Alternative Treatment Options For Depression

I've experienced several periods of depression throughout my adult life, and while prescription drugs have proved helpful, I've been keen to explore drug-free ways to manage and treat my depression. I started this blog to share my personal experience battling this illness and the alternative treatment options I've tried, including dietary supplements, talking therapies, meditation, relaxation exercises, massage and acupuncture. I also post about current research on the effectiveness of holistic therapies at treating depression, and the blog contains guest posts written by others with depression who have tried drug-free treatments. I hope you find the information on this blog useful.

Why You Should Always Wear Your Eyeglasses


If an optometrist has prescribed glasses or contact lenses for you, it's important that you wear them as recommended. You may think that you can get along just fine without your glasses, or may not find your contact lenses to be very comfortable, but there are some very good reasons why you should always follow your doctor's recommendations in these cases. Note why that is, and be sure to talk to your optometrist if you find glasses or contact uncomfortable, so you can get something that does work for you and that you can use as prescribed.


Without your glasses or contacts, you may struggle to see anything and everything, including the television, books, the newspaper, traffic signs, or a food label at the supermarket. While you might be able to squint and move certain items around in front of your face until they come into focus, struggling to see clearly, and especially to read small letters and print, can result in eyestrain, as your eyes struggle to focus.

Eyestrain can be very uncomfortable, as it overworks the muscles in the eyes, just as if you were straining or overexerting any other muscles in the body. Eyestrain can also cause headaches and blurred vision. To avoid these risks, it's good to wear your corrective lenses as prescribed, even if you don't think that you need to focus on or read many items throughout the day.

Sun protection

Sunlight can damage the delicate tissue of the eyes, just like it can damage your skin. Wearing glasses or contact lenses can protect your eyes from this damage, even if those lenses are not tinted, as the coating that is added to glasses and contacts to protect the plastic itself may deflect harmful sunlight.


Obviously you need to wear corrective lenses when driving so that you can easily see other cars, pedestrians, and street signs, but if your vision is poor, your safety may be at risk even when you're not behind the wheel! If you can't focus clearly on stairs, you can easily misjudge their height or depth, and suffer a fall. You might also bump into furniture, doors, and other obstacles around the house or when out shopping. It's also vital that you have clear vision during wintertime, as you need to judge the amount of ice on a walkway in order to stay safe. For all these reasons, it's good to wear your corrective lenses as recommended, to avoid unnecessary bumps, bruises, and other such injuries!


15 March 2018