How to Cure Astigmatism: Glasses, LASIK or Eye Exercises for Astigmatism?
Nearly everyone has some degree of astigmatism – a “squashed” cornea. But it’s only those with higher degrees that need to wear glasses for it.
Usually that means people who already suffer from nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). These conditions put the eyeball under strain, which in turn creates a deformed shape of the lens.
If you are affected by astigmatism – fear not. It may be possible to completely cure astigmatism like I did with eye exercises. This article will explain how you may be able to improve your vision naturally and gain better vision for life.
What Causes Astigmatism?
Sometimes incorrectly called a stigmatism, it’s the result of an unevenly shaped cornea. It’s often caused by uneven tension of the extraocular muscles that surround the eyeball – in other words, prolonged eye strain.
The result is blurry vision. The uneven shape of the cornea causes rays of light to focus unevenly – some in front and some behind the retina.
There are three treatment options available for astigmatism correction:
1. Curing Astigmatism With Glasses / Contact Lenses
Prescription glasses work by refracting the light differently into your eye and creating a sharp image on the retina, enabling you to see clearly. But glasses merely correct astigmatism on a superficial level. It’s like slapping on a band-aid to hide the wound underneath.
Actually, it’s worse than that, because a band-aid actually has a purpose in protecting the wound while it heals. In contrast, wearing glasses serves no purpose in improving your vision on a fundamental level. Indeed, corrective lenses have been scientifically documented to make eyesight worse:
How Glasses Make Your Natural Vision Worse
Dr Earl Smith of the University of Houston College of Optometry fitted various types of corrective lenses on monkeys with normal vision. He found that within weeks, monkeys fitted with nearsighted lenses adapted to the lenses and became nearsighted. Likewise, monkeys with farsighted lenses became farsighted. The same thing happened with lenses designed for astigmatism.
The implications of this study are huge – not least because humans and monkeys have almost identical visual systems. You have probably noticed the effect yourself when you get a new pair of eye glasses. Your vision appears ultra-clear and you have to get used to the stronger lenses. Then, within days, they feel normal and are eventually too weak altogether.
And it’s not just monkeys that can demonstrate the damaging effect of glasses and contact lenses. Here are a couple more examples of real-life studies:
How Glasses Fatigue Your Eyes
“There are frequently ignored patterns of addiction to minus lenses.
The typical prescription tends to overpower and fatigue the visual
system and what is often a transitory condition becomes a lifelong
situation which is likely to deteriorate with time.” S. Gallop (1994) Journal of Behavioral Optometry
How Glasses Increase Near Point Stress
“Minus lenses are the most common approach, yet the least likely to
prevent further myopic progression. Unfortunately, they increase
the near point stress that is associated with progression.” B. May (1984) Optometric Extension Program Foundation
In my opinion, wearing glasses is not a true solution for treating astigmatism. It merely masks the problem and risks further deterioration. In later life, a third of people who wear lenses end up with one or more serious eye diseases by the time they are 70 years old, simply because their natural vision is so poor. Glasses don’t prevent this – so what does?
2. Treating Astigmatism with LASIK
Many people want a quick fix to their vision problems, and I can totally understand that. If I wasn’t so squeamish I may even have turned to LASIK myself once. But having researched laser eye surgery properly for this website I can now say: NO WAY! Not even if it was free and everyone was doing it. There are just too many potential side effects that could ruin your vision for life…
Former FDA Head: “I think we screwed up”
LASIK was approved by the US government’s Food and Drug Administration in 1998. But recently the former head of the FDA branch responsible for LASIK, Morris Waxler, made a shocking admission. He told ABC News that the side effects of laser eye surgery were not taken seriously enough during the review period. “I think we screwed up,” he said. “Nobody’s going to admit that.”
So just how bad are these side effects? We’re talking starbursts, halos, glare, double vision and permanent night blindness. Some people can’t even drive or perform basic functions anymore – and some even had to quit their jobs.
If you are considering laser eye surgery, please ensure you get all the facts first. Read my article on The Dangers of LASIK to learn abut the true risks of laser eye surgery that have been going unreported in recent years.
How Does Laser Eye Surgery Work?
Putting all the risk factors aside, this is what happens in a typical LASIK treatment and what you can expect if everything goes well.
Laser eye surgery can be used for astigmatism treatment on an out-patient basis. It involves the use of a suction ring to hold your eyeball still, a surgical knife to cut open a flap in your outer cornea, and a computer-controlled laser to precisely reshape your inner corneal lens. The actual procedure is not painful but it can be disturbing and is certainly not for the squeamish.
At a cost of around $3,000 and following a stringent after-care routine, you can expect to start seeing an improvement in your vision after 24 hours, with further improvement over the following days and weeks. However, even in a successful LASIK operation, there is still nothing preventing further vision loss.
Why Do People Suffer Vision Loss After LASIK?
There are two reasons for declining vision after LASIK. The first (discussed above) is associated with unwanted side effects of the procedure, such as:
- Permanent weakening of the cornea (leading to blurry vision weeks, months or years after the surgery took place).
- Damage to the corneal nerves (leading to permanent Dry Eye Syndrome due to a lack of tear production).
- Persistent decrease in corneal cells (leading to a loss of corneal integrity, about which little is understood).
The second cause of vision loss after LASIK is due to ongoing deterioration that caused your vision problems in the first place.
Laser eye surgery is an artificial fix, reshaping your lens based on the extent of your vision problems when you go into the clinic that day.
But if you maintain your usual vision habits, you’re still putting your eyes under the same stress that caused your astigmatism initially. LASIK does not strengthen your eyes – it only reshapes the lens to refract light differently, just like glasses. It’s the same old “band-aid” solution.
3. Treating Astigmatism with Eye Exercises
Eye exercises work by stimulating integral components of the eye in a manner that is not achieved through normal daily use. Within days or weeks, you can notice first-hand improvements in your natural vision.
In my story, I explain how I improved my long distance vision using an eye exercise program called Rebuild Your Vision.
I also completely cured my astigmatism.
According to Rebuild Your Vision, most vision disorders are caused by refractive errors, caused by bad vision habits and chronic eye strain. Eye exercises teach you to undo these habits and get your eyesight back into shape, so that you can see clearly without glasses. Learn more here.
Eye exercises must be the best kept secret in optometry.
It’s a tragedy that we are brainwashed into wearing glasses (which studies show weaken vision over time) or having LASIK eye surgery (which comes with real risks like corneal damage).
Don’t give up on your eyesight just because you started wearing glasses all those years ago… cure your astigmatism with eye exercises.