Are There Really Alternatives to Laser Eye Surgery?

 By: Kate Dawson
Alternatives to laser eye surgery are long sought after and there is much evidence to show that vitamins can help improve eyesight, and reduce dependency on glasses and contact lenses. No one wants to think about what life would be like if they lost their vision. Because laser eye surgery is expensive and can be risky, it's no surprise that many people look for other vision correction options.

Hyoperopia, myopia and astigmatism are common eye diseases caused by poor eye health. In modern society we subject our eyes to computer screens, television screens, direct sunlight, and do not necessarily get enough vitamins and minerals in our diet to protect our eyesight. As hard as we might try to do the right thing, modern living doesn't make it easy for us.

There are really two types of vitamins that could help you to improve your eye health, reduce the risk of loosing your vision and avoid time in the eye hospital. One would be natural based from food, and the other is science based formulations.

Naturally occurring vitamins come from the food we eat the drinks we consume. Vitamin A is vital for the surface linings of the eye and is found in carrots, eggs and liver to name a few. Vitamin C is used by the cornea and fights free radicals in the body. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables with the most well known source being oranges or orange juice, however you can get large amounts of Vitamin C from chili peppers, sweet peppers, kale and parsley.

Other vitamins and minerals that have shown to help improve eyesight are B Complex vitamins, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Lutein, DHA, Dicosahexaenoic acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Magnesium, Chromium, Selenium and Zinc.

Science based vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are also available if you don't eat enough of the above foods, or you want a supplement. Your ophthalmologist can provide advice on the best vitamins to consume, whether natural sources or from supplements. There is nothing wrong with taking these supplements if it will help your eyesight, as getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals naturally is hard, and they may just save you a trip to the eye hospital. Getting enough of these vitamins is the key, and if diet alone cannot provide enough then supplements may be the way to go, depending upon what your eyesight issue is.

No amount of vitamins can help to restore eyesight once it's lost but you can use vitamins and minerals to prevent eye diseases and to improve the overall health of your eyes, including vision correction. This is turn means that vitamins can be an alternative to laser surgery as you make taking care of your eyes a priority. Our sight is such a valuable sense and the idea of loosing your eyesight is scary for most people, which is why many seek ways to reduce the risk and avoid the eye hospital.

Sunglasses are another great way of protecting your eyes. The retina is the center of the eye, and when it comes to vision, is one of the vital and important parts. Extended or lengthy exposure of the sun to your eyes can seriously harm the retina and if this happens it cannot be undone, the damage is usually irreversible. This in turn can lead to lasting eyes diseases some, for example cataracts are chronic, and the most serious is eyesight loss. This is why wearing sunglasses during peak summer months is crucial for eye health.

There are several medical procedures other than laser eye surgery that anyone wanting to correct their vision can consider. Each type of medical procedure obviously comes with some pros and cons. You'll need to do some research on the different types of medical procedures, search for hospitals and search for surgeons. If the thought of marching down to the eye hospital fills you with dread, you might want to consider some other, more natural alternatives.

Vision correction is going to be different for each person, depending upon many factors personal to you, so it is a good idea to find out all the facts that you can and look at each alternative to laser eye surgery in detail, and then make an informed decision that suits you.
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