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Stop Wearing Glasses and Improve Your Vision

If you’re sick and tired of wearing your glasses, I know where you’re coming from.

If you think it’s possible to see clearly again without them, you’d be right.

 

What happens when you stop wearing your glasses?

For some of us it’s scary to get off our meds and see what happens. They’re the only thing keeping us from falling apart, right?

The same goes for glasses. You’ve been taught that you need them. You take them off, look around, and sure enough, it looks like you need them. You wake in the morning and can’t see a thing until you put them on.

You think about how to get out of them, but you don’t find a lot of encouragement.

Your parents tell you that your eyes will get worse if you don’t wear them all the time.

But is that what your eye doctor said? Maybe. Maybe not. If you have myopia (nearsightedness), some doctors believe that glasses will stop your eyes from getting worse as fast as they would have otherwise. There’s no doubt, however, that in almost all cases, people’s vision gets worse and worse if they keep wearing glasses.

But there’s a little more to it than that. Your vision can also get worse without glasses. Perhaps not as fast, but glasses aren’t the only factor.

The biggest factor is how you use your eyes. There are aspects to this that you’ve never thought about. Your habits either promote good vision or bad vision. There are real changes you can make that will have an impact and lead you towards good vision again, without glasses.

Glasses do some nasty things to prevent your good habits from taking over to improve your vision back to normal. See my article The Problem With Glasses.

So what happens when you don’t wear your glasses? It depends. Maybe some eyestrain and tired eyes. Certainly a lot of blur. Anxiety.

What also happens is your eyes are given the freedom to learn to see without glasses. It doesn’t mean they automatically will. They’ll need some help.

 

Cold Turkey

So how about the good old “cold turkey” approach. Usually that term is used to describe an abrupt and complete end to a drug habit, but glasses are a lot like a drug.

I could tell you to stop wearing your glasses now and be done with it. If you work in a profession where it’s all about near work, and you can manage this, and you can find your way around and do everything you need to without glasses, sure, maybe that will work for you.

Is this necessary? Do you have to just quit immediately?

Nope. Whether you sometimes wear your glasses in moments of weakness or an important immediate need to see something, that’s not what is going to determine what happens to your vision. So don’t worry about it. Don’t make any big commitments in going cold turkey that you’ll stress yourself out trying to keep.

 

Weaker glasses may be a temporary solution

The whole point is to learn to see clearly without glasses and not ever be dependent on them. Until then, you’ve got life to deal with, so weaker glasses might be a good interim solution. You probably you want to be able to drive, and it would be nice to be able to still recognize your friends, read signs, and generally be able to do things without feeling disabled.

Your eye doctor is already familiar with issuing a reduced prescription for patients who want a pair for reading or computer work. The reason for that is myopic glasses are calculated to give you clear distance vision. For any distance closer than 20ft (which is close to optical infinity as far as focus adjustment is concerned), they’re stronger than necessary. People complain about eyestrain with their glasses, and eye doctors have figured out it’s partly because the eyes have to over-focus for near work through the distance glasses, and reducing the strength of the glasses helps.

So you can request a reduced prescription from your eye doctor, telling him you intend to use them for reading and computer work… which is also true, right? No need to tell him you will be using them for everything if you think he’ll react badly to the idea.

Or you can try your luck at simply ordering new glasses online, a little weaker than your old prescription, and type in your doctor’s info. They might contact him for verification. They might not. Worst case, they’ll refuse your order and your eye doctor will give you a tongue-lashing for going behind his back. But it probably won’t be so bad as that. Your eye doctor is there to provide a service that you want and should have the sense to value your business and treat you well.

 

Do the exercises without glasses

All of the exercises I give should be done without glasses. They’re all doable without glasses, even if your myopia is pretty high. In many cases you can move closer to the eye chart on the wall to be able to see enough to make the exercise doable. There’s always a way.

The thing is with your glasses on you wouldn’t be able to notice the changes in your vision as you do the exercise. They give bad feedback. If your eyes improve their focus as you’re doing an exercise, your glasses will make your vision look worse instead. So it’s going to be really confusing and I don’t recommend it. And these moments of clearer vision are so important for your morale and confidence. You have to have the opportunity to experience these moments without your glasses and see how easy and possible it is for you to see without them. Your clear vision is just right there waiting to be activated, it’s right there within you, totally accessible, it’s really nothing special, and I want you to have the opportunity to experience this.


