mine) simply by not wearing their glasses anymore and having their eyes adjust, but I don’t want to walk around for goodness knows how longs seeing a bunch of blurriness. So what I want are some techniques for natural vision improvement. If you have links to helpful sites that will also be appreciated. Thanks.

P.S. Don’t recommend contacts or surgery.

admin answers:

Contact me about Bates’ Method.

It is not only eye exercises but overall health improvement that is important.

If your brother improved his eyes why wouldn’t you be able to…

Http://www.iblindness.org/books/bates/

Joseph asks…

Is there any way to improve your vision naturally besides eating carrots?

admin answers:

Besides taking vitamin supplements, foods, and herbs good for your eyes, you can also consider looking at those 3D images that look like a bunch of dots but eventually float out at you to reveal a pictures. Magic Eye. I hear a regular dose of that exercises the eye and can help vision. Check out: http://www.magiceye.com/eyesight.html

Mandy asks…

How do I improve my vision naturally?

Things have become a bit blurry lately….Any advice?

admin answers:

You can’t. Go to the optometrist – its a perfectly natural thing to do when you have vision problems.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Lazy Eye

October 13, 2011
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Mandy asks…

Is there a way to fix a lazy eye naturally for a 17 year old?

I’m 17 years old, going on 18 in 4 months. Is there a way to naturally fix my lazy eye without surgery? Apparently, some eye exercises/’methods’ would only be effective for young kids as opposed to people around my age range and above.

admin answers:

Not Really

Ruth asks…

lazy eye exercises..?

i know they said once you pass the age of 7 or 8 it can not be fixed. i read that i can do exercises for my eye and it might work. is there a possibility of this working

admin answers:

I currently due “eye push-ups” with my 4 year old. Take a popsicle stick and put a sticker at the very tip (we used spongebob) and have the child focus on the picture as you slowly move the stick to make their eyes go almost crossed. You want their eyes to focus on the picture until u are mere centimeters away from there nose bridge. It’s hard for them to understand at first, but they get it :)

Charles asks…

Has any adult over 50 had successful experience in improving a ‘lazy eye’ with exercises?

I am over 50 and have had a ‘lazy eye‘ all my life.I have had 3 perations to straighten it,at 3 years,16 and 20.
After my last operation the surgeon told me that operations don’t fix the problem .I don’t remember ever having binocular vision.
My eye remained reasonably straight in appearance until after i turned 40 and began doing work that involved a lot of
looking at text for up to 3 hours daily in total.
Gradually my weaker eye began to turn out and now the difference in my eyes is quite obvoius.
I am self conscious about it,don’t like looking at new people when i speak to them and don’t like having my photo taken.
I am working on a visual therapy programme at the moment with my optometrist.
I have just started working with a Eyeport.
If anyone has experienced improvement without an operation I would love to know your experience.
I know children can be helped but what about an older person like myself?

admin answers:

I know of a few, but the vast majority of over-20′s that have pursued amblyopia treatment that I am aware of have put in time and or money to little effect.
The best improvements I have seen have come with patients who have lost the sight of their previously better eye, but even there the degree of improvement was very variable.

In fact in most text-books the top age recommended for treating amblyopia has come down in the last 20 years, from around 12 to around 7.

BUT… This may be subject to revision.
There are some new treatments and techniques which claim to be more effective with adults, and some practitioners offer the prospect of improvement at any age.
I’d like to believe them, but I remember other examples of “false dawns”* and “quackery”, so I reserve my enthusiasm and optimism just for the moment, while waiting for more evidence to accumulate.

* for example: ” RCTs [Randomised controlled trials] of another form of active amblyopia therapy, the CAM stimulator (Banks et al., 1978), showed that initial promising clinical results (Campbell et al., 1978) were attributable to practice and placebo effects (Tytla and Labow-Daily, 1981; Lennerstrand and Samuelson, 1983; Nyman et al., 1983). ”

BUT…
“I am working on a visual therapy programme at the moment with my optometrist. ”
If you are happy to make the effort and go for it, go for it.
I know of no prospect of harm or damage that can come from trying. (Induced double vison is so rare I can’t recall even hearing of a case of it during my career, though it is still listed as a technically possible adverse outcome of breaking down suppression.)

The misalignment of the eyes, and the poor vision in the amblyopic eye, are very much separate issues.
Do make sure you are clear on what you, and your practitioner, think you are trying to achieve.

Best wishes,
Optometrist, retired.

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