Weak eyesight is most often associated with either nearsightedness (called myopia) or farsightedness (called hyperopia). Factors like genetics, poor nutrition, aging and excessive strain on the eyes usually contribute to these conditions.
The most common symptoms of weak eyesight are blurry vision, frequent headaches and watery eyes.
Be sure to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. At times, eye problems can be caused by serious issues like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and optic neuropathy.
eak eyesight is usually corrected with prescription glasses, lenses or even surgery. You can also try some natural home remedies to help improve your eyesight.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for weak eyesight.
1. Eye Exercises
Eye exercises make your eye muscles more flexible, and bring energy and blood flow to the eyes to maintain optimal vision. Regular eye exercises combat eye strain and also improve focus as well as concentration.
Here are few exercises to improve your eyesight:
Hold a pencil at an arm’s length and focus on it. Slowly bring it closer to your nose and then move it farther from your vision until you can no longer keep it in focus. Repeat about 10 times a day.
Roll your eyes in the clockwise direction for a few seconds, and then roll them counter-clockwise for a few seconds. Repeat four or five times, blinking your eyes in between each set.
Try eyelid fluttering by blinking your eyes 20 to 30 times rapidly and repeatedly, without squeezing your eyes shut. Finally, close your eyes and let them rest. You can also try palming, which is described below. Do this twice daily.
Concentrate your vision on a distant object for a while. The best way to do this without straining your eyes is to look at the moon and focus on it for three to five minutes daily.
Perform one or more of these eye exercises on a regular basis, at least for a few months, to get encouraging results.
2. Sunning and Palming
Sunning and palming are also beneficial for eyes as these methods help reactivate and flex the eye lens and ciliary muscles.
Sunning will provide the benefit of the sun’s healing abilities and palming will promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. According to Chinese culture, the sun contains vital life energies that are critical to the health of the eyes as well as the overall body.
- For sunning, allow the sun to shine directly on your closed eyelids while breathing deeply. Do this once daily for a few minutes, followed by palming.
- For palming, rub your palms together to generate heat and then gently cup your palms over your closed eyes without applying pressure on the eyes. Make sure to cover your eyes completely so there is no trace of light. Do this several times daily while visualizing a pleasant scene.
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), malfunctioning or diseases in the eyes are often closely related to the liver and kidneys. There are various acupressure/acupuncture points around the orbits of the eyes, which are the bones that surround the eyeballs.
- Massage each of the acupressure points around the orbits of your eyes gently for five to 10 seconds. Start from point #1 shown in the image above and go up and outward massaging each distinct point. You can do this several times daily.Note: If you are pregnant, consult a trained acupuncturist before trying this therapy. Also, do not massage areas with scars, burns or infection.
- Walking barefoot on grass in the morning dew for about 30 minutes is also considered an acupuncture method to help improve eyesight as it activates the nerve fibers connected to your feet. There are reflexology pressure points for the eyes on the second and third toes. Plus, the green color of the grass is soothing for the eyes.
4. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and eye blood flow. In addition to improving your vision, it protects against problems like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Early research suggests that it may also benefit people with retinopathy.
Ginkgo biloba is also known to relieve anxiety and improve memory and thinking, especially in those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Take 120-mg standardized ginkgo biloba capsules daily in two or three divided doses.
Note: This herb should not be given to children. Also, people suffering from diabetes should consult their doctor before taking this herb.
Bilberry is another popular herb for vision and eye heath. It can also help improve night vision as it stimulates the regeneration of the visual purple component of the retina.
Plus, it protects against macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. It is also good for retinal problems related to diabetes or high blood pressure as it is high in a chemical called anthocyanoside that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Eat about one-half cup of ripe bilberry fruits daily.
- You can also take bilberry supplements, after consulting your doctor. Generally, it is advised to take 160 mg of bilberry extract (with 25 percent anthocyanidin) two times a day, a few times a week.
Note: As this herb may interact with other herbs and medications, consult your doctor before taking it.
Almonds are also great for improving vision because of their rich omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin E and antioxidant content. They also help enhance memory and concentration.
