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3 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Vision

Here are some unconventional ways to improve your vision that you may not have heard of — they may surprise you.

Mostly Mozart

You’ve probably heard that listening to classical music can improve your academic or work performance. It’s also been claimed that children exposed to classical music in the womb develop better than children who were not exposed. But can listening to Mozart improve your vision?

A Brazilian study suggests that the answer may be yes. Researchers tested medical students by playing them a recording of Mozart for 10 minutes before the students took a visual test. The results showed that these students performed better than their counterparts who did not listen to music.

In another study, researchers divided sixty participants into two groups. The groups then took a test that helps identify whether someone suffers from peripheral vision abnormalities or blind spots. The first group listened to Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos for ten minutes before the test; the second group sat quietly.

Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Vision ImageIf you guessed that the Mozart-listening group scored better, you are correct!

Conclusive these tests are not – it is unclear whether the results related to Mozart’s music directly or just the fact that researchers stimulated the senses of participants (we wonder: Would listening to, say, heavy metal or rap have the same effect?).

But the tests are intriguing and suggest that there is more to visual acuity than, ahem, meets the eye.

Playing’s the Thing

Next time you tell your kids (or your husband) to stop playing video games and get outside for some fresh air, you might think twice. In a widely publicized study, researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that people who played action video games for a few hours each day over the course of a month improved their visual acuity by about 20 percent. The test measured the ability to identify letters within a crowd of other distracting symbols — similar to a standard eye chart.

“When people play action games, they’re changing the brain’s pathway responsible for visual processing,” says Daphne Bavelier, one of the UR researchers and a professor of brain and cognitive sciences. “These games push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it. That learning carries over into other activities and possibly everyday life.”

So the next time your kid asks for a Sony PlayStation, just think of it as Little League without the carpooling — another form of exercise!

Belly Up to the Oxygen Bar

Though diabetics must control their sugar intake, a pilot study by scientists at Johns Hopkins and the National Eye Institute suggests that they can consume all the oxygen they want. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Web site, “Oxygen delivered through the nose may improve poor vision caused by diabetic macular edema, (which is) fluid buildup in the part of the eye responsible for central vision.”

Diabetic macular edema affects up to 10 percent of all patients with diabetes. It results when high blood sugar causes damage in normal retinal blood vessels and a decrease in the supply of oxygen and nutrients.

Researchers studied five diabetic patients who had macular edema. They had the patients breathe supplemental oxygen for three months. “The results were really dramatic,” says Peter A. Campochiaro, M.D., senior author of the study. The oxygen reduced buildup of fluids and swelling in the macula. Some patients even showed improved visual acuity, with the ability to see two lines higher on a standard eye chart.

Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Vision

We’re all about finding ways to improve your vision naturally. And these three unconventional ways to improve your vision are just that — no need to resort to glasses or contacts! Who knows what the next medical frontier might be? In the future, maybe glasses, like the dinosaurs, will become extinct.

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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7 responses to “3 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Vision”

  1. Avatar for Mrs A Lea Mrs A Lea says:

    Hi many thanks for sending me e-mails on improve my visiom. over the last year my eyesight has deteriated and i now need to wear glasses for reading since i went to the optician they have gone down hill rapidly. will the e-mails you send me improve my vision. Mrs A Lea

  2. Avatar for reda reda says:

    dear sir thank you very much for your advise —now I can read in computer without glasses —I have cataract at the back center of lense in my two eyes——my problem that is my vision is very weak at the sun light and i can not see small letters

  3. Avatar for Robert Lambkin Robert Lambkin says:

    An operation to remove a cancer in my right ear left my exterior ear down. glasses do not fit properly hence I have to discipline my eyes so as not to wear lop sided glasses. These exercises help considerably

  4. Avatar for Armie Armie says:

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  6. Avatar for norman gotschall norman gotschall says:

    HI THERE Tyler;


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  7. Avatar for Liesl Liesl says:

    I have terrible astygmatism, (pardon my spelling) and nearsightedness. My lenses are thick and an attempt to file them down hasn’t helped either. Hopefully, I can help myself to an improvement with tips like these.

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