Topic of discussion: “Chinese Medicine and Optometry: Preventive and Integrative Vision Care.”
Dr. Marc Grossman is a New York optometrist who has integrated elements of Chinese Medicine into his practice, with emphasis on treating of the whole body rather than just symptoms, to prevent and cure disease. He recommends the 2009 book, Healing Your Eyes with Chinese Medicine, by Andy Rosenfarb.
Dr. Grossman noted that the incidence of dry eye, near and farsightedness, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are all increasing dramatically. He believes they are part of a whole body issue involving lifestyle and environmental factors. Macular degeneration is a major cause of blindness.
A central theme in Dr, Grossman’s practice is vision therapy, in which a series of exercises are employed to improve and maintain good vision. Since the eye is more closely connected to the brain than any other organ (80% of learning is visual), the mind can be a powerful influence. Dr. Grossman improved his own vision by 70% using these exercises.
The exercises consist, in part, of working with a set of “Magic Eye Pictures” that have been developed, shifting back and forth from near vision to far vision for about five minutes, etc. It is also important to follow the “Three B’s” of “breathing,” “blinking” and “beaming” (or smiling, which benefits the eye muscles). Sleep is also critical, as are eating dark green vegetables and drinking enough water each day (he recommends 64 ounces, taken four ounces at a time).
Dr. Grossman is an advocate of Nature’s Tears EyeMist, sponsor of the Sharon Kleyne Hour, to alleviate dry eye symptoms. He notes that the mist also picks up oxygen, which is extremely beneficial to the eyes. A dry tear film is always trying to pull moisture out of the air but when the air is too dry, this can work in reverse. Dr. Grossman sees Nature’s Tears EyeMist as a potentially indispensable eye accessory much like a toothbrush for teeth.
Website: www.NaturalEyeCare.com (free phone and e-mail consultations).