Thursday, July 19, 2018

Digital Strain

Digital Strain

According to recent CNN health news, digital eyestrain has become a common eye problem, which is plaguing millions of people working at the computer with headaches, eye pain, watering, redness, double vision and loss of focus, among others.

Vision is one of the most important assets in life. Without clear vision, the world will be totally different, and living will become difficult, if not impossible. Therefore, always protect your eyes and maintain good vision.

Digital eyestrain is just one of the many ways in modern living that may harm your eyes and damage your vision. If you have to spend many hours in front of the computer everyday, maybe you should get yourself a pair of computer glasses. In addition, make sure that your computer screen is bright enough and is at least some two feet away from your eyes. 

No matter what, you must give your eyes a break every half hour or so. Your eyes may not be able to see clearly because they cannot adjust to the focus as they shift from near vision to distant vision when you look up from the computer screen during the break. To facilitate the sudden shift of focus, blink your eyes repeatedly  Eye-blinking is especially important when you are moving your eyes along the line; blinking often avoids staring or eye-fixation, which causes eyestrain as well as reduces side vision over the long haul.

The best exercise to relax the eye and to reduce eyestrain is eye palming. This is a simple eye exercise in which you place both palms over your eyes, but without actually touching them. Before placing your palms over your forehead and cheekbones, rub them hard so as to generate some heat. Then close your eyes and let your palms cover but without touching them. Visualize darkness, and breathe slowly. Do eye palming anytime when you feel eyestrain; it will do wonders in relaxing your eyes.

You may also include other eye exercises, such as rolling your eyes up and down and sideways. 

Remember, whenever you feel eyestrain, you must stop working at the computer.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Improving Weak Vision

How To Improve Weak Vision
As aging continues, eye vision weakens and deteriorates. Loss of vision is avoidable and preventable.
The conventional way of treating weak vision due to refractive error (light not properly refracted on the retina of the eye) is to make use of corrective lenses (eyeglasses or contacts) with proper prescriptions to enable the light from a close or distant object to refract accurately on the retina.
The conventional treatment serves two purposes: making the eye see more clearly; preventing further eyestrain through clearer vision

These are the sole reasons for the professionals to provide eyeglasses and contacts: to provide better vision, and to prevent more eyestrain.

The Bates Method of Treating Weak Vision
Dr. William Bates (1860-1931), an American physician, who recommended an alternative therapy (known as the Bates Method) aimed at improving eyesight naturally. Dr. Bates completely disagreed with the conventional theory of distorted lens. According to Dr. Bates, the conventional treatment is WRONG because the eye is constantly changing, so much so that the eye prescriptions (which are constant) in corrective lenses may not help the patients in certain conditions; quite the contrary, they unduly increase their eyestrain. That is to say, if the eye is forced to see in different eye conditions with the same corrective lenses, the eye will have to strain itself to see in different conditions, and thus causing further eyestrain that damages vision.

According to Dr. Bates, what might fit the eye (i.e. the prescriptions) at one moment might not be appropriate at another moment, given that the conditions of the eye are constantly changing. In addition, because the eye is capable of adapting and adjusting to different conditions (eye accommodation), wearing corrective lenses will deprive the eye of such accommodation, and thus leading to further vision deterioration. That was the reason for his objection to wearing corrective lenses.

Dr. Bates’ treatment was based on the belief that the incorrect refraction on the retina is due to weak and unrelaxed eye muscles, which cause distorted shape in the eyeball, resulting in the refraction falling in front of or behind the retina, instead of directly on the retina. The bottom line: treat your weak vision by RELAXING your eyes.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

"Under-Doing" for Better Vision

Vision healing has much to do with stress, which strains not only the body, but also the eyes, causing eye fatigue and all types of eye problems. Vision health has to do with relaxation, especially relaxation of the body and the mind. Remember, the body and the mind are interconnected. If the body is stressed, the mind becomes stressed too, and vice-versa. Stress is the major factor in human diseases, including those related to eye vision.

