How to improve nearsightedness?
If you are nearsighted, you must already know the hassles that come with it. Have you ever been in a situation where you are asked to see or read something which is at a distance and all you see is a blur? Well, that’s not it, following are also the symptoms of nearsightedness:
- Blurred vision while looking at distant objects
- The need to strain eyes or partially close eyelids to get a clear distant vision
- Frequent headaches due to eyestrain
- Difficulty in driving and night vision
These myopia symptoms should be attended to in time to avoid further vision loss.
Different ways you can try to improve nearsightedness
Spending long Drastic increase in the screen time on laptops, smartphones, ipads, etc. is a major reason that has spiked the occurrence of myopia.
- Spend time outdoors: Start spending more time outdoors, it is an effective way of slowing down the progression of myopia. The key is to indulge in activities other than near work or digital screen work. Especially if you spend time around nature, it soothes your eyes.
- Blinking: Our rate of blinking eyes becomes slow while spending too much time on digital screens. This often tends to make our eyes feel dry, sandy, and tired. When we blink consciously, it stimulates the oil glands in the eyelids and stimulates lubrication. Taking time to regularly blink your eyes allows the tears to spread over the eyes, restoring the tear film. A blinking exercise is simple to do and you can do it anytime and anywhere. While doing so, pause for two seconds before opening your eyes. You may gently squeeze the eyelids while they are closed to stimulate the oil glands.
- Palming: It is a relaxing yogic exercise that rejuvenates the eye muscles and eases eye fatigue. To begin with, palming, rub your hands together for a few minutes to make them warm. Then, close your eyes and keep the palm of your hands over your cheekbones, cup your hands over your eyes and continue deep breathing for five to six minutes.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule: When we indulge in too much near work like reading, browsing the internet, knitting, etc. the focus system of our eyes gets fatigued. Taking regular breaks helps in reducing dryness and strain. The 20-20-20 rule is simple to remember and apply. While doing near work, after every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds and then resume working. This helps in keeping the eye muscles relaxed and improves myopia when practiced every day.
- Near and far focus: To challenge your focus, keep your finger a few inches away from the eyes and focus on it. Slowly, start moving it further away from the eyes while keeping your eyes focused on the finger. Hold it far for a few seconds and then gradually move your finger back toward the eyes. Repeat the same on both sides of the eyes. This is a great exercise to maintain good eye health and improve nearsightedness.
You need patience and persistence to see the benefits of the abovementioned methods to improve nearsightedness. However, if your power is too high and needs a long-term solution, considering refractive surgery can be the right option for you. Because googling how to cure myopia naturally at home and following those remedies without a doctor’s opinion is not an ideal approach in such a scenario. Seek nearsightedness treatment for a certified and experienced eye doctor.
Refractive procedure: a hassle-free way to get rid of nearsightedness
Spectacle removal surgery, also known as the refractive procedure has gained much momentum nowadays. You might have heard of LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) used for vision correction. Nowadays, more advanced procedures like SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) and Contoura Vision are also available. The procedures are minimally invasive and there is no downtime required. You can resume daily routine activities from the next day only and may need to follow a few preventive measures that your ophthalmologist suggests.
But, one question arises here, ‘can anyone undergo LASIK for nearsightedness?’ Well, you need to go through a few pre-operative tests to ensure that there is no underlying medical condition and the cornea can be stable enough.
Ask an expert
To find out your eligibility for refractive surgery, get in touch with the Centre for Sight. Our experienced eye specialists will devise a personalized treatment plan for you. Call us to book your appointment at your nearest centre.