So now you know the basic eye-relaxation and eye-strengthening activities in our Natural Vision Improvement program, as well as the basic outline of what you need to do on a daily basis.
But all these exercises will be for naught if you don’t know how to take good care ofyour eyes in the first place.
Natural Vision Improvement isn’t about just doing a few minutes of scheduled exercises and spending the rest of the day doing things that damage your eyes. It’s about learning a new way to use your eyes, which will keep them in great shape for the rest of your life.
The eye exercises already mentioned in this book will automatically train your eyes to function more efficiently during the day, but there are certain things that can’t be described as exercises, but rather, as habits that you adopt over time and use throughout the day.
By cultivating good eye habits, you ensure that you maintain and even improve your eyesight automatically as time goes by. So make sure to keep the following tips in mind:
Get More Sunshine In Your Life
If you’ve been reading this guide carefully, you will notice that I recommended you get at least two to three hours of outdoor light. Even if you don’t bask in the sun,
simply staying outdoors will get some good old-fashioned sunlight bouncing into your eyes.
This is important for keeping your eyes healthy as our eyes have evolved to better adapt to natural sunlight. Depriving your eyes of this sunlight will ultimately cause them to warp out of shape – which is why bookworms, office-workers, internet junkies and video-game addicts tend to develop a whole range of eye problems in the first place. The light of these artificial sources just cannot replicate the natural light of the
sun along with its natural benefits to the eyes.
And besides, the extra vitamin D gained from sunlight along with the eventual physical workout you get while staying outdoors will do you a world of good at the same time.
At Least Get As Much Light As Possible
Okay, so not everyone has the luxury of spending two to three hours in the great outdoors. A lot of folks have to work with computer monitors and large display screens as well.
If you must work in indoor conditions for extended periods of time, then the least you can do is to provide enough light so that you don’t have to squint and strain your eyes. Make sure this light is not directly aimed at your eyes though, as it can gradually strain your eyes as well.
This is a particularly important concept to remember if you stay in front of a TV or computer screen for prolonged periods of time. This light can ‘burn’ the fovea centralis as well as place great amounts of strain on the ciliary muscles. It is for this reason that you have to use a bright enough ‘backlight’ to counter the light emitted by the screen.
Oh, and don’t forget the ten-twenty rule while working. It’ll do wonders for your eyes
in the long run.
Get Enough Sleep
A no-brainer when it comes to good eye habits is getting enough sleep. This is the
time when all the parts of your body – especially the eyes – are, for the most part,
shut down and given time to recover from the day’s stressors.
Some folks say that five or six hours of sleep are enough, while others insist that you
absolutely need eight hours of sleep. The best rule of thumb here is to get enough sleep so that you wake up feeling nice and fresh. This is because some people like the elderly simply can’t sleep more than six hours, while others need to doze off for hours on end in order to wake up feeling great.
That great feeling is what you want when you wake up, so take note of how many hours you sleep whenever you get that good feeling. Some people even get headaches when they sleep for too long, so keep this in mind.
You are what you eat – and what you eat can affect your eyesight as well. Food won’t
provide a quick-fix to your eye problems, but at least an eye-friendly diet will give
your eyes the nutrients they need to stay in tip-top shape.
So what foods should you eat for your eyes? Anything that contains the following
components: vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, zinc and selenium. Most of
these can be found in common veggies, so make sure you add lots of carrots, broccoli,
bell peppers, Brussels sprouts and spinach to your diet. On the meatier aspect of
things, make sure that you get more turkey, sardine and wild salmon into your diet.
You could also add some more sweet potatoes into your diet. Bake a few of these and
you can either snack on them or add them to your main meals for the day.
Oh, and remember to cut down on the foods that do more harm than good to your
body. Foods rich in sugar, caffeine, alcohol and low-density lipid (LDL) cholesterol not
only do damage to the various organs of your body, but they also make it harder for
your body to better absorb the aforementioned nutrients as well.
Practice Not Depending On Visual Aids
Glasses and contact lenses have their uses. You will still rely on them until your
eyesight gets better, especially when you need to be in top form for tasks like driving
or working. You do, however, need to realize that visual aids are meant to be a crutch
– not a solution – to your vision problems.
It is for this reason that you need to learn how to function and move around without
relying too heavily on your visual aids. It will take some getting used to and you won’t
be able to do everything right off the bat, but this is the only real way you will be able
to regain your eyesight.
If you don’t practice getting around without visual aids, then your situation is the
same as a bedridden patient – the muscles will eventually atrophy to the point where
they become too weak to function properly.
A Note On Vision Therapy
There is another method of improving your eyesight called vision therapy, also known
as vision training. It is a much more advanced version of the Natural Vision
Improvement program, but you will need the services of a specially-trained
optometrist to conduct vision therapy.
Both programs are similar in such a way that they use exercises to help you see
better. The main difference is that vision therapy also needs a lot of specialized
equipment – filters, lenses, prisms, occluders and computer programs – to keep track of your progress. I highly recommend that you seek the services of an optometrist specializing in vision therapy.
I’m not saying that vision therapy is superior or that NVI isn’t effective. The closeguidance of a specialist is always a good thing, especially since NVI and vision therapy share the same fundamental roots. A trained specialist can better guide you along the ins and outs of eye exercises. It’s just that you first need to find an optometrist specializing in vision therapy. Once you do, you then need to be able to afford his services for weeks or even months on end. That’s a major limitation of vision therapy – one that NVI can easily compensate for.