148: Holistic Eye Care & Improving Eyesight Naturally with Dr. Berne

148: Holistic Eye Care & Improving Eyesight Naturally with Dr. Berne

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Holistic Eye Care to Improve Eye Health and Eyesight Naturally with Dr. Berne

Eyesight isn’t something many people think we can change, but today I’m talking to a holistic optometrist who says otherwise. Because vision exists in the brain, not the eyes, it is possible to improve and even rehabilitate our eyes instead of just correct them.

Want to be free of glasses? Prevent eye disease? Reverse cataracts? Dr. Sam Berne says it can be done and there are natural ways to do it.

Dr. Sam Berne on Holistic Eye Care

Over his 25 years in optometry Dr. Sam Berne has developed a form of holistic vision therapy that goes deeper than better eyesight. He believes glasses and contacts are just short-term solutions that can actually weaken the eyes and looks to root causes of disease for an alternative approach.

With these holistic methods Dr. Berne can address vision issues caused by autism, ADHD, cataracts, dry-eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions.

If you’re tired of forking out money for contacts and glasses as your prescription gets stronger and stronger, you’ll definitely want to check out this episode!

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • why I thought twice before getting my daughter glasses
  • how nutrition and overall health affects your eyes
  • how glasses weaken the eyes and what to do instead
  • what causes “floaters” in vision
  • the link between ADHD, ADD, and the eyes
  • what dyslexia and reading delays often have to do with vision
  • specific help for macular degeneration, cataracts, and more
  • what causes dry eye and what to do about it
  • simple exercises you can do that improve eyesight naturally
  • supplements that help eye health

Resources We Mention

Learn more about Dr. Sam Berne at DrSamBerne.com

Do you or one of your children struggle with vision issues? What would you ask Dr. Berne? Let us know by leaving a comment or writing a review on iTunes. I read each and every comment, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions!

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  1. Thank you so much for this podcast! This has been super informative & I look forward to checking out Dr. Berne’s website further. I wondered if you could recommend specific excercises for a child (11y.o.) with astigmatism. Any other specific suggestions on other therapies or supplements would also be welcomed. Thank you!!

  2. I’m not sure how to comment in iTunes, I also would have to download. My husband is very seriously considering lasik eye surgery because he is tired of wearing glasses. From my limited research (I’ve just been recently introduced to this information) it seems like you can only improve eyesight or maintain. Is there any way, as an adult, to heal eyes to the point of not needing to wear glasses? Thank you for this information. I think it will help a lot of people. It has helped me already and I’m just scratching the surface.

  3. This was one of your best Katie! Thank you!

  4. What an AWESOME podcast! Thank you

  5. Thank you so much Katie and Dr. Sam. I appreciate the work both of you are doing. I am far sighted and my 13 year old daughter is near sighted. Do you have any suggestions for finding doctors or health professionals who I could work with? I am in Georgia. I’ve had a difficult time finding someone. Also, what suggestions do you have for exercises/therapies could I adopt on my own to help both of us?


  6. I had cataract surgery on both eyes a year apart about 13 years ago in my early 50’s. I wondered if your MSM eye drops would be safe for those who have had cataract surgery, and if so, could they be useful in any way besides relieving dry eyes?

    • Hi Anne,

      The short answer to your question is yes.

      But of course, I cannot speak to your situation individually without better understanding your medical history and lifestyle habits.

      MSM is beneficial for far more than just the lens of the eye. So even with artificial lenses, MSM drops may be beneficial. I’ve spoken a good bit on this topic – feel free to scroll through the resources here: http://www.drsamberne.com/?s=msm

      In terms of other ways to improve eye health and vision after cataract surgery, I would refer you to this video: http://www.drsamberne.com/can-vision-improved-after-cataract-surgery/

      Take care,

      Dr. Sam

  7. This was a GREAT podcast!!! My son, who was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder several years ago, just started vision therapy with a developmental optometrist. One of his four diagnoses was convergence insufficiency, so this was helpful. They’re also working on integrating his primitive reflexes which will help with the vision too. We are very optimistic that the vision therapy will dramatically improve his quality of life. Thanks again!