- Soak 5 to 10 almonds in water overnight.
- The next morning, peel the skin and grind the almonds.
- Consume this paste with a glass of warm milk.
- Do this daily for at least a few months.
Carrots are a gorgeous and wholesome vegetable. They are so versatile and give a dish an amazing color. Apart from being scrumptious, carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, which later transforms into vitamin A, that enhances the general wellbeing of the eyes. You can find several recipes for carrot soup on the internet. Add it to the curries and pair it up with other veggies. You can derive maximum nourishment from raw carrots since the cooking process slightly deteriorates its nutritional profile. Munch on a carrot whenever you get an urge to snack or add it to your salads. But remember to drink lots of water, because carrots are high in fiber content.
You can consume one cup of carrot and gooseberry juice on an empty stomach. Like carrots, gooseberries are rich sources of vitamin A and antioxidants.
Chocolates, particularly the dark ones, are rich in flavonoid, a sort of antioxidant which is good for the retina and cornea. A piece of dark chocolate twice a week won’t hurt. So go ahead and indulge yourself in the sinful goodness of chocolate.
Eggs comprise of a lot of proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of our body. If you want the cellular regeneration process in your eyes to take place at a right pace, you need to supply your body with high-quality proteins. The egg yolk is surely a winner in this case. Why not crack up an egg or two and make a ‘sunny side up’ in a capsicum ring to make a funky breakfast?
10. Apply A Little Pressure
This is also an exercise that relieves stiffness and fatigue of the eye muscles, making you feel at ease. It involves applying light pressure with your fingertips on some areas of your face, particularly those above the eyes. You need to be comfortably seated with eyes closed. Slightly curl your fingers so that all the four fingertips are in alignment. Place the fingertips on the area above each eye, i.e., just above the eyebrows. You have to place them in such a way that the index fingers touch the inner end of the eyebrows. Apply gentle pressure with your fingertips on that area and smoothly make your way towards the outer side of the eyebrows, i.e., towards the temple. Come back to the inner side of the eyebrows again. Repeat the motion 10 times and you will feel really refreshed.
Protection And Hygiene
Certain measures should be followed to protect your eye vision and overall eye health.
- Avoid sitting close to the television screen or computer monitor.
- Avoid using these devices for long periods of time and at a continuous stretch. Look away from the monitor occasionally and rest your eyes every few minutes.
- Avoid exposing your eyes to the harsh sun rays, smoke, dust and strong winds. Wear sunglasses to avoid the strong glare of the sun.
- Wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes from chlorinated water in the swimming pool or debris in the ocean.
- Read and work in a well-lit area to avoid eye strain.
- Look away and rest your eyes every few minutes.
- Practice some basic eye exercises, like closing your eyelids and gently massaging your eyeballs.
- Soak a ball of cotton in cold rose water and place it on your eyelid for 5-10 minutes.
- Wash or sanitize your hands regularly. Regularly use eye drops to avoid dry eyes.
When it comes to improving vision, a combination of right food, exercise, and taking proper care of the eyes can yield favorable results. The overall health of your eyes depends on certain nutrients, such as vitamin A and C, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants. Incorporating these nutrients into your diet will help improve your eyesight. Apart from the food items mentioned above, sweet potato, kale, Swiss chard, turnips, and mustard leaves also contain vitamin A. Peppers are rich sources of vitamin C that is essential for maintaining the overall health of your eyes.
Proper nutrition strengthens your eyes while proper exercise de-stresses your extra-ocular muscles. Healthy muscles and enhanced blood circulation promote healthier vision. The key to an enhanced vision is perseverance and patience, because there is no shortcut to improved eyesight when you take the natural path.
While it is not quite possible to eliminate the vision problem altogether, you can definitely bring the power of your eyeglasses down by several points in a matter of few months. You must wear your spectacles, whenever needed. Many people don’t wear spectacles, thinking that it hides the beauty of their overall look. However, not wearing spectacles can lead to further deterioration of vision. So, stick to your glasses, eat healthy, give your eyes a gentle workout and slowly but surely, your eyesight will improve!