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Vision Myth #4
Vision Myth #4 – Adult brains cannot change or grow after a certain “critical period” in childhood. FALSE. New research in Neuroplasticity, or the plasticity of the brain, refutes claims that the brain is a fixed, static organ that does not change throughout adulthood. These new findings are backed up by studies in various topics such as vision rehabilitation, growth of gray matter through meditation and successful treatment of learning difficulties. The myth that your brain becomes set in stone once you pass a “critical period” is rapi... Read More
Look With Love: The Art of Receptive Eyesight
The phrase “Look With Love” sounds nice, but what does it mean? Maybe to understand what it means it will help to understand what it doesn’t mean. When not looking with love you look with fear, doubt, judgement, concern, worry, confusion, resistance, effort or strain, which all lead to blurry vision. Therefore when looking with love you look with awe, excitement, embrace, joy, ease and relaxation. Looking with love means seeing in a receptive way. You take information in through our eyes in the form of light. Instead of reaching out into the w... Read More
Swing Your Way to Clearer Vision
Do you remember how much fun you had playing on swing sets as a child? Think about how relaxing it is swing gently in a hammock or to sway back and forth in a rocking chair. These activities are not only fun and relaxing, but they can benefit your eyes as well. You don’t need a swing or hammock to practicing swinging though. One of the first Bates Method practices I teach my students is called the Long Swing. The Long Swing is taught first because it combines so many different aspects of the Bates Method into one drill ... Read More
How Do You Relax Your Eyes?
Before finding out how to relax your eyes, let’s explore why you need to relax your eyes in the first place. What difference does it make if your eyes are tense or relaxed? Let’s do a little experiment. Clench your hands. Do you think you would be able to paint a beautiful picture with a clenched hand? Clench your feet. Do you think you would be able to dance a beautiful waltz with clenched feet? Clench your jaw. Do you think you would be able to sing a beautiful song with a clenched jaw? What must be done ... Read More
2014 New Year’s Resolution: Improve Your Eyesight Naturally
The beginning of a new year provides a fresh start, a clean slate. It gives you a chance to let go of old and unnecessary things, ideas and habits while providing you with the opportunity to invite in new and helpful things, ideas and habits. How many years have you been wearing artificial lenses whether glasses or contacts? Don’t you think it’s about time to take your health and eyesight into your own hands? More and more people are becoming responsible for their own health through prevention and change in lifestyle. Think about how much money you can ... Read More
Be Aware of the Stare
Do you ever catch yourself staring throughout the day? Do you ever wonder why you are staring? Let’s take a moment to explore the phenomenon of staring. Don’t look a statue by staring Staring is one of the most common poor vision habits. The eyes stop moving and lock onto one object. Once the stare has taken hold it can be difficult to shake loose. Staring is often accompanied by holding the breath. When affected by stress the breath is one of the first functions that gets unconsciously altered. The breath becomes shallow, ... Read More
Vision Myth #3
Vision Myth #3 – The shape of the eyeball cannot change and the lens is the eye’s only focusing mechanism . FALSE. The six muscles around each eye slightly change the focal length of the eyeball and work with the lens to focus on objects near and far. Accommodation is the ability of the eye to focus on objects at varying distances. There have been many theories of accommodation, but the most widely accepted theory of accommodation was presented by Hermann von Helmholtz in 1855, which states that the ... Read More
Vision and Posture
Your thoughts, emotions and eyesight are influenced by your posture. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Likewise we can ask which came first, poor vision or poor posture? Vision and posture are intricately linked. The eyes are extensions of the brain and therefore a part of our central nervous system. When light strikes the photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) on the retina in the back of the eye, signals and messages travel as impulses and synapses through the optic nerve to the visual cortex in the back of the brain, which processes and inter... Read More
Vision Myth #2
Vision Myth #2:  Everyone begins to lose near vision at the age of 40. FALSE. Near vision can be maintained for life by actively using the eyes properly. It has become a widely accepted idea that once you hit the age of 40 you can say goodbye to your near vision. It’s just a natural byproduct of aging and it happens to everyone, right? Something about the lens hardening and turning yellow? Seemingly all of a sudden your arms aren’t long enough to read what is in your hand. Did someone make the font size smaller on lab... Read More
Mind and Vision: Retrain the Brain
Did you know that you do not see with your eyes? The eyes are simply organs that receive light. This light strikes the retina and sends impulses through the optic nerve to the visual cortex in the back of the brain, which interprets these signals. So you do not see with your eyes, but rather with your mind. According to Dr. Bates, vision is approximately 90% mental and only 10% physical. This further solidifies the fact that the Bates Method is different than simply performing eye exercises . Much more emphasis is placed on the m... Read More
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