Friday, February 2, 2007

Sunlight: The Food Of Your Eyes


Sunshine is Food for the Eyes. The eyes thrive on the sun’s energy. Go outdoors in the sunlight everyday that you can. Outdoor people generally have better vision than people who spend most of their time inside.

The best time to enjoy the sunshine on your eyes is in the morning before 11:00 am or after 3:00 pm.

The sun improves the eyes and pupils in many wonderful ways. For instance, it loosens tight muscles. The nerves and muscles just naturally let go of stress and tension, a leading cause of poor eyesight.

In the exercises section, you’ll find several ‘sunning’ exercises – they are amongst my favorites – but here’s one you can do whenever you get the chance, not just in your 15 minute routine. Sit down, relax your mind and body; loosen your neck and shoulders. Close your eyes and swing your head slowly from side to side, with the sun shining directly on your face. If your eyes start to "tear" or "water", just let it happen, the tears are very healing.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Eye Washing


In my opinion, this is the single most important exercise you can do to correct and
improve your eyesight.

It’s so important, I didn’t put it in the exercise section of the book, but instead, I’ve
put it here as a daily habit.

When I started ‘washing’ my eyes every day, my eyesight improvement accelerated way beyond anything else I did. At first it was a bit strange, but after a few days, it became just as normal as cleaning my teeth, and I did it morning and night. (Actually, I still do it!) I first came across eye washing from some information I found about Dr. William Apt, a leading eye specialist in the mid-1900s, who recommended the Lemon Juice Eye Bath.

Apparently, he stumbled upon this secret from a 105 year old man, who told Dr. Apt to "put three or four drops of lemon juice in an eye cup with purified water and wash the eyes with it daily for about 20-30 seconds with each eye." I started doing the lemon juice eye bath, but began to think that with all the wonderful herbs out there, something must be even better than lemon juice. Indeed there is! There are many herbs that will help your eyes. You can eat them,
and you can put them directly in your eyes. In fact, one of the herbs is so well known throughout history as being beneficial to the eyes, it actually called ‘Eyebright’.

As always, I did plenty of research (so you don’t have too ;-), and I eventually found the absolute, without question, best ever, herbal formula for ‘washing’ the

It’s a formula ‘created’ by Dr Richard Schulze, my all-time favorite Naturopathic
Doctor and Natural Healer.

Dr Schulze is a ‘larger than life’ natural healing ‘evangelist’, who’s experience in herbal medicine and natural healing is pretty much unparalleled. I came across Dr Schulze many years ago, and quickly became a big fan of his teachings and his programs and products. I’ve probably used 90% of his herbal formulas, and I’ve done almost every one of his cleansing and natural health
programs, and I can say, without any question, that every single one of them has greatly benefited my health. WITHOUT QUESTION.

I’ll refer to Dr Schulze a few times, as several of his programs will help you in your quest for improved vision. Dr. Schulze is one of the foremost authorities on natural healing and herbal medicines in the world. He operated natural cure clinics in New York, Southern California and
Europe for almost 20 years up until 1994. He still teaches throughout the United States, Canada,
Europe and Asia and has for the past 17 years. He has designed natural therapy programs, which have assisted tens of thousands of people worldwide to create miracles and regain their health. You can read about all Dr Schulze’s herbal products and programs on his website or you can call his pharmacy on 1-800-HERB-DOC.

Glases ON or OFF?


Here’s the million dollar question… when you start your natural healing adventure, should you continue wearing your glasses/lenses or should you go ‘cold turkey’ and just bin them straight away?

There’s no easy answer to this one. It really depends on the current state of your vision, your circumstances and also on your temperament.

My original reaction, when I got started with my natural vision correction, was a little too ‘Gung Ho!’ I took off my glasses and threw them in the bin, vowing never to need them again. Actually, this slowed down my progress.

