One of the best ways to maintain your vision is by doing exercises to improve your eyesight. Wondering if eye exercises really do improve eyesight? Yes, these are actually natural ways to improve vision because they act like vision training exercises. Try these simple eye exercises to increase blood circulation, relax your eyes, and improve your overall vision.
Simple Exercises to Improve Your Eyesight by Healing the Eye
1. Strengthen Your Eyes’ Near and Far Focusing
Focus on an object 5-10 feet away for 10-15 seconds. Repeat this exercise 5 times. Make sure you’re sitting down while doing this exercise to better help you relax. To improve this exercise, keep shifting your vision between a far object to a close one throughout the exercises.
2. Move Your Eyeballs Up and Down
Close your eyes then move your eyeballs up and down. You can repeat this exercise 5-10 times. Do this exercise slowly all throughout. Make sure your eyelids are relaxed while moving your eyeballs.
3. Exercise Your Gaze
Draw a geometric figure with your gaze while keeping your eyes open. Start with simple shapes like a circle, square, triangle, and rectangle. Then you can move on to complicated shapes such as a trapezium.
4. Press your Temples
Push against your temples with your fingers for about 2 seconds and repeat this exercise 5 times. This exercise helps boost the flow of intraocular fluid in your eyes.
5. Close and Open Your Eyes
Close your eyes for 3-5 seconds then open them. Repeat this exercise 7 times daily. This particular exercise relaxes your eyes. At the same time, it also helps regulate the blood circulation around them.
6. Move Your Gaze in Different Directions
For 5 seconds, look up, then down, right and left; or in a circular motion. In this exercise, all aspects of your visual perception, including your peripherals, are maintained. It’s also the best exercise for people who are nearsighted or farsighted.
7. Close Your Eyes
Close and relax your eyes for 30 seconds. This is the simplest way to give your eyes a break and relax them. The important tip in this exercise is keeping your eyelids relaxed as well.
8. Look to Your Right and Left
Look to your right while inhaling then your left while exhaling for 30-60 seconds. As much as possible, do this exercise in a relaxed state. The best way to do this is by turning towards each direction slowly. After the exercise, close your eyes for a second.
9. Stare and Turn Your Head
Turn your head right to left while staring ahead for 30-60 seconds. You can also turn your head up and down. This particular exercise increases blood circulation around your eyes. Make sure to finish in a calm manner.
10. Blink for A Minute
Open and close your eyelids quickly for 30-60 seconds. This eye exercise improves blood circulation inside your eyes. It also helps clean your eyes by greasing them and lets your eyes relax by taking them away from light exposure.
Watch this video for 5 more eye exercises you should try:
Eye exercises are not daily activities most people do. But they are one of the most natural ways to maintain your vision and eye health. These simple exercises to improve your eyesight will take less than 10 minutes to do. So give these eye exercises a try today!
Have you tried any of these eye exercises to improve your eyesight? How do you maintain your vision? Share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments section below!
How To Improve Your Eyesight: Just 5 Steps
You can improve your eyesight in a matter of weeks, following a few simple steps: Want To Improve Your Eyesight? #1: Never Wear Your Distance Glasses While Reading Your distance glasses are meant to let you see clearly […]
Apr 26,2015 · 4 min read
Topic: Vision Health
You can improve your eyesight in a matter of weeks, following a few simple steps:
Want To Improve Your Eyesight? #1: Never Wear Your Distance Glasses While Reading
Your distance glasses are meant to let you see clearly far away. When you use it up-close, you create a lot of eye strain. Since you have gotten your eyes used to this through years and years of increasing prescriptions, you don’t even notice. But this habit is the #1 cause of progressive myopia.
How to do deal with close-up focus:
If you can see your screen or book without any glasses, then always take them off. This usually works for lens diopter strengths of -2 diopters and lower.
If you can’t see your screen without glasses, see if you have any of your previous glasses still. Try them on, can you see your screen clearly? See how much farther you can see beyond your screen. Ideally you want the prescription to let you see just as far as you need, but no further.
Another option is to buy reading glasses of about +1 to +1.50 and put them over your full distance contact lenses. Does that limit your distance to just the screen? If so, great! Be sure to buy decent quality lenses (you can tell if they are no good if you get fatigue / headaches from using them).
#2: Close-Up Caused Your Myopia: Improve Eyesight By Taking Breaks
Many resources tell you this, and they are right. But they are often not right about how much of a break you need, and how to use it.
First, work no longer than 2-3 hours before taking a break. Set yourself a timer on your smartphone, if need be. 3 hours should really be the limit!
After 3 hours at most, get the longest break you can. An hour would be ideal, though at least 30 minutes will do. During that time you want to look at distant objects. Reading street signs, car license plates, anything that’s at least a few meters away is best. If you have glasses that give you a bit of challenge, all the better! If you wear contact lenses, a very slight higher reading glass correction (+0.50) can do the trick and help you how to improve eyesight.
#3: Good Eyesight Needs Good Light: Always, Always Have Good, Natural Ambient Lighting
The quality of the light matters to your eyes, like the quality of air matters to your lungs, and the quality of food to your body. Junk light = poor eyesight!
If you can be sitting next to a window while working, that would be ideal. Not an option? In that case consider buying a natural light emulating bulb for your desk lamp. Usually referred to as “full spectrum UV bulbs” you can buy these online as well as some local stores. You will notice a difference when you have quality light consistently!
#4 The Real Eyesight Improvement Stimulus: Outdoor Time
Your eyes first started to get blurry at a distance from too much close-up (called pseudo myopia, you can learn more about that here). Things got worse from there from wearing your first pair of glasses while reading, and spending way too much time indoors in front of a screen (or book).
If you want better eyesight, you need to do the opposite of what caused the problem. Less time in front of screens, and not wearing the biggest possible prescription all the time is key to your success.
#5: Measure Your Distance Vision To Improve Your Eyesight
You don’t need an optometrist to measure your eyesight. All you need is a measuring tape (or just a printer and this file). You can also print an eye chart and test your current prescription.
Using our measurement resources and keeping a log of results will start showing you how much your eyesight changes. How you slept the night before, stress, diet, lighting, it all affects how far you can see clearly. Start measuring your eyes, keep track of the results, and begin to understand strain as well as the impact of better habits.
And here’s a video overview of the basic steps to improve your eyesight, with some additional key details.
Want to know more? Here are some resources to get you going:
- Understand the importance of blur horizon for eyesight health.
- The four pillars of healthy eyesight. : they key stimulus to improve your vision.
- Measure your eyesight: printable eye charts.
- Advanced home optometry: how-to use a test lens kit.
- Why not wearing glasses at all is a bad idea.
- Here is how to keep your child’s vision healthy (check this article also).
P.S.: Your eyes aren’t “broken”.
It’s your lens use and habits that keep making your eyes worse. And the massive hundred billion dollar optics industry loves it. They keep selling you stronger and stronger glasses, and tell you stories of some mysterious genetic “myopia illness”.
It’s nonsense. Your eyes are perfectly healthy.
Check out Annette’s post in our Facebook group. From -5.25 down to the last diopter already:
To find out how Annette did this, grab a copy of my free (yes, darling freeloaders, don’t pay me for this one) 7-Day guide. It’ll teach you all the basics on how to start getting your eyes back. No sales pitch!
