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Your Questions About Naturally Improve Eyesight

February 14, 2012

Ruth asks…

How do I improve my HORRIBLE eye sight? D:?

I have really bad eyesight. I can’t read anything farther than 2 feet. I know, REALLY BAD eye sight. I have glasses, of course. And I’m really dependent on them. (I don’t want contacts.) I can’t leave the house without my glasses. I truly want to improve my eye sight. My glasses have A LOT of power. More than ANYONE I know. Would my eye sight improve a bit if I don’t use them as frequently? I use them for the computer, watching tv, reading, at school most of the time, doing homework, writing, etc. PRACTICALLY everything. I do NOT want laser eye surgery or contacts. HOW do I improve my eye sight naturally? D:

admin answers:

Laser surgery really works and its painless. My mom had it and it improved her eyesight greatly! Trust me you should go with the laser treatment!

William asks…

Will weaker prescription glasses slow my eyes from deteriorating?

Hi there. I’m eighteen years old and have been wearing glasses of some kind for distance since I was about fourteen. As with most kids, I primarily wore them during school in order to see the chalkboard but otherwise used them very little. Between this and staring at textbooks, of course, I’d like to think that the public education system hasn’t exactly done wonders for my eyes even if I did spend the other 2/3rds of my day without glasses on.

I’ve had a few changes to stronger glasses over the years as my vision worsened, naturally, but have also been relying on glasses less and less. My current prescription is about 3 years old and it most certainly no longer works perfectly for me – it only allows me to see clearly for about 15-20 feet, perhaps. In college I’ve used glasses very infrequently – I’m definitely very nearsighted, but fine enough that I can read signs, projector screens, what have you without glasses.

I wear them contiguously for perhaps 2-3 hours a day. But afterwards, I experience a fair bit of eye strain – in previous years this was never a problem, and my eye sight is also getting worse at a much greater rate than in previous years. My question is, is it possible that by sticking with his older prescription I’m actually doing more harm to my eyes than good because they are no longer a “one size fits all” sort of case for them, resulting in more strain and refocusing on varible distances than they should be?

During the summer and on weekends I tend to spend a lot of time outdoors and do eye exercises every morning, and even in the mornings I feel as if my sight is somewhat better – but then after using my glasses for a bit I feel horrible again. If I want to improve my eyesight, is it safer to stick with the weak glasses I have now for when I need them? Or should I get a stronger prescription anyway and resolve to spend less and less time using them? What’s your opinion on eye exercises, anyway?


admin answers:

I was just at a big optometric education meeting where this very question was addressed. It turns out not to be quite so simple.

There are a number of studies that show the the use of bifocals are helpful, but only if a certain measure shows up. There is a test that determines where your eyes are pointing when you are looking at nothing. Many nearsighted people have eyes the aim closer than where they focus. This is called lag. An eso posture means that your eyes tend to aim closer than they focus. If that esophoria is greater when measured for close than it is for far away, most studies show that a bifocal can reduce the rate and total of deterioration over time.

Many doctors say this is because when the usual prescription is written it is to make the distance as sharp as possible. So when the person is looking at something up close, the glasses Rx is far stronger than is needed for seeing up close. So the top of the bifocal is set for no more than 20/20 clarity at distance, and the bifocal is weaker, set for reading or coputer or cell phone distance. Every study of this shows a statistically significant reduction in the deterioration rate when a bifocal is used.

So, in a way, you are right, but think about it, what do you do all day? Mostly today its about working at no more than arm’s length, So having just a pair of glasses for far away makes you really have to “bear down” to see things up close.

Eye exercises are only occasionally used for controlling nearsightedness, but interestingly, there is only one really good study of reducing the lens power for distance, using a bifocal to hold an always ready near vision prescriptions, plus something called vision therapy to increase the flexibility of the focusing system and give better control of lag. That study included all patients in two practices, one doing aggressive myopia control, the other using the standard distance only prescription. The myopia control practice showed a reversal in young patients nearsightedness while the regular practice patients got worse every year.

You will really have to search for a doctor who does myopia control. And that does NOT include those who do surgery or use hard contact lenses to flatten the cornea (temporary). OEPF.ORG and COVD.ORG both have doctor finders for different areas of the country. These two are professional optometrist groups, some members of which will work with you on this. But you will have to actively track someone down by asking the receptionist whether the doctor does aggressive myopia control.

It sounds like you are fairly young, which means your eyes are still changing, so I do not suggest you consider lasik. I don’t think it is a good idea to do repeat Lasik procedures, which will be necessary if you do Lasik while your nearsightedness is still changing. There are a few experimental implantation experiments underway that do not damage the cornea (clear part of the eye) the way Lasik does, but they are not ready for prime time yet.

