Non-Traditional Vision Correction

Can you improve your vision without expensive eye surgery? Can eye exercises eliminate your need for eyeglasses or contact lenses? Can you train your brain to see better?

Even if you haven't seen ads for untraditional vision correction methods on late-night cable television or in the back of newspapers and magazines, if you're like most people, you've heard someone talk about a "cure" for poor eyesight.

The most popular of these untraditional methods are:

Of these, only orthokeratology (or "ortho-K") appears to have merit. Ortho-K is the use of a specific design of gas permeable (GP) contact lenses to reshape the cornea and thereby reduce nearsightedness. Though the effect is only temporary, by wearing the GP lenses when asleep at night (like a "retainer"), you can see well without glasses or contacts the following day.

Research has debunked the effectiveness of Bates eye exercises an pinhole eyeglasses in correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia. Avoid these worthless "cures."

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