From the moment we wake up in the mornings to when we finally shut our eyes and go to bed for the night, our eyes are hard at work for us. As children we don’t think about the damage we could be doing to our eyes when we run outside to play; we just want to be out in the sunshine having fun.
As we get older we worry more about how we look than how well we see. For most people it isn’t until they develop a vision problem that they really stop and think about how much their eyes do for them.
We most likely don’t give our eyes enough credit.
They are the hardest working muscles in the human body and they don’t get much rest during the day. Taking our eyes for granted for so long, it’s a shock to us when our vision suddenly become a bit blurry.
Many people simply assume that the blurriness is a process of aging. They may go out and purchase reading glasses so that they can continue to read and do other fine work.
Blurred vision caused by aging, presbyopia, usually doesn’t start until you hit your 40s and when it does start, it’s often rather upsetting after a lifetime of dependable vision.
Your ability to read and perform detailed tasks such as reading or even writing begins to diminish due to blurred vision.
If you’ve been diagnosed with blurred vision, you may be wondering this: can you improve presbyopia naturally?
In this post we will talk about what presbyopia is and how it can be treated with natural alternatives.
What is Presbyopia?
Before we discuss whether you can improve presbyopia naturally, let’s first find out what exactly the condition entails.
When we are young (or younger than age 40, anyway), we can rely on our eyes’ lenses to change shape quickly so that we can easily focus on a sign far away and a map up close. For most people these are normal, natural processes that we take for granted. Our eyes are flexible and we feel no strain when we use them.
As we age, however, our lenses become more rigid and can no longer change shape the way they did when we were younger; this rigidity in our eyes’ lenses can result in presbyopia.
Presbyopia is due to the loss of elasticity in our lenses after the age of 40; it makes it hard for our eyes to focus on up-close objects like books, newspapers, and computer screens. Things that we try to see up close start to appear blurry to us.
Natural Treatments for Presbyopia
The standard treatment for people suffering from presbyopia is a prescription for corrective contact lenses or eyeglasses. Surgery, in some cases, is also an option for improving presbyopic eyes. Neither of these options are great because they’re considered quick fixes.
In other words, the corrective lenses are not actually correcting the problem they are just treating the symptoms. While you wear them it is easier to see clearly, but when you take them out the blurriness returns.
Another option, one that is far more natural and less well-known, is eye exercises. Simple eye exercises can help retrain and rewire your vision so that your eyes, and lenses, get stronger over time. This is a less well known treatment, but it works to actually solve the problem instead to covering it up.
It’s possible to train your eyes to focus instead of relying on glasses or bifocals to do all of the heavy lifting for you. The eye exercises are not difficult to do. They aren’t painful or time consuming. Simply encouraging your eyes to focus on two different objects or to track objects around a room can do wonders for your age-related farsightedness.
The eye exercises are designed to help strengthen the muscles in your eyes so that they can once again function as they did in your youth.
Using eye exercises to improve your vision naturally does take a little more time. Just like exercises to strengthen other muscles in your body, you have to stick with it. Eye exercises to naturally improve your presbyopia are most effective when performed on a regular basis just like any other exercise program.
Improve your diet
In order to get the best results from eye exercises, you may want to consider a change in your diet as well. If you have the time, a well balanced diet high in vitamins C, E, and A can help provide the nutrients that yours eyes need for optimal health.
Most of the vitamins and minerals that provide the highest benefits for you vision can be found in fruits and vegetables. However, we know that many people today just don’t have the time to prepare and eat a totally natural diet. For people with active, or hectic, lifestyles, a vitamin supplement geared towards eye health may be the best solution.
Before starting a vitamin supplement you should always speak with your medical practitioner first. This can be especially important if you are already taking other prescription medicines. Even though vitamins are good for you there is a chance that they could react badly with one of the medications you are currently taking.