Get the free guide here (and see available courses).
*No eye exercises, no Bates Method, no unicorn farming. Just science and evidence based stimulus and habit changes.
The simple of act of staring at a deep-red or near infrared light source for about three minutes was found to be enough to improve color vision in those suffering from failing eyesight.
The potential treatment allows the mitochondria in the human retina to produce more ATP, the principal energy currency of all cells, and offers a chance of keeping good color vision long into our golden years.
Just a single short trial run in 24 people was enough to improve their color vision for multiple days up to a week, and was most effective when performed in the morning. This is because the wavelength of light that was found to be effective is only present in our Earth sky at that time of day, and it’s also the time when the retinal-mitochondria produce the most ATP.
Making cells more energy-efficient can help with many different issues, says Glen Jeffery at University College London, who led the research focused on the retina—a patch of light-sensitive tissues at the back of the eye that have more mitochondrial density than any other cell. Inside, the retina turns light into pictures with two pieces of equipment, rods and cones.
Rods are very sensitive cells responsible for perceiving black and white, while cones are built for richly-lit environments and are responsible for the perception of color. Tests were made after the short light exposure by asking trialists to identify colored letters of a similar color to the background paper.
Their results have doctors, but also businesses, very excited at a potential at-home treatment for reduced sensitivity to color in old age.
“We demonstrate that we can significantly improve cone mediated color contrast thresholds for a week using a single 3 minute light exposure by an average of 17% and in some older subjects by > 20%,” the authors write in their corresponding paper, published in Nature journal.
“This simple and highly economic intervention applied at the population level will significantly impact on the quality of life in the elderly and likely result in reduced social costs that arise from problems associated with reduced vision.”
New Scientist reports that other researchers believe the treatment could be applied to a much wider spectrum of ailments, as boosting the productivity of mitochondria is a relevant treatment for all kinds of age-related problems.
Mitochondria “turn on all the systems in the cell that make the cell work better,” says Janice Eells, who is currently advising a firm called LumiThera that’s attempting to bring light therapy products known as “photobiomodulators” to market.
Light therapy of different colors has been curiously shown to have benefits in other ways. Dr. Mohab Ibrahim at Tucson University Medical Center is using green light exposure in dark rooms to treat migraines. And flashing lights set to 40 hertz have been shown to clear away tau protein “plaque” that cause Alzheimer’s Disease by mimicking the brain wave oscillations of deep, slow-wave sleep.
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In a new study from UCL, researchers found just three minutes of exposure to deep red light once a week, when delivered in the morning, can significantly improve declining eyesight.
They showed daily three-minute exposure to longwave deep red light ‘switched on’ energy-producing mitochondria cells in the human retina, helping boost naturally declining vision.
In the study, scientists wanted to establish what effect a single three-minute exposure would have, while also using much lower energy levels than their previous studies.
All the participants were aged between 34 and 70, had no ocular disease, completed a questionnaire regarding eye health prior to testing, and had a normal color vision (cone function).
Using a provided LED device all 20 participants (13 female and 7 male) were exposed to three minutes of 670nm deep red light in the morning between 8am and 9am.
Their color vision was then tested again three hours post-exposure and 10 of the participants were also tested one-week post-exposure.
The team found there was, on average, a 17% improvement in participants’ color contrast vision when exposed to three minutes of 670 nanometres (long wavelength) deep red light in the morning and the effects of this single-exposure lasted for at least a week.
However, when the same test was conducted in the afternoon, no improvement was seen.
Scientists say the benefits of deep red light, highlighted by the findings, mark a breakthrough for eye health and should lead to affordable home-based eye therapies, helping millions of people globally with naturally declining vision.
This simple intervention applied at the population level would strongly impact on quality of life as people age and would likely result in reduced social costs that arise from problems associated with reduced vision.
The study is published in Scientific Reports. One author of the study is Professor Glen Jeffery.
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Your vision is one of the most precious gifts we receive – yet as we age; it can often deteriorate due to many causes.
If your current treatment isn’t doing the job any more, you may be suffering needlessly from conditions such as:
• Macular Degeneration
• Or many other potentially serious vision disorders.
Normally, eye doctors will recommend “traditional” treatments and procedures that have the potential to be more dangerous and harmful than you realize.
These treatments can include:
• Laser Procedures
Any of which can cause many unintended and unwanted side effects that can actually make your condition and eye sight WORSE.
Let me be honest here. As a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, I still practice vision care, enjoying the rewards of healing serious and life changing eye problems…
But I no longer resort to the “standard”, yet potentially risky treatments and procedures I had recommended in the past…before I became enlightened about the broader world of alternative treatments and procedures that can be more effective, without the side effects and potential dangers inherent in “traditional” vision care medicine.
So why did I stop being a “normal” ophthalmologist?
While I had great success with most patients using common treatments, I simply wasn’t comfortable continuing the “usual” type of vision care practice.
Once I discovered the potential for safe, effective healing without side effects, undesired outcomes and ineffective results that could arise from what I was encouraged to employ by the profession, big pharma and medical device manufacturers…I knew it was time for a change.
To be totally straight with you, I was also disgusted by the medical profession’s standard operating procedures of being “incentivized” to recommend specific treatments, drugs, surgical techniques and medical devices…possibly favoring the providers at the expense of proper patient care.
So, as I began a quest to search for safer, more effective and long lasting alternatives to laser surgery, macular degeneration injections, prescription medications, and all manner of “standard” treatments … I surprisingly found lots of resistance to my inquiries from the “powers that be”.
I was thwarted at every turn to uncover alternatives that can be more effective with few or no side effects or unwanted results.
I actually found opposition to implementing alternative methods that can succeed but don’t come from big pharmaceutical or medical device companies.
Yes, here I was, seeking techniques that can safely, effectively achieve healing instead of potentially making you worse after undergoing expensive, risky “normal” procedures.
Believe me when I tell you that when it comes to vision care:
Big pharma, medical device manufacturers and the profession as a whole are stuck in an alliance that in my opinion, favors the status quo.
In other words…big money.
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An unusual experimental treatment for fading sight involves shining a red light into the eyes for a few minutes to boost the activity of mitochondria, microscopic structures that provide energy inside cells.
In the first small test of the approach in 24 people, one short exposure to the light slightly improved people’s performance in tests of colour vision for several days.
Deep red light and near-infrared light have previously been shown to enhance the function of mitochondria in a range of cell-based and animal experiments. These wavelengths seem to work by improving the performance of key molecular structures within mitochondria, called ATP synthase pumps.
These pumps manufacture a molecule called ATP, which cells use for energy, by rotating within the watery environment of the mitochondria. Deep red light has just the right wavelength, at 670 nanometres, to be absorbed by water molecules, which gives them more energy.
This makes the water surrounding each pump less viscous, letting the structure rotate faster. “It is like heating up jam to make it easier to stir,” says Glen Jeffery at University College London.
Although making cells more energy efficient could affect a wide range of bodily systems, Jeffery’s group has been investigating cells of the retina, a patch of light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, as they are packed with more mitochondria than any other cell in the body. Impaired mitochondria may contribute to declining eyesight with age and have been implicated in several causes of blindness.
