Over three out of four people believe that their sight is the most important sense they have. This is probably related to the fact that about 80% of what you perceive through your senses comes in through your sight.
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 without the use of artificial and unnatural aids that may only worsen your vision with continued use.
Why Eyeglasses Can Actually Make Your Vision Worse
Glasses Only Treat the Symptoms NOT the Problem
In today's "spinning door" world of managed healthcare, it's no surprise that most doctors will simply prescribe glasses or even surgery right off the bat. And let's face it – they've been trained to treat vision that way and they're not about to change overnight.
So if they tell you there's "nothing else you can do" and "no other way" to improve your eyesight, keep this in mind before you decide:
Stronger eyeglasses do nothing to address the underlying root of vision health, nor do they protect your eyes from the ever-continuing onslaught of free radical damage.
That's why you almost never hear of anyone needing weaker glasses. A prescription for stronger glasses today is a prescription for yet even stronger ones down the road.
While it is true that eyeglasses bring some people improved vision and relief from pain and discomfort, they do more or less harm; and at their best, they won't improve your vision to normal.
Most people don't realize that their visual abnormalities are a dynamic process that can vary regularly throughout the day due to a variety of conditions. They simply are not set in stone.
Pioneering physicians examined 20,000 school children and found that more than half had normal eyes with sight that was perfect at times, but not one of them had perfect sight in each eye at all times of the day. Their sight might be good in the morning and imperfect in the afternoon, or imperfect in the morning and perfect in the afternoon.
Many children could read one Snellen test card with perfect sight, while unable to see a different one perfectly. Many could also read some letters of the alphabet perfectly, while unable to distinguish other letters of the same size under similar conditions.
What was true for those children was also true for adults.
The degree of imperfect sight varies within wide limits. Its duration can also vary. Under some conditions it might continue for only a few minutes or less, while under others it might prevent the subject from seeing the blackboard for days, weeks, or even longer.
The bottom line is that you or your children do not have a static, unchanging visual impairment. It changes widely throughout the day.
Eyeglasses Don't Compensate for Variable Vision
One of the most foundational flaws with glasses is that they provide an unchanging consistent correction for a refractive error in your eye that is CONSTANTLY changing.
After you begin to wear glasses, in most cases, the correction has to be steadily increased in order to maintain the degree of visual acuity secured by the aid of your first pair. Wearing glasses progressively decreases your vision with time.
A person with myopia of 20/70 who puts on glasses which provide them with a vision of 20/20 may find that in a week's time their unaided vision has declined to 20/200.
When people break their glasses and go without them for a week or two, they frequently observe that their sight improves. As a matter of fact, sight typically improves to a greater or lesser degree, when glasses are discarded. Although many might not be aware of or recognize this change.
The difficulty of keeping glasses clean is one of the minor discomforts of glasses. On damp and rainy days, the atmosphere clouds them. On hot days, the perspiration from your body may have a similar effect. On cold days, they are often clouded by the moisture of your breath.
Every day, they are subject to contamination by dust and moisture, and marks made by your fingers due to unavoidable handling. It is seldom they provide an absolutely unobstructed view. Additionally, they are easy to misplace or break.
Other downsides of glasses include:
- The cost of glasses and eye doctor appointments
- Unnatural and a non-holistic remedy for your vision health – they send the wrong message to your mind and body
- When you use them as reading glasses, to some individuals, they can be socially embarrassing and a sign of aging
- May cause eye injury
And if you have children, there's a growing consensus that…
Oftentimes, Your Kids Don't Even Need Glasses
Behavioral Optometrists routinely use stress reducing glasses (during reading and computer work) that increase visual performance and prevent vision deterioration. These glasses are not designed to compensate for refractive error, work exceedingly well as a preventive tool, and are never prescribed by ophthalmologist (including pediatric ophthalmologists).
Now, think of all the issues I mentioned above with your eyeglasses, and apply them to your kids.
I would strongly advise you to exercise extreme caution before you impose glasses on your children. It really is tragic when children are destined to a lifetime of having to wear glasses because, of all age groups, they are the ones that best respond to natural eye improvement strategies.
A study conducted by Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge, England, found that the very best intentions by optometrists to correct short-sightedness in a group of 94 children, in fact, made the children's vision worse.
Another study published in Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavia in March 2002, showed that in hunter/gatherer populations less than 2% of the children required glasses, unlike European or Asian populations that have up to 50% of children needing glasses.
The study of 229 hunter/gatherer societies found that refined cereals and sugars were rarely, if ever, consumed in these groups living in their traditional manner. But the moment they had Western contact, these foods rapidly became dietary staples and the loss of the children's vision followed after that.
Eating whole, natural and unprocessed foods without an excess of grains, sugars, sodas, or fruit juices helped keep their insulin levels in check.
The reason many children require glasses for vision correction is due to increases in free insulin-like growth factor (IGF).
Remember, if you start your kids out on glasses you could be starting their slow vision deterioration at a very young age.
This is obviously something no parent would want for their children.
Program Works Exceptionally Well for Children
Further in this report, I will discuss more specifics of a natural vision recovery program, but there is a major point you need to understand when making the decision to put glasses on your child.
If they are under 12 years of age, or even under 16, and have never worn glasses, they usually improve in a few days, weeks, or months, and nearly always within a year, by doing something as simple as reading a Snellen test card every day.
Warning: LASIK May Cause You More Problems than Improvement
The latest laser technology can slice and dice your cornea, reshaping it through computer driven instruments to correct refractive error.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if a simple surgery could provide a quick fix? I know many of you have considered LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) surgery. The challenge is that for many, LASIK produces amazing results in the short term.
But what many people fail to consider is the long term perspective. Recent studies raised further questions on the safety and efficacy of laser surgery for improving sight.
