You Can Improve Your Vision

by David Jenyns

Vision ImprovementYour eyes will give you the kind of vision you demand of them-no more and no less. You must make proper seeing habits an intrinsic part of everything you do, and as the habits become routine and subconscious you will reap the reward in relaxed tension, in increased clarity of mental functioning and control. Improve your vision in no time at all.

After all, since you use your eyes all the time it is obviously important to use them right all the time. Except when our eyes cause us trouble, we are apt to be unaware of them or of the way in which we use them. Here are a couple of ways of incorporating your new seeing habits in your daily activities.

1. Riding on subway, train or bus.

Look around you on any vehicle and you will observe the faces of the other passengers. They are staring vacantly around them, their expression is blank with boredom; or they are fidgeting because they are late, tense because they are attempting to crowd past someone else; frowning because they are carrying their worries along with them or peering at signs whose fine print they find it difficult to decipher.

Has it occurred to you that you are giving the same impression of tension and in so doing that you are creating conditions of strain which affect your vision?

Sit back comfortably with your spine straight and your head erect. Don’t stare or let your eyes glaze as you keep them fixed on the landscape. Shift your eyes easily from the windows on your side to those on the other. Let the landscape slide toward you as effortlessly as the scene on a motion-picture screen. Let your vision shift from near to far distance.

Nature has provided the finest and most natural rest for the eyes in the form of eyelids. Close your eyes lightly, shutting out the glare and visualize a pleasing scene as vividly as you can. This is an excellent way to improve your vision. To prevent staring, summon up pictures that have movement in them so that the eyes will move behind the closed lids.

For instance, as the train or bus moves along, imagine that you are passing a fence with smooth, sharply pointed pickets. See the fence. Paint each picket carefully with white paint. Then slowly dip your mental paintbrush into black ink and on the first picket paint a clear black A, a B on the second, a C on the third, and so forth. Stand back to admire your handiwork seeing clearly each black letter on its white picket.

Open your eyes and hunt for a black letter on a white background in one of the billboards that usually adorn trains and buses, or on a passing sign outside the window. Compare the printed A with the one you have painted and look from one to the other.

2. Driving a car.

Nearly everyone who suffers from eyestrain is conscious of pain in the back of the neck while driving, of headache and blurred vision, of becoming jumpy and tired-sometimes even nauseated-from a long trip. For such people the glare of headlights in night driving is a nightmare.

Most, if not all, of this discomfort can be avoided by following a few simple rules:

(a) Instead of staring at the road ahead-that bemused gaze which is typical of most drivers-practice shifting the gaze from the instrument board to some distant object and back again, blinking frequently as you do so. This exercise encourages rapid accommodation, prevents staring, and relieves tension.

(b) Sit erect with your head up and your eyes looking forward. That is, don’t sink your head on your chest and peer upward or look from the side of the eyes. Keep your neck relaxed. It is always a mistake to drive for long distances without changing position. Stop the car, straighten up, pull your neck up high and move your head from side to side, taking deep breaths.

(c) Glance at some distant object-a tree, house, or boulder-and watch it come toward you swiftly.

Practise these easy exercises and your eyes will suffer far less strain and you will immediately improve your vision.

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