Previous work in flies suggested that mitochondria make most ATP in the mornings. So Jeffery’s group carried out a trial of red light exposure in people aged 37 to 70, comparing treatment in the morning with that given in the afternoon, as a control group.
The participants had a weak deep red light shone at their eyes for 3 minutes. Three hours later, their colour vision was tested by asking them to try to detect letters shown on a similar-coloured background. The team focused on colour vision because the cells in the retina responsible for black and white vision tend to die with age.
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When people received one treatment, between 8am and 9am, their performance on the colour contrast test improved by 12 to 17 per cent, compared with before the treatment. Ten members of the group were also tested one week later and their results were still up to 10 per cent better. But there was no significant change if the treatment was done in the afternoon.
Some individuals said they didn’t notice any improvement in their vision, despite performing better on the test, says Jeffery.
Louise Gow at UK charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People says the findings are exciting, but a bigger study is needed to see if the approach can bring noticeable benefits to people’s vision. “A larger study would establish the evidence for this type of innovative treatment,” she says.
Other groups have found that red light treatment can benefit people with a common cause of blindness called age-related macular degeneration and the worsening eyesight caused by diabetes.
The treatment may help in diverse conditions because boosting mitochondria “turns on all the systems in the cell that make the cell work better”, says Janis Eells at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Eells is working with a firm called LumiThera, which markets a red light device for treating macular degeneration in some countries.
Various groups have also shown that shining deep red or near-infrared light on the head can improve the condition of animals used to model brain injuries and conditions, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, in lab experiments.
Jeffery’s group has also found that red light irradiation can protect bees exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, which damage mitochondria. The group proposes that beekeepers put lamps in their hives.
Journal reference: Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-02311-1
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There are lots of reasons why people don’t always wear their glasses. They might dislike the way they look, get teased or simply feel more comfortable without them. Beyond comfort and aesthetics, though, some fear that wearing glasses too often will weaken their eyesight, and that they will increasingly rely on them more often than when first worn.
A study from Nigeria published last year found 64% of students believed that wearing glasses can damage eyes. Research in the Indian state of Karnataka put the figure at 30%, and in Pakistan 69% of people feel the same way. In Brazil, even medical staff believed that your eyes would gradually get weaker as a consequence of wearing glasses. Is there any evidence to suggest they are right?
There are, of course, two very different reasons why people wear glasses – short-sightedness, or myopia, where things in the distance are blurry; and long-sightedness, or hyperopia, where you can’t focus on things close up. Long-sightedness is often age-related: many people begin noticing in their 40-50s that it’s difficult to read in low lighting. As we age the lenses in our eyes gradually stiffen, making it harder to adjust to different distances. When people get to the stage where their arms aren’t long enough to hold a book or menu far enough away to focus on the text, they opt for reading glasses.
What’s surprising is how few trials have been conducted on the prolonged effect of wearing glasses. And from what we know there’s no persuasive evidence that wearing reading glasses affects your eyesight. Why then do so many people become convinced, anecdotally, that glasses have made their eyesight worse? People may gradually find themselves more and more dependent on their specs, but it’s because their lenses have continued to deteriorate with age. So people find themselves needing their glasses more often, leading them to conclude that the glasses must have made their sight worse, where in fact, there’s no causal relationship. Whether or not you choose to wear your reading glasses will make no difference to your eyesight in the long run (although if you have to strain your eyes to read, you might get headaches or find that your eyes feel sore).
However, the situation is not the same with children. Not wearing the right glasses, or any glasses at all if they are needed, can have a long-term impact. For decades it was thought that deliberately under-correcting for short-sightedness – by giving children weaker glasses than they really needed – might slow down the elongation of the eyeball over time and thus slow down the progression of myopia. The idea was that if you wear glasses to allow you to see clearly in the distance, your eyeball tries to elongate itself when you focus on a close object in order to see it properly.
But a trial conducted in Malaysia in 2002 proved this hypothesis was so wrong it had to be halted a year early. A group of 94 children with myopia were randomised at the toss of coin either to wear the correct glasses for their prescription, or to wear glasses that left them slightly short-sighted. When the study began the children were between the ages of nine and 14, and for the next two years the length of their eyeballs were measured at regular intervals. Contrary to an earlier, smaller study from the 1960s, the children who wore the weaker glasses showed a greater elongation of the eyeball over time. In other words their eyesight was gradually getting worse.
For years, people gave children weaker glasses than they really needed, but evidence suggests this is the wrong thing to do (Thinkstock)
People given the low-cost therapy in the morning performed noticeably better on tests of their color vision.
Three minutes of staring into a red light once a week may help our eyesight as we get older, new research this week suggests. Researchers in the UK found that volunteers given a weekly session with red light in the morning performed better on tests of their color vision. The findings are the latest to indicate that red light might be a cheap and easily accessible treatment for age-related declines in color vision.
Last year, researchers from University College London published the results of a small human trial involving red light therapy. Healthy volunteers were asked to stare at a red light “torch” using their dominant eye for three minutes every day for two weeks. Tests afterwards found that people over the age of 40 improved on tests meant to measure how well they could see contrast between colors—a function of the retina’s cones. Lead author Glen Jeffery told Gizmodo at the time that the findings provided a proof-of-concept for their theory.
Mitochondria are the part of the cell that produces most of its energy. But as we age, the retina’s mitochondria begin to break down faster than elsewhere, which is thought to contribute to the decline of our retina, particularly our cones, and the gradual loss of our ability to see color. “However, mitochondria absorb some forms of light, including deep red, and this recharges the battery, improving cell function—this works well in the retina because they have so many mitochondria. Hence we use this to improve vision,” explained Jeffrey.
This new research of theirs wanted to test the possible limitations of their therapy. Instead of using the light every day, they scaled it back to once a week. And they opted for a lower-energy light as well. The same wavelength of deep red light (670 nanometers) was used. The study involved 24 people between the ages of 34 and 70, all with healthy vision. Most who received the therapy were given it in the morning. Some also received it in the afternoon as part of a later experiment, and others acted as a control group. They were then evaluated on their color vision, based on tests of distinguishing color contrast, up to a week later.
Overall, those who got the treatment in the morning showed a 17% improvement in their color vision on average, even a week later. Those who got the treatment in the afternoon did not have any improvement, likely due to changes in how mitochondria reacts to light over the course of the day that the team’s past research has documented . The new study’s findings are published in Scientific Reports.
A red traffic light in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: Alexander Nemenow/AFP, Getty Images)
Three minutes of staring into a red light once a week may help our eyesight as we get older, new research this week suggests. Researchers in the UK found that volunteers given a weekly session with red light in the morning performed better on tests of their colour vision. The findings are the latest to indicate that red light might be a cheap and easily accessible treatment for age-related declines in colour vision.
Last year, researchers from University College London published the results of a small human trial involving red light therapy. Healthy volunteers were asked to stare at a red light “torch” using their dominant eye for three minutes every day for two weeks. Tests afterwards found that people over the age of 40 improved on tests meant to measure how well they could see contrast between colours — a function of the retina’s cones. Lead author Glen Jeffery told Gizmodo at the time that the findings provided a proof-of-concept for their theory.
