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Maintaining Vision Health Is Like Maintaining a Strong Body – Exercise Is Necessary

by Ted Maser

Having good vision health means having good visual clarity without glasses, eyestrain or headaches.

Many people who suffer from visual problems hope to achieve good vision health in some way or other, but are tossed back into the harsh and bleak nature of reality the moment they visit their optician.

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Having clear eyesight without glasses is something we all want, but we're constantly told that the only options we have are having risky and expensive laser eye surgery, or being stuck with glasses/contacts forever.

When you go for your regular eye exam and are told you need a stronger prescription once again because your vision has worsened, you immediately start to face the reality of ending up with completely impaired vision, or the necessity to undergo surgery.

One of the reasons why people have this pessimistic view regarding their own vision health is the fact that they have been told that eyesight problems are inherited. Since you can't change your genes, there isn't much you can do to improve your eyesight.

Unfortunately, conventional medicine can only suggest corrective lenses or surgery, and neither of these options is very appealing.

Wearing glasses is uncomfortable, and surgery is terrifying. And on top of that, neither brings vision health. They just correct, but do not eliminate causes and are not a definitive solution. But how else can you fight against an inherited disease?

Well you'll be happy to know that…

Eyesight Problems Are Usually Not Inherited

The truth is that certain eye problems, for example myopia, are not inherited, but acquired over time as a result of bad eye habits. If myopia were inherited, it would mean that the children of people who suffer from myopia should be born with the same eye problem.

However, research shows differently. Only two percent of children are born with myopia, a considerably smaller number than the adults who are diagnosed with this visual disorder. How can that happen?

The explanation is that people who are not born with myopia acquire it because of a lack of good eye health practices. Today’s society and technology actually have a say in this. Many activities we do every day have a negative impact on our eyes, and contribute to the development of different eye disorders, including myopia. 

The worst enemies of vision health are computers, TVs and too much reading. Children are forced to read, write, and look at the blackboard every day, in school.

Watching TV certainly contributes to the deterioration of your eyesight, but there are measures you can take to prevent this, without having to throw away the box.

The continuous stress put on their eyes (by looking at close objects – books, notebooks, etc), combined with the surplus stress their eyes have to deal with after school, when children like to spend their time in front of the computer or the TV, leads to the development of myopia and other related problems. And, on top of that, nobody encourages them to practice good eye habits that could reduce the negative effects of children’s lifestyles. 

The Eyes Are Like A Muscle – They Need Exercise In Order To Function Properly

All these unhealthy habits we develop since childhood affect the eyes' health and our capacity to see clearly. Soon, we find out we have blurred vision and need glasses in order to read or work at the computer, even though we had perfect eyesight when we were children. 

Just like our bodies, our eyes need exercise. If we do not do any physical exercise, our muscles break down, and when we have to use them, we realize they do not respond to our commands as they used to. With our eyes, it is exactly the same. 

Our bodies don’t need only physical stimulation, – they also need a healthy diet. Similarly, in order to maintain good eye health, we have to eat the foods that contain the vitamins and nutrients our eyes crave for. 

Variation is the key to body and eye health. Forcing our eyes to look at close objects will most certainly lead to visual disorders, so the fact that we have acquired myopia is not unexpected. However, if we forced our eyes to do something else – look at distant objects, shift our focus rapidly from one point to another, the damage could be reversed. An atrophied muscle can regain strength when forced to move. 

Good Eye Habits For Maintaining Vision Health:

In order to eliminate the negative effects our habits and lifestyle have on our eyes, developing some good eye habits is necessary. Improving our vision health can be done through a vision exercise plan and an appropriate diet.

1. Breaks – taking small breaks is extremely important for vision health. After working for about 50 minutes, take a short 5-10 minute break and relax your eyes. Look out the window or cover your eyes with your hands and stare at the darkness. You can also perform special eye relaxation exercises like palming.

2. Reading distance – when you read, try to keep a 30 cm distance between your eyes and the book, or a 50 cm distance in case you work on a computer. Make sure the room is lighted adequately.

Personally, for my computer I bought myself a little remote that lets me move the screen up and down. What I do is increase the size of the font (using the zoom function on my browser or text/pdf reader) and read while being as far away from the screen as possible. I also listen to audiobooks where I can.

3. Watching TV – make sure the distance between you and the TV is at least 2 m, and try to watch TV with the lights on. 

4. Eye exercises – practicing eye exercises regularly can help you improve vision health. Try the Bates method: it includes many helpful eye exercises that could help you achieve good vision. Repeat the exercises every day, because this method needs time – your eyesight will not become perfect overnight. Do regular eye exercises at least 10 minutes every day, when you have some spare time, or when you feel your eyes are very tired and you need a break. 

5. Diet – try to include fruits and vegetables that improve vision health in your daily diet.

Good food for eyes include fruits that have high amounts of vitamins (A, B6, E, C), omega 3 fatty acids, lutein, proteins, and antioxidants. Eat cereals, whole grains, eggs, colorful vegetables and fruits, and drink plenty of water. If you cannot take all these vitamins from your diet, you could try some supplements, but remember that natural is always better. 

Vision health, just like overall health, needs a little effort to be achieved. However, by combining a healthy diet plan with regular eye exercises, you could reduce many of your eyesight problems, and, as in many cases, get rid of your glasses altogether. If you want to find out how you can do just that, I highly suggest you visit the following page where I tell you how I managed to improve my own eyesight naturally.

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