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.
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
Myopia (nearsighted or short sighted)
This is one of the most common vision disorders. It is the inability to focus on objects at a distance. The light rays are focused at a point in front of the retina, causing a blurring of the image. Myopia is typically caused by continued up close activity which causes the muscles to be in a state of constant contraction causing a lengthening of the eyeball. A person with myopia can see things up close, but they will not be as clear as they would be if the eyes were relaxed as in normal eyesight.
Hyperopia or hypermetropia (long sighted or far sighted)
This is the inability to fucus on objects at a close range. This is caused by tension that sortens the length of the eyeball, therefore becoming to short so that light rays are focused on an area behind the retina.
Astigmatism is an unevenly shaped cornea, almost like a corrugated iron roof. It can be as a result of uneven tension of the extraocular muscles surrounding the eye. This uneven shape causes light rays to focus unevenly, some in front of and some behind the retina.
This is commonly referred to as “aging vision”. This is the name given to the hardening of the lens and a tightening of the muscles often associated with aging. This condition occurs in nearly everyone at some point in their life, usually around the age of 40. This inflexibility causes ciliary muscle to be unable to change the shape of the lens.