We are living in a fast-paced world, in which everything has to be done not only instantly but also efficiently. To meet that demand, much effort is required, often resulting in "over-doing" that creates the stress.

"Under-doing" -- rather than "over-doing" -- is wisdom in living because it enables living in the present to relax both the body and the mind. This deep relaxation is based on the ancient wisdom of Tao or that of Lao Tzu, the author of Tao Te Ching, the originator of Tao, which is "the way" to understanding and attaining wisdom in deep relaxation. Read my book: TAO The Way to Biblical Wisdom to get a better understanding and greater details of Tao wisdom.

First and foremost, to attain this ancient wisdom, one must negate the ego-self, or to have no separate-self. This is the most important first step on the path to wisdom. Once an individual has created an ego-self or an identity (which, according to Lao Tzu, is self-delusional), the individual will go at great lengths to live up to that "false" identity, and thus creating expectations of certain outcomes. To ensure that those expectations will materialize, the individual then begins to pick and choose what is presumably to be right or wrong. Preferences and judgments further lead to more stress. Obsessed with repeating the good in the past and avoiding the bad in the future, the individual is unable to live in the present moment, which is the essence of total body and mind relaxation. Instead of living in the present to enjoy life, "over-doing" what-it-takes to accomplish the goals becomes the norm. Unfortunately, "over-doing" often comes with a price -- stress.

To illustrate, former cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his medals due to his role and involvement with the most sophisticated and successful doping program ever, professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately to gain an unfair competitive advantage over other athletes. That was a classic example of "over-doing" by an athlete who created an ego-self that craved for satisfaction. To meet his own expectations as well as those of others, including his coach, he manipulated the doping program in order to excel and surpass others. He got what he wanted through "over-doing" but with an ultimate price--losing what he thought he had gained, no to mention creating stress in the process. 

The unconventional wisdom, according to Lao Tzu, is to have no separate-self. With no ego, you have no expectations; you do what you need to do, without undue efforts, you live in the present, enjoying every moment of it, and you wait patiently for things to turn out naturally or the way they are supposed to. Without over-doing, everything will settle into its perfect place. That is the wisdom of "under-doing," which is the essence of a stress-free life; without undue stress in living, you may have better vision.

For more information on Tao wisdom, visit my website: Wisdom in Living.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Body Consciousness for Better Vision

There is body-mind connection in health and wellness, just as there is interrelationship between different body organs and tissues. Accordingly, your vision health is affected by your body as well as by your mind. A prerequisite of holistic health and wellness is acute awareness or body-mind consciousness. This is especially true when it comes to better vision and vision health.

What you see through your eyes is impacted by what your mind sees. Given that your body is connected to your body, your body movements, your expressive gestures, your posture and your breathing all play a pivotal role in the quality of your vision and hence your vision health.

A yoga instructor will tell you that you will not see as well as you should if your head is too far forward or tilted to the side, if your spine is not straight enough, if your shoulders are unbalanced or uneven, and if your torso movements are inappropriate due to incorrect breathing. In other words, you must align your head, neck, and torso if you wish to have better vision. To do this, you need constant consciousness of your body movements as well as your posture and breathing.

To enhance your consciousness for better vision, you need a relaxed mind, to begin with, to create a relaxed body. When your mind is too preoccupied with rambling and compulsive thoughts, it cannot focus, let alone remain conscious. Meditation is the best way to relax the mind. Living in the present is another mind-training exercise to keep your mind in full consciousness.

Mental consciousness holds the key to practicing body consciousness. With body consciousness, you can do some neck exercises to relax neck muscles, thereby instrumental in enhancing your vision.

To do the neck exercise:

(1) Bend your head forward and down towards your chest. It is important not to strain your neck. Hold this position for 5 seconds or more.

(2) Bend your head backward towards your spine. Without straining, hold the head position for 5 seconds or more.

