They are two of your most precious possessions, but chances are, you take your eyes for granted. Most of us do.
Good eyesight plays a crucial role in your mobility and your enjoyment of life so it would certainly make sense to optimize your eyesight as much as possible.
Prevent Blindness America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to vision issues, estimates that 50,000 people lose their sight needlessly every year and that 80 million Americans are at risk of eye diseases that can lead to low vision and even blindness.
Changes in modern society has lead to most people being stuck in front of a computer or watching television for many hours. This is why there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people wearing corrective glasses and contacts. Our eyes are getting lazy but you can turn things around and discover how to improve eyesight naturally.
Certain cultures have a lower incidence of poor eyesight amongst their population. One of these countries is China where children are made to do eye relaxation exercises in the classroom that were devised over 100 years ago by Dr William H Bates. The Bates Method as it's commonly called, has been used world wide for over 100 years with amazing results.
Ways to Improve Your Vision
EYE EXERCISES One of the most critical components to helping improve your vision is to do eye strengthening and relaxation exercising. Exercising your eyes, when you are not straining the muscles in everyday activities, can actually strengthen the muscles in and behind your eye, which will allow your eyes to move more quickly, move in unison, as well as focusing quicker.
Raising and lowering the eyebrows several times in a row, squeezing your eyes shut tightly and rolling your eyes around in all directions, then opening your eyes and doing the same can help exercise these muscles, make them stronger and respond faster (and it feels good too).
One of the most popular exercises in Palming. Palming requires you to sit comfortably and cover your eyes with your hands, make sure you rub your hands together to create some warmth before covering your eyes.
Ensure there is no light coming through, if you see any traces simply imagine that it is completely dark. Focus on your breathing by taking slow deep breathes. Do this for 3 minutes at a time while you visualize something interesting.
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SLEEP It has been proven time and again that people who do not get enough sleep at night can experience reduced and/or blurred vision, focus problems, and tired eyes. Your body heals muscles during delta sleep cycles, which may not even start until you've been asleep for at least four hours, so it's important to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep each day/night in order to heal muscles and that includes the muscles of the eye.
DON'T WEAR GLASSES This may seem counter-productive to good vision, but glasses and contacts actually can make your vision without the glasses or contacts worse. The eye has to adjust to how it sees when wearing corrective lenses, and this trains the eye to be weaker, because the eyes become dependent upon the corrective lenses to do their job.
Now, if you must wear corrective lenses to drive safely or have to wear them to work or read, then by all means do so, but whenever possible, do as much as you can without your corrective lenses, so that your eyes have to work themselves and learn how to let you see on their own, without corrective lenses.
SUNLIGHT Sunlight is important to eye health and vision. In fact, in moderation, sunlight is absolutely essential to human survival, but it also helps promote good eye health too. Of course, you don't ever want to look directly at the sun, but during the light of day, especially at peak sunlight hours, being outside in the sun, you can clearly see that everything looks brighter, more colorful, and sharper.
Limit sun exposure, for obvious health reasons, but try to spend at least a few minutes in the sunlight each day for maximum vision and good eye health, and being outside in the fresh air helps your eyes breathe naturally too.
Sunning Method Try to do this once a day. It requires a sunny day, or a excellent quality desk lamp with an incandescent bulb. The implementation is unadorned. Close your eyes. Look frankly at the sun through your closed eyes. While facing the sun, at a snail’s pace rotate your head from side to side as far as you can. This gets the sunlight on the peripheral thought, and it helps bring more blood circulation to your neck. Do this for 3 to 5 minutes. It is incredible, even on a cold day, how warm the sun feels on your eyes.
LOOK INTO THE DISTANCE Our eyes are not made to be fixated and focused on the same thing for extended periods of time. Naturally they are meant to zip around taking in our surrounding and not fixed on things like reading a book or a computer screen. Take breaks every hour and focus on things in the distance for about 30 seconds. Don't squint or strain simply look at things, overtime your eyes will be forced to become stronger trying to readjust to images outside your current vision levels
LUTEIN Lutein is a natural plant carotenoid that is deficient in the average American diet. Found in higher concentrations in dark green, leafy vegetables, but can also be purchased as a dietary supplement, lutein has been shown to help with vision and also to help slow the progress of macular degeneration.
Foods Rich in Lutein: raw or lightly cooked kale, collard, brussel sprouts, garden peas, corn, zucchini, romaine lettuce, brussel sprouts, and broccoli.
SPLASH EYES WITH COLD WATER Another simple method recommended for improving eyesight is to splash the eyes with cold water. Do this each morning and right before bed. The cold temperature of the water will cause the capillaries to tighten and the muscles will retract. This will help strengthen and tone the eyes, leaving them feeling refreshed.
Improving Eyesight with Food & Herbs
Feeding your eyes is the most important thing you can do to ensure good vision. The foods you eat contribute directly and indirectly to your continuing eye health, or conversely they can contribute to declining vision, eye disease, perhaps even blindness.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, herbs, seeds and spices contributes directly by supplying certain vitamins, carotenoids, minerals and essential fatty acids to your eyes.
Vitamins A, C, E and the B vitamins, zinc, selenium, chromium, magnesium, taurine, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids are just a few of the nutrients which contribute to better vision.
A diet loaded with saturated fats, processed grains and sugar lacks many of the antioxidants necessary for eye health, which will lead to a buildup of free radicals. It also creates substances that put your eyes at risk, such as arterial plaque, which leads to restricted blood flow through the blood vessels of the eyes.
Foods also contribute indirectly to eye health by doing such things as supplying substances that regulate your blood sugar, high levels of which are directly implicated in diabetes-related eye diseases and can increase your risk of developing glaucoma.
By feeding your eyes the following foods, you'll be providing excellent antioxidant support for your eyes.
VEGETABLES FOR EYE HEALTH
- Green beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Chili peppers
- Dandelion leaves
- Leaf lettuce
- Mustard greens
- Sweet peppers
- Sweet potatoes and yams
- Turnip greens
- Apricots (dried)
- Blueberries and Bilberries
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