Here’s why…

Remember I said that ‘straining’ to see, is one of the greatest causes of poor vision. Your eyes need to relax in order to see well. Personally, I do a lot of close vision work (I work a lot on the computer), and so without my glasses, I found myself straining to see. I began to develop some very bad vision habits, like squinting, and getting too close to the screen (more of this later). I already had poor vision habits, and now I was adding to them! I found that I did actually need my glasses to be able to work, even though I desperately wanted to get rid of them. The trouble is, that at best, lenses are a crutch, and continuous use of any kind of crutch just weakens the body’s ability to become strong and heal itself. So my glasses were necessary for me to work, but they were also contributing to my poor eyesight!

It was a Catch 22. But I found a solution.
I found an optician who was willing to ‘work with me’ during my healing adventure. Just a quick note here – the first couple of opticians I spoke to were not at all supportive and basically mocked my intention to help myself, telling me I was wasting my time! If you get the same thing, keep looking. There are plenty of open minded professionals who will help you. I asked the optician to help me monitor the improvement in my vision, and as my eyesight got better, to give me progressively weaker and weaker lenses. Oh, one more thing… I asked him to always give me lenses that were at least a half diopters too weak for me, so that my eyes were always being encouraged to work a little bit, instead of get lazy!

Each month, I went for a quick eye test, and if my sight had got better, I got new lenses. By the way, a close friend of mine also did this with contact lenses. She bought the daily lenses, and found an optician who would just keep giving her weaker prescriptions, as her eyesight improved.

Now, if you can comfortably get around daily life without really needing your lenses, and you just use them for convenience, then you can probably just go cold turkey from day one. Just use your own good judgment and common sense. Remember, you are taking responsibility now.

What Are Clear Flashes?


Sometimes, during your exercises, you will find that ‘all of a sudden’ you can see really clearly. This is called a ‘clear flash’.

Actually, it can happen at any time of the day (or night), but it’s most common whilst you’re doing exercises.

At first, these clear flashes don’t last very long, but they will gradually last longer and longer. Your average daily vision will also improve along with them. When you have a clear flash, you’ll be really tempted to strain your vision to ‘hang onto it’, but this is actually self defeating. As I’ll explain in the next chapters, one of the causes of your poor vision is eye strain. Any kind of straining of your vision, will just make your vision worse! When you get a clear flash, and it begins to fade away, just say to yourself, "I did it once, I can do it again" and you will.

There are 3 categories of clear flashes:

Tears have changed your refraction While this doesn’t really count as an authentic vision improvement clear flash, it is handy to know how to do it, when you need to see clearly in a hurry and you don’t have glasses handy! Its easy to spot this one, as you can feel excess moisture on your eyes. Tear film clarity is not even and usually it only occurs for a split second and is moved around by blinking.

Involuntary Clarity
Sometimes you just look up and "Oh my god I can see!" This is usually accompanied by a deep sense of peace, comfort, relief and relaxation in your eyes. Involuntary clear flashes can last from a few seconds to minutes or even hours. This is your natural vision, and as you progress, it will happen more and more frequently and last for longer and longer, until eventually, it just becomes your natural state. During a clear flash you will notice that black is very black. Memorize it. Also, detail is phenomenal as central fixation is taking place. There is also a strong sense of 3D, as your eyes are now working perfectly as a team.

Voluntary Control
After having many involuntary clear flashes, some people learn that by relaxing in a particular way, and playing with some of the muscles in their eyes, they can "bring on" a clear flash. Again this is very useful when you need to see in a hurry and you don’t have your glasses handy!

The Art Of Reading


Reading, and other ‘close vision’ work, is probably one of the greatest causes of poor eyesight – but it doesn’t have to be. Here, I’m going to tell you how to make reading a pleasurable experience which is totally safe for your eyes, and won’t result in progressively worse eyesight. Don’t read when tired or sick. The rule of thumb here is to read or perform close work only when your energy is high: when you are ill or tired, get plenty of rest and sleep. Yes, I know, if you have to read for your job, you may not have the option, but at least you can avoid making it worse by not using your eyes too much after work.

Don’t read for extended periods in poor light. Nature, or outside solar light, gives us about 10,000 watts of light. Inside lighting is very dim in comparison, about 150-200 watts at best. Most people read with 60-100 watt bulbs or less, and strain their eyes. If you have trouble reading in dim light, your eyes will strain and weaken even more.