(3) With your head facing forward, tilt it to the right side. Hold for 5 seconds or more, and then reverse the position to the left. Hold for another 5 seconds or more.

(4) Rotate your head slowly to the right and then to the left for several times.

If you have chronic neck problems, your nearsightedness may aggravate and reinforce your neck problems. Therefore, exercising your neck muscles will go a long way to helping you not only improve your vision but also your posture, which affects your breathing, your brain, and your vision.

Always be conscious of your posture by aligning your head and your spine. Be conscious of the position of your head: always tuck your chin in, instead of leaning your head forward  Be conscious of your shoulders: do not push them forward. Be conscious of your buttocks: squeeze and push them in.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Eye Exercises for Eye Relaxation

According to Dr. William Bates (1860 - 1931), the founder of natural vision improvement, poor vision is the result of eyestrain, due to mental and physical stress on the eye, and hence the distortion of the eye shape, leading to nearsightedness and farsightedness. Dr. Bates strongly believed that eye relaxation holds the key to improving vision. Given that vision health is holistic health, which means it includes the health of the body, the mind, and the spirit as well, the eye exercises recommended by Dr. Bates may help only partially to correct eyesight. Eye relaxation begins with the mind first, and not the eye. The mind must be completely relaxed before it can relax the body—and then the eye, which is only one of the organs of the body. In other words, eye exercises can relax the eye only when the body is also completely relaxed. You can relax the body and the mind through meditation.

Given that natural healing always takes time, natural vision improvement through eye exercises also takes time. Eye exercises are instrumental in both relaxing and strengthening eye muscles in order to correct eyesight.

However, if you want to have a quick-fix, then eye exercises are not for you. Indeed, many people are unwilling to try eye exercises to improve their vision. For one thing, many are still skeptical about the body’s capability to heal itself; for another, many consider poor vision a handicap rather than a physical condition that needs to be addressed. Indeed, many people believe that their poor vision can easily be fixed with eyeglasses or contacts, so they do not see the reason to use tedious eye exercises to correct their vision.

Practicing eye exercises has to be diligent and consistent. In addition, it is recommended that you stop wearing glasses or contacts as much as possible. That means you must get yourself accustomed to blurry vision around you as a result of not wearing eyeglasses or contacts. In addition, you must not strain to see clearly when your vision is blurry. The only promise is that you will see clearly only when your vision improves, and not before. All these pre-conditions may turn many away from the use of eye exercises to correct vision.

That said, eye exercises in conjunction with body and mind relaxation can indeed improve and correct eyesight. You have nothing to lose, even if you cannot completely dispense with your eyeglasses or contacts—at least your vision may not deteriorate any further with age. The bottom line: wearing eyeglasses or contacts will never improve your vision; they will only make it worse, not better.

If you really want to improve vision, go for eye exercises. If, on the other hand, you want a quick fix, maybe you should go for glasses or contacts. The choice is yours. Remember, if you do not want vision self-healing, you may not want self-healing in other health issues you may have—you may end up being another victim of the sickness industry, which also includes the optical companies.

Also, read my book NO EGO NO STRESS to find out how the ancient wisdom from China may help you live a stress-free life as if everything is a miracle even in this contemporary material world. Reduce your stress to have better vision.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Signs of Vision Improvement

Your vision improvement will not only take time but also undergo different stages of changes.

Physical Signs of Vision Improvement

The physical signs of improvement may include:

Eyes becoming more relaxed, feeling less tense
Black becoming blacker
Colors becoming more vibrant
Brief moments of clearer and wider vision
Less sensitivity to sunlight, and easier adaptation from light to darkness, and vice-versa.

