Over three out of four people believe that their sight is the most important sense they have. This is probably related to the fact that about 80% of what we perceive through our senses comes in through our sight. Good eyesight plays a crucial role in your mobility and your enjoyment of life so it would certainly make sense to optimize your eyesight as much as possible without the use of artificial and unnatural aids that will only worsen your vision with continued use.
While it is true that eyeglasses bring some people improved vision and relief from pain and discomfort, they always do more or less harm, and at their best they never improve your vision to normal.
Most people don’t realize that their visual abnormalities are a dynamic process that they vary regularly throughout the day due to a variety of conditions. They simply are not set in stone.
Pioneering physicians have examined 20,000 school children and found that more than half had normal eyes, with sight that was perfect at times, but not one of them had perfect sight in each eye at all times of the day. Their sight might be good in the morning and imperfect in the afternoon, or imperfect in the morning and perfect in the afternoon.
The bottom line is that you or your children do not have a static unchanging visual impairment. It changes widely throughout the day
Considering LASIK Surgery? WARNING: There might be MORE PROBLEMS then improvement!
The latest laser technology can slice and dice your cornea, reshaping it through computer driven instruments to correct refractive error. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a simple surgery could provide a simple quick fix? I know many of you have considered LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) surgery. The challenge is that for many LASIK produces amazing results in the short term.
But what many people fail to consider is the long term perspective. Recent studies raised further questions on the safety and efficacy of laser surgery for improving sight.And most patients do not recover 20/20 vision. The long-term view is not much better. Even for those who initially attain “perfect” 20/20 eyesight, the improvement diminishes for many after six months, requiring the use of glasses for such tasks as night driving or reading.
- Some patients lose vision — Some patients lose lines of vision on the vision chart that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery as a result of treatment.
- Some patients develop debilitating visual symptoms — Some patients develop glare, halos, and/or double vision that can seriously affect nighttime vision.
- You may be under treated or over treated — Only a certain percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts. You may require additional treatment, but additional treatment may not be possible.
- Some patients may develop severe dry eye syndrome — As a result of surgery, your eye may not be able to produce enough tears to keep the eye moist and comfortable. This condition may be permanent.
- Results are generally not as good in patients with very large refractive errors of any type — You should discuss your expectations with your doctor and realize that you may still require glasses or contacts after the surgery.
- For some farsighted patients, results may diminish with age — The level of improved vision you experience after surgery for farsightedness may decrease with age.
- Long-term data are not available — LASIK is a relatively new technology. Therefore, the long-term safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery is not known.
Are you ready to give it a try? I would not recommend it.
Now if you are seriously looking to improve your eyesight (long-term), it seems that eye exercises are the most commonly prescribed method to do so. Although it is an important component, there are may other factors you need to consider if you want to seriously improve your eyesight.
Detoxify your Liver
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a strong relationship between your liver and eye health. Improving the health of your liver can often help prevent and improve eye conditions.
The liver is your main detoxifier and filter of your bloodstream. Any toxins you ingest eventually end up in your liver to be broken down and excreted from your body. The better your liver is at detoxification, the fewer toxins you will have in your body.
However, when the liver becomes compromised, the quantity of toxins increases, causing free radical damage and harm to your organs and tissues. The delicate retina and macula in your eyes are very vulnerable to free radical damage, and it can have a seriously negative impact on your vision. Free radicals can attack the retina and result in the breakdown of healthy tissue.
Liver blood deficiency can cause blurry vision, short sightedness, dry eyes and floaters. If you have excessive liver heat, it can result in painful, burning and blood shot eyes.
Based on these points alone, it becomes apparent that detoxifying your liver is an important component to improving your eyesight naturally.
Nourish your Eyes and Brain
As a general rule, eating plenty of raw vegetables that are rich in antioxidants and various carotenoids (typically yellow, orange and red pigments) will help protect and improve eyesight. This is mainly accomplished through lutein and zeaxanthin, two specific antioxidants found in large quantities around the lens and retina of the eyes, which have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
Foods that are high in carotenoids:
• Sweet potatoes
• Goji berries
Another important source is astaxanthin, known as the “King of Carotenoids.”
Also consider eyebright herb, cayenne pepper, red raspberry and bayberry bark for additional benefits, as well as foods high in zinc such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, beans, beef and chicken.
Another important part of clear vision is brain function, so ensure that you eat plenty of healthy brain foods as well like wild-caught salmon, avocados, coconut oil, hemp, walnuts and brazil nuts.
One of the best ways to do eye exercises is to use the sun as the focal point (do not look at it directly but, rather, around it) during less intense sunlight hours (typically before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m.) in order to strengthen the “oculo-endocrine system.”
Quite simply, the key to this therapy is the invisible ultraviolet band, and the retina. While the visible bands of light stimulate the retina’s cone and rods that produce vision, the invisible band stimulates the adjacent epithelial cells, which transmit the stimulus as a powerful nerve impulse through the optic nerve directly to the pituitary and pineal glands. This is a powerful healing and strengthening exercise for the eyes.
To put this powerful force to use, try the “sun blinking exercise”:
• Look once to the north of the sun (about 15 degrees above it) while blinking the eyes for 3-5 seconds
• Do the same after looking to the east (right), south (below) and west (left) of the sun
Again, do not look directly at the sun, as the as the part of the retina we want to hit with the rays of the sun is on the sides and not the center.
You may also want to try Eye Yoga, which is said to help you See Better in 2 – 3 Weeks Without Wearing Glasses or Contact Lens.
Here are some Additional Tips to help you Recover your Vision
- Remember that relaxation NOT exercising your eye muscles is the answer to recovering your vision. The strain to see is a strain of your mind, and, as in all cases in which there is a strain of your mind, there is a loss of mental control. So strategies designed to eliminate the mental strain that underlies the imperfect functioning of your eyes are the key to recovering your vision.
- It is also important to understand that sleep is not relaxation. Most people, when told that rest or relaxation will improve their eye troubles ask why sleep does not do so. This is because your eyes are rarely, if ever, completely relaxed in sleep, and if they are under a strain while you are awake, that strain will certainly be continued while you sleep, to a greater or less degree, just as a strain of other parts of your body continue. The fact is that when your mind is at rest nothing can tire your eyes, and when your mind is under a strain nothing can rest them.
- A very common habit that many people wind up doing is squinting when they want to see more clearly. This does work initially but it actually worsens your vision over time as it will cause chronic contraction of the muscles around your eyes, which is precisely why you start to lose your near vision when you age. So one of the KEY strategies you can use to recover your vision is simply to notice when you are squinting, and stop. What you can do as an alternative to squinting to improve your sight is to blink a few times.
- Simply blinking rapidly a few times will help you see more clearly and is a long term solution that will improve your vision, unlike squinting which will actually worsen your vision over time.
- Another key strategy is viewing documents on your computer. While it is very easy to adjust the font of your documents to larger sizes your best bet is to avoid doing this. I myself noticed that I would change the size of Word documents from 100% to 150^% which clearly made it easier to read but at the same time leads to a progressive worsening of your vision. So if you want to improve your vision read in the smallest font possible on your screen.
Another powerful simple and inexpensive strategy is to ditch your sunglasses. Most people don’t understand that there are more than 1500 wavelengths of light that you need to nourish your eyes. When you deprive your eyes of these wavelengths they will become progressively more malnourished and worsen your eyesight. There are some conditions where sunglasses make sense but they are under extreme and short term circumstances such as skiing down a mountain or boating on a bright sunny day where the snow or water greatly magnifies the sunlight to unusual and potentially harmful circumstances.
Enjoy your new and improved vision!
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Motivated by his own story of being sick and crippled at age 30 to healthy and pain free 5 years later, Derek is an expert in helping people get on track in a fraction of the time it took him on his own journey. Actively engaged in the research of natural healing for over 6 years, Derek has spent over 3000 hours studying and collaborating with top minds in nutrition and utilizes that extensive knowledge to deliver protocols that help people overcome their own health challenges.
Derek is the owner and Master Health Coach at Healing the Body, and writer of over 200 natural health articles. Derek specializes in specific nutritional and wellness programs, from simple lifestyle transitions to complete healing protocols.