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David
I founded iblindness.org in 2002 as I began reading books on the Bates Method and became interested in vision improvement. I believe that everyone who is motivated can identify the roots of their vision problems and apply behavioral changes to solve them. I am into spirituality, lucid dreaming, archery, hang gliding, health and fitness. I own a gym equipment store and gym equipment blog.
David

Author: David

I founded iblindness.org in 2002 as I began reading books on the Bates Method and became interested in vision improvement. I believe that everyone who is motivated can identify the roots of their vision problems and apply behavioral changes to solve them. I am into spirituality, lucid dreaming, archery, hang gliding, health and fitness. I own a gym equipment store and gym equipment blog.

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Dale
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Dale

Last week it had been two years since my last eye examination, so I went in for one wearing my reduced prescription. My first surprise was that, what I thought to be my uncorrected distance vision of a bit less than 20/100, turned out to actually be 20/300, and my vision with my under correction on, is less than 20/200. It turns out that the online Snellen chart that I purchased, and have been using is erroneous , in that the letters on each line are much larger than they should be. My next surprise was that the doctor found that I now have astigmatism in each eye. He however suggested that since in the past I had trouble adjusting to a cylinder prescription, that he could simply give me a bit more myopic correction for each eye. The net result is that I am now wearing, -3.50 for each eye with a +3.00 bifocal add. I got the glasses the same day, and could not believe how poorly I had been seeing, especially for distance. It has been a week now, and vision without glasses is as bad as it was with the under correction that I had been… Read more »

Sailusha
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Sailusha

Hii
My 3.5 yrs old son was prescribed glasses today
L-0.75 R -0.25
+1.75 cyl for both the eyes
Should he use the glasses or just be without them.

Dale
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Dale

I read most of the threads, and did not see anything like my situation. I was first prescribed glasses at age 37 because of distance blur after close work. I had several different plus prescriptions, from several different doctors, some of which included correction for astigmatism. None of them solved the problem. Finally a doctor prescribed a -.25 with an astigmatism correction. and told me to wear them whenever my eyes bothered me. They solved the problem, and I often wore them for distance, as well as always for reading. The next year he ask how I was seeing, and I mentioned that the right lens seemed too strong. I then was given a small plus for both eyes, and more cylinder for both, and a +1.25 bifocal. Theses glasses were horrible to get used to, but I wore them constantly, and they were then comfortable. For thirty years they increased slightly . At this point I changed jobs, and for the first time in my life needed to use a computer all day long. I found that not using glasses was more comfortable. and again found distance blur, but the glasses did little to help. I had relocated ,… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Thanks Nadia.

Clint
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Clint

If this method were true, glasses would not exist. People in the old west would be without them and therefore cure themselves.
The earth is flat, we never went to the moon, the Russians hacked the election…
And now corrective lenses are evil. everything is a conspiracy.
Is there any evidence? Not feel good “snake oil” makes me feel tingly. I mean someone with 2.5 or over that can now read the newspaper?
I think people don’t understand how the eyes change shape and lose elasticity with age. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
Glasses are a necessary evil. Don’t like them? Get contacts.

Nadia
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Nadia

…and if diet and exercise worked, everyone would be slim and fit, right? 🙂

Bob K
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Bob K

My vision is already good or I would have looked further into this, but I assume there is “a bit” more to it than just not wearing glasses or wearing a weaker prescription. I view glasses as something like a futuristic exoskeleton brace to help someone lift 50 lb boxes. Why does a person need an exoskeleton for that? Well, it is possible they were severely injured and are paralyzed, and for them, this exoskeleton might be the only solution, but it is also possible that they are just weak because they never exercise. Would you be cool with it if people started using robotic enhancements to make up for the fact that they refuse to exercise? That would be pretty stupid, don’t you think? So what evidence do we have that myopia is caused from lack of eye exercise? Well, we know that as children, for every 1 hour spent outside every day, there is a 18% reduction in myopia. Do you hear that Clint? Being outside and looking at stuff that is far away for an hour a day reduces the probability of being myopic by 18%! 2 hours a day = about 36%! 3 hours a day… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

I think everybody else covered the main points, so I’ll just throw this side-note out there. One of the original “snake oils” was echinacea. As it happens, echinacea is actually really helpful with snakebites. Specifically the pit vipers – rattlesnake, copperhead, and water moccasin. It deactivates the venom and strengthens the cells against its effects.

The reason that snake oil got a bad name was not because it was ineffective, but rather because1) unscrupulous people were selling false (or inferior) products and claiming it to be actual snake oil and 2) because unscrupulous people were making claims outside of its actual effects. And probably 3) because big business, big Pharma, or big government wanted it shut down for money reasons.

Another snake oil comes from a water snake. I don’t have any personal experience with it, but by most accounts it also had legitimate medicinal value.