You can wear contacts, but you will need to have some glasses over them for middle distance and near seeing if you want to try to stop the deterioration. There are so many opinions, and no one really fully understands why the eyes change this way. But one of the longest lived theories is that it is prolonged near vision work, particularly if it requires information processing (reading, computing, study, school and college reading). Two interesting old studies show this.

Many optometrists participate in a group called VOSH, which goes on missions to measure, prescribe and provide glasses to native populations in third world areas. The prescriptions are all overwhelmingly for far sightedness with only a few prescriptions for nearsightedness.

Finally, not to scare you, but later in life, the incidence of retinal detachments (partial or full blindness) is 29 times higher among nearsighted people with 6 or more diopters of myopia. So it is very important to see the same doctor over time and to have baseline retinal photos on record so the doctor can compare for changes over time. This is another good reason to try myopia control.

Once in awhile I run into someone who wants to reduce their myopia enough to do something about it, but then, they don’t want to replace their lenses for weaker prescriptions. If you do reduce myopia, you should be ready to change to weaker lenses.

Hope this is helpful information for you, even if it is a bit long. But I think it is better to know more than less.

Lisa asks…

Thought Sharingan wasn’t real?

Before you start reading, I would like to say that this story is 100% TRUE. I understand that there will be lots of people who don’t believe it, but I promise you that the following few paragraphs are completely factual.

I’m betting that most of you think that the Sharingan is something which only exists in fiction, but that isn’t the case. Four years ago, I got in to a fight with another kid and during the fight I discovered that I could read his movements and move accordingly as soon as I found myself ready to fight. I ended up with hardly a scratch on my body, although my fists did take a bit of a bruising since I am not a fighter. Considering the fact that it was my only real combat experience, I found it a huge surprise that I managed to fight with ease. Anyways, I put it in the back of my mind and there it stayed until two years ago when I started watching the Naruto anime. I found myself in love with the genius of Uchiha Sasuke, and eventually when he learned how to use Chidori from Kakashi, I thought it would be cool if I tried it myself. I felt some sparks on my hand and it hurt like hell so I decided to stop trying it.

Two days ago, I found myself in another fight and this time it was really dangerous since the other guy came at me with a knife. I managed to stay fairly unharmed, just a few minor scratches, until I found myself in the same mode as I was in four years ago. After my change in demeanor, I managed to beat this guy up pretty easily and I was walking back to my car when I sensed something. I spun around and immediately realized that I was right. He was reaching deep in to his leg pocket for something, when I closed my eyes and suddenly found myself with an ACTUAL Chidori around my hand, which was now in the area where his chest previously was. Obviously this freaked the living shit out of me, so naturally I panicked and somehow I breathed fire from my mouth and his body started burning. I ran back to my car and got home, and when I got home my sister asked me what was up with my eyes. I looked into the mirror and saw that they had turned red and had the Sharingan pattern in them. I figured out this morning that both of those techniques were ones used in the Naruto anime, and I tried a couple more of them but they wouldn’t work at all. I can control my Sharingans a little bit now but it’s still hard to activate them without some strong emotions.

Anyways, this is what I know about my Sharingan for sure:
1) They allow me to see actions in a different way (as in see what will happen next sort of) and react to them accordingly, kinda hard to put it into words…
2) They allow me to do things that I couldn’t do otherwise, probably only if I have seen them before even without activation of my Sharingan…
3) They don’t seem to have much effect on eyesight when unactivated but they give me good vision both with or without glasses when they are activated, kinda weird… I had my glasses on and saw perfectly then when I took them off I could still see perfectly…
4) They don’t seem to provide any protection other than helping me recognize action and improve reflexes/instincts, I don’t get any enhanced physical attributes or so it seems…
5) They are very difficult to activate and activation is involuntary at first but with some practice it is possible to train your body to activate them afaik…
6) They don’t allow me to read minds or transplant myself in to someone else’s thoughts, but this could just be because I haven’t really had a chance to practice with them yet…

I KNOW YOU MAY FEEL A BIT DOUBTFUL THIS IS REALLY A TRUE STORY, BUT THERE’S NO REASON FOR ME TO MAKE THIS THREAD OTHERWISE. If you believe me, I offer you my sincerest thanks, and if you don’t, I completely understand. I just really had to get this off my chest and share it somewhere where people don’t know who I am and won’t cause massive medical experiments.

admin answers:

Or you can go outside for a change.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Lazy Eye

February 13, 2012

William asks…

what exercises or food to eat can I do or use on a daily basis for the eye, I have a weak mescle in my eye?

