The human eye was not designed for extended use in close-work (reading, computers, factory work, sewing etc). Gazing into the distance is the natural position of the eye (20 or more feet away). Ciliary eye muscles relax when viewing objects more than 20 feet away because the rays of light come in parallel. During close work, light flows into the eyes diversely, thus causing ciliary eye muscle strain, because it must “contract” to allow light to focus upon the macula. Myopia (nearsightedness) has two causes:
- Not focusing or using the eyes enough while looking into the distance;
- Performing excessive close-work. Unfortunately, we live in a close-vision world.
Tests on thousands of people over the years have proven beyond doubt that in most cases weak vision is caused by strain on the eye muscles. Eye strain causes tense eye-muscles; tense muscles connected to the eyeball, eventually distort the shape of the eye.
This is a fundamental principle in eye improvement training: By relaxing the tension in the eye muscles and strengthening weak eye muscles, weak or defective eyes can definitely be made strong again. Myopia, or nearsightedness means that the eyeball is elongated; and farsightedness hypermetropia) and presbyopia (old age sight) means that the eyeball is flattened. This is caused by defective accommodation, which is caused by weak, unbalanced eye muscles. A myopic eye is “frozen” in an elongated position, making it hard to see objects in the distance.The farsighted eye is “frozen” in a flat position, making it hard to see near objects.
The liver sends energy, nerve impulses and blood to the eyes. Therefore, a clean blood stream, and a healthy functioning liver, which heals and strengthens the eyes. However, if the colon and liver is toxic and blocked with wastes, the blood becomes impure, health declines, and eyes will become weak, drab, with heavy dark circles around them. Eyes cannot be treated as an unconnected isolated organ.
Learn the art of improving your vision from taoist Grandmaster Mantak Chia.