If you have some challenges with your vision, you are definitely not alone. Many people deal with these types of issues at one time or the other. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma and astigmatism are just some of the common problems that many people face. But there is a great deal of hope in the form of natural approaches. Here are some natural things you can do to improve your vision at any stage and age of life.
1. Let food be your medicine.
Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, said many years ago that humans should let food be our medicine and medicine be our food. This sage advice certainly applies to eye health and vision. A first step toward improving your vision is to pay attention to your daily food choices and alter them as needed.
This means including in your diet foods that can boost eye health, such as those high in vitamin A (spinach, sweet potatoes and carrots), vitamin C (broccoli, strawberries and oranges), vitamin E ( almonds, sunflower seeds and wheat germ), zinc ( red meat, yogurt and chick peas), omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, walnuts and flaxseed oil), lutein and zeaxanthin (eggs, kale and squash).
Basically make sure you are regularly eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that are orange and yellow, dark leafy greens, eggs (preferably pastured) and fatty, cold-water fish such as salmon. Meanwhile, avoid sugar and processed foods.
2. Incorporate key nutritional supplements.
Although your food should form the foundation of your nutritional intake, you might need nutritional supplements in addition to that, especially if you are working to heal your vision and eye health. Vitamin A supplements and vitamin A-containing supplements like cod liver oil can be helpful. However, too much vitamin A can be harmful, so work with a qualified health practitioner who can advise you on which supplements to take based on your specific needs.
In keeping with the food nutrients that can be helpful for vision, supplements containing vitamins C and E as well as zinc, omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish oil supplements) and lutein and zeaxanthin can all benefit your vision.
3. Follow natural healing concepts.
If you haven’t heard of Dr. William Bates and the Bates method, you should get to know more about him and his concepts that can really help the health of your eyes. Some of the potentially helpful activities include relaxation such as palming (placing the palms of your hands over your closed eyes and breathing deeply), sunning (exposing closed eyes to sunlight), and movement such as rebounding on a mini trampoline. Modalities like acupressure can also be helpful. Getting plenty of sunlight exposure without getting sunburned can nurture vision health.
4. Try pinhole glasses.
Have you ever heard of pinhole glasses? From a distance they look like black plastic sunglasses, but if you look closely at them, you will see that the lens part is a piece that contains many small holes, which are called pinholes. You wear pinhole glasses for short periods of time, such as 15 minutes or so, at first. Many people have said their vision improved after wearing pinhole glasses for some time each day. They are inexpensive and available from many online retailers.
5. Make sure to rest.
Sometimes the simplest strategies are the best. Rather than overworking your eyes with too much strenuous activity such as extensive work on the computer or staring at electronic devices, rest your eyes as much as possible. Give them a break numerous times throughout each day. Look off into the distance to give your eyes a break from close-up work. If you wear glasses, take them off as often as possible to give your eyes a soothing rest and get them more used to seeing without glasses.
Try adding whatever strategies fit best with your personal needs and eye health. Work with qualified health practitioners if you need professional guidance pertaining to your eye health. For example, a nutritionist or naturopathic doctor can help to assess your nutritional needs and deficiencies.
An eye doctor such as an optomotrist who is open to natural healing can work with you on an individualized eye therapy protocol aimed at improving your vision without interventions like glasses or surgery.
And remember, stay hopeful and positive. An optimistic outlook can help tremendously when it comes to any type of healing.
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