My thoughts on eye surgery

There has been an awful lot of marketing and advertising about laser eye treatments/eye surgery. It does sound exciting, the fact of having no more glasses and contact lenses, and having the freedom of clear vision. But is it really worth it? Considering that it is traumatising the eyes themselves.

I do know someone who has had it, and so it seems to have “worked” for them. But when I heard of things like this it got me a little excited. This was even after trying eye exercises off and on for a while (obviously my eyesight improved, but I was still myopic to a fair degree). This excitement was before doing further research into what actually goes on in the surgery. It would be stupid to say that this surgery does not damage the eye. It does damage it. If you are not familiar with eye surgery then you really should research it. Someone who has Myopia (short sightedness) has an American football shaped eye, so the focal point is not at the retina, but somewhere forward of there. What eye surgery does is it slices a flap of the cornea, peels it back, a laser then peels a tiny layer from under the flap, and then the flap is replaced. What this essentially does is force the light to focus at the retina. As you can hear from the description it does not sound too nice. Who would choose to have that done? We can also see that it actually treats the symptoms but not the cause. The real reason the eyes became weak in the first place has not been remedied, the eyes are likely to deteriorate. Granted it may take a number of years for this to happen, but it is likely to happen. There is an alternative though. Learning to relax your eyes while strengthening them through exercise. Embarking on an eye exercise routine can be done, like any exercise, at varying levels i.e. for a few minutes now and again, or embarking on a regimen of up to 30 minutes each day. This takes some dedication, and results are not immediately seen. But persistence will pay off.

More information about exercising the eyes can be found elsewhere on this site. For example, The muscles of the eye and how to exercise them is an article I wrote which teaches you exactly how to do that. Even a few minutes of eye exercise per day helps. You can take these exercises as far as you like. Here is a great video that can show you how to deal with computer eye strain. After all, you are reading this on a computer! It doesn’t take very long to do, and if you are using a computer you should be taking regular breaks. Remember the 10-10-10 rule.

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