Mitochondria are the part of the cell that produces most of its energy. But as we age, the retina’s mitochondria begin to break down faster than elsewhere, which is thought to contribute to the decline of our retina, particularly our cones, and the gradual loss of our ability to see colour. “However, mitochondria absorb some forms of light, including deep red, and this recharges the battery, improving cell function — this works well in the retina because they have so many mitochondria. Hence we use this to improve vision,” explained Jeffrey.
This new research of theirs wanted to test the possible limitations of their therapy. Instead of using the light every day, they scaled it back to once a week. And they opted for a lower-energy light as well. The same wavelength of deep red light (670 nanometres) was used. The study involved 24 people between the ages of 34 and 70, all with healthy vision. Most who received the therapy were given it in the morning. Some also received it in the afternoon as part of a later experiment, and others acted as a control group. They were then evaluated on their colour vision, based on tests of distinguishing colour contrast, up to a week later.
Overall, those who got the treatment in the morning showed a 17% improvement in their colour vision on average, even a week later. Those who got the treatment in the afternoon did not have any improvement, likely due to changes in how mitochondria reacts to light over the course of the day that the team’s past research has documented. The new study’s findings are published in Scientific Reports.
“We demonstrate that one single exposure to long wave deep red light in the morning can significantly improve declining vision, which is a major health and wellbeing issue, affecting millions of people globally,” said Jeffrey in a statement from the University College London.
The findings do support their earlier work, and they might improve the practicability of the treatment, since a once-weekly staring session is easier to stick to than a daily regimen. But the team’s promising results are still based on very small sample sizes of healthy volunteers. Larger trials would be needed to confirm any benefits of red light therapy.
Even the authors acknowledge that there are still many questions left to be answered. Some of their volunteers, for instance, had a significantly greater response to the treatment than others, even among those similarly aged, suggesting that there might be unique factors that predict how well the therapy works for any one person.
“In the near future, a once a week three-minute exposure to deep red light could be done while making a coffee, or on the commute listening to a podcast, and such a simple addition could transform eye care and vision around the world,” Jeffrey said in the University College London release.
Given its low cost (as little as $US15 (A$21) per device, Jeffrey previously told Gizmodo) and simplicity though, the team is excited about the potential of their therapy, should the research continue to pan out.
Don’t take your eyes for granted. Take these easy steps to keep your peepers healthy.
1. Eat Well
Good eye health starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. To get them, fill your plate with:
- Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards
- Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
- Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources
- Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
- Oysters and pork
A well-balanced diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight. That lowers your odds of obesity and related diseases like type 2 diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
2. Quit Smoking
It makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among many other medical problems. If you’ve tried to kick the habit before only to start again, keep at it. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed. Ask your doctor for help.
3. Wear Sunglasses
The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive, but don’t necessarily offer added protection.
If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer.
4. Use Safety Eyewear
If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.
Sports like ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses will shield your eyes.
5. Look Away From the Computer Screen
Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble focusing at a distance
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
To protect your eyes:
- Make sure your glasses or contacts prescription is up to date and good for looking at a computer screen.
- If your eye strain won’t go away, talk to your doctor about computer glasses.
- Move the screen so your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. That lets you look slightly down at the screen.
- Try to avoid glare from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
- Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
- If your eyes are dry, blink more or try using artificial tears.
- Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15-minute break.
6. Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Everyone needs a regular eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your sight and lets you see your best.
Eye exams can also find diseases, like glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to spot them early on, when they’re easier to treat.
Depending on your eye health needs, you can see one of two types of doctors:
- Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye care. They can provide general eye care, treat eye diseases, and perform eye surgery.
- Optometrists have had 4 years of specialized training after college. They provide general eye care and can diagnose treat most eye diseases. They don’t do eye surgery.
A comprehensive eye exam might include:
- Talking about your personal and family medical history to see if you’re nearsighted, farsighted, have an astigmatism (a curved cornea that blurs vision), or presbyopia (age-related vision changes)
- Tests to see how well your eyes work together
- Eye pressure and optic nerve tests to check for glaucoma
- External and microscopic examination of your eyes before and after dilation
You might also need other tests.
National Eye Institute: “Eye Health Tips.”
American Optometric Association: “Proper Nutrition Is Critical to Eye Health,” “Antioxidants and Age-Related Eye Disease,” “Diabetes Is the Leading Cause of Blindness Among Most Adults,” “Good Vision Throughout Life,” “Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Pediatric Patients and Adults,” “Shopping Guide for Sunglasses,” “UV Protection With Contact Lenses,” “Glaucoma,” “Computer Vision Syndrome.”
Archives of Ophthalmology, September 2007.
National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy,” “Finding the Right Eye Protection.”
Did you know that there are certain herbs for eyesight that can support your vision and keep it from diminishing? There are also herbs that are known to actually improve eyesight. You’ve heard about the supplements we constantly recommend here at Rebuild Your Vision, but we don’t often talk about herbs. If you’re looking for more ways to support good eye health beyond taking our Ocu-Plus formula, you may want to incorporate these herbs into your weekly diet.
By using a combination of herbs for improving vision and herbs for supporting vision, you can greatly boost your overall eye health and promote clear vision – without needing contacts, glasses, or corrective surgery! Isn’t it nice to do things the natural way? This will not only save your vision overall, but it will also save you money in the long run. Let’s learn more about these best herbs for eyesight.
Herbs That Support Eye Health:
One great natural remedy for eye strain is Bentonite clay. Made from volcanic ash, Bentonite clay has dozens of trace minerals and a negative ionic charge. When made into a poultice, this special ingredient helps to remove toxins from the eye which can help to heal eye infections. Simply paint the clay onto two cotton balls and place them on your closed eyelids. Allow the clay to rest there for 15-20 minutes, then remove and rinse your face.
If you struggle with puffy eyes too from lack of sleep (although you really should get your eight hours every night!) Bentonite clay could be a solution for that as well. Make a mask out of the clay and water and apply it under your eyes. Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse it off. You’ll be surprised at how refreshed you will look and feel! If this is a chronic issue for you, you can safely repeat this procedure multiple times a week.
The eyes are very sensitive to allergens in the air and infections. A simple head cold can cause your eyes to be puffy, red, and irritated. As the seasons change and different pollens enter the air, you may suffer from watery, itchy eyes for weeks at at time. To soothe your eyes holistically, try a fennel seed eye rinse. Fennel is an anti-inflammatory herb that also relieves pain and sensitivity. In a teacup, pour two tablespoons of fennel seeds. Add hot water from a tea kettle. Once the water cools off, strain out the fennel seeds. Soak a couple of cotton balls in the water and place over the eyelids. Do this a few times each day to soothe irritated eyes.
Extract from Passiflora incarnata (commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine) is a great herb for eye strain. This herb helps to prevent irritation and also works as a nerve relaxer. Like fennel seeds, you can soak cotton balls in a passionflower extract and warm water mixture. Pressing these compresses against your eyes can soothe eye strain and relax your nerves. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes at least — this is a great time to give your eyes a rest from screen time anyway. Using herbs that help alleviate eye strain will improve your overall vision because tired, strained eyes don’t perform at their best!