It’s best to read in daylight, with the sun or outdoor light coming through the window onto your reading or working material. Or better yet, do your reading or close work outdoors! At night, shine a bright bulb - 150-200 watts - onto your reading material to make it clear, and lessen eye strain. Adjust the light so it does not cause glare on the page. Even better, use a FULL SPECTRUM LIGHT BULB. If you don’t know where to get these from, do a google search for ‘full spectrum lighting’ to find a supplier near you, or one that will ship to you. Keep a Good Posture Whilst Reading. Poor posture while reading is a major cause of weakened and fatigued eyesight.
Avoid slumping or hanging or craning your head down while reading. Sit comfortably erect.

A slumped head position causes gravity to pull down on the eyeballs, placing strain on the eye muscles, which have to hold the eyes back in the sockets.

Holding this 'neck-bent downward’ position causes lengthening/flattening of your eyeball, resulting in myopia or nearsightedness.

Hold your book or reading material parallel, about twenty inches from your eyes. Holding the print too close to your eyes is also a major cause of myopia.

Don’t Read for more than 30 minutes at one time. 30 minutes is about the maximum time most people’s untrained eyes can handle without strain or fatigue.

Read for a bit, then get up and walk around, stretch or go outside for a breath of fresh air.

Look into the distance. Take a deep breath, bend over and rub your face, forehead and around the eyes, exhale and stand up straight. Inhale again and bend backward, then to each side, and exhale and relax your gaze. Close your eyes and place your palms over your eye sockets and do some
palming (see the next chapter)

Avoid Straining. Strain is the major cause of bad eyesight. Straining to "see" any object, far or near, which you are unable to see clearly, places a heavy strain on the eye muscles. It’s just like trying to lift a heavy weight that your body is not conditioned to cope with, it will strain and damage your tendons and muscles.

Other ways to strain your eyes include - long exposure to cold wind directly into the eyes, bright artificial lights, (especially fluorescent lights), watching too much television and staring too long at a computer screen (my favorite!) Look up regularly and gaze into the distance. This is probably the most important eye habit you can practice while reading, doing any close work or watching television.

This exercise keeps the eye muscles flexible and stops them from getting into a frozen position.

Simply look UP from your close-work every five minutes and gaze (focus) at a distant object for five seconds. This exercise prevents eye-muscle cramping and also relaxes the eye muscles. During close work, the Eye Muscles contract to properly focus the lens. These muscles kept in constant contraction for long periods, tend to get cramped, just like your arm muscles would do if you held a barbell in a fully flexed arm curl position for several minutes. This was the hardest one for me, as I do a lot of computer work, and often, I get so involved with what I’m doing, I totally forget to look away. Sometimes, hours will pass before I realize I haven’t looked up from the screen even once! To force myself to do this, I found a simple, free software program which I installed on my computer – it’s called Break Reminder, and every 6 minutes, is locks me out of the computer and turns the screen black for a few seconds.

At first, it really irritated me, as it always seemed to happen when I was in the middle of something really intense, but after a while, I got used to it and now I never forget to look up every 6 minutes to relax my eyes! Avoid Close Work During and After Meals. Dr. Sasaki, a Japanese Eyesight Specialist states that you can add twenty years to your life if you don’t read while eating, and go outdoors after meals for at least 30 to 60 minutes. I don’t know if he’s right about that, but it’s kind of obvious that if your stomach is pulling all your bodies energy and blood supply to digest a meal, your eyes are better to be rested at this time, and not working flat out! You wouldn’t go to the gym, minutes after eating a meal, so it makes sense not to ‘send your eyes to the gym’ either, by forcing them to work hard, during or just after eating!

