Did you ever see a baby in the arms of a parent with eyeglasses? Often the baby keeps trying to pull them off! While the child does not know about natural vision improvement, she instinctively wants to get rid of what is blocking her from seeing the eyes of her mother or father. She knows glasses interfere with true clear vision.
If you’ve worn glasses yourself for a while, then gone without them, you’ll realize your peripheral vision opens up. Your vision is not fenced in by the frames any longer — you can look far to the sides, or up or down, without hitting a barrier. Glasses train the eye to see in the center of the lens, since that’s where the strongest correction is, so without them you may feel a bit un-tethered at first.
Depth is deeper when you’re out of your eyeglasses. That pane of glass or plastic in front of your eyes flattens the natural depth, which is why people wearing glasses often have trouble estimating distances. One of my early vision teachers was Peter Grunwald, who developed the Eyebody Method of vision improvement. Peter told us paying attention to natural depth is an excellent way to improve eyesight, noticing the contours in foliage, or the swells in the clouds overhead, or the hills and valleys in a landscape.
Spectacles also dull colors. Even plain glass will do this. The colors outoors are richer and deeper when looking out an open window than when looking through the window pane, no matter how clean it is. If you’re wearing glasses too, then looking through a window, or through your windshield while driving, you’re doubly removing the vibrancy from your view.
Many eye doctors give their patients stronger glasses than is really necessary. Of course you want to be safe driving, but you can drive legally with a 20/40 prescription in all states of the USA. Your eyes will see the best they can through the glasses you give them. If the glasses are too strong, your natural vision will retreat a bit, thinking it’s not needed. It’s like taking medication to replace a hormone or enzyme — the body itself will produce even less.
When people start a vision improvement program, learning how to relax their eyes and use them in a more healthy way, then keep wearing their strong glasses, this puts a cap on their progress. Remember the story of the jumping flea in a tall jar, who kept banging his head on the lid? He finally learned not to jump so high. Then when the lid was removed, he never jumped out because he forgot how to exceed that artificial limit.
Without glasses, there are no restrictions on your vision. Your eyes are free to see as close or far as you’d like, with nothing to water down the colors or depth, no weight on your nose. You can put your face up to the rain drops or snow flakes and accept this moisture from Nature, not having to shield your glasses. When I wore glasses as a child I was constantly cleaning them, not wanting even a speck of dust to interfere with my seeing. Now my natural blinking gives me a new clear dust-free view every few seconds!
Don’t feel like you have to be trapped behind your glasses. When you’re in a safe place, experiment by doing a few simple things without them. Go for a walk in a familiar environment, or sit on the floor and play with a pet or a child. You might surprise yourself at how free you feel, and how you can do more than you thought. Your eyes do not have to remain in that cage. Let them dance freely with no barriers, enjoying all they see.