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How can you reduce your myopia

How Can You Reduce Your Myopia ?

How Can You Reduce Your Myopia ? This question is often asked by those who’ve been living with myopia or started to have it when they visited an eye clinic or an optometrist practice. For those who don’t know what myopia is, let’s have a quick introduction on this. 

Nearsightedness or another name called myopia is a vision problem in which objects close to you are plainly seen but objects further away are blurry. When light rays bend (refract) wrongly due to the structure of your eye, images focus in front of your retina rather than on your retina. 

How Can You Reduce Your Myopia ?

Physical development of the eye occurs when myopia progresses, increasing the length of the eye (this is termed axial length elongation). As the eye matures, the point of focus moves further away from the retina. Nearsightedness can progress slowly or quickly, and it usually worsens between infancy and adolescence. Nearsightedness can happen because of genetics.

myopia effect

How do you know if you’re having a myopia/vision problem ?

If your difficulties seeing things clearly from a distance (distance blur) is severe enough that you can’t complete a task as well as you’d like, or if the quality of your vision is affecting your pleasure of activities. The optometrist/optician/ophthalmologist can assess the severity of your nearsightedness and advise you on vision correction choices.

normal vision vs myopia vision

A basic eye examination, which includes a refraction assessment and an eye health exam, can detect nearsightedness.If you have visual difficulties like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia, a refraction test can tell you. To evaluate your distant and close-up vision, your doctor may use a variety of devices and ask you to gaze through numerous lenses. For certain cases, such as someone who has muscle spasm, kids or children who’ve not been able to communicate well, the eye doctor will most likely put drops in their eyes to dilate the pupils. For a few hours after the exam, eyes may become more sensitive to light. 

Is it possible to reduce your myopia ?

For at least a century, eye exercises and “improve your eyesight naturally” programs have promised a solution for myopia (nearsightedness). Do they, however, work? The problem with these “miracle” treatments is that they are not backed up by scientific proof or verified results. Myopia can be reversed with eye exercises, relaxation techniques, and eye massage, according to proponents of these do-it-yourself vision restoration programs. However, the only “evidence” of effectiveness for these so-called myopia remedies that they provide are testimonials from clients who have purchased their product.

There is currently no remedy for myopia. However, there are proven techniques that an eye doctor can prescribe to reduce the progression of myopia in children. Specially designed myopia control glasses, contact lenses, and atropine eye drops are examples of these myopia control methods. Myopia can be corrected using prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, which blurs distance vision. Nearsightedness can also cause headaches, eye strain, and squinting, which can be alleviated with glasses or contacts. Corrective lenses, on the other hand, only work while the user is using them and are not a cure. Therefore there is no way to reduce your myopia but to control it from getting more worse and rapid the progress.

Is there an alternative way to naturally cure myopia ?

In Western culture, people are provided spectacles as a fast cure for eye disorders that may easily be resolved with timely therapy. Can we use natural methods to break the cycle and treat myopia and farsightedness? Thankfully, there is a completely natural way for alleviating and/or correcting a range of visual difficulties without the need of corrective lenses. However, this may depend on the individual itself. It is not proven by research that the method actually worked. 

Dr. William H. Bates was a well-known ophthalmologist who worked in New York City at the start of the twentieth century. He was motivated early in his profession by a desire to find the fundamental causes of eye problems rather than just treating the symptoms. Dr. Bates discovered that the most effective therapy for curing myopia naturally entailed calming the mind and eye as he developed his method over time. In a suffocatingly conventional medical period, his approach was refreshingly holistic and didn’t only push a rigorous set of eye exercises.

While the Bates Method has been shown to help people of all ages with vision problems, it is especially successful in preventing young children from acquiring lifelong eye disorders. If children are permitted to enjoy a relatively stress-free, play-filled life, along with nutrient-dense food and enough time outside in the sunshine, the instances of myopia that currently plague our youth will be greatly reduced.

The Leading Causes of Poor Vision

Dr. Bates emphasised that removing the straining habits that cause your vision to distort is the first and most crucial step you can take on your path to healthy eyesight. He went on to say that there are three basic causes of strained eyes and poor vision:

Fatigue of the Mind

This ailment is at the top of the list since impaired vision is directly proportional to one’s level of relaxation. It’s a common occurrence, but it’s likely that we retain all of our prior traumas, tensions, and fears in our eyes as tightness. For example, life might become stressful during our school years, and our eyes can store the tension.

Glasses

Although glasses and contacts are an important part of modern eye care, they are frequently used as a crutch to remedy the end result of years of poor eye habits. Increasing the strength of prescriptions does not cure the problem; instead, it creates additional reliance.

Habits of Poor Vision

Most people develop them early in infancy, and they are intimately tied to a child’s classroom activities, as Dr. Bates discovered. This situation has only become worse, as schools now compel students to spend the majority of their time staring at computer screens, with little opportunity for proper rest.

The Secret to Naturally Curing Your Eyesight

Learning to relax the eye muscles is the cornerstone to the Bates method and his instruction. It is a prevalent misperception that eye workouts are required to correct myopia. According to the Bates technique, this is not the case. It’s all about unwinding. It’s not a workout. To alleviate stress, the key is to learn how to use the eyes in a comfortable manner. You’re developing a more relaxed vision style. These are the things you perform every day to relieve muscle tension.

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In conclusion, there are no possible way to reduce your myopia but to control it. It is best to detect it earlier by having a comprehensive eye examination annually. We can help to suggest a proper management for you and ways to prevent it from getting worst. As said earlier, there are some ways that can be use to cure your myopia naturally. However, it is depending on the individual itself.