Bilberry is one of the most beneficial herbs for eyesight. It’s commonly used for treating cataracts and conditions in the retina. This is why we include Bilberry in our Ocu-Plus formula. But, its uses extend far past the eyes. Bilberry is used to treat people with diabetes, osteoarthritis, kidney disease, and more. Plus, this herb can enhance your normal vision as well as your night vision, so if you struggle with seeing the dark, this herb is for you!
Finally, Ginkgo Biloba is an older remedy that is used to improve circulation, especially around the back of the eye. The eyes need plenty of antioxidants to function, and Ginkgo Biloba is a strong antioxidant with many benefits. That’s why we include it in our Ocu-Plus formula as well. Beyond helping your vision, it potentially relieves pain from menstrual cramps, lessens depression, and aids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. This herb ensures an adequate blood supply is flowing into the eye. It can also be used in treatments for glaucoma and macular degeneration, helping to improve both of these conditions.
Herbs for the Immune System
Another way to improve your eyesight is to make sure you have a healthy immune system. The herb Asphalatus is great for this because it has a high antioxidant content. Grapeseed extract is another immune-boosting herbal solution that can improve your vision because it improves circulation. Improved circulation means less chance of cataracts! Grapeseed extract also helps to make your retina stronger.
To support eye health in general, consider this recipe: grind a few raw almonds into a cup of water. Add half a gram of black pepper. Use raw honey to make the drink sweet. Then, drink once a day to feel the benefits. Feel free to add in any of the herbs mentioned above to target your specific problems. Whether you have dry eyes, eye strain, or are at risk for cataracts, taking herbs is a natural complementary treatment method.
Herbs can be a great solution to eye problems. But remember to be careful when taking your own herbs! Test unfamiliar herbs first to see if you are allergic to them and only use herbal recipes from reputable sources. Do your research on less popular herbs because some have negative side effects in the body. When in doubt, consult your doctor. Herbs are nature’s healers, but they won’t do you any good if you misuse them.
We recommend 17 Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbal Supplements that you should take to promote and preserve healthy eyes. Using the herbal remedies mentioned above in conjunction with our eye exercises and vitamin suggestions can really make a huge difference in your eyesight!
Our Rebuild Your Vision Ocu-Plus Formula Contains All 17 Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbal Supplements to Improve Your Eye Health!
Which animal has the largest eyes in the world? Do dragonflies see in slow motion? Are big cats colorblind? AnimalSake answers all these questions, and describes the animals with the keenest eyes in the world.
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Which animal has the largest eyes in the world? Do dragonflies see in slow motion? Are big cats colorblind? AnimalSake answers all these questions, and describes the animals with the keenest eyes in the world.
An Honorable Mention
The largest eyes in the world belong to the colossal squid, the largest invertebrate in the world. Fully-grown squids, in the wild, have eyes that are more than 30 cm―one foot―in diameter! The large eyes are necessary to survive in the squid’s deep, dark habitat.
The human eye is said to have a resolution of 576 megapixels, which is stronger than most animals. But many animals put us humans to shame when it comes to the best eyesight in the world.
Vision is probably, the most important tool in the wild. Predators have perfected accurate, powerful vision to spot a single target, while prey animals have developed vision highly sensitive to movement, alerting them of the imminent danger. Birds, and birds of prey in particular, rely on vision to a great degree. Generally, birds have a weak sense of smell and hearing (though there are exceptions to both), and largely depend on vision to kill and survive.
The sense of vision has developed in countless different ways. It is virtually impossible to list animals according to their sense of vision, since all of them have different types of vision. It would be unfair to rank the chameleon’s weird and wacky eyes above a cat’s eyes, because the two serve different purposes, and have evolved into completely different designs.
Here is a list of the animals with the best and most finely tuned eyesight.
As we all get older, even the best vision will start going downhill.
Mine sure did, and I depend on my computer to do my job.
I have had to change my prescriptions every couple of months. It was so frustrating and expensive!!
Fortunately, we now have an amazing pair of self-adjusting glasses that improve your vision in seconds! Without breaking the bank.
But is it as good as the manufacturer claims?
We decided to test it ourselves and see first-hand what these affordable glasses can do…
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ProntoFocus Works for Seeing Both Up Close and Far Away
It works perfectly for both short & farsighted people. I keep a second pair in my glove compartment, so I don’t have to re-adjust my “main” glasses when I’m driving.
ProntoFocus is built to last you a lifetime – scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses paired with a fashionable rugged frame. It’s basically indestructible!
ProntoFocus Main Features and Benefits
✅ Adjustable lens. The key feature of these glasses is the adjustable lens technology. Thanks to this feature you can instantly adapt your vision to any situation, be it reading or watching tv.
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Conclusion: Is It Worth It?
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See how Hawkeye massacres every freaking flying objects in “The Avengers’’? He misses nothing!
For a nearsighted person like me, good eyesight is deeply treasured. Have you ever wonder how the world will look like if you have eagle eyes?
According to scientists, you will be able to see what is your girlfriend writing on her Iphone on the ground from the roof of a 10th storey building.
How does that count for being a detective or a peeping tom.
Let’s learn more about eagle vision.
Eagle Eyes’ Structure
Despite its small body frame of no more than 14 pounds (6.35kg), the eagle eyes actually weighed as much as human eyes.
While human eyes take up 5 percent of the head, eagle eyes occupy 50 percent!
The shape of an eagle eye is also much different from that of us.
The back of the eagle eye is flatter and bigger, allowing a larger image to be formed.
Similar to dogs and cats, they have two eyelids. Other than the standard sleep-shut-eyelid, eagles have a special inner eyelid called nictitating membrane.
This eyelid blinks every 4 to 5 seconds and helps to lubricate the eyes and wipe off dust and particles from the cornea.
Eagle vision can reach up 4 to 5 times further than a person with perfect vision.
A perfect eyesight for human is standardized at 20/20 but an eagle eyesight has a visual acuity of 20/4, meaning that what you can see clearly at 20 feet, an eagle can see it with the same crystal clearness at 100 feet away.
See how they are able to spot the hare miles away?
How is it possible?
Firstly, their retinas are more densely coated with light-detecting cells called cones than human retinas, enhancing their power to resolve fine details just as higher pixel density increases the resolving power of cameras.
Secondly, they have a much deeper fovea, a cone-rich structure in the backs of the eyes of both humans and eagles that detects light from the center of our visual field.
“Our fovea is a little shell or bowl, while in hawk or eagle it’s a convex pit. Some investigators think this deep fovea allows their eyes to act like a telephoto lens, giving them extra magnification in the center of their field of view,” Hodos in Life’s Little Mysteries’s interview.
Eagle Color Vision
Eagle color vision also have an advantage over people in that people see three basic colors whereas eagles see five.
Eagle eyes have many sensory cells.
PBS notes that humans have 200,000 light-sensitive cells per square millimeter of retina, while eagles leave humans in the dust with about 1 million light-sensitive cells per square millimeter of retina.
They see colors as more vivid than we do, can discriminate between more shades, and can also see ultraviolet light — an ability that evolved to help them detect the UV-reflecting urine trails of small prey.
Like what is done in the video below
Amazing isn’t it.
Absolutely useful if you have a pet like it at home.
