Eyes & Sight: How to keep your vision healthy in the digital age
Seeing the world through a healthy set of eyes is one of nature’s true gifts that we should never take for granted!
Sight is a key sense that we depend on for so many basic tasks as well as for a great quality of life, but our vision has never been more under threat due to the digital lifestyle we now lead.
Eye tests, glasses and contact lenses are now the 'new normal' as we gradually lose the quality of our eyesight as a society.
The problem is that a dependence on glasses or contacts will never give your eyes a chance to heal. And chemical eye solutions do little to actually help restore vision, if anything, they'll eventually make things worse.
Read on to discover signs that you have deteriorating vision, together with tips for preserving your eyesight and restoring strength to your eyes.
Signs & Symptoms
These are some of the most common signs of eyesight issues:
- Blurriness and haziness
- Difficulty reading or seeing things up close or in the distance
- Night “blindness” or problems seeing things in the dark/low light levels
- Red bloodshot eyes
- Seeing floating spots
- Sensitivity to light
- Regular eye soreness or inflammation.
Today's Biggest Threat To Your Eyesight
In today's digital age there's a new phenomenon called "Digital Eye Strain", which is causing more eye degeneration than ever before. The constant exposure to computers, tablets, cell phones and TV screens, is the most common cause of digital eye strain or what the American Optometric Association refers to as, "computer vision syndrome".
People who look at screens for two or more hours in a row every day have the greatest risk of this condition. And with more and more of our points of connection as a society and the way we do business, moving wholesale online, this problem will only get worse in the future.
Other Causes of Eye Deterioration
There are many other reasons that your eyesight or vision may be getting worse, some of these are age-related, and others, like most health issues, can be largely attributed to diet and lifestyle.
The following can affect your eyes and impact vision:
- Bacterial infections or viruses
- Cataracts - cloudy areas that develop
- Conjunctivitis (Pink eye)
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Eyestrain from excessive reading or screen time
- Glaucoma - excessive pressure in the eye
- Macular degeneration
- Uveitis - eye inflammation
Best Foods For Eyesight
Mother Earth through the ‘Doctrine of Signatures’ gives us signs-of-nature to indicate which plant-based foods contain properties to specifically target the eyes and vision.
One of the best known and most effective is the carrot. When cut and examined closely you’ll notice that in addition to each slice’s round shape which resembles an eye it also has elements that look like the pupil and iris.
Apart from eating more carrots, especially raw ones, you can also drink straight carrot juice in the morning to turbocharge the concentration of natural eye-boosting goodness in your diet.
Another good idea is to do a 10 day ‘mono fast’ on carrot juice and water every 3-4 months.
Besides carrots, eat plenty of yellow and orange whole foods such as:
- Citrus fruit like lemons & oranges
- Nuts, legumes & seeds
- Sweet potato
- Tropical fruits
These are all high in "beta carotene" a red-orange pigment which gives them their distinctive colour and this same substance has also been proven to be highly beneficial for your eyes and vision.
Eliminate or drastically reduce the following inflammatory foods in your diet:
- Processed Animal Products
- Refined sugar
- Supermarket wheat products
- Non-organic produce
- Artificial sweeteners
Tips & Ideas For Supporting Eyesight & Vision
To support the long term health of your eyes and even possibly restore lost vision, you first need to avoid long periods of exposure to digital devices, which is the greatest threat to our eyesight in today's world.
If you already wear glasses or contacts, it's important to only wear them when essential so that your eyes are able to receive a break throughout certain periods of the day.
You might feel a little disorientated doing this, but so long as you’re not doing something dangerous (like driving a car or riding a bike where you need perfect vision), every time you do it you’ll be giving your eyes an opportunity to heal – particularly if you throw in a few little eye exercises as well.
Here are some additional tips to help maintain and restore eye health:
Reducing Digital Eye Strain
- Take regular breaks when using digital devices and give your eyes exposure to outside light regularly
- Use Eye of Horus eye drops and blink often to refresh your eyes
- Reduce your monitor's lighting and glare settings
- Rinse your eyes every morning when you rise with Eye of Horus saline eye drops to cleanse and protect your eyes
- Source a herb called “Eye Bright" and steep it into a tea and/or strain it and use it as an eye rinse before bedtime
- If you can't find Eye Bright, look for "Carrot Seed Oil" and experiment with a drop in each eye before going to sleep
- When outdoors, minimise the overuse of dark sunglasses, particularly during the early and later hours of the day, to allow soft rays of sunlight to enter the periphery of your eyes and to prevent long-term sunglass dependency
- Safely practise early morning Sun Gazing which is an ancient technique.
Suggested Exercise: If you're particularly adventurous and determined to try and restore your eyesight, try the following ancient technique which can be effective if you practice it every day.
- Take a piece of rope and place 7 multi-coloured knots/bows at 7 points the length of your forearm i.e. stretching from our outstretched middle finger to your elbow.
- In outside natural light, tie the end of the rope to a tree or chair and then walk back until the rope is at full stretch.
- Now, with your glasses or contact lenses removed, from the tree or chair working back towards yourself, focus on each knot until each knot becomes as clear as possible, before moving onto the next knot.
- Work up towards yourself and then back out to the chair. Do this twice.
This exercise should take about 5 minutes and you should aim to do it in the morning and late afternoon (twice per day).
If you do this consistently over the course of a couple of months, you will gradually retrain and restore vision to your eyes, particularly if you can minimise the non-essential wear of your glasses or contacts.
Recommended: "Eye of Horus" For Everyday Use
Eye of Horus is a completely natural, saline solution in a glass eye dropper that is totally chemical free, unlike most eye drops on the market today.
It helps to enhance optic health and soothe eye complaints like conjunctivitis and red, puffy eyes. It can also be used as an everyday eye drop to wake up tired, irritated eyes or to comfort the prolonged wearing of contact lenses.
By embracing these tips, you’ll be well on your way to promoting eye health as well as giving your eyesight the best possible chance to improve.
Tolman Self Care.