Correcting Vision Without Glasses – The Truth Or a Pipe Dream?

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One of the ever-present questions that bother humankind is, can eye health be restored and vision corrected, or at least improved, without wearing glasses? The answers are, as expected with such complex questions, conflicting. Some professional ophthalmologists will put their hand on the Bible and testify that it is absolutely impossible to improve one’s eye vision without glasses, contact lenses or corrective surgery. On the other hand, there are some professionals who claim that, if one invests enough time and is tenacious enough, their eye vision can be improved. The fact of the matter is that vision declines over the years, and people are forced to wear stronger diopters as time goes by. Is there anything that can be done to really improve one’s eye vision without glasses or lenses?

Glasses are not to be trusted, pediatric ophthalmologists say 

People never bother to research the alternatives until they (or their family) are faced with the prospect of wearing glasses forever. When one searches for the legitimate solution to such a complex problem, they are bound to find a lot of different answers, but those which don’t cause any damage are always worth a shot. One of the official studies actually shows that optometrists prescribe glasses much more often than pediatric ophthalmologists who do so only 2% of the time – thus acknowledging the possibility to aggravate the situation by wearing them, especially during one’s youth. No-one should experience a lifetime of four eyes, particularly if they don’t have to, and they are bound to worsen the pickle they’re in. If a specialist agrees, and if it doesn’t damage one’s eye health, certain eye relaxation programs could be followed for a period of time, to see if they can improve one’s eye vision.

The radical method  

The idea that people can improve their eye vision without wearing glasses actually isn’t new. Over ninety years ago, there was a certain Dr. Bates who wrote of different ways to better one’s vision naturally, and was well-known for breaking his patients’ glasses to prevent them from wearing them. He was certain that appropriate relaxation and exercise could improve people’s eye vision significantly without glasses and without affecting their eye health. He thought that eye muscles can become strained due to their imbalance and cause problems. Others argued that eye vision is not affected by muscle tightness.

Factors that can harm one’s vision 

However, it seems quite logical that eye strain (or eye relaxation) and vision are mutually connected if one thinks about the factors that usually cause strain – reading extensively, particularly smaller print, not being exposed to natural light sufficiently, eye tension, and the misbalance between the amounts of time spent looking at characters, pictures or screens closely and things farther away. When we take all the mentioned factors into account, it is quite natural that the countries with most eye health issues are Japan, China and Singapore. Their children are exposed to different damaging influences from an early age (reading small prints due to intensive education system and committing children to indoor learning). Some researchers suggested that introducing regular breaks and eye relaxation in natural light (outdoors) can reduce the aforementioned problems.

Some of the exercises to try out 

Holistic doctors tend to propose a combination of contemporary methods with the exercises and additional supplements. They attempt to use natural methods to improve eye health, while gradually reducing the strength of the diopter. Some of the exercises that one can try in order to improve their eye vision without glasses (and without damaging eye health) are: 

  • Relax and warm the eyes by placing your warm palms over them for about 20 seconds.
  • Roll the eyes circularly in both directions.
  • Motivate the bad eye to communicate with the brain more by wearing a patch on the healthy one for an hour a day.
  • Practice focus by watching at the eraser of a pencil at different distances from the eyes.

Of course, there are more exercises. They cannot replace the contemporary eye care, but they can help to maintain and improve one’s vision without increasing the prescription strength. It should also be noted that certain types of food naturally improve eye health, like Vitamin A and C. Reading books on things mentioned here can also help understand the problem better. The use of anti-fatigue glasses while looking at screens is highly recommended.

The final verdict

To sum up, these methods and exercises clearly are not going to help everyone and are not meant for everyone, as they require time and patience. However, they are worth a try if one is to preserve their eye vision – the modern rat race with its hustle and bustle does not help our eye health last, but one has to do what they can to save (or at least improve) their eyesight.