Vision and learning are intimately related. Children with myopia have difficulty reading or seeing what’s written or drawn on the whiteboard in class. Symptoms of myopia may include persistent squinting, excessive blinking/rubbing of their eyes, as well as headaches caused by eyestrains. One of the most common telltale signs would be finding them needing to sit closer to the TV or at the front of the classroom to see better.
According to the Brien Holden Vision Institute, myopia is growing around the world. Specifically, an estimated 30% of the world is currently myopic. At this rate, close to 50% of the world’s population will be myopic by 2050, a staggering 5 billion people!
Myopia affects both adult and child performance in school or at work. If you have severe myopia, there may be occupations that are inaccessible, such as a pilot, air traffic controller, firefighter etc.
So, what can you do to delay the onset or progression if your child has myopia? Besides good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, we gathered 5 different ways you can try at home to improve your vision!
Five Ways to Improve Your Vision
The main cause of eye muscle tension is neck muscle tension. The immobility of these muscles can cause problems. Try applying pressure on these acupressure points to relax the eyes and in return, experience brighter and clearer eyesight. Some acupressure points in the body are indirectly connected to the eye and accessing them will be very beneficial. Let us look at some of the most effective acupressure points for healthy eyes.
Bridge of the Nose:
These points can be found near the bridge of the nose under the eyebrows and on the outer side of the eye socket. Place your thumbs on both the sides of the pressure points and apply slight pressure. The points help to relieve fatigue, redness and strain of the eyes.
Place your index finger on either side of your nostrils and massage it gently. Your finger should be on the edge of your nostrils. Press both sides of your nostrils simultaneously and repeat this gentle massage for 5 minutes every day. You will be activating all the points around the eyes with this massage. This helps to prevent unclear vision, headaches, sinus pain and nasal congestion.
Edge of Eyes:
These pressure points can be found on the inner edge of the eyes, near the bridge of the nose. You’ll need to press these points with your index fingers, or use your thumb and index finger to apply more pressure. Access the points every day for 3 to 5 minutes to have a clearer vision. It will relax the eye muscles.
2. Vision Breaks
Give your eyes a break from electronic devices. Whether you are in the midst of completing an online assignment or watching a movie, look up and look away from the screen every 30 minutes. Take time to scan and look around the room. Do not focus on a particular object as this will involve exerting your eyes.
You may also take the opportunity to close your eyes for a minute or two to allow them to rest.
Make sure you blink often. If you are working on a computer or on an e-reader, let your eyes take frequent breaks too. Ensure that you are sitting a distance from the television and computer screen.
Spending one to three hours a day in the sun has also been shown to improve children’s eyesight dramatically. Bright outdoor light helps children’s developing eyes maintain the correct distance between the lens and the retina, which keeps vision in focus.
3. Focus Exercises
For this exercise, you’ll need to be seated and will need a pencil. Hold the pencil about six inches away from the tip of your nose. Don’t stare at the pencil, instead quickly glance at it and then focus on an object that is on the opposite side of the room. Do this for a few seconds and then go back to the pencil for a few seconds.
Repeat this process 10 times and do it every day. As your eyesight starts to get better, start focusing on objects that are further away from you.
Hold the pencil away from your eyes until it gets to the point where it starts to double in your vision. Hold it just before this point. Imagine that there is a transparent tic-tac-toe board just in front of you. Now move the pencil and touch each of the imaginary squares and bring the pencil back to its original position. As you’re moving the pencil, make sure that you track its movement with your eyes.
Perform this exercise at least once a day and you should start to notice a gradual improvement in your vision.
Palming is simple, effective and considered the cornerstone of the Bates Method to improve one’s vision naturally. Why not give it a try?
If you’re sitting at a desk, rub your palms together until they feel warm, remove your glasses, then place your palms over your eyes as you rest your elbows on the table.
The key is to relax your shoulders, neck and eye muscles while the heat from your palms soothes your eyeballs and the surrounding muscles. Breathe in deeply and imagine that you are looking off into the distance watching the ocean waves.
5. Loosening Up
Tension in the eyes is always accompanied by tension in other areas of your body such as your face, jaw, neck and shoulders. Shoulder rolls and turning your head from side to side are beneficial because they help improve circulation and release tension. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, they also help to improve the flow of energy in your body.
Did you know that the occipital region of your brain contains the primary visual cortex? That’s where you process and make sense of what you see. The occipital region is located at the base of the back of your head, right above the neck. Tension in your neck and shoulders can cause this area to be very tight as well.
Do between 20 to 25 forward and backward shoulder rolls with a focus on bringing your shoulder blades together as you do the rolls.
For the head turns, stand in a relaxed position and then turn your head slowly to the left and then to the right. Do this for about 12 repetitions. When you reach the end of your head turn, pause and look as far around as you can with your eyes. This way, you’ll get to exercise your eyes too. Be sure to keep your shoulders relaxed as you turn your head.
Taking Care of Our Eyes
Humans have five senses: the eyes to see, the tongue to taste, the nose to smell, the ears to hear, and the skin to touch. By far, the most important organ of sense is our eyes. We perceive up to 80% of all impressions by means of our sight.
These are just a few ways that can help you improve your eyesight. Doing simple eye exercises daily can go a long way! Be dedicated to improving and preserving your eyesight now and save yourself from vision loss down the road!