Eagle Field Of Vision
On top of the ability to see farther and perceive more colors, they have nearly double the field of view as compared to human.
If our eyes are angled 30 degrees away from the midline of our faces like an eagle’s, we will be able to see almost all the way to the back of our head with a 340-degree visual field (compared to normal humans’ 180 degree field).
If you are eagle-eyed, no one will be able to sneak up and jump on you ever again!
Eagle Night Vision
You rarely see an eagle hunting at night because eagles do not have good night vision.
What helps them see more colors during the day hurts them at night.
Cones are a part of eyes that help eagles see better and see more colors.
Rods are parts of the eye that have to do with receiving light, and eagles have much more cones than rods.
Which is why even though they can still see in dark, they can’t see as well as they do in daylight.
At night they will prefer to stay around their nests and relax as it is too dangerous and inefficient to hunt without their highly sophisticated day vision.
Maximizing Our Vision Potential
Doesn’t eagle eyesight rock?
Sadly, replacing your eyes with eagle eyes is not an option currently available.
Even if you can do a transplant, you will looking totally weird and you will be probably be detained by the Government secret service for experiment.
But with eye exercises and optimal eye vitamins, it is possible to achieve 20/20.
Though you may not be able to be like Hawkeye, at least you will be able to see better naturally.
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Just three minutes of exposure to deep red light once a week, when delivered in the morning, can significantly improve declining eyesight, finds a pioneering new study by UCL researchers.
Published in Scientific Reports, the study builds on the team’s previous work*, which showed daily three-minute exposure to longwave deep red light ‘switched on’ energy producing mitochondria cells in the human retina, helping boost naturally declining vision.
For this latest study, scientists wanted to establish what effect a single three-minute exposure would have, while also using much lower energy levels than their previous studies. Furthermore, building on separate UCL research in flies** that found mitochondria display ‘shifting workloads’ depending on the time of day, the team compared morning exposure to afternoon exposure.
In summary, researchers found there was, on average, a 17% improvement in participants’ colour contrast vision when exposed to three minutes of 670 nanometre (long wavelength) deep red light in the morning and the effects of this single exposure lasted for at least a week. However, when the same test was conducted in the afternoon, no improvement was seen.
Scientists say the benefits of deep red light, highlighted by the findings, mark a breakthrough for eye health and should lead to affordable home-based eye therapies, helping the millions of people globally with naturally declining vision.
Lead author, Professor Glen Jeffery (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology), said: “We demonstrate that one single exposure to long wave deep red light in the morning can significantly improve declining vision, which is a major health and wellbeing issue, affecting millions of people globally.
20/20 vision means that a person can read a certain row of letters on a standard eye chart from 20 feet away. In the United States, 20/20 is widely regarded as “normal” eyesight. In terms of eyesight alone, someone with 20/20 vision can perform most or all of the basic tasks and duties required in daily life.
About 1 in 3 American adults has 20/20 vision without prescription glasses, contact lenses or any other form of vision correction.
Around 3 in 4 American adults have 20/20 vision with vision correction.
What does 20/20 vision measure?
20/20 vision is a measurement of visual acuity — the sharpness of your eyesight. Acuity measurements usually come in the form of fractions that start with the number “20,” followed by a slash and a second number.
“20/20” may be the most recognizable fraction, but there are many others too.
Visual acuity is tested one eye at a time, with the help of a standardized Snellen eye chart.
A Snellen eye chart is a popular method eye doctors use to determine visual acuity. A Snellen chart is the one with one big letter at the top (usually an “E”) and rows of gradually smaller letters below it.
During one of these tests, the patient will cover one eye and, starting at the top, read as far down as they can before the letters get too hard to read.
The last line the patient can read determines their visual acuity measurement.
Is anything better than 20/20 vision?
Yes! It’s easy to think that 20/20 vision is the best — but it actually isn’t. 20/20 simply means your vision is "normal."
20/15 vision is slightly better than 20/20. 20/10 is even better, and 20/5 is sharp as a tack.
Can’t quite achieve 20/10 or 20/5 vision? Don’t beat yourself up.
Not many people have 20/10 vision, and birds of prey are some of the only animals thought to have 20/5 vision.
Some notable measurements (after correction) include:
20/15 – Most young people with healthy eyes have 20/15 vision, or even slightly better.
20/40 – The lowest measurement required by most states to get an unrestricted driver’s license
20/200 – People with 20/200 vision or lower are considered legally blind. Those with 20/200 eyesight can only read the single large letter at the top of a Snellen chart.
20/20 vision isn’t the only eyesight standard
Visual acuity testing is a helpful way to determine your visual sharpness in a controlled setting, but it doesn’t predict the quality of your eyesight in all situations.
Your eye doctor or an assistant will use an instrument to show you choices of lenses to sharpen your eyesight.
For example, acuity can’t predict how well you can see:
Objects that are similar in brightness to their background
Inside your eyes and brain, three major factors determine how sharp your vision is:
How accurately the cornea and lens focus light onto the retina
The sensitivity of the nerves in the retina and vision centers in the brain
The brain’s ability to interpret the information it receives from the eyes
Only light focused on a small and sensitive portion of the central retina, called the macula, influences the measurements you get during an eye exam.
Improving your visual sharpness
In the U.S. alone, more than 190 million adults use some form of vision correction to improve their eyesight.
The first step to maximizing the clarity and comfort of your vision is to see a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam.
Tell your eye doctor about your eyesight — how well you can perform daily activities and any problem areas you’ve noticed in the past. In addition to testing the quality of your eyesight, they’ll perform a few quick, painless exams to check the outer and inner health of your eyes.
Even if you’re happy with your eyesight, you might be surprised by how far a little vision correction will go.
Notes and References
What does 20/20 vision mean? American Academy of Ophthalmology. January 2020.
One or more days prior to surgery, you may be asked to use antibiotic eye drops, and your eye doctor will instruct you in their use.
The drops are intended to kill any bacteria that could cause an infection.
Properly using prescribed eye drop medications before and after surgery is important to the success of your Cataract Surgery. If you’ve never used eye drops, it may take just a bit of practice to get them into your eye – the natural reflex is to blink to avoid the drops.
But it shouldn’t take you long to learn how to use them properly.
The goal is to have the drop land anywhere on the exterior surface of the eyeball, then gently close your eye.
Don’t blink. The medication will spread across the eyeball’s surface, and within a few minutes, will penetrate the Cornea to reach the eyes interior.
It is important not to blink too much after putting in eye drops.
Blinking pumps the eye drop medication from the eye surface toward the opening of the tear ducts.
To reduce blinking, gently close the eye without squeezing the lids for a least a minute after putting in the drop.
The eye drop will be effective if it lands on either the eyeball or the pinkish inside surface on the lower eyelid.
However, if the eye drop lands on the eyelid skin or on the lashes, you’ll have to try again.
Always wash your hands before using eye drops, Eye drop instillation is easiest if you either lie down or tilt you head back.
You need only one eye drop of medication for one dose.
Don’t worry if you accidentally apply several drops: it won’t harm the eye.
If you think you missed your eye, it’s okay to apply another drop.
For more than one type of eye drop medication allow three or more minutes between each type of medication.
While you’re first leaning to use your drops, you may want to refrigerate your eye drops.
