A machine that can improve eyesight?

As I love the subject of natural vision improvement I am constantly on the lookout for new ways and technologies for natural vision improvement. When I came across the “EyeRelax” I was immediately struck with disbelief. Here is what they say about themselves:

EyeRelax is an award winning visual-spectrum medical device clinically programmed to improve shortsightedness or myopia commonly cause by tired eyes.

Its patented light-spectrum technology stimules the retina cells and vision nerves to improve the photosensitivity of the eyes. It is also enhanced with visual near-far stimulation to effectively prevent and control myopia caused by tired ciliary muscle.

EyeRelax is the most effective, safe, non-invasive, non-medicinal device for the control of myopia.

National University of Malaysia (UKM) and SIM University Singapore, have just successfully concluded a study on the effectiveness of EyeRelax therapy.

The eye relax machine

I will have to investigate this a lot more, and at the price of $580 USD a LOT of research would have to be done before you purchased it. If it does work then it is cheaper than laser eye surgery. Find out more from their website.

PRK – Photorefractive Keratectomy

PRK is used to correct or reduce myopia (shortsightedness or nearsightedness), hyperopia (longsightedness or farsightedness), and astigmatism. The PRK procedure flattens part or all of the cornea which in turn allow focal point of light to focus more closely on the retina. PRK differs from Lasik in that it does not create a permanent flap in the cornea, instead it uses the excimer laser exclusively from start to finish, essentially scraping the top level of the cornea. The benefits of PRK is that it is simple and non-intrusive as compared to lasik. As with all surgery there can be complications.

Lasik Eye Surgery

Lasik stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, and is a surgical procedure used to “cure” shortsightedness, longsightedness, or astigmatism. “Keratomileusis” is the carving of the cornea in order to reshape it. Lasik Permanently changes the shape of the cornea using a special lazer called an eximer lazer.

As the laser reshapes the cornea, it changes the angle at which you see images and therefore strengthens your vision significantly. This reshaping adjusts and strengthens the power of your cornea to focus on objects near and far. If you are nearsighted, your doctor uses the laser to flatten your cornea that is too-steep. If you are farsighted, your doctor uses the laser to make your cornea steeper because it is too flat. For astigmatism, the laser can be used to smooth an irregular cornea into a more smooth shape. There are few other procedures like Lasik Eye Surgery that can give you these amazing results and permanently change the shape of your cornea in just minutes.

The lasic procedure of lasik is:

  • A suction ring is placed on the eye to stabalize and monitor pressure
  • A microkeratome, a cutting instrument, is attached to the suction ring. This blade cuts a flap in the cornea
  • The exposed inner layer of the cornea is reshaped with an eximer lazer
  • The corneal flap is returned to the original position

The patient walks in to the surgery, have the procedure, and walk out again being awake the whole time. The doctor performing the surgery may also administer a mild oral sedative.

The marketing for this procedure says that lasik provides benefit to millions of people, however, it doesn’t really solve the underlying cause of poor vision. If they were myopic before, their eye is still mis-shapen. They may be able to see perfectly well after the surgery, but years down the line myopia may return. There are also possibilities of complications that could affect your vision.