The wonder of vision is that it is an ongoing dynamic and evolving process. However, it is greatly impacted by our lifestyle and diet. In Western medicine, vision-related services are a multimillion-dollar business and growing annually, along with an increased need for laser vision corrections, glaucoma and cataract surgeries and macular degeneration care, to name but a few. Some of this increase can be attributed, among other things, to our expanded reliance on computers and other tech device usage, toxic diet and lifestyle choices, air and other atmospheric pollutants, increased workloads, allergies and stress, etc., all of which have an impact on our eyes. Nevertheless, the vision industry business is expanding at an alarmingly fast rate as the population ages and baby boomers enter retirement, and there are still few non-surgical options for many common conditions.

According to Western medicine, eyes, like people, have life stages, and vision is thought to deteriorate as we age, requiring the requisite cataract surgeries, around retirement age, and increased strength prescriptions to view close up print etc.

However, Oriental medicine takes a different perspective on this, believing that these age-related vision issues are not inevitable, and can be avoided, delayed, or often reversed, without need for surgery. According to Oriental theory, vision is governed primarily by the liver and the individual parts of the eye are connected to specific body organs and organ systems. The lens and pupil are connected to the kidney, the cornea and iris to the liver, sclera to the lungs, the arteries and veins to the heart, the top eyelid to the spleen and lower eyelid to the stomach. The stomach and spleen also control circulation in the eye. Any issues with these body organ systems will also impact the eye, in one way or another.

As the body organs age, so will the eye. But it is possible to delay or avoid many common eye issues, and rejuvenate the eyes, by taking herbal formulas specially created to prevent or reverse conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration. These herbal formulas will renew and support not only the eye itself, but also the specific body organ systems affecting the eye. Taken together with acupuncture, these herbal prescriptions can help arrest or reverse many common eye pathologies. The secret to great vision lies not only in caring for your eyes, but also in caring for your whole body, paying special attention to the health of the organ systems that affect vision. This is especially important for those individuals who have a genetic predisposition to certain eye conditions. By watching your diet and lifestyle, starting preventive acupuncture before vision problems appear, it is possible to age gracefully, without needing any close up lenses or eye surgeries.

For those just starting to experience vision problems, a timely visit to your Oriental medical practitioner could help reverse the problems immediately, and ensure good sight, well into your golden years.

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