If you are searching for ways to achieve better eyesight, you are not alone.
More people need glasses today than ever before in history. If you have noticed your eyesight getting worse, then you may have considered going to your local optometrist for an eye exam.
If you have noticed your vision deteriorating, then chances are you will be prescribed a set of glasses on your very first visit. And from then on, that’s it – life will never be the same.
Over time, what happens with most people is that their glasses stop working as well as they used to. Could there be something wrong with the lens? Maybe the lens has been deformed by prolonged exposure to sunlight? Perhaps there are invisible microscopic cracks in the lens that prevent the light getting through properly?
Wishful thinking? You bet.
On your next trip to see the optometrist, you are told that your vision has deteriorated, and that you need a stronger set of lenses. As time goes by, your glasses get thicker and thicker and you become more and more dependent on wearing glasses – without which you are practically blind! Then comes the time when you consider laser eye surgery and face the risk of going permanently blind.
So What Is It That Makes People’s Eyesight Get Worse Over Time?
Our lifestyle and bad eye habits are two of the factors that cause our vision to deteriorate. We spend a lot of time in front of the TV, or the computer, we force our eyes to work continuously and forget to take short breaks and relax. When put under such stress, our eyes become tired, tensioned, and fail to function properly. In time, this stress accumulates, and we realize we cannot see without glasses.
There aren’t many solutions we can try in order to achieve better eyesight. We can choose to wear glasses or contact lenses, undergo surgery, or try a natural approach to improve eyesight. Let’s see what the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative are.
1. Glasses For Better Eyesight
The most simple and rapid solution to eyesight problems is wearing glasses. You just have to go to the optometrist, get a prescription, and, in a few days, your glasses are ready, so you can wear them and enjoy better vision.
Many people opt for this solution, because it offers immediate help and doesn’t require much effort or pain. Some statistics suggest that about 75% of the adult population of America wears glasses or contact lenses.
Because so many people wear them, glasses have become more like a fashion item than an eyesight corrective instrument. Therefore, some people who do not have eyesight problems wear nonprescription glasses just because it is fashionable. When treatment becomes fashion, you can understand the scale of the phenomenon, and the prevalence of eyesight problems in the population.
However, people who wear glasses because they have to certainly do not consider them as a cool accessory. And that is because glasses come with a long list of disadvantages.
First, glasses are not cheap.
Second, many people who wear glasses need to change them frequently because their vision has gotten worse and they need stronger glasses, which means more money spent.
Third, glasses are not comfortable, you cannot do sports wearing glasses, and you have to take good care of them because they can easily break. It’s just another item you have to look for and carry with you when you go out – extra hassle you don’t need in a busy life.
Probably the greatest disadvantage of glasses is the fact that they do not help people achieve better eyesight.
When you take your glasses off, your eyesight is either just as bad or usually worse than it was before you started wearing them.
Glasses are just a corrective solution, not a treatment. It amazes me how common it is for optometrists not to mention this. With glasses, people do not achieve better eyesight, just like elderly people don’t get stronger legs when they start using a walking stick.
Despite these disadvantages, glasses are still the most popular choice for people who have eyesight problems, and that is because the alternative is more risky and frightening: surgery.
2. Contact Lenses
Sure, you can do sports with contact lenses. Contact lenses don’t break like glassed do. Contact lenses are almost totally invisible, so no-one can tell you have a vision disorder when you’re wearing them.
But contact lenses are both annoying and dangerous.
With contact lenses, you risk developing corneal ulcers and eye infections, either of which can end up with you going blind.
You also have to put up with carrying contact lens solution and a contact lens solution container with you everywhere you go, being very careful to keep both sterile.
You always have to be careful to not fall asleep with your contact lens on.
There’s also the monthly subscription cost of constantly having to order new lenses and a new bottle of contact lens solution.
I’d much rather wear glasses. The only time I might consider wearing contact lenses is if I was engaged in a regular sport.
3. Eye Correction Surgery
People who suffer from severe eyesight problems, or just want to get rid of their glasses forever, can choose to undergo corrective laser surgery. The advantages of the procedure are the immediate result, and the fact that, unlike glasses, surgery eliminates the causes of the eyesight problem. If the surgery is successful, you can enjoy better eyesight after a short period of recovery.
However, there are many disadvantages to the procedure. Laser eye surgery has all the risks implied by any surgery. It is irreversible, and there are variations in the results. Some people are satisfied with the results, while others are not.
A single surgery might prove to be inefficient for some patients, so they are advised to have surgery again. And, sometimes, vision problems can return, so you might have to go back to the ophthalmologists for repeat surgery.
4. Better Eyesight Through A Natural Method
Thankfully there is another alternative, one you can use to rebuild your vision, and yet is generally ignored by doctors. Natural eyesight improvement has no risks, no expenses and is by far the best option available for most.
The Bates method for better vision relies on a series of eye exercises and good eye habits that, in time, teach the visual system to correct itself. Because most eyesight problems are acquired through bad visual habits, this method suggests that the solution is correcting these habits and replacing them with good practices of maintaining healthy eyesight.
The Bates method suggests following a regular eye exercise plan that will help your eyes to relax and at the same time, actively involve it in diversified actions.
An important thing that results in poor eyesight is the fact that we force our eyes to perform a single type of action continuously, e.g. reading, or looking at a computer screen. These forced tasks put a lot of strain on our eyes, and vision problems appear as a direct result of this strain. By doing different eye exercises, our eyes and the muscles that sustain them can regain flexibility, and better tone.
Dr Bates describes different types of eye exercises, including relaxation exercises, central fixation exercises, focusing and zooming, shifting and swinging.
It’s interesting to note that many of these exercises are performed naturally when taking part in fast outdoor activities like cycling, surfing, tennis and rowing. By doing these exercises regularly, and increasing our time spent outdoors, we will achieve better eyesight and eye health.
The only disadvantage of this solution is the fact that it requires time and perseverance, because results do not appear overnight. However, considering there are no risks involved, and no costs, the least you should do is give it a go.
To find out how I used these methods on myself to achieve better eyesight, click the link to read my article on how to improve eyesight naturally.