Unless they are born completely blind, the majority of people are born with good eyesight. Most common eye ailments are caused by bad visual habits we start developing when we begin school, which consist of misusing and putting too much strain on our eyes for long periods of time.
Myopia, which is the most common eye disorder in children and young people, is caused by focusing too close, too long, too hard, with no breaks in between. The root cause of myopia is that the optical muscles grow too strong, thus elongating the shape of the eyeball and causing near-sightedness. Trouble seeing and headaches are the symptoms that will usually drive 10 out of a hundred children and their parents to the ophthalmologist, who will most certainly prescribe glasses.
Glasses however, do not solve the problem. They only address the symptoms and temporarily make us see better, with as little effort as possible. The only way to see better in the long term, is to break our bad visual habits and learn how to see properly again. Whatever refractive eye condition we suffer from, whether it is myopia, hypermetropy, astigmatism, or presbyopia later on, will never get better with the use of glasses. Without glasses and provided we practice certain eye exercises and learn to use our eyes properly, the eye has a chance to get better, and will eventually naturally heal itself. The use of glasses, condemns the eye to an ever worsening vision and most people need stronger eyeglass prescriptions over time. Glasses tend to make the eyes lazy and weaker than before, thus multiplying the original problem. In the case of myopia, minus lenses will act as a stimulus to the already overdeveloped optical muscles, and myopia will grow with time, needing constantly stronger lenses. In the opposite, case which is hypermetropy or far sighthedness, the optical muscles are too weak. The use of glasses with plus lenses will soothe the inability of the eye to focus far away, resulting in weakening muscles over time and stronger lenses. In both cases, if glasses were not instantly prescribed and the patient was taught how to relax the eyes and exercise the muscles around them, the eye would tend to naturally heal itself.
Presbyopia, which is synonymous to the eye condition of the elderly, since it sets on after the age of forty, is caused by the lens of the eye hardening, due to age. We have been conditioned to believe that we will almost certainly have to wear glasses as we grow older, so our first move, as soon as we start having a little trouble reading small print, is to resort to glasses, even over the counter ones. However, properly trained eye muscles are able to hold the shape of the eye no matter how hard the lens becomes. It is well known that as soon as we put on our first pair of glasses, presbyopia, like all other refractive eye conditions will gradually grow worse. But if we try to put off the use of glasses for as long as possible, while training the eye to see as much as it can without glasses, we might avoid the use of artificial lenses altogether.
Nobody needs 20/20 vision to see properly. Perfect eyesight is nice to have, but not if it has to be ever-dependent on glasses. Poor eyesight will never improve with glasses. Have you heard of anybody going to the ophthalmologist after years of wearing glasses, ever being told that their eyesight has improved? Never! The usual verdict is a stronger eyeglass prescription.
Eye conditions do not happen suddenly. We don’t wake up one morning going from perfect eyesight to severe trouble finding our way to the bathroom. Eye conditions happen gradually, following constant misuse and strain on our eyes. If we didn’t resort to glasses as soon as we had the slightest trouble seeing, and especially if opticians did not rush to prescribe glasses as the only option at the slightest complaint of their patients, most people would never have the eye problems they have now as they grow older.
The simple truth is, that once you put on your first pair of glasses, you are condemned to wearing glasses for the rest of your life, unless you decide to improve your eyesight naturally. How can you do that?
Try going without your glasses for a few weeks, or to wear them as little as possible and see what happens. You may be surprised at the results. Things may be a little blurry at the beginning, but once your eyes begin to adjust to seeing without glasses and moving around freely, things will start improving. If this seems too much for you, and you think that you absolutely cannot live without your glasses, try using a pair with lesser strength-an older prescription for example. The trick is to make sure you are not under undue mental strain while you teach your eyes to see again. Try some relaxation techniques and rest your eyes when things start to get out of focus. Your eyesight will soon start to improve dramatically and you will be well onto your way to perfect (or at least acceptable) vision without glasses!