Mental Signs of Vision Improvement

The mental signs of vision improvement may include:

More mental energy
Sharper mental focus, including greater concentration
More creative and imaginative
Better memory

Symptoms of Vision Readjustment

Your eye conditions may undergo a period of readjustment before ultimate vision improvement occurs, and these temporary symptoms may include eye tiredness, headaches, watery eyes, and changes in balance and orientation

Natural vision improvement takes time. Remember the following:

You must get yourself accustomed to blurry vision around you as a result of not wearing eyeglasses or contacts.
You must not strain to see clearly when your vision is blurry.
You will see clearly when your vision improves.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Increase Peripheral Vision

Learn how to increase peripheral vision

The macula in the center of the retina is responsible for detailed vision. Overuse of the central vision leads to weakening of the macula, resulting in much loss of detailed vision.

Increasing peripheral vision will decrease the use of central vision, and hence instrumental in protecting the macula and enhancing detailed vision, which is critical to good vision.

Cut small black rectangular cards in different sizes (2”x 2”; 2”x3”; 2”x5”) from construction paper. Tape the card to the top of the bridge of your nose, covering part of both eyes.   

Sit or stand, and look through the smallest black rectangular card in front of your eyes, while turning your head from side to side.

Notice that your surrounding seems to be “moving” in the opposite direction.

Stop turning your head, and close your eyes for a minute or two. Now, visualize the previous “moving surrounding” in your mind’s eye.

Open your eyes again, and move or wave your hands on both sides of your ears. Notice your moving hands, which are now stimulating your peripheral cells.

Stop waving your hands, and close your eyes. Now, visualize the movement of your hands in your mind’s eye.

Repeat the above with the mid-size and then the large-size black rectangular cards. 

By partially covering the eyes, your mind enables your eyes to pay more attention to what is on both sides, and hence stimulates your peripheral vision. After each exercise, you will see that your vision has “expanded” and has become “broad.” By strengthening your peripheral vision, you indirectly reduce your use of central vision, and hence protecting your macula from deterioration and degeneration.

AWARENESS: Train your eyes to see what is on both sides of your eyes.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Eye Color and Pain Tolerance

What would you think if I said your eye color can tell me how well you can handle pain? You might be a little skeptical. But, hold on, because preliminary research suggests it could be the case.

As pain management specialists, we strive to understand why some of our patients tolerate pain better than others, as well as the factors that influence which pain management therapies are most appropriate to the individual.

Eye color may soon become another biomarker we can use. Already, we know that people with red hair are resistant to anesthesia and require more of it during dental procedures.

In the new study of eye color, researchers compared pain tolerance and the effect of an epidural during childbirth among a group of 58 white pregnant women—24 with dark-colored eyes (brown or hazel) and 34 with light-colored eyes (blue or green).

The women with light-colored eyes:

Tolerated pain better during childbirth
Had less post-partum anxiety and depression

The women with dark-colored eyes:

Had a greater reduction in pain with an epidural, suggesting higher sensitivity to pain
Experienced a 60% reduction in pain at rest with the epidural and a 55% reduction during movement; it was 45% and 40% among the women with light-colored eyes, respectively

While these early results are fascinating, we must be cautious about drawing definitive conclusions. The results showed a trend in pain reduction, but were not statistically or clinically significant. Further studies are needed to explore the potential link between pain and eye color among women who are not pregnant, men and children.

If eye color is shown to be a genetic biomarker, it would offer a practical approach to assessing a patient’s pain sensitivity. Clinicians can recognize biomarkers instantly and can use them to tailor their approach to pain management to the individual. Patients ultimately would benefit, as they may experience greater pain relief and improved quality of life.

No matter what level of pain tolerance you may have, learn how to manage your pain effectively.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Basic Principles of Good Vision

Basic Principles of Good Vision 

Eye relaxation holds the key to correcting vision problems.

The normal eyeball is round. Therefore, if you strain to see, your eyeball becomes distorted. As a result, you cannot see clearly. Because you cannot see, you strain your eyes even more. The more you strain your eyes, the less you will be able to see, and thus forming a vicious circle of poorer vision. To break that vicious circle, stop your eyestrain.

Unfortunately, you cannot consciously control your eye muscles. That is to say, you cannot tell your eye muscles not to squeeze your eyes out of shape. What you can do is to control them unconsciously through awareness.

