Friday, August 16, 2013

More on the Continuing Saga of My Eyeballs (or How to Improve your Eyesight Like Magic)

Back in March of this year, I wrote a post telling you how my eyesight has been improving ever since I started drinking all these green smoothies. To recap, I went into the optometrist's office this past January because my eyes were bothering me so much; terrible headaches, having a hard time reading, etc. My prescription at the time was -400/-375. I left the office that day with a new prescription of -275/-275! What was the big change? The green smoothies!

Now, let's speed through time a few months. Happy me, happy cool retro glasses, no more headaches. For awhile. Then it started again. I noticed that at a distance, things were doubling up on me, and I just couldn't read with my glasses on at all. With them off, things up close looked crystal clear, and I felt much better. I found myself pulling my glasses off whenever I was at home, even though -275 meant I still tripped on stuff if you left it out there (apologies to my dachshund who blends with the rug). So in June I headed back to the optometrist.

I reminded her I was the smoothie gulper and that I suspected my vision had improved again. Not surprisingly, she was hesitant to believe that was the cause. So we did another full eye exam. Results? -225/-225! Incredible. We were both floored and ended up discussing smoothies while she wrote up a new prescription and I handed over my glasses for replacement lenses. I also told her my "magic" smoothie, the one I'm sure is doing the most of the work on my eyes: 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 2 handfuls kale, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, about 2 1/2 cups of water. (This is my breakfast which I gulp while tending to the family zoo. I drink one or two other concoctions a day as well.)

Interesting side note here: I did a bit of research to figure out how to further strengthen my eyes. As I spent less time with glasses on, I noticed my eyesight was quite good close up, but only for short spells. Then they'd get all tired and I could no longer focus well. Figuring my eyes were just unaccustomed to seeing without the help of glasses, I dug around on the Internet for some help. I ran across a Dr. Oz video in which he discusses ways to improve eyesight. (Notice the last and most effective thing he mentions: a green smoothie! One that includes similar elements to what I drink each day: dark leafy greens, seeds high in Omega 3's, etc. And I use the blueberries, which are excellent for eye health.)

Now it's mid August, and guess what? My glasses are bothering me again. I keep pulling them off, and I rarely wear them in the house. I still need glasses in the house, yes, but the prescription I'm using is bothering me. So I stumble around as best I can, although my sight is drastically different than it was a year ago.

I recently got contacted by an online store that sells prescription lenses and would like to send me some glasses to test, so I asked for a -200/-200 pair that I'll be reviewing on dkMommy Spot soon. Because I gotta tell ya, replacing my lenses every couple of months is an expensive side effect!

Will I lose my need for glasses eventually? I don't know. I'd like to think that could happen, because so far there is no plateau in sight. In the meantime, I'm going to continue enjoying my smoothies and see where else this takes me. I'm thinking maybe x-ray vision would be nice. That or bending steel. Or I could be like Samantha on Bewitched! Yeah, I'd totally go for that instead. Wrinkle my nose, have a clean house, and sit around reading the rest of the day. Without glasses.


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  2. Wow - really? So what do you think about raw cruciferous and thyroid issues? What greens are you using?

  3. Hi Diane, I had (had!) about the same original prescription as you and got the headaches, dizziness, and thought the worst...and then this past week finally got it figured out at my optometrist appointment that I've also improved about a point in each eye, all within the last six months! My green smoothies have been less regular (a couple times a week) and a different recipe :) (shot of espresso with any power green blended, then a fruit or two to sweeten--lov'em! My afternoon treat.) I hope to continue to improve...and look forward to your updates!

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