Myopia Remedies

Dec 24, 2015

Home remedies for myopia cannot actually reverse the genetic condition; however, effective natural treatments can help improve the eyesight. A balanced approach to eye health incorporates lifestyle and dietary changes as well as supplements that contribute to eye health. Holistic treatment of myopia includes regular supplements, eye exercise and a balanced health diet.

What is Myopia?

Also known as near- or short-sightedness, myopia is a condition that involves a refractive defect in the eye. Myopia occurs in two instances – as the eye is too long or the cornea has too great a curvature. These conditions prevent the light entering the eye from being focused properly, which in turn causes eyesight to be poor. Myopia is generally describes as the ability to see objects that are near clearly while distant objects remain blurry or poorly focused.

Natural Treatment for Near-Sightedness

Treating any eye condition requires targeted remedies that support general eye health and strength. Specific treatments for myopia include supplements such as cayenne and glutathione as well as intensive eye muscle exercises. A healthy diet and regular exercise also supports eye health and prevents other health related eye problems.

Cayenne

Cayenne is a natural stimulant used to treat a variety of conditions. In regards to the eyes, cayenne stimulates the eye tissue and also improves circulation to and in the eye. Taken daily, the capsicum in cayenne pepper delivers important nutrients to the eyes and other parts of the body.

Glutathione

Another supplemental option, glutathione is a natural antioxidant. As such, the compound removes toxins from the body and the eye, in particular. This process also strengthens the eye and prevents further eye issues.

Eye Exercises

Myopia is often a condition associated with limited or low eye strength. Targeted eye exercises help develop the muscles in the eye and alleviate the issues of focusing and transitioning focus. Eye exercises strengthen the muscles associated with myopia as well as the general muscles in and around the eyes.

While not a life-threatening condition, myopia can be a frustrating and difficult adjustment. Nonetheless, natural treatment options help defer the symptoms of myopia and prevent further development of the issue.



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Posted by Rita Cachia (Melbourne, Victoria Australia) on 11/10/2008
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Vision improvment

I have been taking 3 cayenne pepper caps a day and I cannot believe how i can see better. I am typing away without glasses this evening. My vision is +2.5 on the left and +2.00 on the right.

Also I suffer from a bad cocxyx (tail bone pain) since I started the caps my pain has halved. I read somewhere it heals nerves I think its true.

I am telling everyone about it.I take a capsule with everymeal.Its working. I had a brand new wart which became sore so I mixed cayenne pepper with a drop of water to make a little paste and put it on the wart. Put a bandaid on it and now its gone. Try it.

Replied by Effortless Goddess
Louisville, KY
04/30/2009

Can I use loose Cayenne or do I need capsals? I'm so so happy for you. Ari


Plus-Lens Therapy, Eye Massages  

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Posted by Christine (Virginia Beach, Virgnia) on 02/01/2009
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Modern day Chinese people have overcome myopia through the usage of acupressure massage techniques. Some of them are listed in the eBook you have mentioned. Today I started doing them.

While it is too early to tell whether they will overcome myopia or not, I can tell you that my eyes already feel more relaxed, and my sinuses are draining better. Perhaps these exercises will help sinus trouble in addition to the myopia that plagues our nation.


Posted by Charly (Antwerp, Belgium) on 12/02/2008
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Supplements didn't do much for me and I took them for about 4 months, so I know for a fact they didn't help. But I've been trying a combination of plus-lens therapy and eye massages and went from -3.00 (in both eyes) to -1.00 (in both eyes) in a little more than 2 months. It takes some time and discipline, but it's well worth it. I'm sure I will recover my full eyesight very soon.

