More than 3 out of 4 adults in the United States use some form of vision correction.  On a global scale, the numbers would be even higher if more under developed countries could afford the traditional corrective methods.  Most causes of vision impairment are preventable.  Lack of education and adequate nutrition are the biggest contributors of health issues all over the world.  According to Unite for Site, more than a billion people need vision correction and are unable to get it.

The good news is that more and more of the world’s population is being exposed to tools that can inform and educate themselves with critical information that can aid in preventing many debilitating health issues, including vision loss.

Access to the most basic of information on eye care, such as how to perform simple eye tests could raise an awareness that could inspire the use of good practices that promotes better vision. Such may be the cause in reversing the trend that suggests each new generation will have a greater need for corrective lenses or laser eye surgery.

Good eyesight has become a rarity among people of all ages, not just aging adults.  In just a generation the number of people needing corrective vision has more than doubled in the United States.

It is clear from this statistic that the need for better education and information on proper eye care is not unique to the under developed nations of the world but rather is a global concern transcending all demographics.

Better Vision Naturally

Research has shown that there are natural remedies for many of the world’s most debilitating health issues including vision loss.  In many cases, better vision is possible with the education and the use of good health practices, including:

  • eye exercises that strengthen and tone the muscles surrounding the eyes and increases the focal range
  • limiting exposure to conditions that can cause eye strain and fatigue or possible eye injury
  • nutrition that replenishes vital minerals and nutrients that promotes optimum eye health

 

 

Changes in your vision should never be taken lightly and should be evaluated by a medical professional to determine its cause. Conditions such as “halos”, blind spots and dimness of vision or blurriness could be symptoms of other serious concerns such as an eye injury or other conditions that may include diabetes.

Ignoring the symptoms of a possible abnormal state of vision could lead to serious damage which may permanently affect more than just your vision health.  Seeking the medical attention from an eye specialist is of the highest importance.

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Perfect Vision for Kids:

The Importance of Early Vision Care

 

Kids vision, Barely Hidden

Kids vision, Barely Hidden—Peachy Weasel (Flickr.com)

It’s not at all unusual for pediatricians to almost ignore routine vision tests for kids younger than 7 years of age. This isn’t to say that these doctors don’t routinely check their patients’ vision, but that the routine testing often misses the early symptoms of childhood vision difficulties.

 

That means that it’s important for parents to push for thorough eye exams for their children. But that’s not enough. Younger children develop at a rapid pace, and vision problems can pop up between yearly pediatrician visits. So it’s wise to do some basic home eye tests and vision checks for your kids; just to make sure that they are not developing vision problems.

 

When vision problems go undetected for too long, serious problems can quickly follow suit. Many children end up diagnosed with ADHD or other behavioral problems, when the truth of the matter is they just have weak eyesight. With proper testing, communication with your child’s doctor and a bit of vigilance on the home front, parents can assist in making sure that their children get the very best early vision care, and avoid the lifelong problems that can happen when these vision issues go undiagnosed and untreated.

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Vision Therapy:

Can You Have Perfect Vision?

 

Perfect Vision is Colorblind

Perfect Vision is Colorblind—born1945 (Flickr.com)

When you suffer a bodily injury or notice weakness in your arms, shoulders, legs or back, there’s a good chance that your doctor will recommend therapy. It’s unusual, then, that when someone has weakening eyesight, they are often prescribed glasses and the case is closed. That’s the equivalent of being given crutches due to a leg injury and never attempting to walk without them again.

 

The Future of Vision Care

 

With new findings in the vision field these days, more doctors are finally starting to recommend vision therapy for their patients. Instead of simply allowing patients to use eyeglasses as a visual crutch for life, these sessions help people to build up their lagging ocular muscles and many go on to actually enjoy perfect vision.

 

Know Your Options for Vision Care

 

Before you lock yourself into a lifetime sentence of using glasses or other corrective lenses, you may want to investigate a course of eye therapy – including dietary changes and eye exercises – to strengthen weakening eyes and get on the road to perfect eyesight. Many patients have used this type of therapy to progress past their dependence on corrective lenses and are now enjoying better eyesight than they ever thought was possible.

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Why is 20/20 Vision Considered Perfect Vision?

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20 20 vision, 20 20—2thin2swim (Flickr.com)

 

If you wear glasses, contact lenses or think that you may need some sort of corrective lenses soon, you’ve probably wished that you had the coveted 20/20 vision that is so often touted as being “Perfect Vision.” But have you ever wondered why 20/20 is considered perfect?