Fact: Weak vision is due to incorrect refraction—either in front of or behind, but not directly on the retina. Distorted shape of the eyeball, due to weak and un-relaxed eye muscles, causes the incorrect refraction on the eye’s retina.

Solution: Strengthen and relax eye muscles to prevent them from squeezing the eye out of shape when focusing.

Recommendation: Corrective lenses only create the desire for clear vision but deprives the eye from naturally adjusting to the constant changing conditions of the eye, and thus causing eyestrain as a result. Stop wearing your corrective lenses. Instead, relax your eye muscles to improve your vision such that you can ultimately do without your glasses.

Practice the following basic principles of good vision:

Central fixation: Train the eye to focus on only one point one at a time. To illustrate, let your eyes look at a printed page: Focus on only one word on the printed page, allowing other words in its vicinity to become blurred; then, try to see one letter of that word better than the other letters of that word; then, look at the other letters, one by one; now, look at the blank space between that word and the next; focus on the next word, and repeat the process.

The objective of this training is to help you focus on only a very small area because the macula (responsible for detailed vision) can see only a very small area. Stimulate the macula to enhance vision improvement.

Shifting: Train the eye to look from one object to another frequently, from a close object to a distant one, and then back again in order to relieve tension and eyestrain, which impair good vision. Reinforce shifting with constant blinking to clean and to rest the eye.

Sunning: Train the eye to adapt and adjust to bright light to avoid squinting, which causes eyestrain. Close your eyes and look up at the sun. Then, turn away from the sun, opening your eyes, and look at some clouds. Close your eyes for a moment, and then open your eyes at look at a point a little nearer the sun, but without looking directly at the sun. Sunning sharpens your vision, as well as prevents squinting.

Relaxation: Visualizing “black” induces complete relaxation of the eye. A completely relaxed eye will see only black when it is closed; seeing the field of vision grayish or light-golden in color means that the eye is not totally relaxed.

Stephen Lau

Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 18, 2018

Are You Visually Impaired?

The visually impaired and the blind who are unable to work are able to receive Social Security Disability benefits. There are two different benefit programs that are offered to the visually impaired and those who do not qualify for one are generally able to qualify for the other, and some people are even able to qualify for both programs.

The first program is called Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI and this is based on the work history of the individual. In order to qualify for this program, the individual had to have earned a certain amount of what are referred to as work credits. The SSA will then figure up the amount of benefits the individual is eligible to receive based on those work credits.
The other program is called Social Security Income or SSI. This program is not based on work credits, but there are particular financial requirements that the individual must meet in order to qualify for this program. This program is a great option for those who do not have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI.

However, if you or someone you know is visually impaired and does not qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, it may be possible for them to work somewhere that will accommodate their disability. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are employment options for disabled people that will allow them to be self-sufficient and live as independently as possible.

Unfortunately, there are many forms of visual impairments that cannot be improved or reversed. However, there are many that can be improved and even prevented altogether by taking steps that will boost your eye health and vision and even ward off certain vision problems.

Whether or not you know that you could suffer from visual impairments in the future, you should do everything you can to ensure your eyes will stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. There are many ways you can do this:

Eat eye healthy foods – Fruit, vegetables, lean meats, and fish are not only good foods to eat for your overall health, but they are also excellent for strengthening your eyesight.

Do eye exercises – to improve certain vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatisms, and even a combination of those eye problems. They are easy to do and only take a few minutes of each day to do in order to begin to have a positive effect on your eyesight.

Get regular eye exams – This is an important step to take. Having your eyes examined on a regular basis – every two years in most cases – is essential for making sure that there are no issues with your eyes or your vision, and if there are issues, they can be detected early on so they can be treated right away before any major damage or other issues arise.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Monday, June 11, 2018

Greater Eye Energy for Better Vision Health

According to the laws of physics, there is energy in everything, and everything gives out invisible energy, including the sun, the moon, and the human body. As a matter of fact, everything is some form of energy, which is either positive or negative. For example, even your thinking involves energy, without which the mind cannot function. Therefore, if you "think" you can heal yourself, your mind sends out positive energy to your body for self-healing.

