The Nearsightedness Remedy. Corrective Lens, LASIK Surgery or Eye Exercises?

What do you think is the greatest population in the world?

Americans? Chinese? Indians? Europeans? Malays?

No to all five.

It is the new emerging race called the Myopes.

The World Is Becoming Myopic

In our current world, there is a worldwide myopic phenomenon especially in developed countries.

There are at least 70 millions nearsighted Americans and in Asia, it is estimated that more than 70% of youth are who are completing their university education are myopic.

If we don’t do anything now, World Health Organization predicts that 50% of the world’s population will be myopic by the year 2020.

Everyone's nearsighte

I am a myope myself and how I disliked it.

The feeling of needing to rely on external tools just to get by in life, is totally degrading.

What is Nearsightedness?

Commonly known as myopia, is a refractive error that causes poor distance vision.

Which means that people with myopia can see close objects but distant objects will appear blur.

The more myopic you are the blurrier your vision is at a distance and objects will have to be closer to you so you can see them clearly.

It is commonly accompanied with astigmatism where your cornea is unevenly shaped. (Learn more about how parts of the eye work in Human Eye Anatomy)

Vision of nearsighted people

What Causes Nearsightedness?

It happens because of the deformed shape of our eyeballs.

The healthy eyeball is round but a myopic eyeball is oval in shape.

How did it happen? It is mainly due to near point stress. The Super villain from the Planet of Myopia.

How does the Super villain get to us? When we are

  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Reading and writing
  • Reading in dim light
  • Playing video games, Iphone and handheld consoles
  • Working and playing on the computer

Francis Young (1971) had found that when monkeys were forced to view objects at less than 20 inches distance, 75% of them developed nearsightedness within three months. In contrast, the other group of monkeys who are allowed in the “open” visual environment, none of them have any visual impairment.

Near point stress causes our eye muscles contract.

In order to relax the eye muscles , we need to look at distance object.

However, the problem was that many of us spent way more time on close up activities such as working on computer.

This causes the eye muscles to be in constant state of contraction and over a prolonged period of time, our eyeballs start to adapt to this state by becoming elongated. .

Nearsighted Eyeball

In order to see well, light has to be reflected from the object and focus on our retina.

But when the eyeball is too long horizontally, light enters the eye focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it.

As a result, causing the image to appear blurred.

Risks Of Being Nearsighted

Myopia should be taken seriously as higher degree may eventually lead to permanent blindness. Some of the risks of severe myopia include:

These are no jokes. I have students and relatives who had lazy eyes due to improper care from their parents.

They can be prevented if actions were taken earlier.

Nearsightedness Is An Acquired Defect

For many, myopia is an acquired defect, formed through bad vision habits.

What shows this is that most people who have myopia have completely healthy eyesight at young age.

The hard truth is that we make ourselves poor sighted.

Living in small apartments and working in small offices (which many of us can’t help). Hardly there is anytime that we glance far and thus furthering our near point stress.

We used computer and watched TV far too often causing excessive amounts of close-up activities which increases near point stress.

Good news is that since we have acquired this defect, we can un-acquire it too.

Like being overweight, we can un-acquire it by developing good vision habits and start exercising our eyes.

Even though there are other treatment methods available, eye exercises is the only true cure to myopia.

For the sake of comprehensiveness and understanding what conventional 'treatments' really do, I have did extensive research on how they are carried out and what they are really treating.

I urge you to check them out for yourself. Many of the facts are indeed disturbing.

Types Of Treatments Available:

› Nearsightedness