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How to Be Glasses-Free

Posted by  On 16-03-2022

Wouldn’t it be nice to ditch your glasses and see the world clearly? Laser eye surgery is one way to get rid of glasses for good and improve your eyesight in the process.

Laser eye surgery uses non-invasive laser technology to reshape corneal tissue in the eye. This lets us correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. At Clearview Vision Institute, we offer several types of laser eye surgery in Toronto, including:

  • ReLEx SMILE surgery
  • Laser blended vision correction treatment
  • Lasik Xtra
  • Laser cataract surgery
  • Laser light transepithelial cross linking

Apart from laser eye surgery, Canadians can implement proactive dietary and activity changes to strengthen the eyes and slow the deterioration of eyesight. While these methods can’t fix corneal irregularities, they can improve overall eye health.

Exercise Your Eyes During Screen Time

Screens make up a lot of our lives these days. From computer monitors to televisions to mobile phones, it feels like we’re constantly looking at a screen. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), while there is no medical proof yet that screens damage our eyes, digital eye strain is a very real issue. 

Digital eye strain occurs when you spend too long staring at a screen. It can cause dry eyes and discomfort because we tend to blink less while reading screens. To counteract the negative effects, the AAO recommends using the 20-20-20 technique of looking at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a break to readjust, blink, and moisten before you dive back into work.

Eat Foods Rich in Vitamins and Antioxidants

Several studies corroborate the use of antioxidants such as carotenoids and anthocyanins to reduce the risk of macular degeneration of the eyes. Dark-coloured foods like berries and pomegranates are among those on the list for good eye health. 

You may have also heard that eating carrots is good for the eyes. This is because carrots are loaded with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps the human body create vitamin A, which assists our eyes in sending our brain signals by converting light. This lets you see when lighting is low. 

Get Plenty of Rest

Getting enough sleep isn’t just good for your brain and body, it’s good for your eyes as well. In fact, not getting enough sleep can lead to vision problems. Glaucoma, for example, has been linked to sleep apnea, which is a disorder that causes the sleeper to start and stop breathing. Other symptoms of poor sleep related to eyesight include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Puffy tissue surrounding the eyes
  • Blurry vision

According to the CDC, the average adult requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. When your body rests, it heals. This is when cellular regeneration occurs, and your eyes are able to rejuvenate, thus strengthening nerves and improving lubrication. 

Eye Strengthening Exercises

Eye exercises won’t give you 20/20 vision, but they can help strengthen your eyes. There are many exercises that are used for a variety of reasons. Some exercises you can try easily at home include:

Pencil Pushups 

There’s no pushing involved, but rather following. To practice this technique, all you need is a pencil. Holding the pencil out from your body, focus your vision on the eraser until you see it clearly. Now, bring the pencil slowly toward your face, while retaining focus. When the eraser starts to double, push it back out away from your face and start again. 

Changing Focus

With one hand a few inches from your face, extend your index finger and focus on the top of your finger. Move the finger away from your face. Now, focus on an object further away and back to your finger. Bring your finger back toward your face again and refocus on the object further away and then your finger. 

This exercise forces your eyes to focus on objects far and near. For office workers and those who spend time on mobile phones, the eyes don’t have a lot of opportunity to focus on objects far away. This exercise is great for improving nearsightedness to an extent. 

Magic Figure Eights

Find a spot on the floor roughly eight feet away from you and focus on that spot. Now, move your eyes around in a figure eight for 30 seconds. Stop. Reverse your direction, and move your eyes in a figure eight for another 30 seconds. 

A Relaxing Technique

If you suffer from eye strain, you can relax your eyes and relieve discomfort in several ways. One is through the application of cold and hot compresses. First, place a warm compress (a warm cloth will do) over your eyes for 10 seconds. The compress should relax tension in the muscles around your eyes and relieve soreness if there is any. Next, remove the warm cloth and place a cold compress over your eyes for 10 seconds.

The change in temperature will help perk you up, and give your eyes a change from their regular routine (whatever that may be). This technique works well after a long day at work, or if you begin to feel discomfort at home watching TV or scrolling on your phone. 

Try PiXL Vision Correction

If you want to ditch your spectacles, there are some noninvasive treatments for low prescriptions that can help. At Clearview Vision Institute, one of the services we offer is called PiXL Vision Correction. 

PiXL Vision Correction works by reshaping the cornea without invasive surgical procedures. Using riboflavin eye drops and ultraviolet light treatment, our team can strengthen your corneas in 20 to 30 minutes.

Contact Clearview Vision Institute Today

Interested in learning more about strengthening your eyes and getting rid of your glasses? Clearview Vision Institute wants to help. Our team is passionate about helping Canadians clearly see all the amazing people and experiences in their lives. It’s important to us that our patients have all the information on the many options available to achieve clear vision without the use of glasses. 

To book an appointment with us today, or chat with a member of our team, we invite you to call us at 647-493-6371 or visit us online.

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