19 Things to Do To Improve Your Vision and Your Health

As we know, vision and health are closely linked to each other. The healthier we are, the better chance we have of improving our vision and seeing clearly. Below are 20 things you can do to drastically improve your vision and overall well-being:

improve-your-vision-and-health1. Drink Water:

Due to our indoor lifestyle and abundance of junk food, most of us are chronically dehydrated. Many people misinterpret the thirst signals their bodies give them with hunger and wind up eating when they’re really thirsty!
When I first started juicing, I started getting incredibly thirsty – I just couldn’t seem to drink enough water. Once I started giving my body the nutrients it needed, the thirst switch reset itself and I understood the message – drink more water!.

2. Meditate:

To relax our body we need to relax our minds. The main cause of vision problems is stress. When our eyes stay in a stressed position too long, they “reset” our normal sight to this new position as a defense. By meditating you can allow your body, mind and eyes to relax, allowing your eyes to reset back to their normal state.

3. Breathe:

Breathing helps bring oxygen to all areas of your bodies. The more oxygen your body gets, the more relaxed it gets. Focused breathing will do wonders for you and your body.
It’s also important to note, that one of the causes of muscle stress is insufficient oxygen. Deep breathing helps bring more oxygen to every area of your body – including your eyes.

4.  Wear Pinhole Glasses:

Pinhole glasses are another tool you can use to relax the muscles of your eyes. They send light straight into the back of your eyes, and put the lens of your eyes into a relaxation position. And they look cool.

5. Visualizations:

Take some time, maybe while you’re meditating, to imagine what your life would be like with clear vision. Imagine waking in the morning and not needing to put your glasses or contacts on. Imagine walking in a large field and being able to clearly see every flower and every blade of grass. Try to imagine this as vividly as possible.
Doing visualizations is actually a way to “tell” your eyes how they should see. This warrants a post onto itself, but it’s a very powerful way retrain your eyes to see clearly.

6. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques):

This post tells you how to do EFT. EFT is an incredibly powerful technique that helps you release emotions that may be holding you back in areas of your life. Doing EFT can help you improve your finances, relationships health, and yes, your eyesight. You can read more about EFT here.

7. Eye Exercises:

In addition to relaxing your eyes, it’s also important to strengthen them. Eye exercises help strengthen your eyes, and retrain them to see properly again. You can read more about how one man actually got rid of his glasses with eye exercises, by clicking here.

8. Eat Fruits and Vegetables:

Or as one health practitioner I know put it “eat vegetables and fruits.” Eating natural produce is the best way to jump-start your body into “health mode.” Not only will your body respond very well to fruits and veggies, it will also absorb their nutrients much better than anything else. Read this post to find out the best produce to eat for your eyes.

9. Juice Fruits and Vegetables:

I’m an enormous fan of juicing. It’s a great way to get a fruits and vegetables quickly and easily. Most of the nutrition (as high as 90%) in fruits and vegetables are found in their juice. By juicing you can get a large mount of this juice quickly and by mixing different fruits and vegetables together, you’ll be able to concoct some juices that taste outstanding.

10. Spend More Time Outdoors.

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for both vision health and overall health. A great way of getting this vitamin is actually from the sun. Simply taking a walk outside on a sunny day (winter or summer) allows you easily absorb all of the vitamin D you need.
Another advantage to being outside is that you’re not looking at something close your face! This means your eyes are in a much more relaxed state, and will allow them to relax.

11. Eat Dark Chocolate.

Some people will thank me for this one, but according to this article, dark chocolate can actually be beneficial for your eyes. Now it’s important to note, that while chocolate s beneficial, the white sugar in them is not. I’ll share my secret, all natural chocolate milk recipe here:

You’ll need:

  • 2 Bananas
  • 3/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 5 dates
  • 3 apples
  • 4 cups of milk (or your natural milk of choice. I prefer cocoanut milk)

Juice the apples and then blend all of the ingredients together, and you have about 3 cups worth of this:

healthy-chocolate-milk

Enjoy!

12. Have a Technology-Free Day.

My day for this is usually a day over the weekend. Being connected to our smartphones and tablets 24/7 causes a lot of stress on our eyes, neck and most of our upper body. Taking one day off can actually feel incredibly liberating – and your body will thank you for the break!

13. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.

Most adults in America do not get enough sleep, it’s as simple as that. The average adult gets less than 7 hours of sleep a night. The reason most of us don’t get enough sleep is because we feel like we need to push ourselves in order in order to get everything done. What ends up happening is that we get burned out. Learn to prioritize instead of doing more. You’ll find that you’ll actually be more productive in the long run.

14. Take Off Your Glasses and Contacts.

I’ll let you in on a little secret…glasses and contacts are actually not that great for your eyes. The reason one needs to wear glasses is because the lens in their eyes are stressed. Glasses “lock” the eyes into this stressed state and never give them a chance to relax. If you want to relax your vision, the first step is to take off your glasses when you don’t need them.

15. Focus on Seeing Better.

For those of us who wear glasses, it can become an automatic response to “see passively,” and let your glasses do the work of seeing for you. One of the things people who don’t wear glasses do is “actively see,” meaning that they’re aware of their entire field of vision when looking at something.
Try this exercise,  look at something and focus on it, but while focusing on this single object, notice everything else surrounding the object in your entire field of vision. While doing this, relax your eyes and allow what you’re seeing to come to you, instead of trying to “look” at it. This will exercise and activate your entire field of vision.

16. Do Yoga.

One of the mistakes eye doctors make is that they look at our eyes as isolated organs in our body. The stress in our eyes can be connected to stress anywhere in the body. I’ve found that doing yoga can bring a marked improvement to my vision – simply because I’ve released stress in other areas of my body (usually in my neck and shoulder areas).

