Seeing is believing

Most of us do some form of exercise, be it through sports, surfing, yoga, or hitting the gym. We work a variety of muscles to keep us fit. However, there are muscles most of us overlook — our eye muscles!

There are lots of muscles attached to, and within, each eye which control our eyes’ movements and actions. On a daily basis those muscles in our eyes don’t get a lot of exercise due to prolonged staring for long periods, such as looking at our phones, tablets, computer screens, movies, televisions, and yes, even books.

If our vision weakens, nearly most of us will seek glasses, contacts, or laser surgery to correct our vision. But how about trying an alternative approach?

“Better Eyesight Naturally”, by Clara A. Hackett and Lawrence Galton, is a great introduction into how we can help ourselves take care of and even improve our eyes!

Using time-tested methods, the book lays out specific eye exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles that control the eyes.

An example is to look at the numbers on your clock and then the numbers on a clock far away repeatedly. Simple yet powerful.

While we greatly appreciate our optometrists, we ourselves have had personal experience improving our eyesight in using these methods. It was fascinating to see our sight improve by an entire point simply by doing these exercises for a short while.

“Better Vision Now” covers not only near and farsightedness, it also covers bifocal wearers, crossed eyes, and other conditions.

Hey, even if you might think, “Nah, no way!”, ask yourself… what do you have to lose?

As with all fitness, a little exercise can go a long way. So pick up this book and take your eyes to the gym!

(BTW, thanks for all the nice comments!)


Ed and Cynthia Justus are the owners of the Bookstore in Hanapepe.


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