Replied by Angie
Sparta, MO
12/02/2008

Hello,could you tell me where you found your information on the plus therapy and the eye massages. I am very nearsighted too.
thanks

Replied by Charly
Antwerp, Belgium
12/03/2008

Here are a few I could find back

http://www.geocities.com/otisbrown17268/
http://www.soothingminds.co.uk/Articles.aspx?artid=119
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070828033800AAT8zuC
http://www.geocities.com/dolphinhill/theorynotes.html
http://lastchancesalon.net/myopia/

The problem however is that no one really explains how to, but I figured it out somehow.

Here's what you have to do:
* Wear your glasses/contacts as little as possible.
* Go out to the store and buy a few pairs of reading glasses (yes READING glasses) in different diopters going from the strongest to the weakest. Reading glasses are cheap, so you won't have to spent much. :)
* Buy adhesive eye patches or make/buy a cloth one, you know, the kind pirates use, so you can probably find this in a toy store. I couldn't find any, so I just made one. This you can use to train your eyes separately, it's very useful and especially if you have different diopters in each eye (not my case, but still it helps!).
* Use weaker glasses/contacts. This can either be your old glasses or buy new ones online. Here you can find cheap ones.
http://www.zennioptical.com/cart/home.php

I bought over-the-counter contacts in different weaker diopters and tried out a few. Contacts are very cheap where I live (%uFFFD9 for 4 contacts) and I have a store next to my house which has been very practical. What I did was diminish the diopters with -0.25 every time I could see well enough with the weaker lenses. Initially I had -3.00(both eyes) so at first I bought -2.75(both eyes) With which I could see OK at first, not perfect though. I kind of had to squeeze my eyes to see perfectly. But that's the point...
Make sure to use weaker diopters with which you can see well, just a bit blurry. I don't want you to be involved in any accidents because of this. :(

You may see blurry first, but your eyes will adapt to it. Once you can see clearly with them, you have to use weaker ones.

* This isn't really necessary, but if you're willing to spent some money and/or you're lazy (like me:)), you can buy an eye massager. It relaxes your brain and eyes and takes away the tension. You can buy the cheapest at about $18 or the fanciest one at $100. Let me tell you this: they work just as effectively! I have both, so I know. I bought them on eBay as they were way cheaper than anywhere else.

Once you have everything you can start.

I would suggest doing the massages at least once a day. You can find them in this FREE e-book:
http://www.visiontherapy.net/order2.php

As I said I am lazy, so I just use the eye massager now. But at first I used to do the massages myself and it helped just as good I guarantee it.

Unfortunately just massaging your eyes isn't going to be as effective as when you do the plus-lens therapy, so here's how to do it.

You have to do this for at least a half an hour per day. The more you do it the better of course.

Take a book/magazine/newspaper or whatever you feel like reading. Put your reading glasses on to read. In the beginning you will feel weird and should probably start with lower diopters, say +2.00. I used between +4.00 up to +7.00 for fast(er) results.
You will see blurry with your plus glasses and that's exactly what we want. Put the text you're reading as far away from you as you can at a distance where you can read the letters slightly blurry. Make sure you can read the letters though. They just have to be a bit blurry, but have to be able to read them. You can do this exercise with both eyes or train your eyes separately especially if you have one eye that's weaker. Do this for at least a half hour a day.

Another exercise you can do instead of the reading is focusing on objects, while wearing your plus glasses of course. Take for example a pen (it can be anything really...) and put it in front of you so you can see it clearly. Move the object you're using farther away so you see it a little bit blurry. Hold it there for a while and try to focus on it, try to see it the best you can.

Another thing I do is try to focus on a point in a room that isn't so far away, but you can't really see without glasses. To do this you don't need you're glasses or reading glasses, just your eyes.

The point I chose was the alarm clock in my bedroom. It's about 2 meters away and every night before going to sleep I practice on it. At first all I saw was a red blob from the light it has. Now I can see that there're numbers on it, but can't tell the time yet. Only if I squeeze my eyes a bit I can see what time it is. This is also great for measuring how much you've improved!

