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Improve Eyesight Naturally: An Alternative Approach

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 4 18

A man's right eye
It has been proven that you can improve your eyesight naturally by changing a few habits and committing to an exercise regime to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the eye to give them durability and flexibility. But don’t throw away your glasses or contact lenses just yet. Although your vision can become sharper with the techniques I describe in the article Can I Improve Eyesight Naturally?, depending on how badly your sight has deteriorated, you may never regain 20/20 vision or experience the level of improvement you’ll experience with laser eye surgery.

However, you can give the techniques the greatest chance of success by using them in coordination with a few other alternative methods for enhancing your eyesight. I must stress that the ideas I put forward in this article are designed to work alongside the natural vision improvement programme as outlined in my previous article; it is unlikely you’ll see spectacular results using them in isolation.

It is vital to remain open-minded and tune in to your spiritual side to get the most out of these ideas. The first section focuses on adjusting your mind-set, whilst the second section offers some practical tips to help you on the road to better eyesight.

How the mind effects your vision

Beliefs can influence your eyesight

It is important to understand that what you buy into as a person can affect your body. If you believe that you are sick, you may cause symptoms to manifest that you could have otherwise avoided. There is an abundance of evidence to support the theory that people experience psychosomatic illnesses; in other words, you convince yourself you are getting a cold (even though you are physically in good shape) and you begin to sneeze.

The same can be said of healing. If you believe that your eyesight can improve, you are much more likely to experience positive results.

Think positively

Building on the last point, the power of positive thinking and visualisation has been proven time and time again. Top athletes use it to ‘get in the zone’ or mentally rehearse their success. There have been several cases where people have used visualisation (along with exercises and other specific techniques) to improve their eyesight.

Eyesight is not necessarily hereditary

When harnessing the power of the mind to make positive changes to the way you see, it is essential to realise that bad eyesight (either being near-sighted or long-sighted) is not necessarily hereditary. When we are born, our eyesight is perfect, but it slowly worsens over time. It is widely accepted that being short-sighted is genetic because children with parents who wear eye-glasses tend to end up wearing glasses themselves.

However, it has been suggested by alternative thinkers that this is mainly because children learn and replicate the behaviour of their parents. So, if a parent tends to strain their eyes by focusing too unerringly on a computer screen, the child is likely to copy this. Thus the eyes become fixed and lose flexibility, which causes gradual deterioration of vision.

Psychological Blocking

There is a school of thought that believes people with weak eyesight are trying to psychologically block out (or more appropriately black out) a painful event or something they don’t like about themselves. Addressing issues you have in your life may play a role in working towards correcting poor vision.

Practical  Tips

Detoxify your liver

In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine (such as Ayurveda, Acupuncture and other methods of natural healing), the eyes are linked directly to the liver via the liver meridian. Modern living in the Western world means that many of us hold toxins in our liver. So it makes sense that if you work to decrease the liver’s exposure to toxins (from alcohol, over-the-counter medicines and exposure to high strength industrial cleaning fluids to name a few), you will also enjoy the benefits of enhanced eye health.

Detoxify your colon

There is a reflexology point deep within the colon that relates to your eyes. So it stands to reason that if this point is blocked, then so is your eyesight. Eating too much wheat, sugar and refined carbohydrates can affect the health of your intestines, so try cutting down on these.

Reduce your stress levels

Stress of any type can affect your well-being. It makes us run down and more susceptible to illness. Our body is forced to draw on its reserves to cope with stressful situations. Too many high anxiety episodes and we begin to suffer physically. The more relaxed and in-control we are, the better equipped we are to cope and in turn, the better our entire body functions. Why should the eyes be the exception? So, reduce the stress in your life by having massages, taking time out and practising meditation, to give yourself the best chance of enhancing your sight.

Smile, smile, smile

As we know from the article Can I Improve Vision Naturally? the eyes function best when they are relaxed and flexible (which comes from blinking regularly and keeping them moving). Smiling releases happy hormones in our body which keeps all of our muscles relaxed and supple (including those in the eyes and eye sockets). So smile, laugh and grin as much as you can.

What to eat and drink

Drink plenty of filtered water and increase the amount of high quality oils you consume; these can be found in oily fish and various types of nuts. This will boost your eyesight and your general health.

