Eyes & Sight: How to keep your vision healthy
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.
This is why so often people turn to glasses and contact lenses the moment they notice signs of poor vision or even worse pharmaceutical medications. In the hope that they’ll be a quick solution to make the world seem clear and bright again.
The problem is that a dependence on glasses or contacts will never give your eyes a chance to heal.
Glasses and contacts are like having a broken arm in a constant sling and never giving it a chance to regain strength.
If you use pharmaceutical, chemically laced solution or eye drops you’ll simply compound many of these issues due to their often undesirable side effects which can lead to additional health concerns from prolonged use. Additionally, they tend to only address the symptoms and not actually heal the root cause!
Signs & Symptoms
These are some of the most commonly reported signs of eyesight issues:
- Difficulty reading or seeing things in the distance
- Night “blindness” or problems seeing things in the dark/low light levels
- Red “bloodshot” eyes
- Seeing ‘floating’ spots
- Sensitivity to light
What causes vision problems or eyesight to deteriorate?
There are many reasons that your eyesight or vision may be getting worse, some of these are age-related and others, like most health issues, are as a result of diet and lifestyle.
However, 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.
Learn more in Fruit & Vegetable Juicing: What You Should Know
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.
Eliminating or at least minimising meat will also help because your body will be able to devote energy to the healing process over digestion, and as always it’s beneficial to cut out the following from your diet:
Natural Remedies For Eyesight & Vision
To restore vision and the health of your eyes, you need to go through the discomfort of taking a break from the glasses and contacts whenever you can.
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:
- Try to get your hands on 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 find ‘Carrot Seed Oil’ experiment with a drop in each eye before going to sleep
- Minimise the use of dark sunglasses to allow the nutrients of sunlight to enter your eyes
- Safely practise early morning the ancient Sun Gazing technique
Exercise: 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.
We’ve also put together a little product called “Eye of Horus”, a completely natural, saline solution in a glass eye dropper that is chemical-free and non-toxic. 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.