I’ve been wearing glasses for about 14 years. About 7 years ago, I started wearing contact lenses. The first few years were the worst because my vision continued to degrade each passing year as I visited the ophthalmologist and endured an hour of those tedious exams: having a gun of air being shot into your eyes, having to stare a varying distances from a chart on the wall as you stand in a cold hallway, having to sit and place your chin perfectly square on some mechanical apparatus with a thousand lenses (something out of the movie Alien) as you say “better”, “worse”, or “the same” to each passing letter!
However, on a brighter note, my eyes did start to improve over the past few years. I became increasingly happy as each yearly visit to the eye doctor was more and more pleasant. Why? Because when asked “Hey Doc, how are my eyes this year?”, she would respond with “Actually… they have NOT gotten worse. Your vision is stable…”. As you can imagine, this made me very pleased.
Though my glasses were already pretty thick, I couldn’t imagine wearing anything thicker! I kid you not, everyone in my family used to wear glasses as thick as mugs! Those things were serious! I could have ignited to the moon with those bad boys!
Battling with Vision Problems
All kidding aside, I know that many of you are battling with vision problems. And being as health conscious and aware as you are, I’d like to share some super cool and totally natural ways for you to improve your vision. I’d also like to talk to you about some simple things that you can do to start healing your eyes naturally today. Heck, I wouldn’t want you to be spending all those hours strenuously staring at the computer screen or killing yourself to read one page in a book because your vision isn’t holding up.
Natural Ways to Improve Vision and Heal Your Eyes
Here’s what you can to:
- Exercise Your Eyes: Exercise your eyes by blinking rapidly for several seconds then close them tightly for another several seconds. Repeat this process a few times per day. We usually don’t consider exercising our eyes–why would we?– but it’s extremely important for our vision.
- Palm Your Eyes: Palm your eyes by placing your entire palm over each eye while your fingers are resting above your forehead. Make sure to totally prevent any light from entering your eyes. Do this for about 4 – 10 minutes intervals.
- Lower Your Stress Levels: Another way to improve your vision is to lower your stress levels. Yoga and meditation are great ways to release tension throughout your body and allow you to see clearer (physically and spiritually). Find a quiet location in your home and simply sit there for 10 minutes in silence as you breathe in and out through the nose.
- Eat Healthy Foods: Eat foods that are high in fiber, vitamin C, D, zinc, selenium, and beta carotene. Carrots and bilberry have been shown to improve vision. Here are some other foods to consider: corn, oranges, garlic, asparagus, onions, watermelon, grapefruit, grains. Also herbs such as Ginkgo Biloba will improve vision.
- Avoid Squinting: Be aware when you’re squinting which actually makes your vision worse. You’re better off blinking them rapidly then take another look.
- Don’t Increase the Font Size on Your Computer: Never increase the size of your font and/or screen on your computer. This may sound like a simple solution, but it’s actually hurting your vision due to the lack of exercise to improve your vision.
David Askaripour, a prominent blogger based in New York, writes on the subject of natural healing among other things. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Television Talk Shows, books and local news channels.