Most of us know that we can improve our health, and live longer if we have a healthy diet, regular exercise, stay away from stress, and rest properly.
However, when it comes to our eyes, as we have learned, there is no help.
A few people believe there is something that can improve their vision and make their eyes healthier. However, the fact is that what helps our overall health is also good for our eyes.
Eye is not only a mechanical tool.
Like all other parts of the body, it totally depends on the state of our mind.
Today, it is a popular attitude (for which there is no evidence) that the vision can only get worse, and cannot be improved.
Statistics show that people with poor eyesight never improved their vision later in life. In fact, their vision is only worsening.
Nevertheless, these statistics could be greatly changed if we learn how to take care of the health of our eyes.
What is more important, we must believe that the eyesight can be improved.
What is eyesight?
Eyesight represents the totality of feelings, perceptions, and conceptions. We can say that our retina possesses about 126 million light-sensitive cells, which generate about a billion pictures each minute.
The brain cannot create a clear picture from all of them. It makes a selection, and actually decides what part of the images you see, and what you do not. The function of the brain greatly affect if your eye vision will be good or bad.
Modern medicine tends to ignore the existence of these complex interactions between eyes and brain. It deals mostly with the treatment of the eye symptoms. If you have cataracts, doctors will remove the lens. If you have high eye pressure, they will bring it down. If you have poor eyesight, they will give you glasses. It is what they have learned within their education and specialization. They do not go deeper into the causes of such eye conditions. For example, in my country once you enter into eye hospital, doctors immediately sit you on a chair, and test your eyesight with improvised glasses.
Yet, nearsightedness or myopia is clearly the result of mental stress and the fact that your brain sees the world as a foggy place. Most short-sighted children come to this situation in a third grade elementary school, when the initial excitement for school attendance declines. They also start to perceive the unchangeable school patterns in the years to come. Those who have not started wearing glasses at that period actually began when go to university, where their future and the seemingly eternal studies are uncertain.
On the other hand, farsightedness usually occurs in 40 and 50 years old. Those years, divorce rate is the highest and people usually ask themselves: “Could I have lived some other life?”
There is no doubt that the eyesight is a result of your mental state. Rejecting your glasses cannot improve your vision itself, but you have to work on your mental, emotional, and physical condition.
What causes bad eyesight?
Let us start with the consequences. Either close or distant objects are less visible. The physical act of seeing things that are close to us differs from that of seeing the same from greater distance.
Let us look in the example of how the camera works. When light rays from the observed object reach camera lens, they have to be brought together to focus on the film behind the lens.
In order to do this, we need to set a good distance between the film and the lens. Otherwise, the object will not be focused exactly on the movie and the image will be blurred.
In the same way, and your eye needs to collect luminous rays of object focuses on the place behind the lens. Instead film, we have retina – a network of nerve cells that convert light rays into neural information. Then it is sent to the brain through optic nerve.
When the ciliary muscle, which supports the lens, is relaxed, the lens is relatively flat and allows you to view distant objects. And when the object you observe is closer than six meters, the muscle twitch and lens takes spherical shape. This process is called accommodation.
There is another factor, which determines how people see: The shape of the eyeball.
Irregular shape of the eyeball is considered as the common cause of two kinds of vision problems: myopia and hyperopia.
Myopia (nearsightedness) means that a person cannot see distant objects clearly because his eyeball is horizontally elongated. Therefore, the lens cannot focus light rays from distant objects on the retina, while it can when it comes to close objects.
Hyperopia (farsightedness) means that a person cannot clearly see close objects. In this case, the eyeball is too narrow. Light rays from distant objects are focused in the right way, but from close ones do not come into proper focus.
The previous text has given a description of the conditions resulting in poor eyesight. But why such conditions are formed?
In a word, the answer is stress. Eyes are sensitive to stress by way of all the other parts of the body and react in a similar way. The two components of the visual stress – long, focused watching of close objects and performing actions that require great intellectual effort, often occur at school and work.
The progress of technology and computers make things even more complicated. They create a visual / mental repetitive deformation called Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS. Its symptoms are:
- Intensity of the eyes
- General fatigue
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Dry eyes
- Difficulty in concentrating
The computer screen itself is a visual stress. Because the eye cannot determine the focal distance of computer pixels, it is found in such a state that the ciliary muscle trembles constantly without purpose. Visual stress CVS can cause myopia or gets it worse.
Many of our actions and reactions as well as the greater part of our memory are result of a mental image, particular conscious and subconscious images of events. These events have emotional significance for us. Our eyes become stressed even when these images are only in our head. All the events to which they refer are in our brain, of which eyes are part. For this reason, and because we use the eyes whatever we do, they react strongly to our thoughts and feelings.After working without a break, and with effort, they are also very sensitive to physical pain and fatigue.
Poor vision occurs from the complex reciprocal effects of the mind and body. When you start to work on improving your vision on a natural way, you need serious approach to control your mind. Moreover, you will discover things about yourself, which until then was not aware of.
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