I feel like my vision is getting worst fast and I have a slight lazy eye which is getting worst too, Im also really young.I wear glasses everyday from I open my eyes in the morning till I close them at night.I been to many doctors everywhere that tell me that my vision has not changed for 4 years. I been to therapy for a month but its so expensive and I feel like it makes my eyes worse with all those lights and just everything. I dont want to go blind and be cockeyed, or get lasik what can I do to have 20/20 vision forever

admin answers:

Unfortunately there is not way to restore 20/20 vision. All you can do is correct your vision by continuing to wear glasses or contact lenses or have refractive laser eye surgery. No foods or exercises are capable of bringing anybody’s vision back to 20/20

Sandy asks…

Do you know anyone with a lazy eye?

I have one, but look good otherwise (very healthy, clean cut, and dress well). Lately, I’ve been looking for jobs and I am wondering whether I am being passed over at interviews because of it. What do you think the odds of that are? The jobs I am going for are professional office administration jobs, not modeling jobs or public appearance positions.

I’ve had two surgeries, but neither took – also tried the exercises and patch. I am simply stuck with it for life and I can handle it so long as it doesn’t hinder my ability to earn an income.

Yes, I can wear glasses instead of contacts to hide it, but don’t think I should have too; people I know tell me it’s not too bad. However, I can tell that sometimes people are totally keen to it and instantly turned off.

Thank each and everyone of you for offering your perspective. You made it hard to choose the Best Answer.

admin answers:

I have lazy eye. I am almost 57 years old. Found it when i was 7. I wear glasses and tried contacts but had allergy’s.

I had a career as a 9-1-1 Police and Fire Dispatcher and have never had a problem. I am a expert marksman shooting, and can spot a dime on the road a mile away!

Mine is really bad when I get tired, it turns in. Just be yourself and go out and do your best. You do not have to tell them about it!! Best of luck

Carol asks…

is drifting eyes and lazy eyes the same thing?

ok i have had drifting eyes for as long as i can remeber. i am currently 19 years old. when i was about 9, i had surgery on my right eye to i guess remove some muscles. what happenes is is that when something gets in the way of my vision both my left and right eyes drift outwards. so say if i stare in the mirror it would be fine, but if i put a piece of paper in front of the eyes it would start to move outwards. i was told that after that operation things seemed to be doing well. as of a few years ago i was told i may need surgery again but this time on the other eye. but after that surgery and the surgery i had a year later on my arm and what i have been told about them by mom and others, i try to stay away from having surgery done, especially on the eyes. i have found some exercises to help with lazy eyes that may work and i wanted to try them and see what happens before the next check up to see if that would work for me, but i just wanted to make sure they are the same thing, as the description i read didn’t seem to match what i have.
i wanted to try a non-surgical approach first before going into surgery. right now its not at the stage where it is needed right away, and i wanted to at least wait til after college to get it done if i have to go down that path

admin answers:

Hi, hope youre still checking for response to your query.
A ‘drifting’ eye is an eye which is turning either in/out/up or down. The most common type is an inward turn followed by outward turn followed by up/down turns. In some complex cases there may be a combination of vertical and horizontal deviation eg up and outwards.
The proper term for a drifing eye is ‘strabismus’ or sometimes loosely called a ‘squint’
They can occur due to a variety of reasons eg prescription type(inward turn usually associated with longsight, outward with shortsight) or a muscle problem, or less commonly some eye pathology or associated general health problem.
It is very commonly hereditary so there may be other members in your family with similar eyes to yours.
A ”lazy eye” (proper term AMBLYOPIA) is a loose term for is an eye which does not fully improve to perfect vision even with glasses. This can vary in severity dependant on a lot of things(eg the age the eye was corrected/how effective the treatment was are just a few reasons)
The CAUSE of a lazy eye can be the fact that the eye glides OR that one eye in childhood becomes much weaker than the other and is not corrected effectively OR even a combination of the two.
Hope this makes sense so far.
Depending on the cause/symptoms/severity of lazy eyes/gliding eyes the treatment is usually glases/patching the good eye/eye muscle excercises/surgery or a combination of the 4.
The human eye continues develop from birth and surprisingly they are fully mature by the age of 7/8 years(critical period) and have ‘adult like’ vision. This involves the whole visual system from the eye to the visual processing centres in the brain.
Lazy eyes and gliding eyes can have effects on 1. Vision 2. Cosmesis
In order to improve VISION treatment MUST be within the critical period whether it is just glasses or patches or excercises, an operation or a combination.
The cosmetic aspect can be addressed at any age to straighten the eye but sometimes the vision can remain low if the ‘lazy eye’ has not been succesfully treated.
If they do consider surgery at a later stage they must always first assess that by changing the muscle balances with the operation,the patient does not end up with double vision afterwards.
Sometimes even after straightening surgery you can be left with a ‘residual’ small turn in the eye. As we grow older and our eye positions alter a glide can start to appear a bit more pronounced and so more noticeable. Other times may be if you are tired or ill or even had a bit too much to drink!
There are six muscles in each eye which control eye movements but there is a balance between all 12. This is why sometimes they operate on the good eye to get the corrective balance and overall best effect so that they continue to work in harmony with eah other.

