Welcome back to Luca’s Friday Corner, (I know it’s Saturday, but we were late because this post took longer than we thought) where my hubby Luca shares all of his manly knowledge about cooking, health, and anything to do with holistic living.
When I first heard about the possibility of improving eyesight naturally, I had the same reaction most of you are having at this exact moment: “that’s just impossible!”. But this topic remained in the back of my mind and I started researching it as soon as I got home. Turned out that it’s not news: there have been many studies and books explaining how to do it.
We decided to get a book, and the one we chose seemed to be the one with the most serious approach. It’s called “The Secret Of Perfect Vision” by David de Angelis. I checked its reviews (as I always do): the only negative ones were about its awful English, being translated unprofessionally from the original Italian language. We decided to give the book a go anyway and we got blown away by its revolutionary content.
The book is written by an Italian lawyer, who was myopic himself and was determined to regain his eyesight naturally instead of opting for the eye “crutches”. He succeeded! The book is written as an academic research paper with many references to various academic studies, as the topic is quite “hot” and the author, not being a qualified doctor, had to back all of his statements up. I really appreciate that.
If you’d like to watch a video version of this blog post (with slightly different content and made by Vita), just click Play here:
For troubleshooting and answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding these eye exercises, read here.
So can you improve eyesight naturally? The answer is: yes, you can!
We decided to follow the guidelines in the book and started seeing results almost instantly. I’m writing this article because using this method I managed to reduce my myopia from -5.25 (left) and -4.75 (right) to respectively -3 and -2.50.
To explain better, I went from seeing absolute blur at 10ft far away to being able to go out without glasses during a sunny day. That’s quite a result!
And best of all, it didn’t take that long – just around 6 months. During that time I had to change my glasses twice as they were becoming too strong.
So if it’s possible to improve eyesight naturally at home, why do they still sell glasses?
I will leave you with Dr. Lee Anthony De Luca’s words. He is an ophthalmologist who wrote the following as a foreword for “The Secret of The Perfect Vision”:
“Worldwide, famous scholars have been doing research on refractive errors and especially on myopia for years. Unfortunately, a great deal of medical literature has always paid more attention to correcting visual defects rather than looking for their causes and intervening against them. Much work in ophthalmology development today has been dictated by economic interests, so that the greatest scholars have withdrawn from research on alternative methods that could control and even prevent the onset and development of myopia.”
Economic interest. Many things in this world (if not everything) are led by this.
How we start wearing glasses
The theory behind it is that the eyes get accustomed to the environment: if we prevalently read books or stare at the monitor of a computer or a tablet, we are very likely to see well from close and see worse from far away. This can be a temporary myopia, but, worried about it, the optician will simply prescribe “leisure” glasses that we will end up using all the time, making our eyes accustomed to them.
It’s a vicious circle, and from the first time you wear glasses, you are very likely to be a slave to them forever, unless you do something.
Eye bulbs change their shape thanks to muscles, and if we don’t use them, they just get smaller and not strong enough to do their job: they sort of atrophy. Not only do prescription glasses make life too simple for the muscles of the eyes, but they also diminish the field of vision drastically (unless one is wearing hipster-style huge glasses). They will make you turn your head in the direction of the object you want to look at (instead of simply moving your eyes) in order to have it perfectly in focus through your spectacles. In this way, the eyes move even less, and we also lose peripheral vision.
Contact lenses and laser therapy
When people get tired of spectacles and don’t want to use them anymore, they turn to contact lenses. These make things even worse because the eyes have to live with the correction all the time. Most certainly this WILL affect your eyesight.
As for the laser therapy, we have to think in a similar way: if we act on fixing something without eliminating the root cause, we will very likely end up with the same (or similar) problem somewhere down the line. It’s more or less guaranteed that you will need reading glasses as you get older after a laser eye surgery. Is it worth it?
Even if it is marketed as a definitive solution, there is simply no proof that the laser treatment will fix things for ever, as there is not enough historical data to proof it.
How can you improve eyesight naturally at home?
The book explains that in order to get your eyes back in shape, you’ll need to do eye exercises, just like we train in the gym to be fitter. Plain and simple.
At the beginning, you’ll need to do just eye stretching exercises, with the purpose of strengthening the various muscles in the eye cavities and inside the eyes.
