eyesightDT.jpgEven those of us fluent in natural healing, may not yet have extended that paradigm to our eyesight. Perhaps we are still thinking that corrective lenses or surgery are the only ways to improve our vision. Fortunately, we actually have many options now for healing the root causes of our poor vision, rather than just masking the symptom with lenses.

My vision was great until I went to University. Peering through the dimly lit lecture theatre filled with 300 students, squinting to see the text on the slide projected onto the wall trashed my long-range vision. I also noticed that my night vision decreased significantly too.

I got glasses for those times I absolutely needed them – when I couldn’t sit near the front of the class, or when driving late at night with fatigue making my vision worse – but I tried to use them as little as possible. My father is an optometrist and he told me that the more you rely on glasses, the weaker your eye muscles become, and the more you need to wear your glasses!

Well, in recent years the Bates Method for improving your vision through a combination of relaxation and strengthening exercises has become increasingly popular. With many spin-offs offering a specialized version of it and therapists who are trained to walk you through the process – teach you, guide you, and keep you on track, just like personal trainer.

First, let take a look at some lifestyle factors that you can get in the habit of doing on a daily basis – these are things you should do even if your vision is good, to help maintain your eye health.

Easy Things to Maintain & Improve Eye Health

Here are some easy actions from natural vision experts that you can make a part of your regular life, like brushing your teeth:

  • Don’t use sunglasses except for intense activities like skiing or boating. There are 1200 wavelengths in sunlight that nourish the eye. So wear a cap/hat that shades your eyes, but don’t cover them up with sunglasses.
  • Don’t squint to see better. Blink your eyes rapidly instead to relieve tension. Tension around your eyes, neck and shoulders is a primary cause of worsening eyesight. So become aware and use rapid blinking to release tension and you will be able to see better without squinting; which is damaging. I always remember my Dad yelling at me, “Stop squinting!”
  • Don’t make the font larger on your computer screen etc. to make it easier to see. Blink and use eye exercises instead.
  • Turn down the brightness on all your screens; cellphone, computer monitors, iPads, etc. to protect your eyes. A great app for that (and the one that I use) is Flux which will automatically adjust the brightness and tint of your monitor depending on the time of day; which makes it easier on your circadian rhythms too.
  • Do not stare at a phone or small device close to your face for more than a few minutes, or you are likely to develop problems seeing clearly at a distance; even a short distance. This is also not a good idea due to radiation exposure either!
  • Yawn as wide as you can in front of your screen, or whenever vision is difficult – this relaxes your eyes, increases oxygen and blood flow.

Okay, now you’ve got some easy tips that you can seamlessly incorporate into your daily life – you just need to remember to do them!

Let’s move on to some of the easier – yet still really effective – eye exercises you can do on your own, without an instructor.

If your vision problems are not severe, you will likely see a big improvement just from doing these exercises alone. For more entrenched or severe vision problems, you likely have to see a Bates Method