Subject: Steps you should take -- before using Bates and/or
other preventive measures.
Because we argue for PREVENTION, and RECOVERY, we are often
accused of "by-passing" medicine. This is a not true.
I feel certain we should always have our eyes checked for the
medical issues stated by Judy. Only AFTER these issues have been
resolved (and you have none of them) should you consider taking
complete responsibility to clear your vision using Bates, and/or
the plus-preventive method.
Here is Judy's statement -- that I support:
By Optometrist Judy:
Refraction is a minor part of an eye exam.
Most of the exam time and doctor's thinking is used for eye
health determination including:
1. Screening for glaucoma,
2. Corneal disease,
3. Lid disease including skin cancer,
5. Retinal disease and ocular signs of systemic disease.
6. Taking a history,
7. Identifying risk factors,
8. Selecting tests based on risk,
9. Performing tests,
10. Analyzing results
11. Communicating the diagnosis
These are the skills requiring a "doctor".
Thank you so much for clarifying the nature of a $39 exam --
we see advertised.
I have no problem recommending that a person have all these
MEDICAL issues checked -- during that exam. You paid $160,000 and
four years of your life to competently check these MEDICAL ISSUES
-- and I recommended that if a person checcks his Snellen, and sees
he is at 20/60 -- that he go through this type of exam with you.
Only AFTER that exam should the person take the
responsibility to clear his refraction (and Snellen) back toward
zero, or normal visual acuity.
But I assume that the person can check his refraction
himself, and that you have CLEARED all the above MEDICAL issues
for the person -- before he starts his own vision-clearing work
using Bates or other methods of his choice.
So now the person can go home, and "click" on his "Monitor
Snellen" and confirm that his visual-acuity is the same as you
measured it. (Or perhaps different, depending on the skill of the
Further, with his own trial lens kit (for about $190) he can
confirm the refractive STATE of his eyes. (With some technical
"smarts" he could probably make his own limited trial-lens for
For that reason, it then wise for the person himself to take
necessary action if he wishes to work on Snellen-clearing (and
changing his refractive STATE in a positive direction).
At least to the point of reading 3/4 inch letter at 20 feet
(by his own personal confirmation).
Further, by the use of his own trial-lens kit, he can CONFIRM
that his refractive STATE has changed by +3/4 diopters to +1.25
diopter, allowing him to pass the DMV test.
Given that he is in school, he should continue with
SYSTEMATIC use of the preventive plus, or Bates until he reaches
visual acuity far above the DMV REQUIRED test.
I suggest that the person himself review the critical primate
data, and all other issues. He should start this work only AFTER
you have done all the MEDICAL tests confirming that the "lowered"
visual acuity is not a MEDICAL problem.