Chances are that you can actually recall a time when you didn’t need glasses, but at some point early in your life you developed vision problems that required you to wear glasses. And since one or both of your parents wore glasses they, or even the eye doctor, told you that it was bound to happen, that you simply inherited your bad eyesight from your parents, just as you inherited your mother’s big blue eyes.
Genetics is an easy answer to everything that occurs. In many cases people find it easier to blame inheritance instead of taking steps to correct problems.
Guess what. There’s a 97 percent chance this is NOT true.
Only three percent of all people with vision problems were actually born with poor vision. The rest developed vision problems sometime later in their life. What this means is that you were born seeing clearly, and at some point “learned” habits that led to a decrease in your vision health.
Today, over HALF of the people in the U.S. wear eyeglasses or contacts. It has reached the point where needing corrective lenses to fix vision problems is now considered “normal.” While some of this increase may be due to environmental changes such as increases in air pollution, or an increase in the amount of UV rays that reach the earths surface, very little is the result of genetics.
But it hasn’t always been this way.
There are at least FIVE times as many people wearing corrective lenses today than there were before World War I. This huge uptick in the number of people wearing corrective lenses happened in just the last three or four generations. They can’t possibly ALL be “inherited”.
Just as we learn to walk and talk early in life, we also learn how to see. If you’ve been living with glasses or contacts as long as you can remember, it’s a pretty good bet that you just never learned to “see” properly.
Can Anything Be Done About It?
There are treatments other than corrective lenses or surgery that could help many of the people who now where glasses to improve their vision. There is every chance that this improvement would allow them to get rid of their glasses for good.
You may be wondering why more people do not take advantage of this option?
We live in a world today that is all about instant gratification. Fast food, instant contact world wide via the Internet, Microwave ovens to heat food up quickly, email and cell phones just to name a few examples. Is it any wonder then that people want an instant cure for vision problems as well?
What many people fail to realize is that they are not actually curing the eye condition, they are merely treating the symptoms. Corrective lenses do little or nothing to make a change in a persons vision. They act as a crutch to allow people with vision problems to see more clearly, but only while they have the lenses on. As soon as the corrective lenses are removed the problem is still there.
Most vision problems are found when we are very young. This poses a problem. If you have young children and are interested in learning more about natural ways to improve their vision you may want to talk to a behavioral optometrist to see what they recommend.
One thing that you can do is ensure that your child receives the proper nutrients needed for good vision. A diet high in eye healthy vitamins and nutrients is important if you want your eyes and those of your children to develop as well as they can. This is actually easiest to do when your children are very young. The foods that you start out feeding them are the ones that they will like as they grow older.
Most problems associated with diet start because we spoil very young children. If we start them out on a healthy diet and stick with it as they age they can avoid many of the problems that children develop. The added benefit is that all of the vitamins and nutrients that our eyes need are also needed by other parts of our bodies as well. So by ensuring that your child’s eyes get the proper nutrients you are also ensuring that their bodies get them too.
The easiest way to do this is to steer clear of prepared foods. Offer lots of vegetables either cooked or raw, depending on your child’s ability to eat them. Avoid take out food whenever possible. Snack food should be vegetables or fruits. Even with all this there is a chance that your children will not receive all the vitamins and nutrients that they need for health eyes.
You may want to consult with your medical professional or eye doctor to see if they can recommend a vitamin or supplement that contains vitamins and minerals especially for vision.