We live in a culture full of misinformation about most health-related symptoms. One of those myths that SO many people tend to believe is that issues with impaired vision and eyesight are inevitable, especially as you age. The need for glasses or contacts to help you see close-up (reading) or far distances (driving) is common, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal, healthy or to be expected.
Most commonly (and especially with traditional medicine) when you have issues with your vision (blurred vision, tired/fatigued eyes, headaches, etc.), you are referred to an eye doctor, tested, confirmed deficient and then given a prescription to correct your vision. From that point, you are seen every 1-3 years to ensure your vision isn’t worsening, which is a common occurrence.
At New Hope Health, we use an advanced way of natural medicine that looks at the WHOLE person, not just their isolated symptom. We understand that your body was created to heal itself when we get out of its way and supply its needed raw materials.
The health of your eyes/vision, like the health of any part of your body, is effected greatly by the principles of epigenetics. “Epi” means above or over while, of course, genetics refers to the study of heredity or inherited characteristics. Epigenetics is above “regular” genetics in this respect: Although it’s common for you to have similar health conditions as your parents, grandparents, etc., it’s more likely because you have a similar lifestyle/upbringing than it is necessarily because of genetics. Epigenetics looks at how your environment impacts gene expression. This is not to say that the genes aren’t perhaps predisposed of a given issue… but that doesn’t mean you have to manifest that specific condition. One of my mentors, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD, often says, “Genetics load the gun, you pull the trigger.”
All of that above lays out my presuppositions. Experientially, I have had the privilege of helping lots of clients improve their vision. It’s not only possible, it’s highly probable as appropriate changes are made. In many cases, we were directly working to improve vision issues but in equally as many cases, the vision improved as an indirect result of a program that was designed to work toward some other health goal. In those instances, improved vision was just a natural byproduct. Natural medicine doesn’t have side effects, only side benefits!
Working with a naturopathic doctor or other qualified natural health practitioner can dramatically help the countless number of Americans who are losing their optimal eyesight. Upon testing, (in our case, using quantum reflex analysis or “QRA”), we can give recommendations that will significantly improve the person’s ability to work its self-healing magic.
A plant-based diet (that is, a diet at least 80% from whole food plants) is richer in lutein, zeaxanthin and other phytochemicals needed by the eyes and therefore offers more protection to the eyes against vision impairment (specifically age related macular degeneration).1 Although supplementing can be helpful, foods rich in these compounds can be added to the regular diet. Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards and chard are excellent sources that can be added to smoothies, salads and other dishes.
Of course diet and lifestyle changes come first, however supplements such as B vitamins (Max B, B5, Complete B, B-12 and Phyto Methylate), Asta Complete and OcuVen are some of our go to options for eye and vision support.
I believe that there are also emotional/energetic issues that can contribute to vision challenges as well. If you have been through something that “you can’t handle seeing,” this can sometimes play a role. Stress can definitely play a role as well. I bring this up not as my main point but to verify that, although nutrition is of key importance, there are always other factors that must be considered. We are looking at people holistically as a WHOLE being, not just a symptom in isolation.
Along these lines, it’s also important to be aware of issues that are physical but not necessarily nutritional, such as staring at a computer screen all day or reading small print for long periods of time without adequate rest. This can be a primary cause of eye issues that many doctors don’t talk much about, especially for children.2
To see with your eyes, you first must see the truth in your mind. When you believe you can heal and follow the timeless natural healing principles, you can see improvements is your vision. You were created with limitless self-healing power. Don’t believe anything less.
1. Mylona I, Deres ES, Dere GS, Tsinopoulos I, Glynatsis M. The Impact of Internet and Videogaming Addiction on Adolescent Vision: A Review of the Literature. Front Public Health. 2020;8:63. Published 2020 Mar 5. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.00063
2. Wu J, Cho E, Willett WC, Sastry SM, Schaumberg DA. Intakes of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Other Carotenoids and Age-Related Macular Degeneration During 2 Decades of Prospective Follow-up. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(12):1415–1424. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3590
Nothing said or implied in this post is intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease. It does not take the place of a qualified health care practitioner and is intended for educational purposes only.