A Better View

When my sister was in elementary school, she started always sitting in the front row of desks at school. One of her teachers noticed this habit and arranged a meeting with my parents. This caring teacher told my parents that she thought my sister needed glasses. When my sister visited an optometrist, this professional diagnosed her with a severe case of astigmatism. He also informed my parents that she was nearsighted as well. Due to her eye issues, my sister had to start wearing glasses all of the time. Her new glasses helped her tremendously in school. She no longer had to sit in the front of the classroom in order to view the notes placed on the board. On this blog, you will discover the importance of getting your kids’ eyes checked by an optometrist before enrolling them in school.

6 Tips For Improving Nearsightedness


If you are nearsighted, you can see nearby objects just fine, but faraway objects appear blurry. Trying to look at faraway objects can lead to eyestrain and headaches. Whether it is caused by environmental conditions or genetics, it is possible to control your nearsightedness. Here are six helpful tips for improving nearsightedness:

Look at Faraway Objects More Often

If you just stare at nearby objects, such as a computer monitor all day, it will become even harder to see faraway objects. That is why you should look at an object 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. Doing this will also help you avoid eyestrain and headaches.

Do not Rub Your Eyes

When your eyes itch, it can be tempting to rub them. However, doing this can irritate the cornea and make your nearsightedness worse. The next time your eyes are itching like crazy, try applying a cold compress to them for a few minutes.

Replace Your Contact Lenses

It is never a wise idea to wear contact lenses past their expiration date. If you wear contact lenses that are too old, you can damage the cornea, making it more difficult to see faraway objects.

Protect Your Eyes During Sports

If your eyes get hit while playing a contact sport, you can worsen your nearsightedness and experience other vision problems. Before you play any sport, do not forget to put eye goggles on.

Do not Hold Books Too Close to Your Face

When you are reading, be careful not to hold the book too close to your face, as it can make your nearsightedness worse. To avoid further issues, remember to keep the book several inches away from your face.

Do not Skip Eye Doctor Appointments

If you are nearsighted, it is even more important to keep up with your eye doctor appointments. During your checkup, the optometrist will check to see if your nearsightedness is getting any worse and if there are any other issues to worry about. If the eye doctor finds that your nearsightedness is progressing, he can recommend the appropriate treatment for you.

Living with nearsightedness can be frustrating at times, but it doesn't have to be unbearable. If you follow these helpful tips, you can slow down the progression of nearsightedness and see better. However, if your nearsightedness is still getting worse, talk to your doctor or Master Eye Associates about the possibility of lasik eye surgery.


5 August 2016