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How to Improve Eyesight – 5 Common Misconceptions

by Ted Maser

To learn how to improve eyesight, you have to first get past all the misconceptions that tend to make people so skeptical about whether natural eyesight improvement actually works.

Here are five common misconceptions that people have.

How To Improve Eyesight Misconception #1: Poor Vision Is Inherited

The first misconception that most people tend to have is that visual problems such as short-sightedness are inherited. So if your parents have bad vision, then you are likely to get bad vision too.

This is something that we used to believe in the past, but most eye doctors today know that this is not true.

"The way your vision changes as you grow older is NOT decided at birth."

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Just because your mom or dad might have poor vision, doesn't mean you will too. Whether your vision gets worse or not depends on how you use your eyes.

In fact, only 3% of people with bad vision have inherited their visual problems. The other 97% have learned how to see badly. Just like you can learn to swing a golf club or tennis racquet badly, you can also learn to use your eyes and brain in a way that leads to poor vision.

Statistics indicate that over half the people in the US wear glasses or contact lenses. Wearing corrective lenses is now seen as 'normal' when actually there is nothing 'normal' about it.

Seeing is a very basic human function that is essential for survival. How would the old hunter-gatherer of the past survive if he could not see? 

"The fact is that your eyes are designed to provide excellent vision to the end of your days, and if they let you down, you are doing something wrong."

I should also mention that five times as many people have vision problems today compared to 100 years ago. That is just 3 to 4 generations. If vision problems were inherited, then who did we inherit them from?

Understanding that visual problems are not inherited is crucial if you want to learn how to improve your eyesight naturally without surgery or glasses.

How To Improve Eyesight Misconception #2: Your Vision Gets Worse As You Get Older

Everyone seems to think that vision gets worse with age and there is nothing you can do about it. While it is true that vision can get worse with age, this is only the case if you do nothing to retain its inherent flexibility and youthfulness, just like your body will deteriorate sooner if you never exercise.

Your vision usually gets worse as you learn poor visual habits that build up and accumulate a lot of tension and rigidity over the years. The good news is that you can prevent this from happening, and if it has already happened, you can even reverse it.

"Naturally, your vision is not meant to get worse as you get older. It only tends to get worse because you use the wrong visual habits. The longer you use these habits the worse your vision gets."

One of my clients is an 89-year-old man who has been wearing reading glasses for over 50 years. After just 6 weeks of learning how to improve eyesight naturally and doing some simple eye exercises…

"He is now able to read without his glasses with clear vision and he no longer gets eye strain."

Your eyes and your visual system improve when you do the right exercises in addition to relaxation and stress relief techniques. It all depends on your attitude and being consistent with the right techniques.

In fact, in my experience, middle-aged sight (also known as presbyopia) responds very quickly to the right techniques.

How To Improve Your Eyesight Misconception #3: Bad Eyesight Is Caused By Certain Visual Activities

The third misconception that will stop you learning how to improve your eyesight, is that poor eyesight is caused by activities like spending too much time behind a computer, reading books or watching too much TV.

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"You can do all the reading you want, and your eyesight will notbe affected – as long as you use your eyes in the right way. This applies also to watching TV and playing computer games. It is the way you use your eyes that is important, not what you do with them."

It is easy to get mislead by statistics as well.

Where only 2% of kids in the 4th grade are short-sighted, up to 20% of kids in the 8th grade are. By the time they finish college, up to 70% of students are known to be short-sighted. It is easy to then go and assume that too much studying can damage your eyesight. But you would be wrong and here's why.

It isn't the activity that makes your eyesight go bad, it is the way your eyes are being used during the activity. 

"If you use your eyes properly you can protect your eyes and maintain your good vision while reading or staring at a computer screen or the TV, but nobody is taught how to do this here in the west."

In China for example, children in school and employees at work are shown how to improve vision by doing simple daily eye exercises. As a result, the rate of short-sightedness (also known as myopia) is significantly low in China.

There is absolutely no question that it is the visual habits you adopt that are important and not the visual activity itself. So the good news is you can go on reading, watching TV or playing computer games as much as you like. As long as you use your eyes correctly, your vision will stay as clear as when you were a baby.

If you want to learn how to improve your eyesight naturally so you can throw away your glasses, it is important that you adopt the correct visual habits.

How To Improve Your Eyesight Misconception #4: Weak Eye Muscles Cause Poor Vision.

Weak eye muscles do not cause poor vision. The muscles around your eyes are already  up to 200 times stronger than they need to be for normal use.

It is very rare for these muscles to become weak. What happens instead, is that tension builds in these muscles and makes their movements stiff and restricted. They are no longer able to move in a natural and fluid manner, which is required for normal seeing.

"If you have poor vision, it isn't that you have weak eye muscles, but rather that you have trained the wrong eye muscles over the years and your eye movements are just not coordinated in the correct way to provide good vision."

Take the muscles in your arms for example. If you are right handed, your right arm is more coordinated and it is likely that it is stronger too. This is not because your right hand is inherently stronger, but because your right hand is used more.

The same applies to your eye muscles. With the wrong habits, you end up strengthening all the wrong eye muscles. It isn't that some of your eye muscles are getting weaker, but that you are training your eye muscles to develop the wrong way.

"The solution is then for you to do the correct training that will help you to coordinate your eyes in a way that improves your vision."

As you learn how to improve your vision and train your eyes more and more, visual symptoms such as short-sightedness and far-sightedness decrease and eventually disappear altogether.

How To Improve Your Eyesight Misconception #5: Seeing Is Nothing More Than A Physical, Mechanical Process.

Have you ever noticed that you see better on some days than others? Or even that the power of your eyesight changes during the day? You might also notice that your vision gets worse when you are stressed out or tired.

Have you ever wondered what causes your vision to keep changing like that?

The fifth misunderstanding that can prevent you from learning how to improve your eyesight naturally, is that seeing is a purely physical and mechanical process and is determined by the shapes of your eyes.

"Although the shape of the eye is important in determining how good your vision is, it is only one part of a whole visual system."

For a long time, eye doctors have known that one person can have eyes that bend and focus light in exactly the same way as another person's eyes, but when their vision is tested by reading a chart on the wall, one person usually performs better than the other. 

"So when it comes to vision and how well you can see, there are other factors involved besides the shape of the eye."

The bottom line is that your eyesight is a dynamic and changing process, and it is affected not just by physical factors, but also emotional and other mental factors. And get this – even the shape of your eyes can be changed with the right training!

To find out more about the training and all the little exercises you can do to to improve your eyesight naturally, click the link to read my article on how to improve eyesight naturally.

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