Do you want to find out how to improve your eyesight naturally? Have you been told up until now that glasses and surgery are the only options you have? Then you should read further, because you're about to discover some astonishing facts.
Wearing Glasses Is Not The Only Way…
Most people who suffer from various eye problems like myopia or astigmatism, are informed that in order to correct their vision, they can either wear glasses, or turn to a more radical solution, namely laser surgery.
Before the internet came along, eye specialists (opticians, optometrists, and medically trained ophthalmologists), were the only people we could go to for information on our eyesight.
It's no wonder then that most people believe corrective lenses and surgery to be the only solution to eyesight problems. If most people didn't believe this, then most of these professionals would be out of a job, and the corporate fat cats in charge of the multi-billion dollar optometric industry would cease to exist.
Fortunately, more and more people today are learning that they can improve their eyesight naturally without needing glasses or surgery. Natural eyesight improvement has actually been around since 1920 when a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology called Dr Bates, decided to take the ethical approach and reveal the truth to the general population.
Despite the many successes Dr Bates had with his patients, the optometric industry felt threatened (understandably) by his findings, and has been hell-bent to this very day, in trying to keep the truth about his methods a secret. Most opticians are actually taught only the principles of optometry that support the use of corrective lenses. They are not taught the principles of optometry that support natural vision improvement.
It is only the pioneers in the field who end up realizing the truth, but these are very few, and none yet have had the same level of courage and devotion as Dr Bates to stand up to the whole optometric community and multi-billion dollar optometric industry.
The Trouble With Glasses And Surgery…
Unfortunately, many of the people who wear glasses or who have undergone surgery soon realize that the solution they have chosen is far from being effective.
If you wear glasses, you will realize that, in time, your eyesight becomes worse instead of becoming better. If you undergo surgery, you will realize that your eyesight problems return, after a period, so you are forced to consider surgery once again.
In the short term, these solutions seem to work. But they don’t work in the long run. In the long run they tend to do more harm than good. And most people who suffer from vision problems come to realize this at some point in their lives.
The Alternative – How To Improve Your Eyesight Naturally
So we know that glasses and surgery are not as efficient as they are said to be. But if these two solutions don’t work, what can you do? Are natural methods a viable alternative, or are you stuck with poor vision for the rest of your life?
It's normal to be skeptical, almost everyone usually is at first. It's true that there aren't any huge population studies based on these methods, namely because you can't take a method on how to improve your eyesight naturally all by yourself in the comfort of your own home and turn it into a pill or other product (like a pair of glasses perhaps?) to sell to the masses. Where there's no money to be made, there'll be no funding for large population trials.
There is however, a huge body of individual case studies and physiological evidence put together by certain pioneers in the field of natural vision therapy.
Why Eye Exercises Work
Conventional medicine suggests that the accommodation of the eye is caused mainly by changes in the shape of the lens. However, there is another perspective on accommodation that suggests that the most important elements are not the lens, but the muscles around the eye that modify the shape and movement of the eyeball.
The specialists who agree to this second hypothesis say that the lack of muscle coordination and flexibility is what causes blurred vision, and not different problems with the jelly lens.
Therefore, if the eye muscles were “trained” regularly, in order to regain their coordination and flexibility, they would do a better job that would translate in more efficient accommodation and clearer vision.
Eye Exercises You Can Start Using Today
Here are a few examples of eye exercises that could help you improve eyesight naturally:
1. Relaxation Exercises
If you want to learn how to improve your eyesight naturally, you have to start by doing a few relaxation exercises for your eyes. Relaxation is paramount to improving visual acuity naturally, because most cases of poor vision are caused by an inability of the eye muscles to relax.
Many of us spend a lot of hours in front of the computer or the TV, reading or doing other such activities that put strain on our eyes. Eye strain usually goes unnoticed, and when it does manifest, it does so in the form of poor vision, more frequently than a physical sensation of 'strain', eye pain or headaches.
That is why it is very important to take short brakes, and use them to relax our eyes and get rid of all the tension that has accumulated.
One example of a relaxation exercise is palming. It is very easy to do whenever you feel that your eyes have become tired. Warm up your palms and place them over your eyelids. Try to relax and to look at the blackness. If you see shooting sparks and spots of light, it's usually due to tension. As you improve in your ability to relax, the blackness will deepen and the colors will go away.
Another example is closing your eyes tight and keeping them closed for a few seconds. After releasing, you will realize your eyes feel more relaxed.
You can also cover your eyelids with three fingers of each hand and stay in this position for a few seconds, then release.
2. Moving and Focusing Exercises
A lot of jobs these days involve looking continuously at the same object (be it a computer, a book, or paperwork on your desk). This factor is known to contribute in the development of myopia (nearsightedness), the single most common eye disease in the world.
In order to prevent or cure myopia, we have to force our eyes to move and look at different objects that are closer or farther than the object we usually focus on.
An example of an exercise you can use to achieve this is rolling your eyes clockwise and counterclockwise. You can repeat this exercise a few times, changing the direction of your eye movements.
Especially for those who suffer from myopia, forcing the eyes to look at distant objects can be a helpful exercise. Relax, choose a distant object that you can see out the window and look at it for a few seconds. Then, choose a nearby object, and redirect your gaze to it. Look at it for another short period of time, then return to the distant object. You can repeat this exercise for a few times, and then relax.
Another exercise is zooming. Choose an object, for example a pencil, and hold it in your hand, at arm’s length. Bring the object closer and closer to your eyes, until you cannot see it clearly any more, and then start again.
How To Improve Your Eyesight Naturally Through An “Eye Food” Diet
As for diet, there are several vitamins and nutrients that could help the regeneration of the eye cells, and these helpful substances are found in different foods that we should include in our daily diet.
Besides a regular eye exercise program, you should also create a diet plan that includes foods that improve vision. Here is a list of foods that contain high amounts of nutrients and vitamins necessary for our eyes. These foods contribute to eye health, so include them in your daily diet, and you will enjoy better vision.
1. Avocados – these delicious fruits contain high amounts of lutein, vitamin A, B6, C and E. These nutrients help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
2. Carrots – they contain one of the highest amounts of vitamin A found in any vegetable or fruit, and they are the most popular eye food.
3. Broccoli contains lutein, vitamin C, and calcium, and they make a good reason why it is important to eat our vegetables.
4. The Chinese berry (Magnolia vine) has huge benefits for vision problems, because it can strengthen the blood vessels and relieve stress and fatigue. It has been used since ancient times as an eye medicine in China and Russia.
5. Bilberry – another type of berry that is known for its positive effect on eyesight. It can help improve night vision.
Where Can You Learn More On How To Improve Your Eyesight Naturally?
A good first step is to read my post on how I improved my own eyesight naturally. I learned some amazing secrets in the backstreets of Cairo in Egypt, and I'm sure you'll benefit from knowing what they are.