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.
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.
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.
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.
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.