 

Here is how this magical equation is figured:

 

Vision acuity is routinely expressed as a numerical fraction. The top number tells you the distance that you stand from the eye chart. The bottom number is the distance that someone with “normal” eyesight could potentially read the line with the smallest letters correctly. So if you had 20/40 vision you would be able to read the chart from 20 feet with the accuracy of a person with normal vision at 40 feet.

 

As it turns out, though, 20/20 vision people can still have vision difficulties. So even though there’s a popular myth that 20/20 vision is perfect, there can still be vision problems experienced by people who have earned this perfect equation during their eye check ups. In a similar manner, people with less than perfect, 20/20 vision may actually be able to see some objects with greater clarity at a specific range of sight.

 

In reality, 20/20 vision simply isn’t perfect. So if you’ve always had an inferiority complex because you don’t have 20/20 vision, you have no reason to any more.

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How to get Perfect Vision

 

Perfect vision, living in cloud nine

Perfect vision, living in cloud nine—eye of einstein (Flickr.com)

With millions of people suffering from vision problems, you’d think more people would be in search of new ways to achieve perfect vision. Unfortunately, though, we’ve all been pretty much stuck with the same methods of getting better vision for years. And that usually means that you have to wear corrective lenses to see better.

 

However, there are some other options for people that want to achieve perfect vision. Most vision problems are caused by a condition called Myopia. And while the only ways to treat this condition used to involve either glasses or laser surgery, we now know that many people can beat Myopia by implementing a regimen of eye exercise sessions.

 

By exercising the ocular muscles, many patients have not only stopped their eyes from getting progressively weaker, but they’ve actually reversed the symptoms of Myopia to the point where they actually have perfect vision.

 

Before you head in to get a new glasses prescription, or make the big choice to undergo lasik surgery, find out whether or not some simple eye exercises could be the ticket to getting rid of vision impairments and giving you the perfect vision you’ve always hoped for. You may be getting rid of those old eyeglasses before you know it…

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Better Vision without Glasses

 

It’s important that we all keep in mind that the eyeglass and contact lens markets are huge, billion dollar markets. So it is in their best interest to keep as many people using their products as possible. However, what’s best for these big money companies isn’t necessarily what’s best for you. It may be feasible for you to get rid of your corrective lenses and enjoy better vision for life.

 

What Weakens Vision

 

Vision without glasses

Vision without glasses-(Flickr.com)

Did you know that nearly 75% of the adult population has some sort of vision problem or significant weakness? Being as many of these people were born with perfect vision, what is it that causes their vision to dim over time? More often than not it is simple eye weakness that comes with age.

 

Many people are able to fully recover from these types of eye weaknesses and actually get rid of their glasses for good. Through smart, holistic steps, like a regular eye exercise regimen and dietary changes, nearly anyone can experience better vision. And since most eye exercise programs only require you to perform these simple exercises for about 15 minutes a day, there’s no reason that millions of people can’t do them and experience stronger, natural vision.

 

Better Vision without Glasses

It’s important that we all keep in mind that the eyeglass and contact lens markets are huge, billion dollar markets. So it is in their best interest to keep as many people using their products as possible. However, what’s best for these big money companies isn’t necessarily what’s best for you. It may be feasible for you to get rid of your corrective lenses and enjoy better vision for life.

What Weakens Vision

Did you know that nearly 75% of the adult population has some sort of vision problem or significant weakness? Being as many of these people were born with perfect vision, what is it that causes their vision to dim over time? More often than not it is simple eye weakness that comes with age.

Many people are able to fully recover from these types of eye weaknesses and actually get rid of their glasses for good. Through smart, holistic steps, like a regular eye exercise regimen and dietary changes, nearly anyone can experience better vision. And since most eye exercise programs only require you to perform these simple exercises for about 15 minutes a day, there’s no reason that millions of people can’t do them and experience stronger, natural vision.

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Lifestyle Changes: Living Without Glasses

 

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eyes—Scinern (Flickr.com)

Many people don’t realize that there are some lifestyle choices that actually cause their eyesight problems. Like any other aspect of your health, changing your lifestyle for the better can actually help to improve your vision.
Here are some things to consider if you’re looking to live your life without eyeglasses:

 

  • Skip out on hours of television viewing each day. The TV causes excess eye stress that you just don’t need.
  • Back away from the computer. Another screen that people are obsessed with, that actually causes excess eye stress, is the computer screen. Minimize time spent staring at your computer.
  • Always wear sunglasses on bright, sunny days. This protects your eyes from strain and UV damage.
  • Quit smoking. Cigarette smoking leads to a whole slew of health problems, and actually weakens your vision.