Another thing you have to do if you wear contacts is carry around a pair of reading glasses. In case you need to read something/do close work at the store, in public, at work... put them on, to annul the minus from your contacts. Try to carry around the closest plus to your minus diopters. This sounds weird, so I'll illustrate it. If you wear -2.00 contacts, wear +2.00 to read. If you wear -1.5 contacts, wear +1.5 for reading.

People wearing glasses should take their glasses off as much as they can and only put their glasses on to see things that are far, such as when they're driving or watching TV etc.

Well, that's all I did to improve my sight and I only started a little over 2 months ago.

Hope it helps someone.

EC: Thank you for taking the time to write those detailed instructions, Charly!

Replied by Nihal
Sydney, Australia
02/01/2010

hello is it okay to start with 1.00 reading glasses? i wear -3.00 glasses at full prescription.

nihal

Replied by Charly
Antwerp, Belgium
02/10/2010

Hello,

I'm sorry I didn't update my post there! I am now completely "cured" from myopia.

The progresses of plus lens therapy kind of stopped at -0.50 in both eyes. So, I wondered what happened and why I didn't get any better than that. I experimented taking Lutein, Bilberry, Carotenoids and many MANY other things. It wasn't until I started taking 500mg of L-Glutathione daily that I noticed even better eyesight. It took a while (3 months) for me to notice, but now, six months later, I don't need any glasses anymore! Maybe my myopia was caused by a congested liver or lack of glutathione? I don't know, but I'll keep taking it for ever.

To NIHAL from SYDNEY: Yes, you can start with 1.00 reading glasses! They're especially good when you're sitting in front of your computer.

Blessings to all and DON'T GIVE UP!

Replied by Janna
London, UK
02/23/2010

Hi Charlie,

thanks so much for posting about your success. It is very inspirational.

Do you mind if ask you which brand of L-Gluthatione you used. I read that the gluthotinoe itself is hard to get into blood stream other than via injections or chewing tablets well before swallowing them. Ingestion of gluthatione is halted by an acid that our stomach is filled with so that even large doses taken orally (3g) are useless in bringing its level up in the blood. How did you overcome this obstacle? Or was the positive effect that you experienced due to placebo in large part? Where did you hear that L-gluthatione can help improve the eyesight? (Perhaps if I read from the same source I will obtain similar placebo effect (no kidding))

Another thing I was curious about is how did you manage with the initial discomfort while reading with the plus glasses on? I made a couple of attempts reading with the 1.25D on. I have myopia of roughly -1.5D and I don't wear contact or glasses at all. It is quite disturbing and unpleasant to read in them. I had the impression that the eye strain and mild dizziness that I got as a result are too strong and perhaps downright harming for my eyes. Was I doing something wrong? I pushed the text away so that it becomes somewhat blurry. I held the text with the glasses on at a distance of an almost fully stretched arm.

And one last question, did you try wearing plus contacts on? From my understanding the more one spends time focusing his eyes the more rapid his progress will be.

Thanks very much in advance for your feedback.

Janna

Replied by Charly
Antwerp, Belgium
02/24/2010

TO JANNA:

I didn't start taking glutathione for my eyesight, but as an overall anti-oxidant. I constantly switch brands, but always make sure it is the reduced form L-Glutathione (500mg) because this form gets absorbed easily by your body. Apparently glutathione is present in the eye's lens.
http://www.naturaleyecare.com/study.asp?s_num=190

Another thing I have noticed is that the white part of my eye ball is now so much whiter. Some people report that it also makes your skin fairer, but as I already am extremely white, I don't see any difference :)

When you first start using plus glasses it IS very uncomfortable, but you will get used to it after a few tries. Maybe start out with a lower diopter and build it up gradually? But if you feel that this method is harming, please discontinue it. I am not forcing anyone to follow it, I only wanted to share what worked for me :)

Yes, I did use 3.00 (these were the strongest I could find OTC) contacts when I first started the experiment. Though, I must say, this was even more uncomfortable than wearing plus glasses. I felt that with the plus glasses, it was easier to take breaks (especially when you're only starting) and glasses worked best for me. Indeed, Janna, the more you will "practice", the faster you will notice improvement. The key is to stick to it, and this is difficult for many.

