Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Throw Away the Glasses - Heal Glaucoma Naturally

Everyone has heard of Glaucoma, but what is it exactly? Glaucoma is a condition caused by excess pressure to the eyeballs. Although it sounds painful, most people have no idea they even have it. Glaucoma is scary because by the time the first symptoms show up it is too late to do anything about it. Once the downhill spiral begins, there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.
The first symptoms of Glaucoma are tunnel vision and the narrowing in the field of vision. This quickly moves into the final stages of Glaucoma which is permanent blindness.
The main causes of Glaucoma are poor circulation around the eyes, plugged channels, and poor drainage. These symptoms are caused by too much stress, strain, outside stressors, and too many toxins in the body.
The only cure for Glaucoma is to give medication for the tension or to drain the fluid from the eyes. These are both quick fixes and they only work to relive the symptoms, not the problem. Most people will still end up with blindness. These fixes just prolong the inevitable for awhile longer.
Glaucoma is usually caused by stress and once diagnosed with the disease the stress doesn’t stop. In most cases, the stress only becomes worse. Now people are anxious and nervous and scared of the blindness. Fear of the unknown and worry starts to consume their daily life, only adding to the stress and strain on the eyes. In the end, they are only making the symptoms worse instead of taking steps to try and fix the issue.
Anyone who suffers from Glaucoma should seek medical attention because if left undetected permanent blindness will happen. However, you can take steps to cure your eye ailments yourself by learning to relax the eyes. Take the time each night to fully relax before going to sleep. While lying in bed with your eyes closed, picture your muscles relaxing from your head down to your toes. Concentrate especially on relaxing those muscles around the eyes. Fully relaxing before falling asleep will ensure a better night’s sleep and waking up refreshed.
Glaucoma may be a scary thought, but by learning to relax the eyes you can take natural steps to cure the ailment.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Glasses, Vision & The Mind

Vision plays a large part in the memory’s process. The better an image is processed the easier it is to recall later. The more relaxed the eyes are, the better they can absorb an image. Too much stress and strain on the eyes are the main causes of most eye problems and ailments.
The brain and the eyes work closely as a team. The eyes have to first capture an image and focus on the shape, size, and colors. The mind needs to interpret that information which is seen and then store it for recall later. Images that we see daily take mere seconds to interpret and remember. New images take a little bit longer. The more focused the eyes are on an image the more strong the memory will become. When looking at new object, pay attention to the lines around it, the borders, colors, size, shape, and anything else that will make recall easier later. Of course, the more relaxed the eyes are the quicker the mind can process and memorize new objects.
Concentrating too hard or focusing on images that doesn’t interest us causes unneeded strain and it will be difficult to remember them later. In order to maximize the memory, the image must first be viewed in a calm and relaxed manner. Below is a short exercise to try in order to get the mind and eyes to relax and work together properly.
First find a comfortable position, this could be sitting in your favorite chair or lying on the floor. Whichever your preference, make sure the spine is straight and the hands are relaxed at your side. Next, close your eyes and picture the number 5 down to 0 in your mind. Exhaling, really see the 5 in your mind. Let the eyes follow the black lines of the 5 and really picture the number. Relax and exhale completely by letting all the air out of your lungs until you naturally take the next breath.
Allow the lungs to fill completely with air and then picture the number 4. Again, picture the number completely while you exhale. Really see the lines, the black color, the shape; don’t stop picturing the number until all the air has left your lungs and the next breath comes naturally. Do this all the way down to 0.
In time you should be able to visualize images in the mind more clearly and feel more relaxed in the processed.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sharp Your Eyesight - Focus on the Center

