If you could improve your vision simply by thinking that you could see better… would you try it?
It has been scientifically proven that a process called visualization can literally re-train your eyes to see better than ever before.
Think it’s too good to be true? Read on!
What is Visualization?
Visualization is a powerful mental tool that involves recreating a future event in your mind’s eye and imagining your ideal outcome.
For example, bobsled drivers are famous for using visualization to win races. After studying the route thoroughly, they are able to see it in their mind’s eye… feel the brakes they use to steer… hear the rushing wind… and imagine the G forces and how they will feel. They imagine every detail of the track, steering and leaning through it over and over, without any physical movement.
But isn’t this all a little “woo woo”?
Perhaps… until you start to look at the hundreds of documented studies available. Here are just a few.
One amazing study from the journal Neuropsychologia showed that it is possible to create strength simply by visualizing it. In the study, one group was given a set of finger-strengthening exercises to do for 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Another group was taught to visualize doing those exercises, without actually moving a muscle.
After 12 weeks, those who trained their fingers increased their finger strength by 53%. And the visualization group? They increased finger strength by 35%! All with the power of their mind.
Another study from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio showed very similar results. Weight lifters increased their muscle mass by 30%, while those who only visualized exercising increased by 13.5%.
A similar study published in Physical Therapy measured ankle torque (important for walking). Those who exercised found a 25% gain in strength over 4 weeks. The visualizers gained 17%.
Why are researchers seeing such incredible results? Angie LeVan, from the Clinical Research Unit at the University of Pennsylvania, has an explanation: “A study looking at brain patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting,” she explains. “In some cases, research has revealed that mental practices are almost as effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone.”
Clearly, the mind has a lot more power than we give it credit for. So how can visualization help improve your vision?
How Does Visualization Help Vision?
Using visualization to improve vision is similar to all the studies you just heard about. If you imagine being able to see clearly both near and far, your vision will slowly improve as your mind begins to manifest that truth on your physical body.
However, there’s an additional physical benefit: during the process, you’ll allow your eyes to relax.
Whether you can feel the strain or not, your eyes are under constant stress and tension. Because life relies on sight, every part of your eye from the cornea to your optic nerve is always being used.
Giving your eyes an additional 30 minutes of rest during the day allows them to heal, giving your eyesight a little boost every time. When you combine that with the power of affirming words and learning good vision habits, you’ll be seeing near, far, and in the dark better than ever before.
But how do you know what to visualize?
That’s where the all-new See Your Way Clearly guided visualization program comes in. In this audio program, you’ll choose positive affirmations, learn relaxation techniques, and allow yourself to release the physical and mental tension that is causing stress on your eyes.
With just 30 minutes a day, you will…
- start to feel more relaxed…
- reduce the occurrence of headaches (often caused by strained eyes)…
- improve your ability to see near, far, and in the dark…
- plus, boost your ability to concentrate.
See Your Way Clearly comes as a part of the Eye Health Essentials kit, which includes an unprecedented eye health formula. This new formula nourishes your eyes and complements the techniques in the audio program.
Ranganathan VK. From mental power to muscle power–gaining strength by using the mind. Neuropsychologia. 2004;42(7):944-56.
LeVan A. Seeing is Believing: the Power of Visualization. Psychology Today. 2009 Dec. 3.
Sidaway B. Can mental practice increase ankle dorsiflexor torque? Physical Therapy. 2005 Oct;85(10):1053-60.
Written By: Updated: July 5,2013