17. Wear a Hat Outdoors Instead of Sunglasses.

While it’s important to never look directly at the sun, it’s much better for your eyes to see natural light than through the tint of sunglasses. If you really feel that you want to wear sunglasses for the “coolness” factor, than you can try pinhole glasses which can act as sunglasses, look like sunglasses and won’t affect the tint of the sun’s natural light.

Note that you can’t wear pinhole glasses while driving. If you are in a situation where it’s more comfortable (or safer) to wear regular sunglasses, please do so. View these rules as general guidelines for the rest of the time you’re outside.

18. Follow the 10-10-10 Rule.

I know that prolonged exposure to computer screens, phones and tablets is the norm these days, and it usually can’t be avoided. But by following the 10-10-10 rule, you give your eyes a break and it doesn’t have to effect your work or productivity. Simply take a break every 10 minutes, look at something at least 10 feet away for 10 seconds. That’s it.

19. Palm. 

Palming is one of the most effective ways of relaxing your eyes. For directions on palming you can download my free e-book in the form below.

Protecting Your Kid’s Vision

As our world becomes more and more connected, we’re spending more and more time in front of phones, tablets and computer screens.

This is becoming a rising issue for parents who are increasingly concerned about the health of the their children’s vision.

Studies have shown that that children spend an average of 7 1/2 hours a day in front of some sort of screen from the age of 8 through 18.

And this isn’t all entertainment, a lot of this time is spent doing schoolwork.

An interesting statistic that highlights some of the results of this behavior is that in the last 30 years near-sightedness (myopia) has increased from 25% to 42% in the United States. It has been indicated that these rising numbers are directly connected to spending more time in front of screens. [Read more…]

Can Astigmatism Be Cured?

Astigmatism is a condition where the lens or cornea of your eye is slightly misshaped and when light enters, it meets either above or below the retina.

what-is-astigmatism

What Causes Astigmatism?

Astigmatism can be caused by a number of things including the normal culprits of irregular vision, such as:

What Eye Doctors Miss…

In the 1960’s there was a doctor by the name of Herbert Benson.

Dr. Benson started making some interesting observations during routine checkups with is patients.

He noticed that when his patients measured their blood pressure at home, the test results were significantly lower than when he tested them in his office. He concluded that something was not being covered in conventional medicine. [Read more…]

“Why Do My Eyes Hurt When I Get a New Glasses Prescription?”

You know the feeling.

You’ve gone to the eye doctor, sat in the uncomfortable chair. told him which was clearer – A or B, and he’s figured out your prescription.

A few days or hours later, you return to pick up your new pair of glasses.

But when you put them on, you feel weird. Things don’t seem to be as close as they had before. You’re feeling slightly unbalanced, almost like your on a ship rocking at sea.

You tell the eye doctor this. “Maybe this is the wrong prescription?” You ask. After all, how is it possible to accurately determine someone visual acuity by asking a series of “Which is clearer, A or B” questions?

The doctor looks you straight in the eye and says, “Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.” [Read more…]

8 Vitamins to Improve Your Vision

vitamins-for-eyesThese days it’s almost impossible to walk more than 30 feet without being bombarded with some ad for food. Whether it’s pizza or hamburgers, most of the food we’re exposed to on a day to day basis do not contain any of the nutrition we need.

(I’m not going on a health rant – really! I promise – I enjoy pizza and burgers as much as the next guy.)

Most people know that fruits and vegetables are good for them, but they still don’t get enough of them. Even though they contain everything we need to live a healthy, strong, vibrant life. [Read more…]

3 Eye Exercises to Stay Safe at the Computer

I know I’m not the only one guilty of it – long hours at the computer with little to no break to eat, let alone rest my eyes.

I’m sure after those 8+ hours staring at the screen you’ve walked away with your eyes feeling fuzzy, and somewhat in a daze.

No one thinks about what those long hours are doing to your eyes. But don’t worry, I have a number of tips to share with you that will not only keep your eyes healthy at the screen but over time will actually improve your vision.

Note: you should remove your glasses or contacts for all of these exercises [Read more…]

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clear-visionMore than half of the people in the United States currently wear glasses, and that’s a trend that’s moving upward.

Most eye doctors claim that there’s nothing that can be done to prevent this. They blame genetics, a flaw in the shape of a person’s eye, and a host of other reasons.

But what if this wasn’t true?

It seems rather convenient that the eye doctor prescribes glasses, and then the patient’s eyes “happen” to worsen each year, forcing them to go back to the eye doctor for a new pair.

The fact that the eye doctor is assured of more income each year is entirely coincidental, right? [Read more…]

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eye-exercises-healthy-eatingI work in high-tech, and have an incredibly busy job. But I know that keeping myself healthy, and especially keeping my eyes healthy, is extremely important if I want to continue functioning at the highest level and not burn out.

I’ve developed a few techniques, that allow me to fit healthy eating, physical exercises and eye exercises into my day. I not only get the maximum benefit from them, but it comes so naturally now that I don’t even think about it. My body gets what it needs and I’m still able to function at my peak level.

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What Does 20/20 Vision Mean? And How It’s The Worst Way to Measure Eyesight

We all know that 20/20 vision means “perfect vision”, right? But what does 20/20 actually mean? And is it really the best way to measure someone’s vision?

Someone who has “normal” vision, can read the 20/20 line on the eye chart. If someone has 20/50 vision, that means that they can read at 20 feet away, what someone with 20/20 vision can see from 50 feet away. The less acuity that someone has in their eyes, that farther away someone with 20/20 vision can see the same object or read the same line.

Why is the number 20 the baseline? Because when you’re looking at something 20 feet away, the lens of your eye is in a neutral, relaxed state, like the image below:

eye-relaxed

Notice how the lens is relaxed (the lens is blue)

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