I hope I answered all your questions,

Charly

Replied by Janna
London, Uk
02/25/2010

Charly,

thanks very much for your response.

Why did you get 3D contacts while early in the process? May be I miss something but I thought that one only needs offsetting diopters as strong as one's original ones to reverse the effect of the diopter one might already have on. That it if you wear daily contacts -3D, to do training you have to either take them off altogether or put on training glasses 3D to offset the contacts correcting effect. What do you think? So by this logic if wear none at all during the day, and I already have -1.5D to correct for with swaying and blinking then I might only want to add an extra 1 or 1.5D to still able to see something.

I tried to train with 2D glasses on and this time it went really well and I didn't feel any dizziness or much discomfort. So I have made resolution to stick to this method for at least a month and see what happens, plus will be taking the L-gluthatione of course (see perhaps you made an accidental breakthrough and I'll let you know on this)

Thanks again.

Janna

Replied by Zaaraa
Delhi, India
03/13/2010

hi charly,

it was very heartening to read your post of getting out of -3D myopia with the help of plus lenses. i am trying this out for my child (9yrs)who is around the same in Diopters. when you started with did you take supplements along?

what are the other things that have helped you during this, and in all how long did it take you to get over that -3D. also what was your age when you started this therapy? what would your suggestion be...in terms of starting the therapy...he can read comfortably at a distance of around 11inches with the 2 glasses on.

thanks
best wishes

Replied by Angel
Sinking Spring, Pa
03/23/2010

Hi Charly, I also am a longtime contact wearer I am wondering wear you purchase your lenses. Where I live they are really expensive. I would like to try what you suggested about slowly lowering the power. I am fed up with my glasses and contacts. thanks sunkissedheart@yahoo

Replied by Charly
Antwerp, Belgium
04/01/2010

Namaste Zaaraa-ji,

I did not take supplements in the beginning. I only started them when I saw no further improvement with the plus-lenses. Your son is very young, he may have a nutritional deficiency. You could try the other suggested supplements first from other posts. I believe they are Chromium, vitamin D, cayenne. You could also try Zinc as it is abundant in the eye and a lot of people are deficient. Zind Picolinate is best absorbed. Zinc Gluconate is also OK. If it's not a nutritional deficiency, definitely try L-Glutathione! :)

Over all it took me 1.5 year to restore my vision. I am now 25.

You really have to see for yourself in terms of distance etc. Just make sure when your son is reading that it's a bit blurry. It's difficult and exhausting in the beginning (headaches eyes hurt). So don't overdo it! I put a piece of white tape on the floor. So, that's where I always stood. I also used a music stand to practice my vision. That way i could move it a little bit further every time I improved. This is also a good way to measure your improvement as you see the music stand going further and further away.

TO ANGEL from Sinking Spring, Pa:
I used to buy them in this store (called Schlecker) next to my house. They cost me 9 euro for 2 pairs of contacts (that's 4 contacts). Have you checked eBay? You can get cheap & good quality contacts on eBay. I have bought colored ones several times & never had a problem. :)

Keep practicing!

