When one mentions “vision correction” there’s a tendency to think there’s something wrong with the eyes. However, the eyes are not the ones actually doing the “seeing”? They are merely apertures through which light rays pass through.
These light rays stimulate the eye and turn the light into brain signals which are sent to the visual cortex (the part of your brain that processes these signals). The brain then decodes those signals and generates the images that you see.
In trying to correct their vision, most people try to fix the eyes themselves. After all, we’ve often been told that because the window is wrong, light rays landed on the wrong part of the eye. Right?
But the truth is, your brain is the one that causes the window to be wrong in the first place. Why? Because it adapts to the environment you’re in. If you’re spending most of your time doing close range work, and you’re always under a lot of stress, then your brain will adapt and send signals to your eyes to make it myopic.
The key to natural vision correction, therefore, is not in correcting the eyes. It’s in correcting the brain. For starters, here’s what you can do:
- As much as possible, get rid of stress. People who are stressed have higher incidence of eye problems.
- Try to focus on one task at a time. Studies have shown that multi-tasking decreases productivity and places unnecessary strain on your eyes.
- Again, use the 10-10-10 rule
Eyebright herb used as a herbal remedy for eye problems
Eyebright is a native European plant and is common throughout Britain. It is a semi-parasitic plant which feeds off grass and other plants by attaching suckers to the roots and drawing out the nutrients it requires. The herb’s French name loosely translates to ‘throw away your glasses’, giving testament to its reputation as a cure for eyes.
It is used in homeopathy for the treatment of Hay fever, watery irritated eyes and nasal discharge. Eyebright is an anti-inflammatory and astringent (causing contraction of the body tissues, reducing blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids). It is soothing and antibacterial and has numerous other uses.
Tea can be made from the whole eyebright plant, fresh or dried, and taken as a tonic or remedy for hay-fever. An infusion of the leaves can be used to bathe tired, sore eyes as well as a number of different eye conditions. The chemical substance, tannins, that is produced by eyebright has been used to reduce eye inflammation as well as to create a protective covering over the surface of the eye.
Our vision has a direct impact on our life and the quality of our life. Even if you have 20/20 vision, taking steps to be kind to your eyes can affect your long-term eye health.
Ways to care for your eyes daily:
- Always get an annual eye exam. Eye problems can creep in over time and you may not even be aware of them until they have reached a more serious stage, such as Glaucoma. A good optometrist can diagnosis and detect early signs of eye problems or eye disease with a simple painless eye exam
- Use the 10-10-10 rule. If you are doing lots of close-up work such as reading or using a computer screen for hours, take time out to look away and focus on a distant object. This helps give your eyes a break and prevents over straining your eyes
- Cucumber or tea bags kept in the refrigerator can be used on tired eyes to reduce puffy eyes and help to relax the surrounding muscles of the eyes
- Drinking plenty of water helps reduce tired and puffy eyes
- Using good lighting is very important. Good strong light helps improve vision and reduce eyestrain
- Healthy eating such as incorporating fruits, green leafy veggies, tomatoes, and spinach in your diet
Supplementing your diet with vitamins. Adding daily vitamins such as A, C, E, B complex and folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin and choline which can aid in different ways to keeping your eyes healthy
- Splashing cold water on the eyes help relax them and reduce puffiness