Please have a look at this video for full instructions and a lovely demonstration by both Vita and me (just go to 8:54 for the exercises) 0r simply click here:
After a while, you will also need to start another exercise. It’s called de-focusing – it will force your eyes to look through underpowered glasses (if you are near-sighted) or overpowered glasses (if you are far-sighted) in order to increase the strength of the ciliary muscle. It is the muscle that modifies the shape of the lens of our eye to put objects in focus.
If your prescription is too high, you can wear the under/over powered glasses over your standard spectacles to reduce their strength, and if your prescription is around 3 or 2.5 dioptres, you can do without glasses at all. I know it sounds crazy, but it does work.
You should read a book at a distance where the writing is barely in focus. After a while, you will get accustomed and you will need to increase the distance to bring back the blurriness. Just watch the video below for full instructions.
Limited, but constant sessions will bring back your eyesight little by little, and the amazing thing that will make you go forward is the “glimpses” of crystal clear eyesight in which everything is perfectly in focus. They happened both to Vita and me, and it’s an amazing experience: once you understand that with the next few blinks your eyesight will be back to the normal blurriness, you won’t want to blink your eyes, I promise! These moments of exceptionally good eyesight will start becoming more and more frequent until your eyesight is “healed”.
We are not there yet, but we’re working on it.
How will you know if your eyesight is getting better?
That’s easy! Just download a Snellen chart, hang it on a well-lit wall or window and try to read its letters. You should be looking at the chart from the distance of 20ft (6.1 m). The smallest line you can read marks the acuity of your eyes.
When you are at the opticians, you look at this chart one eye at a time, but that’s because they need to know how strong the lenses have to be for each eye. In practice, you will never look at things with only one eye, so the binocular view (with both eyes) is more important to you.
Keep track of your results and bear in mind that your eyesight may vary depending on stress, tiredness, hunger, etc. But remember to check your eyesight using the monocular view when you need to order your next pair of glasses.
If it’s that easy, why don’t people do it?
It’s easy, true, but… Firstly, most people don’t know about it. Then, the vast majority wants the solution “now” and prefers the least challenging way out.
When we read the book, we tried to explain this technique to many friends. We tried to discourage relatives from the odd idea of having a laser treatment, but absolutely nobody ever followed us or took us seriously. Everybody kept saying, “Fine, do it yourself. If you get results, then I’ll follow.” Well, the results came. But nobody ever joined us.
Then, mind you, it’s easy reading how to do these eye exercises, but it takes a great deal of willpower, courage, perseverance, and trust. When we started doing it, we were dragging each other, doing it as a couple has been so much easier. So if you can find a partner in crime to do it with you, do it!
And we also failed to continue as after quite a depressing period living with my parents in law in Lithuania we stopped doing eye exercises altogether for almost 2 years. The good news is that the 2 dioptres I got back remained. I also kept using my glasses in a much more intelligent way: I was wearing them just when needed, not all the time.
These eyesight improvement exercises will make you change glasses faster than ever
You can see results reasonably quick. Checking my old pictures, I saw that within 3 months I was already wearing my new glasses, and 3 months later – a weaker pair again. If you need reading glasses, the supermarket ones are reasonably good and very cheap.
But if you need different prescription glasses for seeing far away, the standard retail shops may put a huge dent in your bank account: when you need to get a new pair every three months or so, it might cost you a fortune. At the time when we went through glasses like cupcakes, we found a brilliant website SelectSpecs.com and we got all our glasses from there ever since.
While I always bought the bottom of the line ones because I was going to change them in 3 months or so anyway, they also have more expensive designer frames. They are based in Hong Kong, but when we were in Lithuania, our 2 pairs of glasses came from the UK. This may be useful for some, as there are countries (like Italy and Spain) in which the customs behave in a protectionist way, making you wait for months to get a parcel coming from the Far East and worth $10 or so…
For all the readers in the US, I know that also there you have cheap online stores, so finding cheap glasses shouldn’t be a problem for you.
I hope I’ve managed to convince some of you to try all of this out. I’ll be honest: so far in our real life we’ve never managed to convince anybody to try yet. 🙂 Please be brave and jump in! You won’t regret it.
For troubleshooting and answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding these eye exercises, read here.
If you do give these eye exercises a try, please let us know in the comments below. We’d love to know how your journey to a clearer and sharper world is going!
Disclaimer: because I am not medically trained, all the information I wrote in this blog post reflects just my personal experience and is a synopsis of the content of the book I mentioned and that I highly recommend to read. Please check also the Author’s website and forums. If you are having serious eye problems, please see an eye doctor.