This makes it easier to tell whether the drop lands on the eyeball. Some people rely on a spouse or other family member to help them with their cataract eye drops.
Even if you have this option it’s better if you learn to do it for yourself in case your helper isn’t available.
Using Cataract Eye Drops after Surgery:
After your surgery, you will have been given a schedule for using your cataract eye drops.
Anti-inflammatory eye drops will help decrease discomfort and light sensitivity and will speed healing.
Antibiotic drops will prevent infection.
These post surgery medications are usually continued for several weeks, and your doctor will give you instructions on when to taper or eliminate their use.
Note that it is common for the drops to cause some stinging, especially the first day or two.
If you wish, you can also take aspirin, Tylenol, or other over the counter pain relievers to help with any postoperative aching that isn’t relieved by eye drops or by taking a nap.
In most cases, you’re eye will feel much better by the next morning.
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While poor eyesight can, and of is, hereditary, there are habits you may have formed that will eventually lead to diminished vision. The following are some of the most common bad-for-you habits to cut back on.
1. Too Much Screen Time
2. Low Water Intake
3. Poor Diet
4. Lack of Sleep
Eye fatigue and strain can set in once a person begins getting less than six to eight hours of sleep per night. You aren’t the only one who needs rest. When you get enough sleep you also give your eyes time to be continuously lubricated.
5. Rubbing Eyes Too Often
6. Skipping Out On Eye Exams
When you think smoking and health problems, your eyes probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. While heart disease and lung cancer are major concerns for smokers, vision loss is too. The most common eye condition risks worsened by smoking are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, dry eye, and cataracts. In fact, smokers are more likely to develop AMD compared to non-smokers. Four times more likely to be exact. Smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts.
8. Not Protecting Eyes from Sunlight
9. Working for Prolonged Periods in Dim Light
Health Concerns That Can Result in Eye Problems
Is Bad Eyesight Genetic?
Myopia and hyperopia (nearsightedness and farsightedness) are often genetically linked. If one or both of your parents have myopia or hyperopia there’s a stronger chance you will develop this refractive error as well. Other eye problems that are considered to be genetically-linked include color blindness or color vision deficiency and retinitis pigmentosa. Glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration are more serious eye-related concerns that have the potential to be genetically-linked. If you have a family history of these conditions you should take extra measures to ensure your eyes are regularly
Can You Improve Your Eyesight?
SAVE YOUR EYES FROM DAMAGE
What is covered by my vision insurance?
Most plans will cover a yearly routine exam. This does not usually include a contact lens exam and prescription, although some plans cover the fit. We will pull your benefits and inform you of the coverage before your appointment. Most plans will give you coverage towards materials (Contacts or glasses) each year as well.
What is covered by my medical plan?
Your medical plan will cover any office visit that is not considered routine vision. Please note that you will be responsible for any part of your balance towards your deductibles or coinsurance.
How long does it take to get glasses after an exam?
We offer an in house lab in which you could get glasses as quick as one or two days. However, some insurance plans must be sent to an outside lab. In this case, glasses may take 7- 10 days.
How long will my appointment last?
The appointment typically lasts between 15-20 minutes. We pride ourselves on service and you will not experience long waiting times for the doctors.
Will I get a copy of my prescription?
Yes, you will be given a print out of your prescription at the end of your exam.
Will my eyes be dilated at my exam?
Dilation is included in the comprehensive exam. However, we do offer a comfortable alternative to dilation that enables us to check the health of your eyes with a picture. With this option it is quick, painless, and there are no side effects.
What should I bring to my eye examination?
You should bring your vision insurance and medical insurance information to your eye exam. If you currently wear any prescription lenses, bring your eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses.
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“Dr. Kristin Bever has been my optometrist of choice for four years now. She is professional, thorough, and considerate, and she takes her time with me to answer questions. Recently, when I needed to be seen right away, she saw me that same day, reassured me what I experienced was normal, and referred me to an ophthalmologist should I have further concerns. This spoke volumes to me. Most importantly, I believe when I leave her office I have the correct contact lenses or glasses for me. I truly believe optometry is both medical science as well as art and she employs both to serve her patients.!” Julie Franklin
Pinhole glasses, as the name implies, are glasses with tiny holes poked through their lenses. Whereas contact lenses and standard glasses redirect and focus rays of light into the retina, pinhole glasses are actually intended to limit the amount of light that can get in. This can be helpful in certain clinical settings, especially for people with myopia or astigmatism.
Eye doctors use pinhole glasses as a diagnostic tool. When someone has an eye condition, refocusing and limiting rays of light with pinhole glasses is a way to narrow down what the cause could be. There are also limited and ongoing studies about their therapeutic uses, particularly for presbyopia.
Do Pinhole Glasses Really Improve Your Vision?
The shortest answer would be, “No.”
According to the American Optometric Association, 30% of Americans live with some form of myopia. With numbers like that, it’s easy to see why so many search for miracle eyesight fixes and why stories about pinhole glasses abound.
Many people first hear about pinhole glasses through alternative channels that advertise them as a treatment for myopia, astigmatism, and other eye conditions. Though it’s a popular claim, there’s very little evidence to support it, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission barred U.S. companies from advertising pinhole glasses in this way back in 1993.
The fact is that someone with myopia or astigmatism who wears pinhole glasses will see more clearly as long as they’re wearing the glasses, but the effect goes away after they’re removed. You can achieve a similar effect by squinting.
Since they block peripheral vision, pinhole glasses are completely impractical for use outside of controlled settings, and they should certainly never be worn while doing something as important as driving. Moreover, clinical studies of people using pinhole glasses for reading found that they experienced excessive eye strain while doing so.
Testing the Claims About Pinhole Glasses
Researchers interested in investigating the claims about pinhole glasses assembled a test group of 36 participants and had them test their vision using the much advertised multiple-pinhole (MPH) and single-pinhole (SPH) glasses. The aim of the study was to test the effect of pinhole glasses on factors like:
- Visual acuity
- Pupil size
- Depth of focus
- Visual field
- Reading speed
- Ocular discomfort
They found that both sets of glasses actually provided temporary improvements in near and distant vision, but at the expense of most of the other tested factors. People using the MPH glasses could see the text more clearly and read it faster than those using SPH glasses, but they also experienced a lot more eye strain and discomfort in the process.
Clinical Uses of Pinhole Glasses
Pinhole glasses are useful for eye doctors who want to pin down the source of an eye problem. They’re often used alongside an occluder, which is the instrument eye doctors use to cover your eyes as you read an eye chart.
The purpose of pinhole glasses is to reduce the amount of light your eye has to cope with. If pinhole glasses temporarily relieve the pain you’re feeling in one or both of your eyes, that could provide the doctor with an important clue about what’s causing the condition in the first place. Seeing the same with or without pinhole glasses could be a sign of amblyopia, or lazy eye.
Similarly, pinhole glasses are a helpful way of identifying myopia in adults and older children. When someone complaining about their vision sees more clearly using pinhole glasses, this is an important sign of myopia. If their vision actually gets worse while using the glasses, however, that could mean they could have macular disease or opacities in the central lens.
