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To teach us about vision exercises, Michael Edson has agreed to an e-interview providing us with helpful information on the role of exercises and eye health.
Michael Edson is the other co-founder of NaturalEyeCare™ and is a New York State Licensed acupuncturist. He is the co-author of Natural Eye Care: A Comprehensive Manual for Practitioners of Oriental Medicine and Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision
Here's our e-interview with Michael:
Most people are unaware of the need to perform eye exercises. Is this something new?
Eye exercises have been around for thousands of years in the Chinese culture. The concept and value of doing daily eye exercises for vision improvement was popularized by Dr. William Bates, considered the "Father" of modern day natural eyesight improvement techniques. He was a pioneering ophthalmologist who practiced in the early 1900s.
Dr. Bates realized that when he prescribed lenses, his patients' vision worsened. He realized that he was affecting symptoms but not the cause of poor vision. His life's work was to develop methods to teach people to improve their vision.
Although eye doctors learn about vision therapy in school, most revert to the traditional approach of simply prescribing stronger eye glasses as needed as one ages, without any thought of working with patients through eye exercises to help maintain and even help strengthen vision. This is why most people do not know about this.
Currently, there are over 1500 Behavioral Optometrists in the U.S. who specialize in vision therapy. Their association website is www.oepf.org
Who should perform eye exercises?
Anyone who wants to be proactive in helping maintain their vision. There are muscles in the eyes that control how well we see much like muscles in other parts of the body, and these can be made more flexible just like other muscles through regular exercise. Diet, regular exercise and management of daily stress are also essential.
Keep in mind that if you do eye exercises daily, there is a good chance your vision will improve, and you may need a weaker prescription.
Why are eye exercises important for our vision?
Daily eye exercising helps promote better flow of blood, oxygen and energy through the eyes.
Are there any dangers or risks to our eyes or vision by performing eye exercises?
None. Of course exercise should be done in moderation and not to excess just the same as other types of exercise we do for our body.
How often should eye exercises be done?
20 minutes per day (combination of 3-4 eye exercises).
What are the top 3 eye exercises you would recommend?
Any of the basic eye exercises are good for vision health. One could start with a few eye exercises daily, 2-3 minutes per eye exercise such as the "hotdog" exercise, "near and far" exercise and "palming".
For more specifics, there are some very good guided eye exercises programs on the market such as "Program for Better Vision" and "Read Without Glasses Method". Ideally, one should work with a Behavioral Optometrist to get an individualized program.
How do eye exercises benefit someone who wants to prevent age related macular degeneration or who has macular degeneration?
Daily eye exercising helps promote better flow of blood, oxygen and energy through the eyes. This essentially supports better delivery of essential nutrients needed both to help prevent macular degeneration, as well as help maintain vision for those with macular degeneration.
Again though, diet, targeted supplementation and regular exercise are essential as well.
Are the eye exercises different for those with macular degeneration than for those who just want to prevent macular degeneration?
No, they would be the same.
Disclaimer: This information in this program is intended to be educational and not intended to replace the advice of a physician or other health care professional. Anyone who wishes to embark on any dietary, drug, exercise, or other lifestyle change intended to prevent or treat a specific disease or condition should first consult with and seek clearance from a qualified health care professional.The authors of this program are in no way liable for any use or misuse of this material.
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