Q: Morning Dr Ketch. I have a problem of eye. Unable to view thing as it is unless is close to me. Sometimes, eye glasses correct it. But I discovered that eye glass might not be perfect solution. Is there any advice on my type of food I eat or anything?
A: Thanks for writing in. It does appear that you have nearsightedness also know known as myopia. In this condition, people are unable to see far objects clearly (these objects appear blurred to them). Other symptoms include headaches, blinking excessively, needing to stay close to source of interest in order to see clearly etc. This can occur suddenly or could develop over a period of time and it does tend to run in families. Activities that encourage close ‘looks’ like reading, using the computer and/or writing have also been implicated in this condition.
The treatment for this includes glasses or contact lenses or surgery. In one such surgery, a lens could be implanted into the eyes to help with vision.
To protect your sight and perhaps even slow the progression of this problem, if you already have it:
• Eat healthy. Lots of fruits, veggies, Omega-3 acid-rich fish like tuna.
• Get your sight checked.
• If you have diabetes, hypertension or other health conditions that have long term effects on the eyes, manage them well
• Wear protective eye covering when in the sun or during dangerous activities that may affect the eyes.
• Wear your recommended lenses, if you have them and get your eyes checked out again if you feel the prescription no longer works.
So, ask your doctor what options are available in your center. Healthy diet may be helpful especially in slowing progression of the disease, but you will most likely require other definitive treatment. Your doctor will guide you.
Have a good night, y’all 😀