Pinhole glasses as a possible presbyopia aid:
Presbyopia is a condition where your short-range vision gradually gets worse, even while your vision at other distances stays the same. It often occurs naturally as you age. Presbyopia’s symptoms include:
- Headaches while doing close work like writing
- Blurry vision while reading text
- Feeling like you need to hold books at arm’s length to read them clearly
Some eye doctors working with presbyopia have cautiously reported success using pinhole glasses. Namely, the glasses allowed people to read text more clearly for brief periods of time. This came at the expense of slow reading speed and eye fatigue, however. The doctors concluded that pinhole glasses have pros and cons that should be weighed carefully.
Alternatives to Pinhole Glasses for Vision Improvement
The lack of scientific evidence for pinhole glasses as a way to improve vision means that they’re probably best left in the hands of eye doctors. Nearsightedness, astigmatism, and other conditions can be treated with customized glasses and contact lenses. In addition, laser eye surgery (LASIK) has grown into a popular, semi-permanent fix for various eye problems, though it may not be appropriate for everyone.
American Optometric Association: “Myopia (nearsightedness).”
Community Eye Health: “How to Detect Myopia in the Eye Clinic.”
European Journal of Ophthalmology: “Clinical Feasibility of Pinhole Glasses in Presbyopia.”
Harvard Health Publishing: “Presbyopia.”
Journal of Korean Medical Science: “Comparison of Objective and Subjective Changes Induced By Multiple-Pinhole Glasses and Single-Pinhole Glasses.”
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Experts at the College of Optometrists warned that during darker evenings, pupils dilate, which can result in blurred vision. Furthermore, winter can be challenging as central heating can aggravate sore eyes. To combat such challenges, it will help to use a humidifier in the home. Another way to ease the discomfort of dry eyes is to use lubricating eye drops.
During colder and wetter weather, it is commonplace for people to stay indoors more often.
In doing so, not only is central heating going to be an issue for dry eye syndrome, but so is increased exposure to screens.
Whether it be from mobiles, TV, or computer work, prolonged exposure can lead to tired and even more dry eyes.
Experts recommend following the “20:20:20 rule”, where every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break, and focus on something at least 20 feet away.
How to protect your eyes during winter (Image: Getty)
Dry eye syndrome
The NHS outlined the symptoms of dry eyes, which can include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes.
Dry eye syndrome might be exacerbated by wearing contact lenses, smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking some antidepressants.
To help look after your eyes, it is important to take steps to keep your eyes clean.
The NHS detail a three-step approach to ensuring your eyes are clean.
Firstly, soak a flannel in warm (not hot) water and gently press it on the area around your eyes.
Such a step helps the oil produced by the glands around your eyes to become runny.
Secondly, gently massage your eyelids with your finger or a cotton bud. This pushes the oils out of the glands.
And thirdly, clean our eyelids by soaking cotton wool in warm (not hot) water and gently wipe away any excess oil, crusts, bacteria, dust or grime that might have built up.
A humidifier can help ease sore eyes (Image: Getty)
In order to help combat dry eyes, other treatment methods recommended by a pharmacist include gels and ointments.
Do book an appointment with an optician or doctor if you notice any change in the shape of your eyelids.
For cold, sunny days, experts at VisionExpress recommend wearing polarised sunglasses.
This is because, even during the winter sun, harmful UV rays can damage the eyes.
Eye drops can help ease sore dry eyes (Image: Getty)
It is also helpful to consider the lighting situation in your home.
Poor lighting conditions can lead to unnecessary eye strain, redness, and fatigue headaches.
VisionExpress suggest using warm light bulbs over cool blue type bulbs “to create a more natural feel”.
Furthermore, instead of relying on one overhead light, VisionExpress suggest using multiple light sources.
Eyesight Rules for HGV Drivers – Toolbox talk
- 18:32 – 21 January 2018
The first rule most of us know about when it comes to the standards of vision for HGV Driver is that they must be ale to read as standard number plate from 20m. This requirement which was introduced in on the 1st September 2001.
There are more stringent requirements for HGV Drivers when it comes to a further test for visual acuity. This is measured on the Snellen scale
Car drivers for example only need to have a visual acuity in both eyes (or if only sighted in one eye, that eye) of at lease decimal 0.5 (6/12) with glasses or contact lenses, if required. HGV Drivers on the other hand must have a visual acuity at least 0.8 (6/7.5) measured on the Snellen scale in their best eye and at least 0.1 (6/60) on the Snellen scale in the other eye.
HGV Drivers are permitted to reach this standard using glasses with a corrective power not more than (+) 8 dioptres, or with contact lenses. There’s no specific limit for the corrective power of contact lenses. The requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses is signified by code 01 on the back of the drivers photo licence on the far right of the drivers category lists.
A further requirement for HGV drivers is to have a horizontal visual field of at least 160 degrees, the extension should be at least 70 degrees left and right and 30 degrees up and down. No defects should be present within a radius of the central 30 degrees.
A little know fact is that HGV Drivers may still be able to renew their HGV licence if they do not meet these standards but held their licence before 1 January 1997.
Eyesight Checking Employee’s
As with licence checking, employers of HGV Drivers and Drivers of company vehicles should complete a recorded eyesight check of all new employees prior to allowing them to drive a company vehicle. The checks should then be scheduled and planned to occur every 6 months thereafter to ensure that all employees tasked with driving company vehicles are fit to drive.
This should involve one of two simple tests…
Measure out a fixed point of 20m in the yard from where a driver can stand and either park a vehicle at the other end or affix a vehicle registration plate. There are of course issues with this method i.e. drivers knowing the registration of the company vehicle or remembering the registration plate used to complete eyesight checks.
Go to http://www.vutest.com/seedrive/ and follow the simple instructions to enable you to complete eyesight checks from your office desk, the registrations generated are completely random and updated every 10seconds. The test is recognised as a satisfactory way to test a drivers eyesight and is completely free to use.
Passing or failing Company eyesight checks
It’s really important that employers react appropriately to any test completed on employees in relation to eyesight. If a driver passes the test it is important to record the test and to hold the results of each test within the employees personal file during the drivers employment.
If a driver fails the company eyesight checking test the appropriate reaction is to require the driver to attend an opticians appointment to undergo testing as described in the standards section above. The driver cannot under any circumstances drive a company vehicle until such times as an optician provides a report stating that the driver can legally drive all vehicles within the drivers category entitlement.
Passing or failing the visual standards at an opticians
If the driver passes, great. You have fulfilled your obligations to road safety and due diligence, you will also have a recorded test on file as evidence. If on the other hand the driver fails, the driver is required by law to notify the DVLA and will need to wear glasses or contact lenses to correct any eyesight issues identified before being allowed to drive the category of vehicle the driver is entitled to drive.
Incidents and events
Start of employment and 6 monthly eyesight checks form the basics of an employers obligations to test the eyesight of employees tasked with driving company vehicles but be aware there are other occasions where a company eyesight check should be seriously considered and recorded.
We strongly advise that that employers complete an eyesight check following a minor collisions or near miss, following a road traffic collision or following receipt of a complaint regarding the employees driving. This will ensure that the incidents are not related to the deterioration of an employees eyesight and will protect you from employees damaging other vehicles, improve road safety and ensure that your insurance provider has no cause to turn down a claim past or present.