Eyesight is perfect when you see things dead on most clearly.  This is called Center Fixation and means whatever you see in the center of your vision is what you see the best. Perfect eyesight works when you look at things straight on and don’t have to move your head or eyes to the side to focus.
When your vision is off, you actually look at the side of an object to see it clearly. Test this theory and see where you currently stand. Find a piece of paper with small print on it. Look at the words straight on and then turn your head to the side until you can read the print. Move your head one way and then the other until you find the best position for reading the print perfectly. Are you straight on or to the side?
The retina is located in the center of the eye and is full of small light sensing rods. This area is called the fovea centralis and is the area of the eye created to have the best line of vision. If you are tilting your head to the side to see properly, the fovea centralis is not working correctly.  The fovea centralis may actually even be turned off. As a defense against outside dangers or stress, this area can shut down to protect itself. If it is turned off, your vision will not be as perfect as it can be.
Vision can be affected by our feelings and emotion. Center fixation can be off because of negative feelings inside our minds. Negative memories, experiences, or people can force our eyes to turn away and avoid head on contact. A lot of vision problems are ‘all in our heads’. Learning to deal with tough situations in a relaxed way can be difficult, but it’s necessary for good vision. Every situation should be looked at and dealt with head on, not with a turned away from.
Simply learning how the eyes work can help us to use them properly. Training the eyes to focus on things straight on will help avoid strain and keep them relaxed. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fearing Cataracts – Are They Dangerous

The eyes come with their fair share of problems and health concerns. One of the major ailments is cataracts. This happens with age; as the eye gets old the lens becomes weaker. Cataracts cause a cloudy spot on the lens or cornea and vision becomes blurry. The lens of the eye has become denser and loses the transparency it once had.
The first solution the eye doctor will give is surgery. Surgery is the only way to fix the problem; or so you have been told. They will wait until the cataract is big enough to remove with surgery. The whole left in the eye will be replaced with a plastic lens so you can see once again. This process is expensive and may only work for a short while before coming back in another area of the eye or the other eye.
The number one cause of cataracts is stress. Most people who get cataracts have gone through some seriously stressful situations or life a high stress life. They never take the time to relax and are always on the go. Another cause is a poor diet, high in cholesterol and carbohydrates and low in vitamins and fruits or vegetables.
You can reduce the risk of cataracts today by learning to relax the eyes and eating a more healthy diet. Choose foods that are high in Vitamins A-E and increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. Try to live a healthy lifestyle which includes regular exercise, no smoking, and little to no alcohol consumption.
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and mental strain. Find the time to exercise at least every 5-6 days; even a brisk walk around the block is better than nothing. Take some time for yourself and relax. Lie out in the sun after work and close your eyes for 10-15 minutes as often as possible. Move things off the ‘to do’ list that can wait and don’t require immediate attention. Learn to say ‘no’ and try not to take on more than you can handle.
Avoiding stress and strain in your life can help improve your eyesight naturally. Cataracts are caused from too much strain and living a stressful live, so do your eyes a favor and relax.

Friday, December 9, 2011

How Flexible Are Your Eyes?

Those of us who are near or far-sighted have a rigid focusing system so that the muscles that control our ability to focus are too stiff and inflexible to focus clearly.
(without glasses or contacts)

Hold a finger up near your face and focus on it, and then quickly look at something beyond it in the distance. Then look back at your hand.
If you've got clear vision, here's what you should see:

Your hand will be clearer than the distant item when you are focusing on your hand. When you're focused on the distant item, it will be clearer than your hand.

However, if you're nearsighted, your hand will be clearer, even when you're looking at the distant item.

And if you're farsighted, the distant item will be clearer, even when you're looking at your hand.

In other words, if you've got a vision problem, your eyes can't change focus, swiftly, easily and sharply, from far to near.

Many people think there's nothing that can be done about that, perhaps even believing that it's because the eye is the wrong shape (that's one of the 5 Vision Myths that I tear apart in

But you can train the muscles in your eyes to focus better at different distances, and here's why:

The lens in the eye changes its shape to bring objects into focus. The lens needs to be flatter to see objects that are further away more clearly. And it needs to become fatter to focus on something closer.

We are always changing what we are looking at, so the lens is continually making fine adjustments in its shape.

Normally, the lens changes its focus - and thus its shape - more than 100,000 times each and every day.

The shape of the lens is controlled by a group of muscles that surround the lens. These muscles have to work together to change the lens into the exact shape required to bring whatever you are looking at into sharp focus.

