This is not a utopia. You can increase or maintain your visual acuity with these 5 solutions. On the occasion of Sight Day, zoom in on these simple and effective methods.
The Boel Method: eye acupuncture
Developed by a Danish acupuncturist, it consists of targeting “points” of traditional Chinese medicine (located on the hands, feet and forehead) to stimulate the visual centres of the brain.
What indications? It aims to improve the vision of people with eye diseases and vision disorders, in addition to allopathic treatments. It is therefore recommended in cases of dry eye, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or glaucoma.
In practice: The treatment takes place in two stages: the “intensive” period lasts 2 weeks at the rate of one acupuncture session per day (30 to 45 minutes), then the “maintenance” period takes place for 4 weeks with 1 session per week. Not reimbursed by Health Insurance, these sessions (which cost around 60 euros) can be covered by certain mutuals.
What results can you expect? After 2-3 months, the vision appears sharper and brighter: we can also gain several tenths of visual acuity!
Developed at the beginning of the XXth century by the ophthalmologist William Bates, this method arrived in France under the name of ” yoga of the eyes “. The principle? Modify your behaviour to gradually correct (and prevent) visual dysfunctions – myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia …
“The magic brush” to fight against myopia
Between screens and a sedentary lifestyle, our modern lifestyles encourage near vision and fixed gaze. Result: the muscles of the ocular system are constantly tense, which promotes myopia.
In practice: Imagine that a brush extends your nose: using this tool, follow the contours of the ceiling. Then cut out objects that are smaller and smaller, but still located (at least) 50 cm from your head: a candle, a book … This exercise encourages eye movement and stimulates the central and peripheral visions: it is at do once a day for 5 minutes.
“The elephant waltz” to delay presbyopia
The number 1 enemy of the eyes is stress: responsible for a permanent tension in the muscles of the external ocular system, it is the cause of headaches, a decline in visual acuity and is believed to be involved. in astigmatism and presbyopia.
In practice: Standing with your legs apart, your arms at your sides and your gaze parallel to the ground, put your full body weight on your left leg, lifting only your right heel off the ground. Then do the same on the other side. This exercise (to be done every evening for 3 min) brings about a complete relaxation of the ocular system.
Beat eyelashes to hydrate the eyes
If the wink is essential to the good health of the eye (it allows the hydration of the cornea and the conjunctiva which allows a clear vision, as through clean windows), the overexposure to the screens causes a fixity of the gaze which can result in loss of visual acuity and dry eyes.
In practice: Get into the habit of blinking during the day and associate this reflex with a “signal” so as not to forget it! For example: blink every time your phone rings, every time someone says your first name …
Palming relaxes the eyes and prevents loss of visual acuity. The technique: place your hands in a basket on your desk and tilt your head so as to cover your eyes, thumbs on your temples. Close the eyelids and breathe regularly. Do this for 3 minutes every 2 hours when working on a computer. To go further, read Better seeing in the blink of an eye with the Bates method, Dr. Eva Lothar and Nathalie Ferron, (ed. Leduc.S)
Red and blue berries to maintain the view
They contain a lot of antioxidants that are good for the eyes. Bilberry preserves night vision and its flavonoids help slow macular degeneration by protecting the retinal blood network. Blackcurrant, 4 times richer in vitamin C than an orange, stimulates blood circulation and allows good oxygenation of the eye. Blackberry contains anti-microbial phenolic compounds that prevent bacterial infections in the eyes – conjunctivitis, blepharitis … The acai berry, whose vitamin C concentration is beating records, contains most of the antioxidants (anthocyanins, phenols, flavonoids) eye specialists. It prevents ageing, preserves visual acuity and acts as a bulwark against eye diseases. We
And also: the carrot, an excellent source of vitamins C and A, contains antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin) which notably improve colour perception.