What Are Your Eyes Saying?
Eye problems plague
society today and have for many years. Many of these problems
and ailments can be avoided if we would stop and listen to our
eyes. They are the best factors in deciding if we are
overworking them. If your eyes are straining and tense, your
eyes are being damaged. You wouldnít continue straining your arm
muscles for long periods of time, you would stop when it hurt
and take a break. The eyes should be treated the same way.
The eyes are full of
small muscles that are responsible for shortening or lengthening
the lens so we can see clearly. Take a look at your eyes right
now. Are they straining to read the words on the page? Are the
eyes flowing over the words are staring hard at each word? Are
you smiling, frowning, or concentrating too hard? If you said
yes to any of those, your eye muscles need to relax as soon as
Thoughts can actually
affect our vision. When you are thinking pleasant, happy
thoughts the eyes are more relaxed. Relaxed eyes have better
focus and allow the eyes to make smooth movements. Negative
thoughts cause the eyes to strain. Strained eyes tend to stare
and the movements of the eye are jerky causing the eyes to hurt.
The eyes donít lie. If
your eyes hurt or you feel tense behind the eyes, they are
simply trying to tell you to relax. Feel a headache coming on
near the eyes or behind them? You are straining your eyes too
much and need to relax.
The good news is that
it only takes about 15-20 minutes to relax the eyes. Relaxed
eyes can focus better and help with comprehension of the things
you are reading or looking at. Simply close your eyes and
concentrate on the darkness. Forget about the negative stressors
going on around you, and think about positive, pleasant things.
Picture yourself relaxing on the beach, the waves lapping at
your feet, a cold drink in your hand. Keep your thoughts focused
on as many pleasant things as you can for the entire 15 minutes.
When you open your eyes, you should feel more relaxed and the
eyes more focused.
Listening to what the
eyes are saying and relax them when they are tired. Taking time
out to relax, will help your vision for years to come.
Vision Ė A New Way of Learning
The worst thing we can do to our
eyes is strain them. Too much mental strain and focus can
actually harm our eyesight and cause the eyes permanent damage.
Bad habits start from childhood, especially once school starts.
These bad habits carry over into adulthood and cause damage to
the eyes. Most of eye problems and ailments are simply caused by
the bad habits learned in our youth.
Children have a natural curiosity
to learn new things. Ask any kindergartener or first grader if
they are excited for school and they will almost always say yes
with genuine enthusiasm. Ask the same question of a junior high
or high school student and they will moan at the thought of
going back to school for another year.
Why the huge difference between the
two? School is too disciplined and children are forced to spend
hours each day learning and memorizing things that donít
interest them. Any subject that is uninteresting causes more
concentration and the eyes to strain through. Not every person
enjoys the same subjects, yet all children are forced to
memorize and learn things in an uninteresting way.
The eyes strain when forced to
concentrate on images that donít interest us. Like numbers on an
analytical report for work isnít going to interest all the
employees, mathematics, science, and English wonít interest
every student. This doesnít mean that have a well-rounded
education should be thrown out the window. It simply means there
needs to be a change in how children are educated.
The Bates Method was discovered by
Dr. William Bates, a famous eye doctor. In his method, Dr. Bates
put together a large, poster-sized card covered in common shapes
and letters familiar to most school age children. The card was
hung at the front on the classroom and offered the students
something to look at when they were feeling tired or
overwhelmed. The purpose of the card was to give the children a
chance to relax their eyes. Looking at new material puts strain
on the eyes, but familiar objects allow the eyes to relax.
Teaching children not to strain
their eyes from a young age will help keep their vision sharp
for years to follow.
Keep Your Eyes
A clear mind is always on the go.
The mind is constantly working out solutions to problems and
solving the issues of the day. A mind that is stressed or strain
struggles to work properly. The mind can get overwhelmed and
then freeze and become stagnate. Problems donít get solved and
issues continue to pile up. Likewise, the eyes need movement to
work properly. When the eyes are relaxed, they are moving around
and enjoying the world around them. When eyes are strained, they
stare and vision worsens.
The eyes love to stay busy, rapidly
moving around and taking in the sights all around us. Eyes donít
like to stop moving and focus on only one item. When this
happens, the eyes start to strain and concentrate and vision is
not as accurate. Your eyes and brain work at a much more rapid
pace then we give them credit for. When we are out in nature,
the eyes are moving quickly from one tree or flower to the next.
The only time they stop and stare is when your brain isnít aware
of what it is looking at. If you are looking at roses and then a
unknown flower comes into focus, you will stop and stare until
you realize it is a daisy and then move on.
Eyes never stop moving, unless we
force them to. Even when we are asleep the eyes are moving
around in the darkness. When the eyes are still for too long,
they start to become damaged and lose the focus. Eye movement
should always be smooth and flowing, never jerky or bouncing
You can teach the eyes to move
smoothly by tracing objects. The eyes donít have to look from
one item to the next in jerky movements. Try tracing around the
edges of objects. Look out the window allowing your eyes to
outline cars, buildings, trees, and bushes. After a few times,
the objects should start to get clearer and the color brighter.
You can trace just about anything, couches, chairs, and the
television. Do this exercise at least once a day to train the
eyes to really look at things and not just stare.