And most patients do not recover 20/20 vision. The long-term view is not much better.
Even for those who initially attain "perfect" 20/20 eyesight, the improvement diminishes for many after six months, requiring the use of glasses for such tasks as night driving or reading.
And the costs?
Most insurance companies still do not cover the procedure. Here are just a few examples of the pricing and option complexities you face:
- $2,105 for all laser-based vision correction procedures in which a single price is quoted.
- $1,662 for non-customized LASIK using a bladed instrument (microkeratome) and excimer lasers not guided by wavefront analysis.
- $2,341 for wavefront-guided LASIK using IntraLase.
Even more troubling is your risk of complications and side effects from botched or problematic LASIK surgery – many of which have been downplayed to the general public.
Even though the FDA is supportive of LASIK surgery, their own website on LASIK surgery raises the following risks you should be aware of:
- Some patients lose vision – Some patients lose lines of vision on the vision chart that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery as a result of treatment.
- Some patients develop debilitating visual symptoms – Some patients develop glare, halos, and/or double vision that can seriously affect nighttime vision.
- You may be under treated or over treated – Only a certain percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts. You may require additional treatment, but additional treatment may not be possible.
- Some patients may develop severe dry eye syndrome – As a result of surgery, your eye may not be able to produce enough tears to keep your eye moist and comfortable. This condition may be permanent.
- Results are generally not as good in patients with very large refractive errors of any type – You should discuss your expectations with your doctor and realize that you may still require glasses or contacts after the surgery.
- For some farsighted patients, results may diminish with age – The level of improved vision you experience after surgery for farsightedness may decrease with age.
- Long-term data are not available – LASIK is a relatively new technology. Therefore, the long-term safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery is not known.
Are you ready to give it a try? I would not recommend it.
And besides, remember I'm driven to find a natural, holistic approach for both of us. This certainly does not come close.
Could a Natural Option Really be this Simple?
Amazingly the Answer is "Yes."
Your mind is the source of much of the stress from outside sources brought to bear upon your eye. Every thought of effort in your mind, of whatever sort, transmits a motor impulse to your eye; and every such impulse causes a deviation from the normal in the shape of the eyeball and lessens the sensitiveness of the center of sight.
If you want to have perfect vision, therefore, you must minimize stress in your mind. Mental strain of any kind always produces conscious or unconscious eyestrain and if the strain takes the form of an effort to see, an error of refraction is always produced.
Mental strain may produce many different kinds of eyestrain. While there are many types of strains, there is only one solution for all of them, namely, relaxation.
The health of your eye depends upon your blood, and circulation is very largely influenced by your thoughts. When your thoughts are not attended by any excitement or strain – the circulation in your brain is normal, the supply of blood to your optic nerve and your visual centers are normal, and your vision is perfect.
When your thoughts are abnormal, your circulation is disturbed, the supply of blood to your optic nerve and visual centers is altered, and your vision lowered.
You can consciously think thoughts that disturb your circulation and lower your visual power; you can also consciously think thoughts that will restore normal circulation and thereby improve not only all errors of refraction, but many other abnormal conditions of your eyes.
You cannot, by any amount of effort make yourself see, but by learning to control your thoughts, you can accomplish that end indirectly.
When a disturbing thought is replaced by one that relaxes, your squint disappears, the double vision and the errors of refraction are corrected and this is as true of abnormalities of long standing as of those produced voluntarily.
In a fraction of a second the highest degrees of refractive error may be corrected, a squint may disappear, or the blindness of amblyopia may be relieved.
If the relaxation is only momentary, the correction is momentary. When it becomes permanent, the correction is permanent.
This relaxation cannot, however, be obtained by any sort of effort. It is fundamental that you understand this; for so long as you think, consciously or unconsciously, that relief from strain may be obtained by another strain your improvement will be delayed.
That is why RELAXING your eyes and addressing the stressors that contribute to the stress are the keys to help you recover your vision.
Why Making Sound Dietary and Emotional Choices are Key Vision Enhancers
Temporary conditions may contribute to the strain to see that result in poor eyesight, but its foundation lies in wrong habits of thought.
Very seldom is the impairment or destruction of vision due to any fault in the construction of your eye. Of two equally good pairs of eyes, one will retain perfect sight to the end of life, and the other will lose it in kindergarten simply because one looks at things without effort and the other does not.
In addition to optimizing blood flow by relaxing and controlling your thoughts, you can also directly improve the nutrients your central nervous system and eye receive by focusing on high-quality nutrition.
Here are the dietary guidelines I follow to support eyesight:
- Eat plenty of foods containing lutein – spinach, broccoli, zucchini, peas
- Increase your intake of omega-3s – krill oil is a great choice
- Eat nutritious raw egg yolks – they contain zeaxanthin and lutein
- Consume plenty of raw vegetables and fruits – particularly dark berries
- Avoid processed foods especially those containing trans fats
And now, for the rest of the story…
How Your Computer Could Add to Your Visual Stress
Particularly, in this high-tech age of amazing electronic devices, many people spend their entire day in front of their computer.
And this doesn't necessarily end when traveling on business or pleasure. While on the road, people are often glued to their laptops regardless of where they are in the virtual world.
Well, this can lead you to glazed-over, fatigued, and stressed out eyes.
And you're not alone. The American Optometric Association found that about 75% of computer users complain of visual discomfort after prolonged computer use.
As a result of the visual stress you might be enduring, you could suffer from:
- Blurred or double vision
- Visual fatigue
- Neck pain
- Shoulder discomfort
There are steps you can take to help relieve this visual stress… but first, it's important for you to fully understand how to identify any visual inefficiencies you might have.
Sometimes, they are not so obvious… you may not even give them a second thought.