Avoid ‘Squinting’. Learn to see without muscular effort. The eyes naturally 'squint' in bright light, snow or water reflection. Other than that, squinting to read or see an object only weakens your yesight. Avoid squinting by consciously relaxing the eye brows. Special Reading Technique to Improve Vision. This one’s a bonus… I found this awesome technique recently. It takes a while to get used to it, but it really helps your eyes and makes reading much easier… … "When reading, you should look at the white spaces between the lines and not directly at the lines themselves. The reason for this is that there is no effort involved in sweeping your eyes over a plain white ackground. Fixing the eyes on individual words and letters involves strain, and strain hurts your vision. When a person with normal sight regards the white spaces with a sweeping shift across the page from margin to margin, he can read easily, rapidly and without fatigue. If the same person looks at the letters, the eyes grow tired and the vision becomes poor. People who cannot read well at the near point always tend to fix their attention on the print. Consequently they see worse. Improvement cannot take place until they learn to look at the white spaces between the lines. Reading can be improved by improving the power to remember or imagine whiteness. This improvement can be achieved in the following way… Close your eyes and imagine something even whiter than the page before you - white snow, white linen, a white board. Then open your eyes again. If your mental images of whiteness have been clear and intense, you will find that the white spaces between the lines will appear for a few moments to be whiter than they really are. Repeat this process as a regular drill.
When your imagination of whiteness has become so good that you n constantly see the spaces between lines as whiter than they really are, the print will seem blacker by contrast and the eye will find itself reading easily and without effort or fatigue”
I love this technique. Not only does it help your eyes and make reading more
relaxed, you will find that you actually read many times faster than normal!

Friday, January 5, 2007

So How Do We Lose Our Eyesight?

OK, here’s the simple version...

The muscles of your eyes change the shape of your eye, and the shape of your eye lens, so that whatever you are looking at, gets focused in the right place on the retina. If the muscles are not working properly, the image is focused in the wrong place and appears fuzzy!

Yes, that lacks a little finesse, as far as explanations go, but it gives you the basic idea! Now, if it is your eye muscles that allow you to see clearly, then it follows that ‘out of shape’ eye muscles are going to cause poor vision. Eye muscles need exercise just as much as the other muscles in
your body.

If you put your arm in a brace for a few weeks, the muscles will get weaker and smaller (‘atrophy’). Because of the lack of movement and usage, the blood doesn’t circulate as it needs to, and the muscles are deprived of nutrition. Basically, nothing in the living world remains the same, it is either growing or it is dying. This is where we get the expression – ‘use it or lose it’!!

A Quick Lesson in Eye Anatomy

A Quick Lesson in Eye Anatomy

The normal healthy eye is almost spherical and is made up of three layers:
1. The Outer Layer (Sclera)
2. The Middle Layer (Choroid)
3. The Inner Layer (Retina)

The Sclera is opalescent, which means it has “a milky iridescence like that of an opal”!! Its center is transparent and is called the Cornea. Light comes through the cornea. Behind the cornea, the second layer, or Choroid is visible. The Choroid Layer contains tiny blood vessels which transport blood to and from the eyes. When we do our exercises, one of our aims is to increase this blood flow, to get more oxygen and nutrition to the eyes, and also to remove waste products.

The Choroid layer contains the Iris (the part of the eye that is colored), with the Pupil in its center.

The Iris is like a circular muscle that expands and contracts to adjust the size of the pupil. This lets more or less light into the eye, and helps us to see perfectly, whatever the lighting conditions (or at least it does in a healthy eye). The pupil, in the normal eye, gets smaller when looking at a distant object, and larger when looking at something close by. Interestingly enough, the pupil also changes size according to the emotions. When you look at someone you love very deeply, or something that gives you great pleasure, the pupils get larger. When you look at something you don’t like at all, they get smaller! So now you have a way to know ‘who loves ya baby’! Right behind the Iris is the Crystalline Lens, which receives the light as it passes through the Pupil and focuses it upon the Retina, just like you did as a child when you used a magnifying glass to focus the sun onto a piece of paper. Connected to the Crystalline Lens by a tiny ligament, is the Ciliary Muscle, which controls the contraction and expansion of the Crystalline Lens. In other words, the Ciliary Muscle changes the shape of the eye’s lens and therefore changes your focus. The third, Inner Layer, or Retina, is a continuation of the Optic Nerve, which is located at the back of the eye. Actually, it’s a direct outgrowth of the brain! The Retina receives the light that is focused upon it by the lens and then sends signals to the brain. The brain interprets the signals and you ‘see’ the image of the outside world! Neat huh!