Wearing Glasses Is Not The Only Way…
Most people who suffer from various eye problems like myopia or astigmatism, are told that the only way to correct their vision, is to either wear glasses, or to undergo laser eye surgery.
Before the internet came along, eye specialists (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 more people knew the TRUTH, then many of these professionals would be out of a job, and the corporate fat cats in charge of the multi-billion dollar optometric industry wouldn't be as filthy rich as they are today.
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 optometrists 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 discovering the truth, but these are very few, and none yet have had the same level of courage and devotion as Dr Bates did to stand up to the entire 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 is a big reason why myopia (nearsightedness), is the single most common eye disease in the world today.
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.
Forcing your eyes to look at distant objects can be a helpful exercise too. 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 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 your eye cells, and these helpful substances are found in different foods that you should include in your diet.
Here is a list of foods that can help improve, or at least maintain good vision.
1. Avocados – this delicious fruit contains high amounts of lutein, vitamin A, B6, C and E. These nutrients help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
2 Turmeric – this special spice has been used for centuries in ancient Indian and Chinese healing practices to help cure countless different illnesses. Turmeric's healing properties stem largely from its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help prevent and even reverse eye disease. You can add turmeric to your food, or take it in supplement form. The turmeric supplement I'm taking now and recommending to my clients is one by Hewis & Selby Supplements, you can get it here.
3. Carrots – they are high in beta-carotene, which is a precursor for vitamin A. Vitamin A helps the eye convert light into a signal that can be transmitted to the brain.
4. Broccoli contains high levels of lutein (protects your eyes from blue light damage), vitamin C (is highly concentrated in eye fluids, where it acts as an antioxidant to protect your eyes from light-induced damage), and sulforaphane (also protects from light damage).
5. Chinese Schizandra Berry (Magnolia Vine) has huge benefits for visual problems, because it can strengthen blood vessels, stimulate the central nervous system, and relieve stress and fatigue. It has been used since ancient times as an eye medicine in China and Russia. In the modern day, this special berry's benefits to vision have been scientifically validated.
6. Bilberry – has super-high levels of anthocyanosides, an antioxidant which helps prevent and even reverse damage to your eye cells. During World War II, British fighter pilots had improved nighttime vision after eating bilberry jam.
Where Can You Learn More About How To Improve 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.