 

Implement some of these lifestyle changes and you will be on the path to stronger vision and the life without glasses that you’ve always dreamed of. When it comes to your health, it’s important to make the right choices. And while some of these changes may be difficult to implement, think of the potential pay off that will come when you are done wearing glasses for good.

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Eye Tests for Drivers

 

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eye test for drivers—AgentAkit (Flickr.com)

Your vision is important in every aspect of your life. From the work that you do to the free time that you enjoy with family and friends, you rely on your eyes to work well for you. However, few things require good vision like driving. When you drive you take your life and the life of everyone else on the road into your hands.

 

That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of your vision with regular testing. Driving is a huge responsibility and it’s important to make sure that your vision is up to par. However, many people don’t get any type of vision testing done, other than the minor test taken every four years when they renew their licenses.

 

If you really want to stay on top of how strong your vision is, so that you are as safe as possible on the roads, you should see your doctor for regular vision checks. And you can also perform some self vision tests at home. Do these types of tests every few weeks, and you’ll be very aware when any vision changes or degradation occurs. That way you can take action to correct any vision weakness, so you are not a danger to yourself or other people when you drive.

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How to Perform a Self Test for Eye Strain

 

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40 28 Eye Strain—bark (Flickr.com)

Every day people struggle with aches, pains and all sorts of symptoms that may actually be related to eye strain. Not every symptom associated with eye strain is actually felt in the eyes. Many times the symptoms will drastically affect other parts of your body.

 

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to test for the presence of eye strain:

 

  1. Do you fall asleep while reading?
  2. Do you ever close one eye while reading or using the computer?
  3. Do you suffer from car sickness?
  4. Do you get a headache after working with the computer for a few hours?
  5. Do you suffer from headaches, neck pain or stiff shoulders, even though you haven’t changed your physical activity or suffered any injuries?
  6. Do printed words tend to look blurry?

 

If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you may be dealing with eye strain. And while this self test isn’t solely related to vision, or all encompassing, it is a good jumping off point that could help you to get to the bottom of why you’re feeling bad all the time. After you fill out the questions for this test, be sure to share the findings with your doctor for a proper diagnosis and to find out what your treatment options are.

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How to Use an Eye Chart at Home

 

Eye chart, read line 5

Eye chart, read line 5—Robert Couse-Baker (Flickr.com)

Chances are you’ve taken vision tests at your doctor. But if you are so inclined, you can actually get an eye chart and perform self eye tests at home. Here are the steps that you can take to check your vision at home using the standard visual acuity testing process:

 

How to use the eye chart for self eye tests

 

  1. Perform the check on each eye individually, by covering the eye not being tested
  2. Do the check on each eye with and without your corrective lenses
  3. Sit about 10 feet away from your chart or any computer testing screen that you’re using for your self eye test.
  4. Read each line of the chart from the largest letters to the smallest.
  5. You can also perform these tests a bit more accurately with the help of a friend. Have your partner cover the lines you are not reading and uncover them as you progress. Your partner can also record your results for you.

 

Those are the basic steps that you need to perform a visual acuity test at home. By knowing how your sight is progressing, or regressing, you’ll be better equipped to take the right action and to discuss your options with your eye doctor.

 

 

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Visual Acuity Testing at Home

 

Visual acuity testing, logarithmic visual acuity chart 2000

Visual acuity testing, logarithmic visual acuity chart 2000—TheAlieness GiselaGiardino (Flickr.com)

Vision tests are an important way for you to stay on top of how strong your vision really is. For most of us, the eye chart on the wall is synonymous with going to the doctor. We’ve been sitting down and covering one eye to read off of those charts nearly all of our lives.

 

But these types of vision tests – known as acuity tests – aren’t just for those times when you’re waiting around for the doctor. You can also perform self vision tests – using the acuity model – at home.

 

You can actually print off your own copies of different eye charts to test your vision at home. Granted, this kind of testing doesn’t hold any medical significance, and you can’t use the results of these tests to diagnose or treat yourself. However, regular testing at home allows you to spot problems with your vision, so you can report these findings to your eye doctor.

 

If you decide to perform eye tests at home, be sure to not become overly obsessed with your results. Simply use a weekly or bi-weekly vision test to get a baseline idea of how your vision is doing, and notify your eye doctor of any noticeable declines in vision as soon as you can.

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