Can Vision Improve with Time?

By Mid-Coast Optical | Jan 23, 2014

 

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It’s common knowledge that an annual comprehensive eye exam is the best way to combat potential eye disease, but have you ever thought about the ways to keep your vision sharp in between visits to the eye doctor? Unfortunately, you can’t make your vision better with time, but you can keep your eyes healthy and possibly reduce the progression of bad eyesight in these ways:

UV Protection
Exposing your eyes to harmful UV rays can lead to premature macular degeneration and cataracts, thus decreasing your field of vision. Prolonged UV exposure can even lead to blindness. In fact, 3.2 million people go blind from it every year.

Since your eyes are exposed to UV rays 365 days a year (even on cloudy days), the best way to protect your eyes from UV damage is by investing in eyeglasses and sunglasses with E-SPF®, the eye sun protection factor. It’s a simple index that ranges from zero to 50 in polarized sunglass lenses and zero to 25 for every day, clear lenses. Lenses with E-SPF are available through most eye doctors.

Healthy Diet & Active Lifestyle
We all know that smoking can lead to many heart and lung complications, but it also increases your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration. By quitting smoking and developing or maintaining an active lifestyle, you can decrease your chances of developing cataracts (the cloudy areas in the eyes) by 50 percent.

What you eat is equally important to your eye health.  Vitamins A, C, and E are essential to eyesight and can be found in carrots, oranges, nuts, and leafy green vegetables. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna, and eggs can help with dry eye symptoms. Another important nutrient is the antioxidant lutein.

Scientists believe that this antioxidant may help slow the development and progression of cataracts. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and even herbs and spices like red pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika are rich in lutein.

Proper Use of Eye Drops
An effective way to alleviate the symptoms of eye allergies is to use decongestant eye drops, also known as vasoconstrictors. While these drops help reduce eye redness, overuse of vasoconstrictors eye drops can actually lead to an opposite effect, known as rebound redness as it leaves the eyes red for a period of time after discontinuation.

Take Breaks
While the idea of exercising your eyes to make them stronger is a myth, giving your eyes a break will actually help your vision in the long run. Staring at close-up objects like computers and tablets for a prolonged amount of time can make eye muscles weak. It also creates an absence of blinking, which leads to eye strain. An easy way to relieve your eyes from eye strain is to look away from the computer screen from time to time. A popular rule of thumb for eye breaks is the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away from your computer screen for 20 seconds.

 

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