Do You Know Your Family's Eye Health History?

Do You Know Your Family’s Eye Health History?

Most people recognize the importance of knowing their family medical history. But, do you know that you should also be aware of your family’s eye health history?

Do You Know Your Family's Eye Health History?There are some eye ailments that you are more likely to suffer from if you have had a family member with the condition. Some conditions that increase your likelihood of getting them because of a family history are glaucoma, myopia, hyperopia, macular degeneration and astigmatism.


Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. It is the building up of pressure inside the eye, and this pressure damages the optic nerves.  Glaucoma must be diagnosed by an eye doctor. There are medical treatments for glaucoma, but there are also steps you can take yourself to treat and help prevent it.

One of the ways you can work at preventing glaucoma naturally is by eating a healthy diet. A diet that is rich in vitamins A, C and E and zinc is definitely a step in the right direction. Some foods you should try to add to your diet are oranges, strawberries, broccoli, eggs, and spinach.

We all know that in today’s hectic world, sometimes healthy eating takes a backseat to convenience. Almost everyone has been guilty of visiting a fast food drive! If you struggle to maintain a healthy diet, consider adding special vitamin supplements to your diet.

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Myopia is a condition in which a person can see clearly up close, but cannot see clearly at a distance. It often results in the person squinting to see objects far away. Myopia can be caused by the way people use their eyes, but some people are more likely to suffer from it if they have a family member that has also had it.

There are different ways a person can address myopia naturally. One is by resting your eyes. Many people who suffer from myopia sit in front of a computer several hours a day or they spend hours pouring over fine print. You need to break up that close work with frequent eye resting periods. Just look away from the screen and try focusing on something in the distance every now and then.

Another way to address myopia naturally is through diet. Eating a diet high in vitamin and mineral content will help your body naturally heal your eyes. As stated above, sometimes the best solution to adding the correct combination of vitamins to your diet is to add a vitamin supplement to your daily routine.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Another eye condition that can affect you based on genetics is hyperopia. It often results in people who have to work their eyes harder to see objects at distances near and far. To correct farsightedness naturally, it follows most of the same methods as myopia.

Just like with myopia, a person should rest their eyes, watch their diet and take supplements to ensure proper dietary intake of the correct vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements. They should also implement eye exercises to strengthen their eyes.

One step that is different for hyperopia is blinking. Yes, blinking! You may be thinking ‘but I blink all the time’. Without realizing it, most people reduce the number of times they blink per minute when they are working on computers. Make a conscious effort to increase the number of times you blink. Placing a note on your computer may help remind you.

Macular Degeneration

The eye condition macular degeneration, which means the macula degenerates and decreases the ability to see clearly, is more common among people over the age of 50. But, everyone who has a family history of macular degeneration is at a greater risk of developing it. Another risk factor that increases a person’s risk for macular degeneration is smoking, or even just living with a smoker.

To prevent macular degeneration, the most effective natural method is dietary changes to include more vitamins and minerals. A good way to clearly understand what vitamins and minerals are most important for eye health is to check out this the 17 recommended vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements we mentioned above.


Astigmatism comes in two forms, one is hereditary, while the other one develops from damage to the eye. Astigmatism is the irregular shape of the cornea which results in blurry vision.  Both types can be helped without requiring a person to get corrective lenses or surgery.

Both types of astigmatism can be helped through the reduction of stress on the eye. This means giving your eyes a break from work. Astigmatism can also be helped through an improved diet full of vitamins and minerals. The most effective way to help astigmatism is with proven eye vitamins and herbal supplements like the RYV Ocu-Plus Formula.

Check with your family members to see if you are predisposed to any of these eye conditions. If you are, starting a program and diet to strengthen your eyes could help prevent you from developing the conditions, or even slow the progress of the conditions.

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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One response to “Do You Know Your Family’s Eye Health History?”

  1. Avatar for Lily de Grey Lily de Grey says:

    Hey, Tyler! Thanks for sharing this article with us! I think eye health is incredibly important, so it’s important that I’m educating myself about it. My husband smokes, so I think I’m at increased odds for macular degeneration. I’ll visit my optometrist and see what he things. Thanks for informing me of these things!

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