Most people who suffer from eyesight problems have been told that the only two ways to improve vision are wearing eyeglasses or having laser eye surgery. Neither of these is very appealing: laser surgery has its risks, and wearing eyeglasses for the rest of your life is not the most comfortable or convenient solution.
Actually, those who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses have the feeling they are somehow disabled and confined to live their lives depending on an object to see, like disabled people depend on their crutches to walk.
Is There Really No Other Way to Improve Vision?
Doctors say there isn’t. But imagine there was a truly natural way to achieve visual clarity. Do you think doctors would recommend it instead of surgery or eyeglasses?
Well unfortunately, though a good-hearted, selfless doctor might tell you the truth, the fact is, most doctors and optometrists don’t KNOW the truth. And those few pioneers who DO know the truth, are prevented from REVEALING the truth by their governing bodies and by today’s litigation culture, and the practice of “defensive medicine”.
If you do your research, you will quickly discover that in many cases, the two solutions your eye specialist most commonly recommends, are neither the only solutions, nor are they particularly good solutions:
1. Laser eye surgery is expensive and can cause permanent blindness.
2. Eyeglasses are a crutch rather than a form of treatment. Instead of treating eye problems, they usually make them worse. That explains why so many people with poor eyesight have to change their eyeglasses every year or even more frequently, because their vision has worsened.
Why Eyeglasses DO NOT Improve Your Vision
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the single most common human eye disease in the world.
Myopia is an eye problem caused by a deformation of the eyeball. People who suffer from myopia have either an eyeball that is longer than normal, or problems with the cornea or the jelly lens inside the eyeball.
These properties lead to the image forming in front of the retina instead of on it. The result is that people see distant objects blurred. The closer the object is to the eyeball, the clearer the person sees it.
That is why people suffering from myopia have the tendency to bring objects close to the eyes in order to see them better. This is what specialists call ‘nearpoint stress’. Because of the near work the eyes are forced to do, your vision continues to deteriorate over time.
In order to improve vision, doctors suggest that myopic patients wear eyeglasses. However, eyeglasses do nothing more than deal with the symptoms of myopia, and not with the causes. Eyeglasses correct the image formed on the retina, but do not correct the shape of the eyeball, cornea or lens. Therefore, eyeglasses do not improve vision, but correct it.
Myopia Usually Gets Worse Over Time
Eyeglasses not only do nothing to treat the causes of myopia, but they actually worsen this condition. This was clearly demonstrated in a study by Dr Earl Smith, at the University Of Houston College Of Optometry.
Dr Smith made monkeys that didn’t have sight problems wear corrective lenses for myopia. In time, these healthy monkeys became nearsighted (i.e. they developed myopia). Because humans and monkeys are very similar, the researchers concluded that the same thing is likely to happen to humans. This strongly supports the notion that lenses not only do not improve vision, but may actually even worsen it.
If eyeglasses actually make our eyesight worse, should we continue wearing them? The answer is yes – but only when you really need them to be safe, like when driving, crossing the road or operating heavy/dangerous machinery. The first step is to limit the use of your eyeglasses as much as possible, while at the same time, working on improving your eyesight via tested and working methods – like doing eye exercises.
Why Eye Exercises Could Be a Solution to Improve Vision
There likely IS a genetic component to myopia, just as there is a genetic component to obesity. But that doesn’t mean that you’re born to be nearsighted, or you’re born to be fat and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Research has shown that less than 2% of children are born with myopia. The other over 98% of myopia sufferers develop myopia over time, through a COMBINATION of genetic and environmental factors.
You have full control over those environmental factors, and the latest studies show that the environmental factors (diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors) can even modify the genetic factors.
The use of computers, education and TVs are three of many possible environmental causes of myopia. People who work on a computer, who read often or watch TV, force their eyes to look at close objects, and this leads to the deformation of the eyeball, and to eyesight problems.
By doing eye exercises, we can reduce the effects of nearpoint stress and even reverse the damage caused by a lifetime of eye strain. Dr. Bates, a true pioneer in the field of ophthalmology, created a method, called the Bates Method, that involves doing different eye exercises for eyesight improvement.
Using Eye Exercises For Natural Vision Correction
Doing eye exercises to improve vision is one natural and effective solution for myopia. If we combined this program with a healthy diet, based on foods that improve eyesight, we could hope to eliminate most of the problems that come with myopia.
There are two types of eye exercises: active and passive. Active eye exercises are the stimulating exercises such as palming (which involves covering your eyes with your palms and paying attention to the level of darkness), sunning (which involves looking at the sun through your closed eyelids), or zooming. All these exercises have been suggested by Dr Bates.
Passive eye exercises, involve taking part in various outdoor activities that require frequent shifting between distant and near vision. Various sports, like soccer, tennis or cycling are extremely beneficial for our eyes, and taking part in these activities regularly will help improve your eye sight over time.
In all these sports, it is important to force our eyes to look at distant objects, because this is what will cause our distant vision to improve. If you jog in the park for example, be sure to avoid staring at the ground, but rather, look up, enjoy the view and study your surroundings.
Foods That Can Improve Vision
Just like with any other health problem, your diet plays an important role in maintaining and improving your eyesight.
The most well-known vision improving food is the carrot. It is rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, two substances that carry great benefits for the eyes.
One of the best foods, far better than carrots, for improving eyesight, is one that few people talk about. It’s the Indian herb turmeric. Turmeric helps boost your vision via multiple different mechanisms. It reduces oxidative damage to all of the cells that contribute to your vision, reduces inflammation, and also thins your blood to improve blood-flow to your eye’s cells. You can add turmeric to your food, but I find it easier to take a good turmeric supplement.
Other healthy foods we could eat to improve eyesight naturally are green leafy vegetables (like spinach), cold water fish, eggs, garlic and onions, grapes and blueberries, soy (organic, preferably fermented), and nuts. The healing action of berries has been known since ancient times, and many of our ancestors ate berries to achieve clearer vision.
If you want to get rid of eyeglasses and rebuild your vision, you should start by creating and following a healthy diet plan, combined with a regular eye exercise program that includes both active and passive exercises.
Perseverance is the key to this natural vision improvement solution. If you do these exercises every day, force your eyes to look at distant objects, and supplement your diet with beneficial foods, you will find yourself becoming less and less dependent on your eyeglasses for clear vision.
To find out more about how to improve vision naturally, I suggest you take a look at the following article: How To Improve Eyesight Naturally.
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Hi Dr. Bates,
I’ve been reading a lot from this website and comparing other sites too. As a patient, I’ve found it hard to understand so much conflicting information from all over the internet so would it be possible to have access to the references or studies that were used to support sunning, palming and zooming? Are there certain universities in certain countries that teach this as evidence based? I’m just trying to collect as much information as I can for myself so I can make informed decisions on my eyes.
Thanks so much