So anyway, like I said, that’s not really what we were talking about. Just wanted to share…for fun.

Paul
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Paul

Where are the exercises? I see no download.

Nadia
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Nadia

Menu -> eBooks -> Perfect sight without glasses.
Or: https://www.iblindness.org/ebooks/perfect-sight-without-glasses/

Janet
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Janet

I wear varifocals would I still be able to try this method?

Veronica Martinez
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Veronica Martinez

Hello, David I’m 26 years old and I have Miopia and the measurements with contact lenses is -5.25 in both eyes, do yo think that by trying not using glasses or less measurement and doing the eyes exercise my vision measurement would get better a lower number or even get 20/20?

Bob K
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Bob K

I’m almost 45 years old and recently got my vision tested and it was tested at 20/12. I’m mildly farsighted, but I can still read fine without reading glasses. I’ve always done eye exercises, my entire life. I practice focusing up close, then far away – back and forth. Just like doing arm curls. You don’t hold one position, you need full motion. I just have to push a little to focus. I recently tried some reading glasses just out of curiosity, and really didn’t like the result. Yes, I could read a little easier, but even having them on for a few minutes, my ability to see up close was lost for several minutes after. I’m thoroughly convinced that if I started wearing reading glasses all the time, that my near vision would go to crap. So isn’t this happening to people who wear glasses all the time? Aren’t their eyes adjusting to the lens and no longer trying to focus correctly? Seems like it to me. I’d like to see an experiment where nearsighted people wear reading glasses for short periods of time while reading, then do a far eye test to see if the results improve. It… Read more »

Nadia
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Nadia

Wow, Bob!
You are making too much sense. That’s usually not allowed LOL
Did you know that the most common thing about common sense is that it isn’t very common! 😄

Terry
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Terry

Hi David , Do your exercises also help to improve night vision ? As my myopia is very high & I also have vision problem at night. I’m good without glasses in day time but night really keeps me inside home. Plz Do Reply

sarah
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sarah

Hi I am Sarah and I am 14 years old I am currently wearing glasses and my eyesight is getting worse my eye doctor keeps on saying that my eyesight will get worse if I don’t wear my glasses all the time. My mum tells me to try not to wear my glasses all the time.In year 5 I didn’t wear my glasses at all and my eye doctor said that my eyes were really damaged. Right now I am trying to reduce the amount of time I wear my glasses and only wear it when reading or at school.When I don’t wear my glasses I can barely see and I feel really insecure.What do you think I should do. Please reply as soon as possible.

bitsiat
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bitsiat

hello David, I exercised and yeah my vision is getting better but what I am really concerned right now is not about my vision it is about how I look with out them. I think I look weird without glasses. my eye shape is changed a little, my skin around my eye is thiner and darker. if you’ve some advices about how to improve this… please let me know.

Joey
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Joey

Hello dude who’s name I’ve forgotten I’m terrible with names. Don’t try to help me there. Anywho, my question is the effects of distancing my phone from my face or just using a TV instead and just reading for farsightedness would this aid me in some way and occasionally increasing the distance “or decreasing font size for tv, or zooming out depending on what I’m reading” Would this be able to aid me in decreasing and ridding myself of farsightedness? Or would this do almost nothing cause either way I’m totally already doing this spent countless hours laying on the edge of my bed at night with my phone on the floor, much easier and farther away then just holding it in my hands with glasses off reading. While I don’t believe I’ve hand any form of change then again… I’m not the most observant person when it comes to me. I don’t exactly focus on how I look or do things I work out but for strength not muscle. I don’t comb my hair because I don’t honestly know what would look good cause I’m attracted to women not men so who am I to say? But yeah 0… Read more »

Kirsty
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Kirsty

My prescription is -3.25 left an right would this work for me thanks

Laila
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Laila

Hi, David! Could you please link us to your credentials? It would be nice for people to know from whom they are taking advice, and to allow them to make an educated decision on their own regarding whether they think you are qualified to provide them with medical advice. (Also, it would be a wise idea for you legally, as you are putting yourself in the position of a figure giving others medical advice. Lawsuits can get ugly.) Thanks!

RAMYA.R
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RAMYA.R

I have myopia with L -.05 and R -0.75. Can I improve my vision without wearing glasses.

P.S. I have just started wearing glasses..

