“You see but you do not observe” Sherlock Holmes

When people embark on a campaign of eye exercises, they generally start with an excitement for the much-anticipated vision improvements that lie ahead.  

And they practice faithfully for a week….or two.  Then the enthusiasm wanes.  When an Improvement is noticed, however small, for some reason that’s the point at which many people slow down and/or stop the exercises.  

Any improvements gained are lost and the original condition of their eyesight returns to what it was before.

If you have more staying power than two weeks, you have my admiration.

Do not despair!  There is increasing controversy over the proven effectiveness of exercises for repairing vision.  One clinical study into the impact of eye exercises on people with vision conditions such as presbyopia (loss of ability to focus on nearby objects), found that 93% of participants saw mild to no improvements in their vision as a result of doing exercises.

Hmmmm.  Not the result they wanted.

Eye exercises (known as ‘eye yoga’ these days) will strengthen the muscles in the eye in turn reducing the likelihood of certain conditions such as age-related cataracts and binocular vision.

For some reason I’m coming across more and more people whose eyesight has improved without them doing any exercises at all.  So what may have caused their improvements?

The new way of seeing is not entirely physical; it has more to do with a willingness to accept what might be termed an expanded version of life.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple  secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince

If eye exercises are performed without changing the way the world around is seen, exercises may be of limited value. Could that be why people give up on their exercises so easily?

If you understand the vision quest you embark on, you’ll be on a path of transformation, the exercises merely supporting your journey,

The Statistics

These are just an average with no age groups shown.  Some 64% of adult Americans wear prescription eyeglasses. Europe is in the 60% range as well. The figure in the UK is 59%.

When you next have an eye test, consider this: the chart we’re asked to read from on the doctor’s wall or high street vision centre was developed by Herman Snellen in the late 1850’s.  

A leading Dutch ophthalmologist, Snellen created adiminishing block letter formatand tested it using an assistant who he deemed to have good eyesight.  Since then it has become the basis against which we are all evaluated.   

20/20 vision simply means that at a distance of 20 feet a person has the sharpness of vision to clearly see what should normally be seen at a distance.

The Value of Eye Exercises

Of course there’s still great value to be had from doing eye exercises. 

  • strengthen your eye muscles so you can see better without relying on glasses       
  • reduce stress that cause your eyes to work harder, leading to headaches and blurred vision. By reducing stress in your eyes, you’ll feel less tension and your eyes will function better
  • increase the flexibility of your eye muscles. When your muscles are flexible, you can move your eyes around more easily. This allows you to look at things from different angles without straining your eyes
  • increase the oxygen-carrying blood flow to your eyes

By doing eye exercises daily, you can prevent these problems from happening in the first place or worsening if they have already happened.

There are many products out there claiming to help you get rid of glasses for good. But most of them are little better that wishful thinking. They use fancy marketing tricks to make their product sound like a miracle cure-all when really, they aren’t doing much of anything.

Experienced iridologists can discern the state of your health merely by looking into your eyes for tell-tale signs that point to existing or developing conditions within your body.  

Your eyes enable you to see what’s going on around you. The choice of whether you pause to take in, or ignore life, is entirely yours. 

Any deterioration of vision is normally associated with ageing, yet in certain cases it may be impacted by poor lifestyle choices.

Experts in this field have linked vision deterioration to past emotional or physical traumas – eg. divorce or separation, losing a loved one, looking at computer screens for hours on end, and even a bicycle accident or a blow to the head if the cranial nerves, optic nerve tracts or other circuitry involved in vision is damaged.

The majority of our memories are determined by what we see: 80% of vision problems we develop are both preventable and curable, especially if conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration give timely warning signs. 

So why would we not want to keep this valuable sense in tip-top condition?

“Within the visual system resides an entire map of the human body and the eyes themselves link to corresponding structures in the brain that govern the body, the emotions and the ability to think and reason.”  Peter Grunwald, Author of ‘Eyebody’

Nutrition

Doesn’t quality nutrition make a difference to everything? Your eyes need their fair share of nutrients. Fast food or quality food? You know the answer!

Dr Elmar Jung

Dr. Elmar Jung

Resources:

•   Blog/Prof.-Zhdanov-Seeing-without-glasses/

• EyeBody: The Art of Integrating Eye, Brain and Body  – Peter Grunwal

  • Take Off Your Glasses And See  – Jacob Lieberman

   • Greater Vision – Marc Grossman

   • The Program For Better Vision. – Martin Sussman

5 replies
  1. Lisa O'Brien
    Lisa O'Brien says:

    Can highly recommend looking at the free resources on Endmyopia.org website, YouTube channel and FB group. There are 10s of 1000s of us reducing/fixing our myopia by doing the opposite of what caused myopia. Its reduced lens therapy, better eye habits and letting our eyes do a bit of focusing work (active focus) instead of our prescription lenses taking over the job of our eye’ focusing muscles. No eye exercises in this, so once you get your head around it the habit changes, it’s easy to implement as part of your life. My prescription has reduced from -3.75 and -3.25 to -2! Not a quick fix, it took me around 18 months.
    It’s about standard to reduce about 0.25 every 3 months, with maybe a faster progression in the first few months, but it’s important to remember it took years for our myopia to get to progress.

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  2. Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi
    Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi says:

    A little contribution to the resources list – I really like Claudia Muehlenweg’s videos, though I have to admit I have yet to try much of these techniques: https://www.youtube.com/@HolisticVisionCoach.
    I’m exciting to try the recommendations mentioned above, on Endmyopia.org!
    I feel much “free-er” without my glasses and sometimes even feel I see the world differently without them. Look forward to improving my eyesight!

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