Our eyes are the window to the world and are undoubtedly our most important sense. Though taken for granted,
we would literally be in the dark without them. Just like all of the other workings in our body, the mechanisms of our eyes are a
Let’s begin with a basic overview of how our eyes work.
There are several components of the eye all working together, not unlike that of a camera. When we look at an object, light rays
reflect off of it and penetrate our eyes, first coming in contact with the cornea. The cornea serves two purposes: it protects
our eyes from dust, germs, etc., and it also bends the incoming light rays onto the lens. The lens then focuses the light onto
the retina at the back of the eye that starts the translation of light into vision. The retina converts the light rays into impulses
that are sent through the optic nerve to the brain, which interprets them as images.
As we progress in life, it is a natural occurrence for our eyes to weaken somewhat. If we were to go into a room full of older people,
it would not be uncommon to find the majority of them wearing glasses. Stress is also known to be a major contributor to eye problems.
While corrective lenses do make your vision clearer, they do not strengthen your eyes. In fact, as your eyes become dependent on your
eyewear, it is believed by many that glasses and contact lenses actually contribute to a further weakening of your eyes. It is difficult
to strengthen any muscle in your body if it is constantly being supported by external means.
So what can we do to maintain good eye health, and perhaps even strengthen our eyesight?
We don’t think of eating foods to help with the care of our eyes, but they too require daily nourishment. The nutrient lutein, found in
dark green leafy vegetables and egg yolk, the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, astaxanthin and zinc have all been shown
to have beneficial effects on age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss. Health stores sell vitamins/supplements
that contain many of these ingredients. A 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who ate simple
carbohydrates like cakes, cookies, white bread or foods sweetened with sugar or corn syrup were more prone to eye damage.
Exercise! Believe it or not, many people do not require eye glasses, what they need is eye exercise. There are many books/videos
that promote good eyesight by daily exercising. Orlin G. Sorensen writes in Rebuild Your Vision, “Just as our bodies need regular
exercise, so do our eyes. By using the exercises outlined in the Rebuild Your Vision Training Guide, you will help your eyes repair the
wear and tear they’ve experienced for so many years, and you’ll begin the process of vision improvement.”
One exercise for your eyes involves looking at objects that are close, then objects that are far away; repeating these steps for several minutes.
(Nowadays people spend so much time viewing computer monitors, mobile texting devices, cell phones, iPads, portable gaming devices, etc., it's
a wonder their eye muscles have any range of motion at all!) Another simple exercise is to rotate your eyes in a circle, without moving your head.
Look straight up for 2 seconds, then to the left, then down, then to the right. Again repeat for a few minutes. There are a variety
of exercises, some much more complex than these.
Mr. Sorenson states that by following a daily exercise routine himself, his vision went from 20/100 in his left eye and 20/70 in his right eye to
20/25 vision in both eyes in only 1 month. His goal, which he was able to attain with his improved vision, was to qualify to become a U.S.
Navy pilot. In the following months, his eyesight actually improved to 20/20! His book includes many similar success stories.
Another source for natural eyesight improvement can be found on the Internet at the website www.cleareyesight.info.
Here you can find a wealth of material, in both book and video format, to help you strengthen your vision. The website is based on
the works of Dr. William H. Bates, Ophthalmologist - M.D., known simply as “The Bates Method”.
For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t expect your local Optometrist to suggest to you to exercise your eyes, rather than selling you a nice pair of
corrective lenses …. not much profit in that for him/her!
“Pinhole glasses” are another training device which has helped many people strengthen their vision. You simply wear these glasses for a
few minutes a day, gradually a little longer as you get used to them. Pinhole glasses are made with hundreds of tiny holes that change
the light entering your eyes from an overpowering mass of light rays to a collection of lower-intensity, distinct light rays that effectively
give your eyes a more organized pattern on which to focus. According to Mike Adams, who sells these glasses on his
www.naturalnews.com website in the $20 price range, “If you force your eye lens muscles to adapt by challenging
them, they will usually respond with improved function over time, just like building leg strength by walking or jogging.”
Another problem that we are seeing nowadays (pun intended!) is cataracts. It is said in Canada alone, there are over 2 million sufferers each year.
They are most common in people over 40 and are the main cause of blindness worldwide. In simple terms, cataracts appear when the protein
in the lens of the eye begins to clump, causing small areas of cloudiness. There are many contributing factors to getting cataracts, including
diabetes, taking steroids, tranquilizers or diuretics, using HRT, smoking and heavy metal toxicity. Surgery is usually the only option
offered by conventional medicine to people with cataracts; however, there are alternative treatments that may dissolve cataracts preventing their
return. For best results in treating cataracts naturally, visit your local Naturopath.