The Man
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The Man

Try not to wear glasses if you only have -0.75 correction — or only when you really need to see the white board if you go to school. If you keep wearing your glasses all the time, soon it becomes -1.5 and then -2.5. Simply stare less at your phone. Use a larger screen for your computer at home and sit back. Take many brakes and look out the window. Go outside and look at far distance. This will eventually bring your vision back to 20/20. Also never use glasses when reading things up close. Or else suffer what we spectacle wearers have gone through, rapid progression of myopia. So less reading up close, more looking at things afar.

The Man
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The Man

I have been wearing glasses since 1992. It was low prescription in the beginning, but as soon as I started wearing glasses, it went worse. Luckily, I have never changed my prescription beyond R -2.25 and L -2.5. Sometimes my eyes were getting a little worse, but they always went back to sharp vision after a while, so I kept resisting stronger glasses. Lately, my sight was getting slightly blurry, and I feared my eyes were getting worse, but with home testing I found out my eyes were actually getting slightly better. I thought maybe due to better habits — always trying to not wear glasses when working at computer and when reading. Then I saw a YouTube video on how Myopia could actually be reversed. Yeah, right! I was sceptical. I did some research. So I purchased glasses online that were 0.25 diopter reduced. I could see fine. I was probably overprescribed. By how much I couldn’t tell. I waited a little, measured my eyesight, and my eyes were getting better by the day. I could reduce by another 0.25 diopter. I could see fine with those too. So I did more research. I started doing active focus, eye… Read more »

John
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John

I’ve not been wearing my specs for over 24 hours and already my eyes feel better. It so good to be free of glasses, I’ve worn them for nearly 60 years. I hate wearing glasses.

Annabele
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Annabele

This is the best advice ever. I’ll use your tip of wearing lower power for closeup reading. I was tired of my pinhol glasses breaking since I wear them over my glasses. I’ve stopped wearing my glasses constantly -8.75 for 2 weeks now.
Instead I’ve been walking arouand shops and at home using my d modified pinhole glasses (made the hole very tiny, size of pinprick, everything looks 20/20) with pinhole glasses.
Now, when I’m in the garden I have 5 seconds of clarity, 20/20 when peering intently at the grass or patch if garden or sunflower centre. It’s so exciting.
The other tip I picked up was supercharge your lutein and xeanthin levels with kale, spinach and broccoli smoothies. I’m so over the moon, this DIY is actually working. (I got the smoothies idea from the Outback Vision Protocol, but I wouldn’t buy it, just study it)

Daniel
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Daniel

Is there a way to improve your eyesight without getting glasses?

Ada
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Ada

Hey David 🙂 I suffer from Myopia and I want to get rid of my specs. My power is -.75 for both eyes. Please help me cute my condition 🙂

Nadia
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Nadia

Dear Yikes, The experiment you are mentioning was specifically conducted on children with myopia. Unfortunately, it was done with great ignorance towards proper scientific experimentation methodologies, physiological optics, and Dr Bates’s findings in general. Proper method would have called for the testing and evaluation of the null hypothesis. In this case, a control group should have been established, which wore no glasses at all for the duration of the experiment. Instead, there had been only 2 groups: one with proper prescription for the distance; and one with improper prescription. Wearing concave glasses for close work elongates the children’s eyeballs more, due to optical reasons. (Please see any University textbook on physiological optics for further clarification.) When the prescription is proper for the maximum range of vision to achieve the required resolution for distance viewing, the child’s eyeball is able to “rebound” to the original correction more or less due to the positive feedback the brain receives. In the case of even slight reduction in the prescriptions, the positive feedback mechanism is lost and hence the eyeball will remain in a somewhat more elongated form, measuring higher degree of myopia during the next checkup. Had the experimenters have any clue about… Read more »

Yikes
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Yikes

I feel bad for all these people whose vision will get fucked by wearing prescriptions that are too weak for them, last time people tried that experiment they had to stop for ethical reasons because it teribbly screwed up their vision permanently, I just people will look around more and get other opinions before going off and doing something drastic that they will later regret

breonna bullock
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breonna bullock

i dont like wearing glasses they suck bad u have to see the eye doctor a lot by new glasses if they break it just to much i got glasses a year ago i hate them

Mila
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Mila

David what if you have a lasy eye let’s say and want to make both of your eyes stronger would it be good not to wear glasses because my kid has one and she is 12 and I’m worried about it

Bassfight
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Bassfight

Is this serious? You think you can will your eye lenses back into shape, physically fix the imperfections in your eyeball by not wanting to wear glasses? Because that’s what you’re talking about when you’re suggesting ‘learning to see without glasses’ to someone who needs glasses so see clearly.

chuaro chua
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chuaro chua

I googled the topic because it happened to me this week. I did not wear my eye-glasses for two days and surprise surprise, I am good without glasses. I don’t think I am going back that route…. thanks

Brenda Hodgdon
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Brenda Hodgdon

Where are the exercises

Avinash
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Avinash

Hi I am avinash 19yrs old
I have a eye sight of -3 right 0 right … I can perform all the daily activities without my glasses … Is there any possibility of getting my right eye to normal condition without wearing glasses?