This changing of the eye's focusing power is called Accommodation. It's one of the 6 Critical Visual Skills you'll develop when you use

But if you've got a vision problem, these muscles around the lens become stuck and stiff. Some of them can't relax when they need to, while others can't stretch when they need to.

If you're nearsighted, they're "stuck" for near vision and the lens has too much power. On the other hand, if you're farsighted, these muscles are "stuck" for distance vision; the lens has too little focusing power.

Like any other group of muscle in the body, the muscles around the lens can be exercised. When you exercise them correctly, they can regain flexibility and tone, and they'll work the way that they're supposed to.

Here's one exercise from that re-trains accommodation: Near-To-Far Shifting.
(without glasses or contacts)

1. Look at your finger, about 4-6 inches in front of your eyes.
2. Shift your focus to a distant target, at least 10 feet away.
3. Shift your focus back and forth from your finger to the distant target 10 - 20 times.
4. Repeat as many times during the day as you remember. The more the better!

Make sure that your focus rests for a brief moment before you shift your vision again.

With practice, you'll be able to train the muscles around the lens to become more flexible and to change focus more easily and quickly. The result: You'll see better and better through an increasing range of distances.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Use An Under-corrected Prescription.

If you wear glasses or contacts, you have probably experienced the all too familiar pattern of needing a stronger and stronger prescription year after year. This is caused by a number of factors, but to a large degree it can be prevented by using an under-corrected prescription.

With an under-corrected prescription, you probably wouldn't be able to read the bottom line of the eye chart in the doctor's office, maybe only one or two lines above the bottom line, but you would still be able to comfortably see in your day to day life as well as be able to drive safely.
An under-corrected prescription encourages your visual system to work with the glasses or contacts – and not just passively depend on them – in order to see. If you are also doing eye exercises, then as your vision improves, what was once an under-corrected prescription will eventually become too strong as your own vision gets clearer.  At this point it's time to get another under-corrected prescription.
In this way you are slowly weaning yourself from corrective lenses and your eyesight gets stronger as your glasses get weaker.

Not every eye doctor agrees with this philosophy of under-correction, so it may take some looking on your part to find one that understands and supports this approach. You can contact the Cambridge Institute for Better Vision for help in locating a sympathetic optometrist in your area.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Nourish and Rest Your Eyes.

Your eyes are nourished by light, just as your body is nourished by food.  And the best nourishment for your eyes in sunlight.
o get this important nourishment spend at least 15 minutes a day outdoors – without glasses or contacts – so that your visual system can receive unfiltered sunlight. There has been a lot of concern lately about the depletion of the ozone layer and the harmful effects of sunlight. Though it might be wise to limit sunbathing or other extreme exposure to sunlight, it is still very important for the health of your eyes (and your body) to be exposed to natural sunlight at least a little bit each day. 

The kind of indoor lighting that you use is also important. Dr. John Ott, a pioneer in the field of photobiology, which is the study of how different kinds of light affect living organisms, developed an indoor light that is the most complete substitute for sunlight. It is called Vita-Lite and it easily replaces any standard fluorescent tube.  Studies have shown that using Vita-Lite increases see-ability, reduces glare and eyestrain and improves visual acuity.

Your eyes are rested by total darkness. The best way to rest your eyes is to close them and place your cupped palms over your closed eyes. You can palm like this for as little as 30 or 40 seconds any time that your eyes feel tired or strained. 

When palming, visualize a pleasant scene in your imagination – you'll be surprised at how refreshed you feel when you are done.
By the way, if you see sparks of light or color when your palms are covering you eyes, that indicates visual stress. 

Seeing blackness, on the other hand, indicates visual relaxation.
Nourishing and resting your eyes can be done at the same time in a short exercise that I call the Sun Cycle.  It's done like this: Close your eyes and face the sun (never look at the sun with your eyes open!). Let the sunlight fall on your closed eyes for 5 to 10 seconds. 

Then palm over your closed eyes and shut out all the light for another 5 or 10 seconds. Repeat these two steps at least 10 times, for a total of 3 or 4 minutes.
The Sun Cycle helps to nourish your visual system, exercises the focusing muscles of your eyes and reduces sensitivity to glare.
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