When we start noticing changes in vision, especially drastic changes, it’s a pretty common response to head to the eye doctor to see what’s up. One of the most common problems people seek help for is blurry vision. Such a common issue, blurry vision, it happens so often, but do we really understand it? We know that our vision (or our children’s vision) is blurry, but what is it exactly that makes vision appear blurry to our brains?
There are some simple ways to explain it, but isn’t it better to see a live demonstration on the issue? We’ve found a video that clearly explains why people experience blurry vision as a result of nearsightedness, also known as myopia.
In this nearsightedness demonstration, an eye doctor shows us the vision problems a child can experience after a growth spurt. By using a pen light, a lens and a piece of cardboard, he demonstrates how the light can be distorted by the lens if the shape of the eye is altered by a growth spurt.
He also shows how different eyeglass lenses can change the results (some help, some do not). Check out the video:
The doctor offers up the fact that glasses are the simple fix to the problem of nearsightedness, but the quick fix isn’t always the best fix. Many of us do not want to spend the rest of our lives wearing glasses. This usually translates to a new pair of glasses every year or two for the rest of our lives. That’s not only vision limiting and hindering, but costly.
While the doctor in this video does not really offer up any other alternatives, we’re here to say there are natural methods to help fix the vision problem.
The Truth about Myopia
In the nearsightedness demonstration, the doctor talks about a child developing myopia after a growth spurt, but there are several reasons people develop myopia. It can develop from eye fatigue, body growth or heredity. We can’t change our heritage, but if it is environmental or situational there are things we can do to prevent our chances of developing nearsightedness. Even if you are predisposed to myopia, there are steps you can take to decreases your chances of developing it.
Rest Your Eyes
As much as we need to strengthen our eyes, we also need to rest them. Eyestrain from overuse is detrimental to eye health. When working at a computer for a long period of time, take frequent breaks to give your eyes the rest they need. Another good way to let your eyes relax is to rapidly rub the palms of your hands together, then place the palms of your hands over your closed eyes. It creates a very relaxing and soothing feeling.
Diet and Vision
It can be said that the first step to improving poor vision is a healthy diet. So, you can address nearsightedness without resorting to glasses by improving your eating habits. There are some foods that are better for your eyes than others. If you want to reduce the risk of or improve nearsightedness, some of the nutrients you should be focusing on are Vitamin C, Vitamin D, calcium, selenium, magnesium and chromium.
Vitamin C helps keep the tissue of the cornea healthy and it helps maintain the health of the blood vessels which carry nutrients and oxygen to the retina. To get more vitamin C in your diet, try to add foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers and broccoli.
Vitamin D is also important to the cornea because it enhances corneal epithelial barrier function. Studies have also found that people who suffer from myopia also have a lower than average level of vitamin D in their blood. Try adding liver, tuna, eggs and fortified drinks like milk or orange juice to get more vitamin D in your diet.
Calcium can be added to your diet by adding yogurt, milk or cottage cheese. Magnesium can be added with foods like spinach, peanuts, almonds, cashews, avocados, and beans. Foods such as salmon, halibut, sardines, tuna, shrimp and eggs are all good for adding selenium to your body. Chromium can be added by eating tomatoes and onions.
If you are unsure of the most important vitamins and minerals for not just myopia, but overall great vision health, look at this list of 17 essential herbs, vitamins and minerals. If you think that it is too difficult to get all of the necessary nutrients in your diet on a regular basis, then a supplement might be the right choice for you.
If you are experiencing symptoms of myopia, you should have an eye examination to determine what the underlying issue is. The symptoms of myopia include headaches, squinting, eye fatigue, rubbing the eyes, blurry vision and eyestrain. A doctor may recommend that you correct your vision with lenses, but remember that you may be able to rebuild your vision with the correct diet and eye exercise program. Myopia can be beat!