How can I improve my eyesight

How can I improve my eyesight?

When it comes to vision, it is better to understand what is really happening to our eyes. Eyesight is always been one of the most important sense to all of us. Most of us knew that, we may have eyesight problem in any stage of our life starts from birth till we get old. But nowadays, vision issues have been developed in more earlier stages. However, this is a normal change with the eye’s ability to focus and may progress with time.One should also be aware and able to recognize the causes of eyesight problem, so that we can improve our vision by correcting it. Vision may improve by wearing prescription glasses, contact lenses, and surgery, but if you want to do more to improve your vision, there are other way to do so. Here, let us discuss on how can someone improve their eyesight.

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Dry eyes

What happen if I have dry eyes?

The most common eye disorder which can affect an individual eyes is Dry Eyes. Nowadays, dry eyes is being a common eye problem which can affect anyone due to inadequate and unstable tear flow or productions. Understanding tear layers and its mechanism is quite complex as tear structure is made up of various components. The interactions of tear layer which composed of lipid, protein, salts, mucin and water is quite essential to obtain its stability. The outermost lipid layer functions to prevent our tear from evaporating, the middle layer of aqueous supplies moisture to our eyes, and the innermost mucus layer is to allow our tear to stick on the front surface of cornea. When this layer has been interrupted, dry eyes may occurs. There are numerous causes and reason for us to know about unstable tear production and tear inadequacy. Before that, we need to know what are the symptoms that we may experience once we have dry eyes. From there, we can able to detect the causes and risk factors of dry eyes. By determining the symptoms and causes, we are able to manage and treat dry eyes more effectively. So, lets read more to know how can someone know if he or she have dry eyes, what happen if I have dry eyes and what are the reason for you to have dry eyes.

First and foremost, we need to discover how does one feel when they have dry eyes. The basic problem that one may encounter is their eyes feel discomfort after a long day facing at screen, watery eyes, experiencing clear and blur vision on and off. We as an optometrist are professionally well trained and experienced in facing various complaint from our patients about dry eyes symptoms. Despite of that, the prevalence of dry eyes has increased during this pandemic as many of us are assigned to do work from home, which makes us to face screen time more and causes dry eye more in the past year. Remember, blinking helps to moisturize our eyes as new layer of tear across the cornea is distributed when we blink. But when we are facing screen time or doing any near visual tasks for longer hours, our blinking rate will reduce half from the average rate (12-15 blink per minute). We should also understand that dry eye may seem to be common but if it left untreated it can lead to chronic condition affecting the front surface of the eyes known as cornea. Once the eye notices a lack of lubrication and moisture in its surface, this can lead to dry eyes. This can help us to know what happen if we have dry eyes. If we notice any of the listed symptoms as below, thus we should start to take an action to treat it.

Symptoms of dry eyes

One may notice a constant uncomfortable feel in their eyes, following with the dry eyes symptoms such as irritation, burning or scratching sensation, tearing eyes, redness in the eyes, mucus discharge, blurry vision, easily can have eye fatigue and itchiness. We may experience one symptom or few combined symptoms at a time. Thus, understanding the tear layer and its anatomy may help us to know the reason of why we need to keep our eyes lubricated all the time and protect our eyes from foreign particles.

Evaporation and aqueous deficient dry eyes
Types of dry eyes : Evaporation and aqueous deficient dry eyes

The two main type of dry eyes is known as evaporation dry eyes and aqueous deficient dry eyes. The evaporation dry eyes carries 85% of the reason for dry eyes to happen. When the lipid production from meibomian gland is insufficient, it will lead our tear to evaporate. Also if there is any blockage or dysfunction of meibomian gland, it will cause an inadequate lipid production, thus, evaporation may occur too. Next, the least common type of dry eye is known as aqueous deficient dry eye, which causes by the insufficient tear production from lacrimal gland and it can be further classified into Sjogren’s and non-Sjogren’s syndrome.

Before confirming on the management and treatment plan for dry eyes, we as an optometrist do also make sure by determining what are the causes of these dry eyes symptoms may occur. It is also important to understand who is at the risk of getting dry eyes easily and it would be helpful for us to monitor them frequently. Dry eyes may develop due to several reasons. It can occur due to aging factor, inappropriate use of contact lenses, side effect of certain medication such as (antihistamines, antidepressants), lack of vitamin A, laser or refractive surgery, hormonal imbalance, eyelid problems, allergic eyes, frequent computer users, and improper blinking effect. Whenever you blink, a new layer of tear film will spread across your cornea. Also severe dry eyes may lead to blurry vision and it can impact your daily life activities.

Dry eyes causes
Causes of dry eyes

To avoid from getting dry eyes, you need to find out how does the dry eyes causes. You can apply some of these simple tips in your daily life. First, do not allow direct air blow into your eyes. Positioning air-condition or fans away from us will help our tears to not evaporate. Usage of artificial tear drops helps to moisturize our eyes and produce a smooth and soothing effect. There are tons of artificial tear drops available in market, and preservative-free tear drop is suggested to use so that it can avoid our eyes from irritation. For more severe dry eyes, you may need to use lubricants or ointment as the thick viscosity in the ointment will stay longer in the eye surface. Studies proved that supplement such as omega-3 and antioxidants helps to treat dry eyes by increasing the production of tears and improve the tear stability. If you have any of the symptoms as listed above, or would like to understand more about dry eyes, please do book an appointment with us today, and get your eyes tested with our professional optometrist in town.

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