Eyesight problems are a plague of modern society. Eyeglasses, when they are a solution at all, are not an acceptable solution.
We believe that you can recover your eyesight naturally, over a wide variety of types of blurry vision and visual disorders, and that you can do so without surgery, drugs or glasses, even in long-standing cases that began in childhood. We believe that the way you use your eyes and mind are the biggest factors in good vision and eye health. The methods presented on this website are based loosely on the Bates method, developed in the early 20th century by a little-known eye doctor, W.H. Bates.
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Clearly this is not relaxing, and not healthy for me. We’ve talked before about how tense and nervous I was as a child. It was a new insight that when I was younger I was in constant conflict with myself from wanting so much to communicate and be understood, yet at the same time bracing against the strong negative response I expected. I have carried more of this pattern forward into my adulthood than I want to, and I’m ready to change this now.
As we tapped and unraveled this dynamic further, I began to see that I approach most if not all social interactions as if I was preparing to give a presentation in my corporate job, or to go into battle! This may be true even if I’m planning to interact with someone I know well. I can’t relax and just be myself — I have to keep my game face on.
So, finally, to vision. Were those thick glasses my armor as a child? As I shed diopter after diopter, decades later when I started vision improvement, more of the Real Me could be seen, and yes, I felt more vulnerable. But I also felt freer and certainly more relaxed. It feels so good to be seen just as I am, no armor, no game face.
This confirms my thought that my continued vision improvement has as much to do with my emotions as with my eyes. I don’t need to push myself or my words “out there”, then brace with a clenched jaw for the flood of return input. I don’t need to attack my surroundings with my vision to be able to see clearly! I want to be “in the flow”, easily letting my energy go out and easily receiving the current of energy coming back from others, like a pleasurable dance. Might you also be working too hard at something that should come naturally?
The photo of the child in the sandbox out-of-doors in the sunlight reminds me of a sweet incident from my own childhood, one of the earliest I remember. My father was digging rocks out of the section of the yard he planned to use for a vegetable garden, keeping an eye on 2-year-old me digging in my sandbox nearby. I was working just like my beloved Daddy! He brought me a small stone he had cracked into 4 irregular sections, and I was fascinated — a rock puzzle! I took those pieces apart and fit them carefully together over and over, delighted each time with how perfectly the edges meshed, totally absorbed. I think my Dad was amused at how much I liked this simple free toy.
At 2 years old I didn’t have glasses yet. In this moment with my father nearby, I was relaxed and felt safe, and had no problem seeing. I remember there was a small crumb of the stone at the edge of one separation between the sections which was missing. I looked for it briefly, but since it wasn’t much bigger than the grains of sand underneath me, I decided to do without it, focusing instead on the puzzle pieces I did have. I was paying attention to visual detail naturally, without even knowing I was doing vision practice!
This is the type of natural practice which is available all the time, at near and far distances. I’ll be walking down the street in my neighborhood when something moving and red catches my attention, out of the corner of my eye. What is that? My gaze turns to it to inspect it for more clarity. Oh, it’s a toddler in a red shirt running around in circles on the grass on his front lawn to the side of the road up ahead, while his father pretends to chase him. What a touching, fun-to-watch, scene!
A vision buddy reports she is starting a computer program for vision improvement, which is reported to have helped major league athletes see more clearly. After just one day she says she sees the road signs better when she’s driving. She’s doing the program (instead of just thinking about doing it), because it’s fun for her.
The vision chart is also good practice at looking for details. However, many people have negative associations with the chart, from years of eye doctor visits when the chart showed that they couldn’t see well, and needed even stronger glasses. They were failing the test, again! If you want to improve your vision (or anything else, for that matter), why not see if you can find a way to practice that skill which is enjoyable for you? Girls, and boys, of every age, just want to have fun!
We’ve all heard “Practice makes perfect”, or about the famous basketball pro who still spends countless hours practicing free throws. Well, that’s how he got so good at it! I have a personal fitness routine, some exercises I do every day and others I do a few times a week. When I’m away from home, I still do a bit, even if it’s just push-ups in the morning in my hotel room. And yet I am always dismayed when I get back home after being gone only a week, to find the normal weights I use to work out are so heavy! “If you don’t use it, you lose it”.
So what does all this have to do with vision improvement? People have dismissed the Bates Method with “Oh, I tried that, and it didn’t work”. To me, there are 2 main reasons for this. First, the person may have misunderstood what they were to do, and so practiced something which wasn’t helpful. (A common flavor of this is going without glasses, yet still looking in a straining effort-full manner.) The second reason is the topic of this post: the person was not consistent in applying the principles of the Bates Method, only doing it occasionally.
I admit I am not as consistent in my own vision practice as I would like to be, so I’m writing this partly for myself! Just this morning in a dimly lit corner of the kitchen (I don’t turn the lights on unless I really need them), I reached over the dish drainer with a water glass in my hand. I jarred both myself and the glass by bumping it, hard, into the protruding handle of the little iron skillet which was propped up to dry in the drainer! Ouch! Feeling very glad I didn’t break the glass, I reminded myself once again to look before I reach, not to just assume I know what is there. Yes, it was darker than usual in the kitchen, but if I had been looking I would have seen the skillet. If I don’t look, I won’t see!
In additon to ongoing looking with attention, I’d also like to be more regular about my vision chart practice. I am noticing quicker clearing of the letters when doing this, and less double vision, plus those very gratifying deeper black sharper letters. Yet I am probably only getting in a session of a half-hour or more 3 to 4 days a week. Yes, this is better than not at all, but I’d prefer it was nearly every day.
I’ve written before about my struggles with the eye chart, how I used to avoid it because it just showed me how poor my vision was. I’m largely over this, and yes I’m aware how illogical that is, like waiting until you’re in better shape to go to the gym! I do want my vision to keep improving, and it’s time to align my actions with that intention now. Like in the fable of the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the race — if I keep at it, my vision will keep getting better. What goal do you have that might need some additional focus?
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