Many people seem to think that their eyesight is “destined” to deteriorate with age. It may be partially true, but as we know, more and more young people are requiring correctional glasses or contact lenses to help them see better.
There are various number of causes for bad eyesight. Knowing this, you can take extra care to prevent your eyesight turning bad. Practice one or all of these natural methods to improve your eyesight.
Top 3 Causes Of Bad Eyesight
Constant Eye Strain
One of the most common causes of bad eyesight is eye strain. Many of us are constantly staring at a digital screen. Be it on a computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or an e-reader. Focusing on a computer screen for too long can cause eye strain, especially when you do it in the dark at bedtime.
Digital eye strain can lead to deteriorating eyesight. Although sunlight contains UV and blue light, blue light from digital screens in close proximity can reach deeper into the eyes. The cumulative effect of the amount of time spent looking at a digital screen can cause damage to the retina. In certain wavelengths, blue light may even cause development of macular degeneration regardless of your age.
Lack of Antioxidants In Your Diet
Eating foods that are high in harmful fats and refined carbs can lead to inflammation that causes bad eyesight. Just by simply avoiding these foods for one day, you may notice a “good eyesight” day where things might seem clearer.
Foods that help are colorful fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants content. You will benefit most from plant foods that are red, yellow, orange and green in color by eating or juicing them raw.
They contain carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the retina from damages caused by blue and ultraviolet light. They help prevent the development of macular degeneration, night blindness (astigmatism), dry eyes and cataracts.
There are a number of drugs/medications that can affect your eyesight. Taking substances that are foreign to your body (which are synthetically manufactured, such as drugs/medications) can cause the toxins to reach the retina through your blood supply, potentially resulting in significant visual disturbances.
Simply stopping these medications when you notice these symptoms will usually reverse the condition.
4 Natural Ways To Reverse Bad Eyesight
There are many other factors that can cause bad eyesight. Properly caring for your eyesight can always slow down the deterioration process. But, what’s even better, is by practicing any (or all) of these natural remedies to reverse the deterioration, might possibly improve your eyesight.
These remedies work best when you’re at borderline sight impairment.
1. The Bates Method: So Effective That It Was Banned
One proven method for improving your eyesight is the Bates Method that is named after Dr William Horatio Bates (1860 – 1930). In his time, he was one of the best eye doctors at renowned hospitals in New York. He published a book, titled The Bates Method for Better Eyesight Without Glasses.
The Bates Method theory states that:
- Recovery of good vision is possible
- It is necessary to abandon artificial lenses and glasses for eyesight improvement
- Acuity varies according to the physical and emotional state of a person
- Adopting good vision techniques (such as relaxation), can help reduce the stress in our eyes thus resulting in improvement of sight
- Micro eye movements gave good results in the treatment of visual defects
Some of the techniques taught by Dr Bates are:
- The relaxation of body and eyes
- Palming: One of the simplest of all the techniques. Palming is also the foundation for learning how to relax the eyes and mind.
- Sunning: Is the simple application of light to the eyes, that provide the basis of discernment between light and darkness.
- Swinging: Introducing the vision and mind to movements in the world.
- Flash technique
Remember, the goal is not to train by exercising your eyes to make them stronger. The goal is to relax them. If one of your limbs was injured, you don’t exercise them, you relax them so that they can start healing. Likewise, when your eyesight is poor, you want to master relaxation techniques in order to reverse any impairment.
Watch this video and get a copy of Dr Bates’ book.
2. Using Pinhole Glasses
If you don’t have a medical eye problem, but just need vision correction, then using a pair of pinhole glasses is an excellent choice to help improve your eyesight.
Using pinhole glasses can permanently improve your eyesight, rather than just correcting it. Have you ever wondered why people who wear prescription glasses never improve their eyesight? In fact, it gets worse, having to go for lenses with higher prescription from time to time? The lenses just get thicker and thicker!
With pinhole glasses, you need to wear them for only about 15-20 minutes each time to see near and far. Wear them when you’re reading a book or at the computer, or simply going out for a walk (to focus on far objects).
They help your eyes to focus better, such that when you take them off, you actually see better without glasses. Wearing these pinhole glasses for 15-20 minutes daily help retrain your eyes and dramatically improve your vision in just a few days!
Watch this video to understand the theory behind using pinhole glasses.
Wondering if pinhole glasses can work for you? The only way to find out is to get a pair and use them for 15-20 minutes every day! Many people have found them to improve their eyesight significantly.
3. Using Castor Oil As Eyedrop
Studies show that people with low levels of antioxidants in their bodies are more likely to develop eye problems. By keeping the glutathione (our body’s most important antioxidant) level high, you can slow down eyesight deterioration.
Castor oil is rich in antioxidants and have many beneficial nutrients for the eyes. Applying castor oil as eyedrops may help reverse your eyesight problem. This natural remedy is beneficial for correcting eye problems such as cataract, conjunctivitis, near and far-sightedness, dry eyes and age-related macular degeneration.
Before you run out to buy a bottle of castor oil, please read how you can use castor oil to get 20/20 vision here.
4. Drink Fresh Juices To Improve Your Eyesight
As mentioned above, lack of antioxidants in your body due to a faulty diet can cause bad eyesight. One of the best, natural remedies is to drink freshly-extracted juices of fruits and vegetables that are red, yellow, orange and green in color.
They contain carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the retina from damages caused by blue and ultraviolet light. They help prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration, night blindness (astigmatism), dry eyes and cataracts.
Go to this page for juice recipes and foods that help to improve your eyesight.