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Do You Need Eyeglasses?

The most common solution for impaired vision is prescription glasses. They sure do help in aiding our vision and are rather quick and easy fix. There may however be a natural method to improve your eyesight. It takes some work on your part, but doing it is a long term investment in your eyesight. You see glasses may help us read and see things but they have a downside. First of all glasses are not solving the problem, so you need this "crutch" to see. If your glasses break or get misplaced you will back to square one. Glasses can get foggy, wet or cloudy, making it hard to see. Also, it usually keeps on going downhill, requiring more doctor appointments and higher prescriptions. Some people get headaches wearing glasses, especially if you have a different prescription for each eye. 

Contact Lenses won't give you headaches, but they have their downsides as well. They can be uncomfortable to wear, especially if you are tired. They can cause dry eye. They can get lost easily. They block oxygen from getting to the cornea resulting in blurry vision. (breathable lenses are better but not perfect in this regard) Your eyes can get an abrasion while wearing them. They put you at risk of an eye infection. If dust gets in your eye it is more uncomfortable and harder to get out. The lense cleaners can also cause infections which can ruin eye function. So eye lenses are not the best solution either.

LASIK an eye procedure using lasers to reshape the cornea may sound like a good solution, the problem though is that every surgery has its risks. The FDA says that LASIK can possibly cause additional vision problems, glare, double vision, oversized pupils, eye infections, dryness in the eyes and more. Nor is LASIK cheap. 

An Alternative: Dr William Bates was an opthamologist over 100 years ago in New York. He created the Bates Method to naturally and safely fix vision. His method was not appreciated by the mainstream doctors of the time although he demonstrated many times its efficacy. His method is based on an idea that stress puts pressure on the eyeballs, thus changing its shape. You can picture this by taking a soft round ball and squeezing it at its sides, this will change the curve of the ball in between. The bates method focuses on relaxing the eyes. Palming is one way to relax the eyes. Cover your eyes with your palms and relax. Breathe deeply in this position for a few minutes. Tight muscles contort the eye shape and restrict circulation. There are many "exercises" that he devised to relax the eyes. This method does take time and commitment. You can find out more about in Dr Bates books or later books like "Do You Really Need Eyeglasses" by Marilyn Rosanse-Berrett. There is a website that teaches the Bates method called seeing.org 

There are other things that can impact your eye health. Being obese, diabetic or too much screen time can have a negative impact on eye health. Lutein may possibly help reduce your chances of getting macular degeneration. Too much sugar in your blood pulls fluid from the eyes. It can also damage the retina and affect the blow flow towards the eye. Researchers found that people eating unprocessed and unrefined foods have much lower rate of eye deterioration. So cutting out the extra sugar and processed food may help your eyes in addition to your overall health. 

 

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