Mike Beaven, a retired Green Beret, Chief Warrant Officer 3 who served 16 years in the Special Forces, wrote the following article about his experience of overcoming and improving his poor night vision. Not only are we proud of and thankful for Mike and his service, this article is very educational and it took our breath away, so we wanted to share it!
Take it away, Mike.
As a Retired Green Beret, my ability to see at night wasn’t just a matter of navigating in darkness… it was my life. Oftentimes, I was asking my eyes to transition back and forth between light that was suddenly very bright and then very dark. Conducting operations at night was hard for many reasons.
Certainly one of those reasons was making the massive adjustment back to relative darkness after being blasted in the eyes by flashlights, explosions or oncoming vehicles. Even in my younger years, I would feel blinded for a few moments, thus feeling vulnerable.
Ophthalmologists call the ability to see in the dark after exposure to bright light, “dark adaptation,” and it usually takes longer for older eyes.
For many of us, the ability to adapt between extremes in light exposure is a constant battle. Having fewer rods may contribute to the problem. More likely, though, dark adaptation slows down because rhodopsin, the light-sensitive pigment in the rod cells, doesn’t regenerate as fast in older eyes.
What can you do about it?
When people think about improving their night vision, often the first thing that comes to mind is to add carrots to your diet. Good luck finding carrots on the battlefield!
I started taking the Rebuild Your Vision Ocu-Plus Formula and I found that the time it took for me to adapt to different light extremes was greatly reduced. Most of us grew up being told that carrots help you see better at night, and there’s some truth to that. Our retinas need vitamin A to properly function and produce the pigment rhodopsin. Vitamin A is so key to healthy eyes that poor night vision can actually be caused by a deficiency in this vitamin.
Do I need more than Vitamin A?
Ocu-Plus provided me with 200% of the daily value needed. Moreover, vitamin A supplementation has been shown to cure night blindness in people with vitamin A-deficient diets, a common problem in many parts of the world.
I used to think vitamins were a one-size-fits-all solution, but I was mistaken. I was taking the standard over-the-counter multivitamin found at a typical drug store. But, the blend of vitamins did very little for my eyesight.
After taking Ocu-Plus, I found my night vision improved and my eyes were more lubricated, which was a relief while living in the desert. Ocu-Plus has the exact blend of 17 vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements you need to improve your overall eye health.
I am truly grateful for Rebuild Your Vision and their refined product, which truly enhanced my performance overseas.
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