Glasses have been around for centuries to help improve and provide clearer vision. More modern methods of vision correction such as contact lenses and eye surgery are more advanced, but actually treat the symptoms rather than the cause, just as glasses do. Even pinhole glasses have been used to focus light rays on the retina.
It is believed that glasses promote further deterioration of the eyes, and prevent natural healing. Glasses put additional strain on the eyes. Natural vision coaches recommend their clients stop wearing, or at least get a reduced prescription, when using natural vision correction methods. Natural vision coaches teach that if the eyes are relaxed and reconditioned, vision will improve. Eye exercises are used to train coordination and flexibility for muscles in and around the eye. They strengthen the muscles and nerves in the brain and vision system to help correct vision.
Relaxed central vision is a key to natural eyesight improvement according to the natural vision coaches, or Bates Method practitioners. However there is some debate whether natural vision correction is valid. For example it is not recognized by the American Optometric Association.
People that practice natural vision correction usually are not licensed professionals however; some licensed professionals may practice natural correction on the side.
The benefits of natural vision correction are that it is a non-invasive, natural, and holistic method that can be used alongside other vision aids such as glasses and contact lenses. There is no risk involved whilst trying natural vision correction methods. The downside is that it can take time to notice any benefits.
Watching TV, reading, using the computer, as well as the plethora of other close up activities put a lot of stress upon the eyes. All of this stress has an effect on the eye and can cause a deterioration of eyesight. If you are not taking breaks (as in the 10-10-10 rule) in between all of these activities, then your vision could begin to weaken over time.
We tend to take the eyes for granted, but they are like any other part of the body and require exercise and maintenance. But what things can we do?
Blink more. Your eyes need to be lubricated often and blinking provides that lubrication by moistening your eyes to keep them from drying out. Blinking also helps to stretch the eye muscles, massage the eyeball, and dilates and contracts your pupils more efficiently. Practice this step often. Once you form the habit, your eyes will respond favorably and you will experience less eyestrain and irritation. Intentional blinking every few seconds, especially if you have been reading a while, watching television, or working at the computer.
Even your eyes need some form of exercise. There are six muscles connected to your eyeball which need strengthening. The required degree of strengthening is not nearly as intense as would be for other parts of your body. The exercises below are really easy to do and will not take a lot of time out of your day.
- Get in a comfortable chair with your hands in your lap or resting on the arms of the chair. Breathe deeply to relax and release the tension in your body, neck, and shoulders. Once relaxed, make sure your eyes are facing forward. Look up with your eyes only as high as you can without straining, breathe in, and hold for a few seconds. Then look down with your eyes only as low as you can, breathe in and hold for a few seconds, breathe out. Repeat this two more times
- Look to your right with your eyes only as far as you can comfortably, breathe in, hold for a few seconds, breathe out. Look up to the right, breathe in, hold it, breathe out. Then look to the left, eyes only as far as you can without straining, breathe in, hold, and breathe out. Look up to the left, breathe in, hold, breathe out. Bring your eyes down to the right, breathe in, hold, breathe out. Repeat twice more. Was that easy, or what?
- This exercise is known as palming. Again you will be sitting in a chair. First you need to warm up the palms of your hand. Rub them together vigorously. Lace your fingers and put them on your forehead with your palms covering your eyes. Make sure no light comes through your fingers. Keep your eyes closed and rested for a few minutes. Take about 20 to 50 breathes before removing your hands. When you open your eyes your should be able to see more clearly and have better focus. Try this when you have been watching television for a while, reading, or using the computer. It is a great way to rest your eyes and keep them lubricated at the same time
- This next exercise might be a little challenging for those of us who are not accustomed to using both sides of our brain. The right side of our brain controls the left side, and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. You will again be sitting in a comfortable chair with your back supported. Fixate on an object that is about 5 to 20 feet away from you. Slowly bring your thumb up into the line of vision about 8 inches from your face. You should see two thumbs if you are using both eyes. If you see two thumbs but one is not as clear as the other than you will need to practice more deep breathing, blinking, and palming, my friend
- This exercise is called swinging. Stand up and focus on a distant point, swaying gently from side to side. Repeat 50 times, blinking as you sway. Blinking cleans and lubricates the eyes, which is especially important if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer
- Get plenty of rest at night. Give your eyes a break from the daily routine and get sufficient sleep. Staying up all hours of the night puts a tremendous strain on your eyes, not to mention your body. Believe me, I know. I can remember when I was in high school and even into my 20’s staying up late or being out late until 2 or 3 a.m., and then having to get up in the morning around 6 or 7 a.m. to go to school or later to work. Throughout the day my eyes felt like someone was playing a nonstop game of darts or toothpicks were being stuck in my eyeballs. I had a good time, but my eyes definitely did not
Why is it that millions of people world wide wear glasses? There are not many animals that need glasses, so what makes us different?
It’s a fact that glasses weaken your eyes because they encourage you to use your eyesight in the wrong way, and this can actually promote visual defects. Advice these days is to get your eyes tested every six months or year and usually to buy new, stronger lenses each time. With this rationale, if glasses are the correct form of treatment the eye deterioration should be at least arrested, if not improved. This is not the case. The eyes usually must they be continually strengthened because the eyes, under their influence, have weakened. Glasses, contact lenses, and eye surgery only treats the symptoms, not the causes of poor vision. They can also possibly lead to other problems later in life.
We become so accustomed to stronger and stronger lenses that we just accept what we perceive as the inevitable. This is the accepted norm which is promoted by most opticians. We also tend to believe them as they are the professionals.
A hundred years ago Dr. Bates taught us that declining vision is not necessarily inevitable and that natural healing methods and techniques are well worth studying. So before you pay for laser surgery or yet another pair of expensive glasses or contact lenses, take some time to explore the alternatives. It could save you a lot of money and be much more beneficial in the long run.