Replied by Amit
London, Uk
10/30/2010

Hello Charlie, I really love natural therapies to get cured. One stupid mistake I made in July 2010 which I still regret is that I went through the laser eye surgery to correct my myopia which was -4 and -4.25 with -1.75 astigmatism in both. I really dont know where they went wrong or what they did to my eyes. Its been just more than 3 months and the vision is still not even close to 20/20. It is in fact gone from -4 to 1 and from -4.25 to .25 and from -1.75 astigmatism down to only -1.25 in both. Every other surgeon iv spoken to is not happy with this and all say that it is highly unlikely that this will get corrected on its own in fact the clinic people them self said to me after 4 weeks from the surgery that a correction might be required which made me helpless and went in depression and due to this stress I could see the scalp in just these 2 months which further broke my heart. Also because it affected my work totally, I now got made redundant from work. I desperately need to ask you if you think that once the cornea is stable which they say happens after 6 months from surgery, can I try to make my vision correct doing things the other way round. Please reply back as you have seen the results and you know much more than me in regards to this. Please feel free to email me as well on amit2010new@yahoo.co.Uk Many thanks in advance and any advice will be very highly appreciated.

Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk
10/31/2010

Amit:

Have you tried bilberry extract?

It is also known as the European blueberry, and does have successful medical trials going back at least 2 decades officially, as well as folk medicine hundreds of years.

Interestingly, it was not in England, but in Italy that most studies on bilberry extract and vision were performed, mostly in the late 1980s. One study achieved an unprecedented 97% success in halting cataract progression using bilberry extract and vitamin E. In another exciting study, bilberryextract improved vision in 75% of nearsighted subjects. A German study using a combination of vitamin E and anthocyanins found either a stabilization of myopia or an actual improvement in visual acuity in the majority of patients, whereas the control group showed further deterioration. The progressive nature of myopia is one of axioms of traditional ophthalmology: once you become near-sighted, the older you get, the more near-sighted you get, requiring a stronger prescription every couple of years. Hence, it is truly revolutionary to note that a group of naturally occurring flavonoids has been shown to either arrest or even reverse the progression of myopia.

To see a sample of the variety of bottles of bilberry capsules out there, just google bilberry. Hopefully it's not a prescription product over there.

Replied by Kurt
Riverview, Florida, Usa
01/21/2011

Many thanks to Charly for the detailed description. However, I accompished "plus lens" therapy by the less painful method of insisting that my last two prescription distance lenses be ground (or selected) 0.5 (or 0.25) diopters (weaker) than the doctor measured for maximum accuity. Similarly, I had him prescribe my reading lenses (separate monovision glasses) so that I could barely read the fine print on my usual computer monitor at about 3 1/2 feet and still read a book in hand. In just over a year my distance glasses went from about -3 diopters to about -1 diopter and my (corrected) vision is still 20/25 or better. Now, I can read my monitor comfortably with either pair of glasses.

Replied by Jill
Oak Ridge, Tn
02/09/2011

Kurt....... What was the prescription of the plus-lens the doctor provided for you? Are you still trying to improve your vision? Do you still wear a 0.25 undercorrection?

Replied by Anon
Anon
09/02/2012

I couldn't get the eye massage ebook link to open but I did find this youtube video showing how to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD2OaU8FdFE

Replied by Akash
Lucknow , Up, India
04/22/2013

Charlie, thanks a lot from all we readers. We are very thankful to you for giving ur precious time and efforts for work in public welfare. I am 24 and suffering from with both spherical and clyndrical myopia how to decide/calculate a suitable number ( my eyes are: sph.-0. 25, cyl-2. 25 175 digree in right eye and sph.0.00, cyl.-0.75 axis 5 in digree in left eye). Please let me know is there necessary to take any suppliment/ vitamins. And how can I find them easially. Thanks and Regards


Ted's Remedies  

Posted by Israel (Brooklyn, NY) on 08/02/2007

Hi, Ted. Do you or your readers have ANY suggestions re: myopia. I have read countless books, have gone to vision teachers and nothing has helped !! Any advice ??? Thanks"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "I have a friend of mind who constantly gets myopia and was relieved of the condition taking chromium supplements. The ones I used here were chromium picolinate 200 mcg x 3 times a day or the ones I used MOST often is the chromium polynicotinate (more like chromium attached to the vitamin B3!) at about 200 mcg approximately. I am sure vitamin D deficiency is indicated and vitamin Ds I used here was 20,000 I.U. taken for a couple of days.

