- Amazing new eye-care breakthrough
- Why a fish with an elephant’s nose could restore your vision
- 3 simple things you can do today to strengthen your eyes
As a young child I had a nagging worry at the back of my head.
…or rather… at the FRONT of my head.
It was my eyes, you see.
They were TOO damn good.
I know that sounds strange. Who wouldn’t want great eye-sight?
But the problem was that every single blood relation of mind had worn glasses since their childhood.
The Sampsons were virtually blind.
My mum, my Dad, my grandparents…. Even my younger brother had reading glasses and he was only 7 years old.
On big family get-togethers every surface of the house was cluttered with spectacles and spectacle cases. It was like a Specsavers showroom.
And yet there was me with 20/20 vision. Like an eagle.
I began to wonder…. could I be adopted?
Come to think of it, our milkman had very good eyesight.
Of course, I hadn’t learned about genetics at that point. And now here I am with a seven-year old daughter who just got her first pair of glass in her favourite colour (purple).
At the very same time, my optician has told me that the lenses of my eyes are thickening and losing flexibility… meaning I am slowly becoming long-sighted. So I am to get glasses – and the circle of poor family eyesight is complete!
Because of this annoying development, I’ve been seeking out the latest in treatments for eye problems. And this one in particular is pretty amazing.
Because it’s all thanks to a fish with an elephant’s nose!
I have to say, I’d never heard of an elephant nosed fish before. But it looks this…
Which reminds me of one of these…
Anyway, this weird-looking Clanger fish is the key to the latest research into eye-case.
That’s because the retina of its eyes have cup-like structures with reflective sides to gather light. This helps them to see in murky African rivers.
Now a biological engineering team have copied this feature to create super-advanced contacts lenses that collects up light in the same way.
We could soon have bionic eyes that auto-focus on objects, whether up close or far away. This could restore the power of eyesight you used to have in your youth… and even enable you to see in the dark.
The man leading the team, Hongrui Jiang from the University of Wisconsin, says that in future people will no longer need bifocals, trifocals or laser corrective surgery. Pop these on and your eyes will work like cameras.
This sounds very sci-fi, but Jiang insists that the technology will be available in 5-10 years, and it could be mass marketed very easily, so it won’t be too expensive.
In the meantime, there are some things you can do to look after your eyes – other than the obvious need for a regular visit to the opticians.
Exercises for long-sightedness
If you’re concerned about long-sightedness there are three exercises you should try every day:
- Blinking – it sounds silly, but actually this helps your eyes focus better. Look at an object up close for two minutes, keeping it in focus and blinking every 3 seconds.
- Focusing – hold your finger or a pen up close (about a foot away) then focus on it for 5 seconds. Now switch your gaze to focus on something much further away for 5 seconds. Then keep switching over the course of 5-10 minutes.
- The trombone – take your finger or a pen and hold it at arm’s length. Focus on it, then bring your finger towards your nose, very slowly. Then push it away again. Keep your focus on it at all times.
To keep your eyes healthy in general you should also think about a diet rich in the following…
- Vitamin C – it helps prevent blood vessels in the retina from breaking. When you eat natural vitamin C-rich fruits like kiwi, berries, lemons, grapes and cherries, you’ll also ingest bioflavonoids. This helps your body better absorb and use that vitamin C, so it does the job better.
- Bioflavonoids – other sources of the above include supplements or extracts of bilberry, ginkgo biloba, cranberry or grapeseed.
- Vitamin A and D – your best source of this is fish including trout, salmon, mackerel, code and sardines. These will also provide you with omega 3 fatty acids that helps decrease blood clotting and damage in your retina.
- Taurine is a sulphur-containing amino acid found naturally in egg whites, meat, fish and milk. High concentrations are found in the heart muscle, white blood cells, skeletal muscle and central nervous system. It’s also essential for good vision. Because in your retina, there are super-high concentrations of taurine. They are in high doses in your photoreceptors. These are the cells that you see with. Taurine helps protect your eye’s cell membranes from oxidative attack and also helps them absorb nutrients. It also helps get rid of the toxins that your eye doesn’t need any more.
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale and fruits such as oranges and bananas.
- Magnesium. This helps provide good blood flow to your eyes and maintains fluid balance in your cells.
- Selenium. This helps protect cell membranes in your retina from oxidation – try getting hold of a supplement.
For more on natural eye care, don’t forget to download my eye-care report (or recommend it to someone who you think might benefit).
Until next time, stay healthy.