We’ve all been conditioned to believe that sooner or later our vision will fade and we will need glasses. So, here’s my question: Is poor eyesight an unavoidable consequence of getting older or is there another choice?
Medical experts agree that at least 80% of all illness is the result of stress. If that is true, then doesn’t it make sense that something as sensitive as our eyesight would also be adversely affected by stress?
Well, as it turns out, research shows that our eyes are extremely susceptible to stress and that stress reduction is one of the most effective ways to restore and maintain clear vision.
Where does the stress come from?
Ironically, our own mind is the primary source of the stress that damages our eyes. In fact, I once burst a blood vessel in my right eye during a time of extreme stress. This happened because every thought we have transmits a motor impulse from our mind to our eyes.
When those impulses are generated by stressful or anxious thoughts, they cause a deviation in the shape and pressure of the eyeball. Over time this can have a negative effect on the overall health of our eyes and our ability to see clearly.
Mental strain of any kind always results in eyestrain which produces a refraction error. And while there are a variety of things that cause eyestrain, they all have a common solution, namely, relaxation and stress management.
Healthy eyes need good blood flow
The health of your eyes is dependent on good circulation. In the absence of stress, circulation in your brain is normal. This ensures an ample supply of blood to your optic nerve and visual centers. Good circulation is mandatory for optimal eye health and clear vision.
When your thoughts are disturbed, so is the supply of blood to your optic nerve and visual centers. As a result your vision is compromised. So, in a very real and direct way, your vision is powerfully influenced by the quality of your thoughts.
Improving your eyesight via your mental state
If you can consciously think thoughts that disturb your circulation and lower your visual power, then the opposite is also true. By taking steps to calm your thoughts you can help restore normal circulation, improve refraction, decrease pressure, and correct many other eye abnormalities.
When we learn to replace disturbing thought patterns with a more relaxed mental state, we actually unwind the tension that distorts our vision. The more predominate our improved mental state becomes, the more permanent our visual correction will be.
Dietary and emotional influences
Contrary to what the eye care industry would have us believe, very often impairment vision has nothing to do with the physical structure of our eyes. Besides stress, dietary and emotional factors also play a huge role in eye health and eyesight.
In addition to optimizing blood flow by relaxing and controlling your dominate thought patterns, consuming high-quality nutrition can greatly improve the health of your central nervous system and your eyes.
4 dietary guidelines that support healthy eyesight:
Eat foods containing lutein like spinach, broccoli, and zucchini.
Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
Consume plenty of raw vegetables, fruits, and dark berries.
Avoid processed foods especially those containing trans fats
How technology can add to visual stress
In this age of high-tech devices, many of us spend way too much time staring at a screen of one kind or another. Even while traveling, we are often glued to our laptops, ipads, and smart phones. This may allow us to get a lot done, but it can also leave our eyes feeling fatigued and stressed out. As a result of this visual stress, you could end up experiencing:
Blurred or double vision
Before we get into ways to relieve your visual stress, it’s important to identify your visual stress levels.
12 Indicators of visual stress
1. Eyes feel tired at the end of the day
2. Eyes feel tired after reading or using the computer
3. Have trouble maintaining concentration
4. Vision gets worse after prolonged reading or computer work
5. Have difficulty retaining what you have just read
6. Skip words, lines, or lose your place while reading
7. Get headaches during or after reading or computer work
8. Words move, run together or double during reading
9. Words go in and out of focus while reading
10. Difficulty judging distances when driving or playing sports
11. Difficulty tracking moving objects with your eyes
12. Difficulty catching or hitting a ball
If you have any of these symptoms, even occasionally, then you have been experiencing the effects of visual stress. The sooner you take steps to correct the problem, the better. Here are some helpful suggestions.
15 ways to improve your visual fitness
Making a commitment to follow these practices will start you on the road to relieving your visual stress. Even if you are not currently manifesting any of the visual stress indicators, these suggestions will help you maximize your vision and eye health.
While working, reading, and studying (1-8)
1. Avoid wearing distance prescription lenses while reading or at the computer.
2. Take frequent breaks while reading, studying, or working at the computer.
3. During your breaks, get up, walk around and focus on objects in the distance.
4. Face your desk toward a window to make it easy to take visual breaks.
5. Use natural or full-spectrum lighting while reading or studying.
6. Avoid holding your reading material too close to your eyes.
7. Tilt your book up about 20 degrees and look up every time you turn the page.
8. Take a 1-2 minute visual break from reading or studying every 15-30 minutes.
When traveling (9-10)
9. While riding in a car, look off into the distance and relax your eyes.
10. Periodically close your eyes for a count of 3 every 15-20 seconds .
During leisure time (11-15)
11. Remove your glasses or contact lenses whenever you don’t really need them.
12. Sit at least 6 to 8 feet away from the TV.
13. When walking outdoors, view distant objects at eye level.
14. Regularly expose your eyes to natural, outdoor light.
15. Do something active every day without wearing corrective lenses.
Pioneering natural vision improvement
In 1920 MD ophthalmologist William Bates published his ground breaking book Perfect Sight Without Glasses detailing his approach to helping people relax eyestrain and improve their vision. All of the reputable natural eyesight improvement programs are based on the Bates Method.
As you can imagine, his approach is highly criticized by the multi-billion dollar eye care industry. Thankfully, this has not stopped high profile alternative physicians such as Dr. Mercola from promoting the Bates Method. In fact, Dr. Mercola successfully used the Bates Method to restore his own eyesight.
If you would like to explore the possibility of restoring your vision using this simple approach, here’s an enlightening video presentation I think you will enjoy.
How is your eyesight holding up?
Do you believe corrective lenses are the only viable option?
The lines are open!