Good health is second to none, and though we all know this, we don’t give it the importance that it deserves, until something gets out of hand and a discomfort turns into an ailment! One such neglected part of our body are the Eyes. Yes, we use them for nearly 18 hours non-stop, and don’t offer it a minute of rest in between, unless they start itching, turning red or getting dry. Being able to SEE is a very important sensation that has been gifted to us, and it doesn’t pay well to neglect taking care of this precious possession. Agreed, with highly advanced lasik surgeries and other high-tech techniques, a lot of simple vision problems can be corrected, but on the other side, there are still some problems like Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa, which don’t have a cure, or require highly expensive and invasive eye surgeries and/or treatment. Why succumb yourself to these pains when spending 10 minutes a day can help you keep your eyes perfect, or help you improve your vision naturally?
There is a lot of hype going on about Dr.Bates new program called Vision Without Glasses. He guarantees that an eye prescription can be reduced by following his exercise plan for 15 minutes a day, results can be seen in 1-3 months. The exercises described sound easy enough, and are not invasive, and have also been backed by the ancient art of Yoga. So I am going to believe in them and try practicing these every day; it can do no harm, and in return, if it helps you improve your vision, or even prevent it from debilitating, I would think these are 15 minutes well-spent each day!
The following are some exercises that can help promote strong growth of eye muscles, keep them elastic and help to improve vision naturally:
Eye Exercises to Improve Vision Naturally
To perform the circles eye exercise, keep your eyes open and start to rotate your eyes slowly in a clockwise motion. Try to reach your eyes as far as possible in all directions. Complete three full circles and repeat in a counterclockwise motion. This eye exercise can improve your vision by keeping the muscles of your eyes toned.
Find a comfortable place to sit. Ensure that the posture is erect with the neck and the back straight. Now concentrate on the tip of the nose for about five seconds. Then for the next five seconds, concentrate on a painting or a picture located on a distant wall. Alternate concentration of distant and near objects helps improve eyesight as it strengthens the papillary muscles of the eyes. After this, close your eyes and relax for some time.
Scanning The Clock Method
Sit straight facing a clock on the wall. Now focus your vision on the 12 o’clock mark, hold gaze for 5 seconds. Then shift your focus to the 6 o’clock mark, and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat sequence for 5 more times, and then do the same by switching between 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock marks on the clock. This helps stretch the eye muscles and improve shape and elasticity.
The eye exercise known as palming is one of the best methods for improving eyesight, according to Structural Yoga Therapy founder Mukunda Stiles. Simply close your eyes and rub your palms together until they generate some heat. Place your palms over your eyes and block out all light. Open your eyes and focus on the darkness for a few minutes. Then close your eyes again, remove your hands and gradually readjust to the light.
I used to love splashing water over my eyes and face whenever I go to the bathroom, and now that I know it is beneficial to my eyes, I am loving it even more! Splashing cool water on your eyes clears out dust and allergens, keeping them clean and thereby promoting better vision.
Besides doing these exercises, it is also a good idea to eat healthy, and include nutrients that promote healthy development of eyes. These suggestions by Dr. Shweta Shah, a practicing Homeopath and Nutritionist, might come in handy to choose the right food for your eyes.
Foods That Promote Healthy Eyes
Green Vegetables are a good source of Vitamin A, which in turn is one of the crucial vitamins that is important for healthy eyesight. Including foods containing Vitamin A is crucial to ensure healthy eyesight. In addition other vitamins and nutrients are required to maintain healthy eyesight.
* Spinach and other green leafy vegetables like parsley, turnip, etc are loaded with Vitamin A and play a crucial role in improving eyesight
* Cold water fish contains several essential vitamins and minerals that prevent drying of the eyes
* Soy is rich in proteins and should be included in the diet
* Eggs, Onions, Garlic, etc are loaded with anti-oxidants and prevent eye damage
* Nuts like almonds, apricots, avocados, etc contain omega-3-fatty acids that prevent atherosclerosis and improve the circulation of the blood to the eyes.
* Blue berries and grapes are also loaded with vitamins and help improve night vision
Including these foods in your diet prevents the occurrence of dark floating spots, which can interfere with eyesight. Using olive oil instead of regular refined oil is also beneficial for eye health and enhancing vision.
Eyes are an important part of our body, and we should take as much care for them as we do for anything else. I don’t know if these exercises will help reduce your eyeglass prescription, or help alleviate your eye problems, but I do know that they are natural, safe, and will bring you no harm. Instead, they might just help you exercise your eye muscles, thereby increasing blood circulation, elasticity and vision. So do yourself a favor and take a 15-minute break from your busy schedule, get away from your computer screen, your TV or work, and do these exercises as part of a healthy eye routine.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog should not be substituted for medical therapy, or used to alter it, without doctor’s advice. Please consult your physician for specific guidance on your condition.