There is plenty out there advertising the quick fix of better sight without glasses and contact lenses. This could be by undergoing laser surgery or even lens replacement. Not much is said about any natural ways to improve eyesight though. Nevertheless, if you are prepared to do some digging around, there is a lot of material out there to assist you with this.
The Bates Method
This is named after the work of the ophthalmologist Dr. William Bates. He treated cases of poor sight through exercises and relaxation. Dr. Bates went against the conventional thinking of his time (early twentieth century) and now for that matter. Treatment of poor vision by use of glasses, he said, was not the correct method.
His book entitled ‘Better Sight Without Glasses’ includes a number of exercises and tools for relaxing the eyes. Included is an exercise called ‘palming’ where you cup your eyes with both hands and by doing so block out light. Also ‘swinging’ where you move from one foot to another in a swinging motion. Furthermore there is ‘sunning’ where you sit in a sunny spot (but not in direct sunlight) with your eyes closed. You then allow the sun’s rays to fall on your eyes.
There are a number of practitioners of the Bates Method on the internet. For example the web site called , Improve Eyesight Naturally with Claudia Muehlenweg, provides lots of useful information. I have tried the exercises in the book ‘Better Sight Without Glasses’. They are helpful in relaxing the eyes. But I did not notice any improvement in my eyesight. Perhaps I did not do the training for long enough at the time. However, I just felt there was something missing. I felt my eyes would not improve just by relaxation techniques alone.
Improve Your Vision without Glasses or Contact Lenses
There are seven of these new eye habits to learn. These include ‘pumping’. This involves looking at an object 6 inches away and then looking up to an object in the distance more than 15 feet away. There are also ‘eye rolls’ and ‘slow blinking’. The latter involves looking at objects just in your blur zone. That is the place in the distance that is just beyond what you can clearly see.
In addition, there are 16 booster techniques. You practice these for half an hour a day for a month. I have been practicing the seven new eye habits for the last month. My eyes do feel more relaxed. I am surprised to be able to make out lettering of road signs on the other side of the road when walking along the pavement without glasses.
While these are only small changes I am encouraged by the progress. I am keen to keep going to see how far this program will take me. Obviously this is not a quick fix. This requires dedication and persistence. But worth it given the outcome that could be achieved.
The Secret of Perfect Vision
This is a book by David De Angelis. This book is quite hard going. It is full of technical terms. Unless you are specialist in this subject, it makes it a hard read. It has also been translated poorly too which does not help. Having said that once you get used to the book, it does have a lot of useful information.
Essentially, the author says the eye muscles react to the stimulus they are subjected to. This is just like the other muscles of the body. So, if the person wearing glasses does a lot of close up work, this puts a lot of accommodative (ability to focus) stress on the eyes. Over time this has a cumulative worsening effect on the eyes of the glasses wearer. And this seems to be the main cause of worsening sight.
His advice is to stop wearing glasses if possible when doing this close up work. This is to avoid the accommodative stress. He advocates his own Power Vision System. There are two phases of training.
In phase one he introduces exercises of active static stretching. In phase two, he introduces the use of plus glasses (so glasses usually used by those with nearsightedness) or an under correction. So using your older, weaker prescriptive glasses when you have poorer eyesight.
He says this pushes the eyes towards a far state. This enables them to see distant objects. I have not tested these techniques myself but I think in theory at least it sounds logical if the eye muscles react the same way other muscles react under exercise training.
Unfortunately he is unable to say what strength the lenses you need according to the weakness of your eyes. So for example, if I had been prescribed a -2 lens for both my eyes, he can’t say that requires a +2 lens for close up work. It therefore requires the glasses wearer to experiment with different strength lenses without knowing what they are doing is right.
This is a website run by Jake Steiner. When you sign up to his e-mails, you are sent an e-mail a day for seven days. The e-mails he sends provides useful information. It is similar to the advice provided by David De Angelis in his book.
After the seven days, you are invited to sign up to his BackTo20/20 which includes a support forum. This comes at a price though. As far as I recall it is about $99 per month. But he does say that it equates to the lowest priced laser surgery. That is when the program is followed for a period of one year. Sounds about right to me.
A support forum would be useful. As with doing any exercise program, it is easy to give up and become distracted by other things when trying to do this alone.
There are real alternatives out there
Your optician may only offer only one remedy. Glasses or contact lenses with ever increasing lenses over time. Or you could go down the route of laser surgery. However, in another post (click here if you want to read about this), I have written about the problems with this procedure.
There seems to be a lot of natural alternative options out there, though. They do not provide the quick fix many look for. They should pay dividends, though, if a lot of dedication and persistence are applied.