Stand up tall

Easy posture is important. Standing up tall, but keeping the muscles loose can have a positive impact on how well many parts of your body function. Stress and tension in the body and the mind can be detrimental to eyesight.

Don’t become too reliant on glasses

Only wear glasses when absolutely necessary. Wearing reduced prescription lenses can be a good way to start weaning yourself off; if you have become totally dependant on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly, reduce the strength of them in small increments over a period of time. But remember, it is vital to keep doing the natural vision improvement exercises, otherwise you will be placing more unnecessary strain on your eyes by reducing the prescription.

In conclusion

I must stress at this point that I am not an optician, but that I have researched this area thoroughly and have personally experienced the benefits of implementing some of the ideas I outline in this article.

Working to improve your eyesight naturally takes commitment and discipline. Don’t expect an overnight miracle, but work steadily and consistently to enhance your vision.



Jul 5, 2012 9:18am
I had no idea you could improve your eyesight like that. Great info that I will try to put to use.
Jul 5, 2012 4:54pm
Try it out Jack, but remember you won't see huge improvements without exercising your eyes regularly, Thanks for the comment.
Jul 22, 2012 7:40am
Good article but a small correction, Ayurveda is not Chinese, its Indian medicine.
Jul 24, 2012 2:46am
Thanks for that agamas - I will adjust accordingly.
Jul 24, 2012 5:56pm
Hi JJ, amother intriguing article and hot home with me--My eye sight goes from bad to normal and normal to bad from time to time--I wear glasses for distances now and then and now and then I don't need them. If indeed psychology is connected to how well we see or don't see, I probably the poster child?
Anyway, as always good writing a two big thumbs up from me!
Aug 11, 2012 10:13am
Thanks Marlando. I too have had varying eyesight over the years, but have seen some improvements thanks to trying alternative approaches. As always, thanks for your comment.
Aug 20, 2012 7:37am
Thanks for this article and all the useful information. I have been working on improving my sight for two years now. I have gone from -5.0 to -4.0. I use meditation techniques, the Bates method, and an increasingly healthier diet.
Aug 20, 2012 9:27am
Well done JJEstephan - that's inspirational and shows it can be done. Thanks for the comment.
Aug 20, 2012 10:53pm
Great information here. Very interesting link between eyesight and the mind. I love exploring natural alternative therapies and will definitely give these ideas a try. Congratulations on the feature!
Aug 22, 2012 1:38pm
Thanks - I'm a big believer in alternative approaches too. Glad you found the article interesting.
Aug 22, 2012 3:38am
Staying too long infront of the computer is taking its toll on my eyes, I might need glasses soon but I'm going to try these tips first. Thanks for sharing!
Aug 22, 2012 1:39pm
Give them a go and see if you see any improvement. Thank you for the comment.
Aug 22, 2012 4:35am
These are good alternatives.
Aug 22, 2012 1:39pm
I hope they work for you - let me know. Thanks.
Aug 22, 2012 1:39pm
I hope they work for you - let me know. Thanks.
Aug 23, 2012 4:53am
Would be great if you could. Anything to improve eyes without a laser would be great.
Nov 28, 2012 11:50am
"Psychological Blocking
There is a school of thought that believes people with weak eyesight are trying to psychologically block out (or more appropriately black out) a painful event or something they don 19t like about themselves. Addressing issues you have in your life may play a role in working towards correcting poor vision."

Not sure how much I believe in that one...definitely an "alternative approach", overall, as your title stated...

Not a bad article, overall, but i'm surprised you didn't mention carrots and their containing vitamin A and retinol as being beneficial to eye health. Even from a young age, i remember cartoons promoting that carrots were good for the eyes. I did a quick 1-min search and learned that retinol in carrots basically help your eyes' light-gathering ability, as opposed to actually focusing.

Feb 24, 2013 2:59am
You start this article with the statement ' It has been proven..........'. Where and when has it been proven? If it has been proven scientifically, prove it by showing the reader the data which proves it.
Eating carrots improves your eyesight. Garbage. During WWII the British Government responded to a temporary wartime oversupply of carrots by suggesting, through propaganda, that the RAF's exceptional night-flying and target success, was due to eating high carotene content carrots. It also helped to cover up the developments made in using radar. The ruse worked: consumption of carrots increased sharply because people thought carrots might help them see in the blackout, thus taking the pressure off other food supplies.
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