Jeressia
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Jeressia

Hello, i currently wear my old glasses from middle school, not sure what it is as far as prescription, but when i take my glasses off, my eyes seem worse. Should I stop? I know you’re no doctor, but i just want a second opinion.

Alisha
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Alisha

Hi,
I’m a 14 year old girl and my vision is really bad. I have myopia with R:-6.50 and L:-6.75. I have an old pair of prescription glasses. The power for those is R: -5.50 and L: -5.75. If I wear my old glasses, will my vision get worse? I really want to, at least, get to the power of R: -5.50 and L: -5.75 and wear my old glasses. If I use this method how long do you think it would take to get better for my eyes, and is this really safe for developing eyes? Please respond as soon as possible.
Thank you!

Siri
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Siri

Studies have found that it is more harmful for children to not have the correct prescription lenses! Please read on this before you do that… http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140513-do-glasses-weaken-your-eyesight

The Man
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The Man

Siri — Well, this study in China https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27796670 showed that no correction lessened myopic progression compared to children who were fully corrected. This China study actually aligns with previous animal studies. The Malaysia study tested children with variable ranges of myopia, and then gave a group glasses with 0.75 diopter less than fully corrected. The China study also had a group children with variable ranges of myopia, but gave a group no correction at all (no glasses), so the range of under-correction was actually greater — although it has to be said that the group with no correction were less myopic than the group with full correction. In the China study, under-correction had less progress of myopia — the greater the under-correction the less the progress of myopia. In the Malaysia study under-correction had more progress of myopia — although we’re talking about a difference of only 0.2-0.3 diopters here! Also the studies are about the rate of myopic progression in children who go to school. It is not about adults trying to become less myopic by under-correction. To me both studies are flawed in their data, approach, and conclusion, so inconclusive in my eyes. Also the studies don’t really… Read more »

James G
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James G

This made sense to me so I tried it. I have some really glasses from a few years ago, they are much weaker than my current glasses and in only one day my eyes have readjusted to them! It’s a little bit of a strain seeing close up but I can get by. My eyes do not feel as tired at the end of the day. I spend a lot of time on the computer or looking at some type of screen so I suggest anyone interested try wearing some old glasses first if your eyes are really bad. I couldn’t see anything when I woke up, could barely find my glasses. This is over!

Miranda
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Miranda

Update, please! Very interested in how things are going for you!

Maham Ahmed
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Maham Ahmed

Hey David my left eye has a power of -4 something and right eye is 2.5 something and I’m really irritated cuz of my glasses and without it’s like totally blurr tell me how to improve it fast pls

tashi
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tashi

Hello dravid
I m tashi from ladakh….my lens power is-2 both eye con I cure mayopia by doing eye exercise…….please reply

Justin
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Justin

Hey,

I am tired of the eyestrain I get from my glasses and thinking about ordering a pair of glasses with a weaker prescription online. I know a website where you can get a pair for only about €55,-. Right now I have a pair of glasses with R -4,50 / L -4,25, with R -0,25 180° / L -0,50 12° astigmatism. What weaker prescription do you suggest? How about R -2,50 / L -2,25 (2 diopters weaker for each eye)? And should I leave the astigmatism unchanged?

Really hope you can help and suggest some advice. Thanks.

Greetings, Justin

Allen
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Allen

If you want to improve your eyesight without glasses. Start taking saffron supplements

natinael mekibib
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natinael mekibib

hi david my eyes sph,-5.5 on the right and-2.5 on the left is my eye short sight, i have tired and i need to stop wearing eye glass.can i stop wearing glass and improve my vison?

Sina
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Sina

Hi David,
I find it frustrating too that I have to depend on my glasses. So I’ve ditched my glasses by only wearing them during lectures, and tutorial classes perhaps. I hope I can really improve my eye sight! Thank you very much.

David
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Same I do wear glasses when reading not for Driving of seeing objects.

Luke Yancey
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot and wonder if I actually need my contacts. However, every time that I’ve tried to stop wearing them I’ve realized that the effect is very chaotic. There would be no way for me to drive my car without my contacts without crashing into something. This is why I really appreciate your tip of switching to a prescription that is weaker, and keep doing so until you don’t need your glasses or contacts anymore!