There is a background story I like to tell as to HOW I BECAME MYOPIC when I was in 4th and 5th grade. Things got worse in the 5th grade, so I know the general cause of it based on my observations. At the time I was not aware that eating certain foods can initiate a deficiency causing the myopia. And as a result, if the conditions were not treated at an early stages, the eye muscles responsible for focus control becomes atrophied.

When I was in the 4th grade, I attended Catholic school in Chicago, because facilities were lacking, I was eating foods wrapped in aluminum (bad) and began using fluoride toothpaste (on a bad recommedations from dentist) and I also ate plenty of sweets, which causes the body to deplete rather quickly of chromium. Chromium is a required mineral for the muscles in the eyes necessary for focus. However, my eyesight were getting not so good and had problems of some focusing, I did passed the eye exam. The Catholic school were more attentive to student's health. Then my parents decided to move me to Morris Elementary School, which was predominantly Hispanics, the area of the school lacked the sun, and the housing there was also dark. The darkness initiated a vitamin D deficiency which I have found much later in life through my observations that vitamin D is necessary for muscle growth. My muscles and build is improved with vitamin D and it is a well known fact that children become myopic in classrooms for the lack of sun.

Therefore a simply remedy is to reduce sugar, aluminum use, fluoride toothpaste. I would consider taking vitamin D 20,000 I.U. for a month with some magnesium (to balance the calcium:magnesium ratio) and take plenty of chromium supplements, in particular is the chromium polynicotinate 200 mg x 3 at the very least for a couple of weeks.

A person with a relatively weak myopia, if he is observant, should notice improvement within a couple of weeks. Other supplements that may help are amino acid supplements which are synergistic with chromium as well as some vitamin B complex which are synergistic with magnesium.

There are others, such as vanadium but the ones I mentioned here are the most important one. In case fluoride in drinking water or excess use, I might take a pinch (1/16 teaspoon) of borax to reduce the fluoride buildup, which seems play havoc with the body's coordination activities as it accumulates negatively in the pineal gland - which I think is as close to the master gland as it is the body's biological clock for all the major processes.

Replied by Jill
Columbus, IN
12/18/2008

chromium and triphala and liquories: My 7 year old son is diagnosed with severe degenerative myopia and has thinned retinas. He has a cataract beginning and I am seeking information for this ailment. Can a young child injest these home remedies and if so how much etc. Please provide any info. Thanks"


06/24/2009: KT from Irvine, CA replies: "Thank you Ted as ever to share so many remedies on this site. Just need one clarification here: should one take Chromium 200 mCg or 200 mg? You mention both in 2 different places, so its a bit confusing. Thanks much.

Replied by Lori
Chicago, Il
02/02/2013

I believe it's 200 mcg because that is the common doseage for chromium if you read various brands' labels; 200 mg would be too much.

Replied by Faust
Philippines
12/20/2015

Hello, my name is Faust, 23 years old, male, I have myopia with astigmatism, my eyeglass grade is minus .75 right and minus 1.5 left, but I don't wear glasses because I believe it will just make things worst, anyway,

I saw a thread titled: Myopia remedies and saw remedy of Chromium, and Vitamin D supplement by:"Ted from Bangkok, Thailand"

My questions is can I take: Vitamin D3 10,000 IU twice a day and Chromium Polynicotinate 200 mcg thrice a day? The post also suggested taking additional b complex vitamins and magnesium, any vitamin supplements that contains this vitamins that you can share info on?

Will this help get rid of my myopia, any reply is much appreciated, (I'm desperate, my myopia gives me anxiety when I see things blurred in the distance and it really does cripple my life)

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
12/23/2015

Faust, sounds like too much D3. Being in the Philippines you can just get out into the sun a bit more.

Replied by Faust
Philippines
12/24/2015

I do jog outside every other day for an hour or so, hope that helps me get vitamin d.