Strange as it may sound, energy healing has been around for over 5,000 years. As a matter of fact, energy healing has been the foundation of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for many centuries. 

In ancient China, some soldiers who received minor wounds inflicted on their bodies soon discovered that their physical pains and ailments had miraculously disappeared, and that led to the discovery of energy healing. The ancient Chinese physicians began to believe that there was an energy system in the human body, within which there was energy communication between different cells and organs. For centuries, the Chinese have believed that "qi" (the internal life energy) is responsible for transmitting energy information within the body. Accordingly, the smooth flow or stagnation of "qi" accounts for health or sickness.

That also led to the development of acupuncture and acupressure—methods to stimulate acupoints in the art of natural healing. The former uses hair-thin needles, while the latter uses pressure of the hands to massage those acupoints. The human body has many acupoints that have similar internal organ or system affinity, and that they are all joined together by invisible channels (known as meridians). Along the meridians, both internal life energy (“qi”) and bio chemicals that influence cellular activities of the body organs and tissues are transmitted. More importantly, stimulating this signaling system can create healing response that initiates the natural healing process.

To deal with your eye problems, such as eyestrain, vision clarity, or even glaucoma, the acupoints are located not just around the eyes (the inner corner of the eye close to the tear duct) but also 2-finger width above the middle of the eyebrow on your forehead, as well as on the back of your skill (feel the indentations about 3-finger width from the back of your ears), and on the inside of your foot near the ankle.

Massage these acupoints continuously without stopping for a few minutes using your thumb or forefinger, or both. You will feel the soreness. This is a natural way to improve your vision health and relax your eyes, especially after working on the computer for a while.

Acupressure is easy to learn: all you need to know is the map of the acupoints in your body and then apply pressure to those acupoints to bring about healing.

Energy Healing for Everyone: This mind-healing program contains all the information you will need to help you remove energetic blockages, improve your immune system, heal minor and major health problems, and eliminate bad habits or patterns permanently, without the adverse side effects of drugs, herbs or other supplements. This is a complete, holistic health system for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of energetic imbalances. This groundbreaking work turns complex healing methods into the simplest, most accessible tool — your mind.
Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgeries are commonly practiced in people who are 65 or older; approximately 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgeries each year.

Are cataract surgeries necessary? When do they become necessary?

Cataract surgeries are performed on people whose lenses have become blurred or cloudy due to mainly aging. As a deterioration of the lenses, vision has become considerably compromised. So whether cataract surgeries are necessary or not depends on the individual.

If your work requires detailed vision, then a cataract surgery may become necessary. If you have problems driving at night or worries about road safety, then a cataract surgery may be an option. On the other hand, if you think that taking off your glasses while reading a book or a newspaper, then it may only be a nuisance that you can live with, then you may have second thoughts about taking a cataract surgery. In other words, it all depends on how bad your vision has become an interference with your daily activities.

A cataract surgery is no more than a procedure to remove a cloudy eye lens with an artificial one, and that's all there is to it. Just like any other aging process, you have to deal with it or to live with it. My book Your Golden Years and Santa Claus explains in detail the importance of living a life of meaning and purpose despite your aging, which is an inevitable as your demise. It is important to have the mental capability to cope with you physical incapacity.

As for when you need to opt for a cataract surgery, it is your decision: nobody can make it for you, not even your doctor.

Remember, taking vitamins, herbs, and eye drops may delay or slow down the aging process of your eyes, but they may never cure your cataracts. There is another myth: you need to wait until your cataracts become "ripen" before surgeries can be performed. Nothing is further from the truth. Life is full of choices, and taking or not taking a cataract surgery is one of those choices.

All in all, make your eyes healthy, and taking care of your vision is wisdom in living if you wish to 100 and beyond.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau