Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is a very common vision condition where a person can see the near objects clearly, but the objects in the distance appear blurry.
What Ophthalmologist are Predicting
Myopia is a big problem in our modern world. According to the study done by American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), about 26% of the world population has myopia in 2016. By 2050, AAO says there will be 59.6% of the world population with myopia and expects myopia to be the leading cause of blindness.
Common Belief about Myopia Treatment
Common belief is that only way to correct poor distance vision is to wear glasses or contact lenses or get a Lasik surgery to correct the refractive error. Although your eye doctors might have their good intention to help you see better, these methods generally do not provide long-term solution for the myopic state of the eye and also weaken the autonomous visual system – eye muscles, the visual center in the brain, and mind).
What is the Best Way to See Clearly?
The best of the best way to see clearly in all distances is using your own eyes! Practicing simple yet effective Natural Vision Improvement techniques and learning good visual habits will get you there!
Signs of Myopia
The most noticeable symptom of myopia is blurry vision when you look at faraway objects. Adults may not be able to see street signs clearly while driving. Parents usually find out about their child might be developing myopia when the child start having trouble seeing the blackboard or whiteboard at school; or saying, “Things look blurry, I cannot see that far.”
Other signs of myopia include
- Squinting to see
- Straining to see
- Frequent headaches
- Eye fatigue
Possible Causes of Myopia
Conventional optometry regards myopia as a hereditary problem contrary to evidence to suggest other factors, as listed below. Children do inherit their parents’ personality traits and visual habits, but not the myopia itself. Remember vision occurs mainly in your brain and mind.
Physiologically, myopia happens when the eyeball is elongated, making light rays entering the eye be focused in front of the retina causing blurred vision. Dr. Bates defined myopia to happen when the oblique eye muscles are too tight all the time, not allowing the recti muscles to lengthen to accommodate properly for distance vision. Dr. Bates also emphasized that these eye muscles are mostly involuntary muscles thus are controlled by your nervous system. Natural vision teachers heal myopia holistically by teaching people how to relieve their visual, mental and emotional strain, so their their visual system works harmoniously and effortlessly.
- The main physical cause of myopia is from visual strain – staring, squinting, excessive reading or computer work, and other prolonged close work. Perhaps, that’s why many people develop myopia during their college or advanced degree program?
- Certain health conditions such as diabetes can cause myopia.
- During the period of illness, physical tiredness, heavy alcohol consumption, or reading/working late at night when tired can cause blurred vision temporarily.
- Excessive refined sugar consumption can cause blurred vision as sugar not only weakens the blood vessels in the eyes but also swells lens fibers.
Mental and emotional causes
- Not only the visual Strain, but mental strain (boredom, trying too hard to see, or rigidity you add to your mind) can also cause myopia.
- Emotional stress can cause myopia. Both adults and children experience blurred vision when they go through some difficult time in their life such as divorce, death of a loved one, job loss, job change, moving to a new city, financial difficulties, extremely inflexible and demanding parent/teacher/boss, etc.
- Physical/sexual/psychological abuse can cause myopia, especially in children.
- Common age for children start developing myopia is between the ages of 8 and 12. It’s because during these years, children become more sensitive to things happening to/around them as their neurological (nervous) system develops fast or heightens.
What causes further deterioration of myopia
- Corrective lenses – glasses and contact lenses – seem to make you see clearly while you wear them. However, they make objects in all distances appear closer and smaller, causing your eye’s focusing muscle to be strained, resulting in worse myopia.
- Your eyes change about 100,000 times a day to see different objects in various distances. By seeing the world through one fixed diopter lense freezes the eye muscles and makes the whole visual system inflexible and weak.
- You were probably told to wear your glasses all the time by your parents or by your eye doctors; otherwise you will go blind. This is totally opposite of the truth: Wearing glasses constantly can deteriorate your vision as well as causing other vision complications later in your life.
Complications of Myopia
Dr. Bates said, wearing corrective lenses to correct your myopia puts you in a vicious cycle where your vision can get worse due to the visual strain it causes. Visual strain in turn could cause your eyeball to elongate more and your retina to become thinner. Thinned out retina can increase the risk for retinal detachment, vitreous detachment, early development of cataracts and glaucoma, all of which can lead to vision loss.
High myopia is a severe form of myopia where the eyeball continues to grow and becomes very long from front to back. One milimeter in change to the axial length of the eyeball is roughly equal to 3 diopters in power. (i-see.org)
Sadly, many myope’s (even in their 20’s) near-vision eventually get affected as well when they wear glasses for many years, ending up with bifocals or progressive lenses.
Conventional Correction for Myopia
Glasses, contact lenses, or Lasik surgery is the typical solution most people sought after or promoted by conventional eye professionals. These methods do not fix the real causes of myopia thus you typically end up with stronger and stronger prescriptions. They also do not change the elongated state of the eye, nor considering the effects your mind-body-emotions have on your vision.
Correcting Myopia Holistically
Yes, you can improve your myopia naturally! It’s usually not an overnight fix. However, many people do get rid of their glasses eventually by seeing clearly with their own eyes. They also enjoy many benefits of regaining natural vision.
When you can see clearly with your own eyes, you’ll be surprised how differently you’ll perceive the world and how the whole world effortlessly opens up for you!
Here’s a testimonial from one of my students – 48 years old, who wore glasses since 9 years old and was afraid of driving for many years; she improved her sight from -8D to -6D in 3 weeks.
“Right now, driving is fun (-6 diopters) because I have these beautiful views of road and landscape in my mirrors. It shocked me at first. I pulled off the road and cried for awhile. I am also suddenly aware of distant landscape. In the past, I kept my “eyes” on the road about 10 feet ahead and follow the lines has been my method of driving.”
In 5 weeks, her vision improved to about -4.5D. She hopes to be 20/20 in the next few months.
With love and seeing,
Mimi Shekoski, PhD, Natural Vision Coach | Holistic Natural Health Doctor
Note: Nothing in this blog post is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.
“The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment Without Glasses” by W.H.Bates, M.D.
“Improve Your Vision” by Dr. Steven M. Beresford, et. al.
www.aaojournal.org – Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050