Natural Ways to Improve Vision: Is this Possible? Learn what Research has to Say

Natural Ways to Improve Vision: Is this Possible? Learn what Research has to Say
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Can Eye Exercises Improve Vision Naturally?

Eye exercises can benefit people who have problems using their eyes to see correctly, such as double vision or crossed eye. There is evidence that exercising the eyes can help with problems like eye strain, but research as to whether it will improve eyesight has not been conclusive, particularly with nearsightedness called myopia or farsightedness called hyperopia.

Can Diet Help Improve Eyesight?

If you are eating a well-balanced diet of healthy foods, diet will most likely not improve your eyesight. However, if your diet is poor and you suffer from certain deficiencies, diet may be helpful.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, an essential nutrient, maintains normal vision. Vitamin A deficiency is the main cause of blindness worldwide. If you have a deficiency, eating foods high in vitamin A and beta carotene could possibly help you see better. Beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant, is converted into vitamin A in the body if the body needs it.

Foods high in vitamin A and beta carotene include carrots, spinach, turnip greens, sweet potatoes, kale, cantaloupe, collard greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, and winter squash.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are both carotenoids (like beta carotene) but they do not covert into vitamin A in the body. However, they are antioxidants that greatly benefit eye health.

The body does not make these carotenoids so it is important to include both in your diet. Foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin include carrots, spinach, turnip greens, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, green peppers, pumpkin, tomatoes, kiwi, apricots, peaches, tangerines, corn, honeydew, mangoes, and egg yolks. To ensure you get both carotenoids, eat a variety of these foods.

Can Herbs Help Improve Vision Naturally?

There are several herbs that are good for the eyes, especially flavonoid-rich extracts of bilberry, Ginkgo biloba, and grape seed. These herbs possess excellent antioxidant activity and all three have been shown to increase blood flow to the retina. Taking these herbs may not improve your eyesight but they can help prevent problems such as macular degeneration and poor night vision.

Will My Eyesight Improve If I Don’t Watch So Much Television?

Using your eyes for a long period of time (such as watching TV, reading, or being on the computer) does not damage vision, but it can cause problems like eye strain. The same goes for sitting too close to the TV, reading in dim light, and reading small print.

What Does Research Have to Say?

So are there natural ways to improve vision? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there is no evidence that visual training (including eye exercises, muscle relaxation techniques, eye massages, eye patches, biofeedback, undercorrected prescription lenses, and/or nutritional supplements) has any effect on eyesight.

References

Eye Doctor Guide: Tips for Improving Your Vision Naturally - https://www.eyedoctorguide.com/eye_care/improving_vision_naturally.html

Medicine Net: Eye Exercises - https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=43316

Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (1998)

The Eye Digest: Vision Myths - https://www.agingeye.net/visionbasics/visionmyths.php

American Academy of Ophthalmology: Visual Training for Refractive Errors - October 2004 - https://one.aao.org/CE/PracticeGuidelines/Therapy_Content.aspx?cid=d7238b2b-a59f-49f6-9f30-64d1e84efc3b

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