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Presbyopia – nothing you can do to prevent it. Really?

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A few days ago I came across an article about vision in the  HEALTH magazine.
Presbyopia, an age-related farsightedness, was listed as a number one problem with a following comment: “Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to prevent it”.
The only recommendation offered was to see your doctor for more modern glasses and contact lenses prescription.

 

Really? I am in my mid-50s and, unlike my parents who started wearing reading glasses in their mid-40s, I refused to buy into a notion that nothing can be done for presbyopia.

 

About six years ago I noticed that I could not read the smallest text on the facial cream containers.  It got me really upset. I did not ask for a reading glasses prescription but  decided to look for eye exercises instead.

 

As it often happens in my life, I soon came across an article in a Russian health magazine that had some form of yoga for eyes. And a little later a friend showed me a facial self-massage technique  used in the traditional Chinese medicine.

 

While I still have to hold those containers a little farther away than my normal reading distance, I don’t own a pair of reading glasses and my vision has been staying at the same level since then.

 

I do my eye exercises and stimulate the acupressure points on my face daily.
It does require more effort than wearing glasses  but it makes me proud that I don’t have to rely on “crutches” to read a small print.
These exercises take only about 10 minutes and I do them right after my Egoscue morning routine.

 

I am going to share with you what I do and you can try it yourself.

 

If possible, try to do these exercises in front of the window to see far out but this window should not have sun shining into your eyes.

Exercise #1

Sit either in a chair or in an easy yoga pose. Rub the palms of your hands together and inhale deeply.

Exhale slowly  and gently rub the closed eyes with the bottom meaty part of your palms WHILE EXHALING.

After you exhale completely,  move your palms a little lower and cover your face and still closed eyes with your palms so the edges of the palms touch the sides of the nose and meet at the point between the eyebrows. Try to find a position that blocks all the light. Hold as long as you can WITHOUT inhalation.

Then inhale slowly and open your eyes looking into the darkness in front of you.
Exhale slowly and open the palms like a book rotating the thumb sides away from the face and using a nose as an axis.

This is the only complicated sequence in the whole series.

Exercise #2

Looking straight ahead inhale and while exhaling lower your eyes diagonally down to the left trying to look at your left shoulder. Do NOT turn your head.
Keep looking down to the left as long as you can without inhaling. Then look straight ahead and inhale.

Repeat the same process looking to the right shoulder. Remember not to breathe while you are looking at your shoulders.

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Then breathing normally rapidly blink your eyes very lightly similar to the butterfly wings movement. It will allow you to relax your eyes between the exercises.

Exercise #3

Inhale and after exhaling look at the tip of your nose. Keep looking there as long as you can without inhaling.

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Then look straight ahead and inhale.

Breathe normally and repeat the “butterfly” blinking again.

Exercise #4

Inhale and after exhaling look up at the point between your eyebrows. Keep looking there as long as you can without inhaling.

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Then look straight ahead and inhale.

Now do the “butterfly” blinking again.

Exercise #5

Inhale and after exhaling rotate your eyes in the following order: left shoulder – point between your eyebrows – right shoulder – tip of your nose. Continue the eye rotation as long as you can stay without inhalation.

Then look straight ahead and inhale.

Inhale and after exhaling rotate your eyes in the following order: right shoulder – point between your eyebrows – left shoulder – tip of your nose. Continue the eye rotation as long as you can stay without inhalation.

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Now do the “butterfly” blinking again.

Exercise #6

Repeat the exercise #1 again.

Finish with going to the bathroom sink and using your hands to splash your OPEN eyes with cold water several times. It will feel uncomfortable at first but you will get used to it. Do not worry if your eyes will become red after this procedure. After a few days it will become much easier and will not bother your eyes anymore.

According to the article I read you MUST do these daily. Missing even one day sets you back in the vision restoration process.

Acupressure points massage:

Gently massage the following points in a circular motion, using two fingers of each hand held together:

Eye-points-massageI make about 20 circles at each point.

After I am done, I vigorously rub my palms together and go thru all the points again.

While massaging the points I keep my eyes closed.

I also use this technique when I feel an eye strain sitting at the computer.

 

While you cannot expect  immediate dramatic results, the exercises and especially massage will make your eyes feeling refreshed and your vision to have more clarity.

If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to posturefit@yahoo.com.

 

Be Upright. Be Happy. Live Pain Free.

 

 

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Natalia Dashkovskaya

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