There is a lot of mixed opinion whether vision can be improved with eye excercises alone. Its true to say that certain eye conditions can be helped by excercises although a lot will depend on the age group and also may need additional treatments like i said above.
You can try them if you have been told what to do correctly. I can understand you have gone through a lot and dont want more operations unless absolutely necessary.
I hope this has been helpful to you. Best wishes.

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Your Questions About Naturally Improve Eyesight

February 12, 2012

Daniel asks…

Anyone read this book? amazon readers gave it 5 stars? is it any good?

admin answers:

I’ve not read it but from the reviews perhaps i should – my eyesight is failing, if that book works it could save me a fortune in glasses!

Joseph asks…

Improve eye sight to 20/20 from doing eye excercises?

ive read an article about this, and i want to see if anyone has tried it, and has succeeded in getting better eyesight naturally by doing eye exercises , i am tired of my glasses

admin answers:

These “eye exercise” schemes do NOT work!

Think about it logically; say there really was a way for people to fix their vision themselves at home by doing some kind of “eye exercises”, taking special “eye vitamins” etc. You would be hearing about it on all the talk shows, it would be in the news, etc and you wouldn’t have all these people pending hundreds/thousands for contacts, glasses and laser surgery!

Sandy asks…

eyesight techniques?

techniques to help my vision improve naturally and as quick as possible

admin answers:

If your reduced vision is due to myopic refractive error there is almost nothing you can do to improve your visual acuity. See an optometrist interested in these things.

Do not waste time on methods you may find in books or on the internet.

If there is pathology involved see your Ophthalmologist.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises

February 11, 2012

Steven asks…

What are some eye exercises to strengthen eye muscles.?

What are some eye exercises to strengthen eye muscles and to improve eyesight.

admin answers:

One thing: either you have good eyesight or bad eyesight. You cant do exercises with your eyes to improve eyesight because otherwise i would have done those a long time ago.

The only “exercise” that i know but that is more to look awake (which i do in the morning) is: look right to left about 5 times and then close your eyes and then open and look up.

Ken asks…

does anybody know why people get a lazy eye? are there any exercises one can do to help it go away?

i’ve noticed that my right eye seems to be a little lazy. mainly in pictures. for the most part both my eyes stay open and are alert but every now and then i feel that it starts to become lazy and have noticed it in pictures. are there any eye exercises or something to help the lazy eye go away.

admin answers:

Do you mean that when you see a photo of yourself say with family or a group of friends your right eye seems closed more than your left eye? Lazy eye has to do with the actual eye, not the eye lids. Lazy eye is due to the muscles around the eyeball that control the eyeball movements, so if when you look to the right, one eye ball goes all the way to the right while the other eyeball is looking straight ahead, you have lazy eye. Good Luck

Mary asks…

can eyesight b improved by doing eye exercises?

I have 1.0 & 0.75 power in my right n left eyes respectively. I’ve heard Baba Ramdev claiming that his eye exercises can cure all types of vision problems n one can throw away spectacles by doing them. is it true?
can someone give me link to sites which teach such exercises?

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Your Questions About Naturally Improve Eyesight

February 10, 2012

Helen asks…

How can I improve my vision?

My eyesight has become -4.. I don’t want any glasses.. How can I improve it naturally?

admin answers:

There are many methods for naturally fixing your vision. Eye exercises, diet, vitamins, carrots, Bates method, etc.

They don’t work.

You get to use corrective lenses for now. Once your vision stabilizes, you can then consider laser surgery.

Thomas asks…

Eye sight improvement?

Does any one know how to improve eyesight naturally (without medicine, no lazer eye surgery).ALSO please give me the website where you found it!

admin answers:

Perhaps the most effective way to help your vision is by reducing eyestrain. Long uninterrupted hours spent staring at a computer monitor, television, or book lock your eye muscles in position, causing them to tire.

You may want to consider re-arranging your workstation to position your monitor correctly, reduce poor lighting and glare, and make sure your posture is squared away ergonomically. It’s also very important to take “vision breaks” — glancing across the room or out the window every 15 minutes or so. Other suggestions include closing your eyes periodically, blinking a lot, and using artificial tears.

David asks…

Hey! I have a question….?

has anyone bought a book about how to improve eyesight naturally?? If u did tell me about your results and stories. TAnks!!!

admin answers:

Eat a lot of squash or any vegetable that’s rich in vitamin A for good eyesight.

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