    • So glad you found a holistic healthcare provider that works! Wishing you, and your son, good health.

  8. For a full protocol for reducing myopia (nearsightedness) using the lens-reducing method, check out endmyopia.com. I am currently using this method, and have already reduced my prescription. Also, this program stresses lifestyle eye-use changes that become habits so that you are not having to spend time doing “exercises” each day.

    • Whoops, that’s endmyopia.org. Sorry!

  9. My 22 year old son was just dx with autosomal dominant optic atrophy pending genetic testing. His optic nerves are pale and his peripheral vision is affected. He thankfully still has 20/20 corrected vision but we are told this is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Any thoughts to help him save his vision? Thank you for all that you do!

  10. I’m really thankful for this podcast!
    My husband has traumatic brain injury. I have heard of using the prism glasses for bringing in brain healing. We haven’t had a clue where to start to get him better. Will check your videos.

  11. Hi .my daughter is 4 years old and has a lazy eye in her right eye it has not improved since she got her glasses what exercises can i do with a 4 year old ? I was told to go do vision therapy with her but we can’t afford it . Also to cover her good eye every night to get her to start using that right eye.

  12. This podcast was fantastic. My question is for Dr. Berne. I developed a lazy eye as an infant and started wearing very thick bifocals at 1. It was my left eye. And I was 6 I wore an eye patch with my glasses for 6 months. By 13 I gained enough control to keep my eyes strait and stared to use contacts. By 19 My vision was clear and I stopped wearing corrective lenses except to drive or when I was tired and my eye would start to drift. Younger brother had a similar experience so I just assumed it was genetic. Fast forward nine years and two pregnancies later. My left eye which was previously the lazy eye, is my dominant eye. I don’t feel like my right eye is pulling its weight. if I ever use my right eye exclusively it’s gets tired very quickly and my head starts to hurt. So I was hoping for suggestions to help my eyes work together. I would really like to find a holistic eye care professional but I haven’t had any luck. Thanks in advance!

  13. Such good information – thank you! Also, please note that some parts of the audio about half way through are somewhat garbled, even in the download.

  14. What a great podcast! I just ordered MSM eyedrops – hoping to get rid of floaters and dry eyes!
    I started taking astaxanthin last summer for the sun protection benefits. After about 3 months of use, I had my annual eye exam – and much to my surprise, my prescription had gotten weaker! Went from something like 4.25 to 3.50 in each eye. The only thing I can attribute it to is the astaxanthin.

    I have a question for Dr. Berne: I have a nevis (freckle) on the back of one of my eyes. Is there anything I should be doing to help prevent it from turning into a melanoma? Does red light therapy hurt it at all?

    Thank you! Great podcast.

  15. Great podcast and great point that eyesight and vision are not static!

    I’m also a big fan of endmyopia.org. I’ve reversed most of my myopia, starting at -5.00, and should be out of glasses altogether within the next or two.

    The developmental and behavioral optometrists and ophthalmologists like Dr Berne are absolutely worth going to see if you can find one. Great stuff. Thanks to both of you!

  16. Some time ago, I asked for some info on macular edema. You said to sign up for your newsletter and a blog would be coming on the subject. I am hoping I did not miss it as I need some help on this subject.

    • It’s a subject I plan to write about soon but have not yet…

  17. Thank you both for putting such wonderful information and content out! I feel fortunate to have come across this episode.

    To Dr. Berne-I have been wearing hard contacts for nighttime (ortho-k) for 17 years since I was in 6th grade. I purchased the MSN drops today because I was told that I have moderately dry eyes. I am extremely interested in holistic eye care and found the 90 days of eye exercises on your website.

    What is your general opinion on hard contacts versus soft contacts? Thanks so much.

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