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How to Improve Your Eyesight Naturally

It is possible to greatly improve, if not entirely reverse, vision problems such as myopia and presbyopia. The fundamental cause of vision problems is stress and fear. This is particularly true for vision problems that begin in childhood. They are often the result of stressful or chaotic environments in the home and school environments.

To improve your vision, the very first thing you must do is to remove yourself from stress, particularly that kind of abnormal stress. It is prolonged exposure to such stress that causes or exacerbates vision problems in both children and adults.

Eye exercises that strengthen the extra-ocular (the larger muscles that move the eyes) and the ciliary muscle, which is directly responsible for the action of focusing, can greatly improve vision. Such techniques were first presented to the public in 1920 in the form of a book by Dr. William Horatio Bates, entitled “Perfect Sight Without Glasses.”

According to Bates, blurry vision is caused by “eccentric fixation.” The eye does not focus where it is directed, but is diffused. The degree of eccentricity from the central focal point determines the amount of blurring the viewer experiences.

Bates devised the technique of “palming,” in which a person places their palms over each eye, shutting out the light and visualizing the color “black.” Visualization is an important component of this relaxation exercise. Bates claimed that imagination plays an important role in vision for those who see well. It is important to see the blackest shade of black while doing the palming exercise. Bates claimed that some cases of blurred vision were cleared entirely by this method.

Many of Bates’ exercises involve relaxation and eye movement that stretches the extra-ocular muscles. You can devise your own exercises with some creativity. It is important to stretch the eyes fully in all directions. To the right, then to the left; up and down; and all points in between.

Exercise the ciliary muscle by alternately focusing on a near point and a far point. Notice the amount of time it takes for your eyes to focus on that point.

Practice central fixation by “edging” objects in the room or afar. See only the outside of edges of the object. The idea is to train the eye to focus on one point at a time, instead of seeing in a scattered way.

Always do any of these exercises without glasses or contact lenses.

Try to be conscious of how frequently you blink. Blinking helps the eyes to focus and mitigates the tendency to stare. Myopia is characterized by a fixed gaze.

If you must have a new glasses prescription, try to find an optometrist who will cooperate with you. It is possible to “climb down the ladder” of increasingly stronger and stronger prescriptions by using slightly weaker ones, instead.

Following these tips combined with deep relaxation exercises can reverse vision problems. Stress is the major underlying factor in most vision problems that are not related to disease, injury or birth defects. Exposure to abnormal stress can reverse progress with these exercises, so it is very important to keep yourself, as much as possible, in a relaxed environment.

Warning: Do not drive, drive or operate heavy machinery without proper visual aides.

References: Bates, William Horatio, “Perfect Sight Without Glasses.” 1920. http://www.i-see.org/perfect_sight/

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