You’re at the grocery store searching for the pasta section but when you look up at the aisle signs, they’re blurry. You squint but eventually have to walk up to every sign to see what’s down that aisle. If that sounds like you, you’re likely suffering from myopia, also known as nearsightedness, which leaves you with poor distance vision.
Myopia is caused by the shape of the eyeball becoming elongated due to muscle tension. The light that is supposed to go directly into the retina now only lands in front of the retina. This causes everything in your distance vision to be blurry. If left untreated, severe cases of myopia can lead to cataract development, glaucoma, lazy eye syndrome, and macular degeneration.
Luckily, there are various natural remedies to improve your nearsightedness and prevent it from getting worse. Here are six tips you can try to naturally improve your distance vision:
1. Use It or Lose It
The eye muscles that help us see farther away will lose their strength if they’re not used regularly. This is a common issue for people who work on the computer all day or teens who spend way too much time looking at their phones. It’s also common for people who spend most of their time indoors, where nothing is farther than 10 feet away.
The best way to improve your distance vision is to use it; take a break every couple of hours to go outside and observe what’s going on farther away from you. Make it a habit and requirement for your kids to spend time outside in natural light, not just for exercise, but to maintain their eyesight.
2. Wear the Lowest Prescription Possible
Although prescription glasses are a quick fix to nearsightedness, they actually cause your vision to become worse. You begin to depend on your glasses or contact lenses to see, instead of working your eye muscles. If you do wear glasses, make sure you’re prescribed the lowest prescription possible so that you aren’t completely removing the necessity of your eye muscles. And, only wear them when you really need to. Maybe wear them to the grocery store but leave them at home when you go to watch a movie on the big screen. Most importantly, never wear your distance glasses when focusing on something up close.
3. Eye Exercises
When you go outside to take a break from work, there are a variety of eye exercises you can practice to get your eye muscles back into shape. One example to stand outside in a comfortable yet sturdy position and focus on keeping your breathing smooth and steady. Look as far right on the horizon as you can without moving your head. Then, slowly trace the horizon to the left, still without moving your neck or head. This is a great stretch for your eye muscles and it relieves the muscles that were contracting for so long to focus up-close. You can also try looking as far down as you can, and then look up towards the sky.
4. Take Vitamins
There are specific nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your eyes depend on to function optimally. Some of which are vitamins A, C, and E, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein. If possible, incorporate these nutrients into your daily diet by eating lots of leafy greens, berries, and fish.
People who are intolerant to these foods, or simply don’t have the time to make a meal plan to ensure they eat these foods, would highly benefit from a natural supplement, like our Ocu-Plus Formula. Ensuring your body gets these specific nutrients will protect your eyes from common vision-hindering conditions and keep your eyes in the best health possible.
According to ancient Chinese medicine, massaging different points on the body can positively affect the health of corresponding body parts. For your eyes, the muscle tension and strain you feel when trying to use your distance vision are due to the Qi (energy) not being able to flow through those contracted muscles. By massaging the reflexology points for your eyes, you’re allowing the eye muscles to relax and the Qi to flow freely. It’s important to relax these muscles because, over time, constant contraction will lead to restricted blood flow.
The reflexology points for your eyes are located on the bottom of your feet. The U-shaped section below your second and third toes is where you should massage. The left foot coordinates with your right eye and right foot with your left eye. Spend 15 minutes a day rubbing these spots to improve your eye muscles and vision.
For your eyes to see up close, the eye muscles are contracting in a tense position. If you’re someone who is inside all the time or work on the computer, holding your muscles in this position for so long causes strain, tension, and ultimately will affect your distance vision. You can do a trick called “palming” to relax the eye muscles. Sit somewhere comfortable and cover your eyes with your palms so you can only see darkness. Focus on the darkness for 30 seconds. Then, gently rub your eyes, your temples, and your forehead. Allow yourself to enjoy the facial massage and slow your breathing. You will feel the immediate release of eye tension, and you’ll be able to adjust to seeing in the distance gradually with less blurriness and strain.
Myopia most commonly affects people who use their near vision the majority of the time. Their eye muscles need to be relaxed and trained to be able to see into the distance comfortably. By following the tips mentioned here, you will be able to naturally improve your distance vision and your overall eye health. While wearing glasses and getting surgery can address your vision issues immediately, choosing a natural and holistic approach is safer and more effective in the long term.