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  • If I Exercise My Extra-Ocular Muscles, Will My Sight Improve?

    If I Exercise My Extra-Ocular Muscles, Will My Sight Improve?

    A subscriber to my twice-a-month newsletter sent me this question yesterday. The extra-ocular muscles surround the eyeball (see the drawing). Extra-ocular literally means “outside the eye”. These are the muscles …Read More »
  • “Meniere’s no more” Inspires “Myopia no more”

    “Meniere’s no more” Inspires “Myopia no more”

    According to Wikipedia, “Ménière’s disease (MD) is a disorder of the inner ear that is characterized by episodes of feeling like the world is spinning (vertigo), ringing in the ears …Read More »
  • Is Vision Exercise Like Gym Exercise?

    Is Vision Exercise Like Gym Exercise?

    If you’ve followed Dr. Bates’ teachings at all, you know he believed vision improvement is about relaxing the mind and the visual system, so it can function optimally. Straining is …Read More »
  • Vision Practice All Day Long

    Vision Practice All Day Long

    Dr. Bates, the natural vision pioneer from the early 1900s, was often asked how much practice was needed to see an improvement in eyesight. He said you have as much …Read More »
  • What Is The Visual Swing?

    What Is The Visual Swing?

    Most of us can remember riding on a swing as a child, that easy enjoyable back-and-forth rhythmic movement. When Dr. Bates wrote about the illusions of normal healthy sight, he …Read More »
  • Optometrist Cures Her Own Myopia

    Optometrist Cures Her Own Myopia

    The article which follows below, “Optometrist Cures Her Own Myopia,” was originally published in a Special Edition of New Dawn Magazine in 2016. The article is reprinted with permission from …Read More »
  • Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 5. A Successful and Empowering Solution to Control Myopia

    Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 5. A Successful and Empowering Solution to Control Myopia

    Section 5, the final part of this article, is a continuation from the previous blog post, Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment: Section 4.  A Radical Mind-Body Theory For …Read More »
  • Why Is The Eye Chart So Clear?

    Why Is The Eye Chart So Clear?

    With the sun higher in the sky now, and noticeably more daylight even when it’s rainy, this seems like the ideal time to continue improving my vision, to nudge it …Read More »
  • Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 4. A Radical Mind-Body Theory for the Cause of Myopia

    Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 4. A Radical Mind-Body Theory for the Cause of Myopia

    Section 4 of this article is a continuation from the previous blog post, Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment: Section 3.  Problems with the Hereditary Theory The broad advances …Read More »
  • Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 3. Problems with the Hereditary Theory

    Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 3. Problems with the Hereditary Theory

    Section 3 of this article is a continuation from the previous blog post, Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment: Section 2.  Problems with the Excess Near Work Theory   …Read More »
  • Feeling Expansive

    Feeling Expansive

    To me, the myopia pattern is contracting, pulling in, backing away from everyone and everything which seems too intrusive and “in my face” to look inward instead. The myopic personality …Read More »
  • Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 2. Problems with the Excess Near Work Theory

    Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 2. Problems with the Excess Near Work Theory

    Section 2 of this article is a continuation from the previous blog post, Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment: Section 1.  Introduction As stated in Section 1, the nineteenth …Read More »
  • Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 1. Introduction

    Alternative Myopia Research and Proven Natural Treatment – 1. Introduction

    Note: This blog post kicks off with Section 1 of an article discussing alternative myopia research and the proven success of Natural Vision Improvement (NVI). For those of you who’ve …Read More »
  • Getting Closer To See Better

    Getting Closer To See Better

    When I took a week-long workshop with Peter Grunwald, developer of the vision improvement Eyebody Method, he separated us into groups depending on our particular visual condition. As he beckoned …Read More »
  • Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure –  4. Warring Factions – Nature vs. Nurture In Myopia Research

    Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure – 4. Warring Factions – Nature vs. Nurture In Myopia Research

    Section 4, the final part of this article, is a continuation from the previous blog post, Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure: Section 3.  Optical Poison Transforms Into …Read More »
  • Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure –  3. Optical Poison Transforms Into Optical Elixir

    Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure – 3. Optical Poison Transforms Into Optical Elixir

    Section 3 of this article is a continuation from the previous blog post, Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure: Section 2.  Latest Myopia Research Findings Lead Back To …Read More »
  • Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure –  2. Latest Myopia Research Findings Lead Back To Square One

    Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure – 2. Latest Myopia Research Findings Lead Back To Square One

    Section 2 of this article is a continuation from the previous blog post, Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure: Section 1.  Introduction Recent news articles about myopia have …Read More »
  • Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure – Introduction

    Orthodox Myopia Research: Blind Alleys and No Cure – Introduction

    Note: This blog post kicks off with Section 1 of an article discussing the depressing and befuddled state of conventional myopia research and the accepted orthodox “treatment” which the public …Read More »
  • Time Enough To See

    Time Enough To See

    In my teens and early twenties, I inhaled science fiction, imagining a wider world where anything, however fantastic, was possible. I loved the classic author Robert Heinlein’s writing about the …Read More »
  • Fight The Blur? Accept The Blur?

    Fight The Blur? Accept The Blur?

    Today I woke after a good long deep sleep, meditated, fell back asleep briefly, then slowly opened my eyes to start my day. Everything was so clear! I glanced outside …Read More »
  • Am I Proud Of My Vision Problem?

    Am I Proud Of My Vision Problem?

    As a child and teen, I had the strongest glasses of anyone I knew. I got gas permeable hard contacts at age 16, my parents hoping to stop the progression …Read More »
  • Do You Define Yourself By Your Vision Limitation?

    Do You Define Yourself By Your Vision Limitation?

    As a young child I had thick eyeglasses, when only one other girl in my elementary school class wore them. Hers were much thinner and weaker than mine. Yes, I …Read More »
  • What Vision Exercise Will Help Me?

    What Vision Exercise Will Help Me?

    People new to vision improvement may approach it looking for a quick fix. “Just tell me which exercise to do, so I can get rid of this eyesight problem and …Read More »
  • What Does That Dream Have To Do With My Vision?

    What Does That Dream Have To Do With My Vision?

    I’ve written before on dreams about my vision, here. Rather than focusing on glasses or contacts or seeing clearly with only my physical eyes, lately I’ve been looking at my …Read More »
  • Attention Is Active, Vision Is Passive

    Attention Is Active, Vision Is Passive

    When I started studying vision improvement, hoping desperately to improve my strong near-sightedness, I kept reading that trying to see was the enemy. Instead, I should allow myself to see. …Read More »
  • Looking Curiously

    Looking Curiously

    Dr. Bates, the father of natural vision improvement, was an eye doctor and a scientist. If something about a patient’s eyes didn’t make sense, he didn’t consult a dusty textbook, …Read More »
  • Is Your View Of Your Vision Limited?

    Is Your View Of Your Vision Limited?

    One of the first things I ask people who come to me for help with their vision is what their goals are. I’ve heard “I just want my eyesight not …Read More »
  • Backing Up To See Better

    Backing Up To See Better

    It’s a common habit of nearsighted folks to get very close to things to try to see them. When I attended a workshop several years ago with Peter Grunwald, the …Read More »
  • Am I Blocking Sights From Coming To Me?

    Am I Blocking Sights From Coming To Me?

    When I was first starting to improve my vision, I met a highly myopic woman at our holistic eye doctor’s office who became a close friend. We quickly found we …Read More »
  • Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

    Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

    The vision improvement pioneer Dr. Bates said over 100 years ago that vision is much more about the mind than about the eyes. But can we really change the way …Read More »
  • Taking A Visual Sip Instead Of A Gulp

    Taking A Visual Sip Instead Of A Gulp

    Go big or go home! we’re told. Or Super-Size me!, as if a normal-sized portion could never be enough. What happened to savoring Life’s rich experiences, rather than being gluttons, …Read More »
  • Driving On The Darkest Day

    Driving On The Darkest Day

    Yesterday was the Winter Solstice, the day of the year with the least light here in NY state. Ever since I started vision improvement over 15 years ago, I’ve had …Read More »
  • Vision Assumptions

    Vision Assumptions

    What are you assuming, without researching or checking with your own experience, to see if your assumption makes sense? Yesterday I worked with a gentle giving woman, who was upset …Read More »
  • Are You Stuck Looking At A Particular Distance?

    Are You Stuck Looking At A Particular Distance?

    Yesterday while doing a workout near a big front window, I practiced looking out, across the lawn, over to the house on the other side of the street, to the …Read More »
  • Are You Too Comfortable With Strain?

    Are You Too Comfortable With Strain?

    The eye doctor in this cartoon realizes his patient is straining, and tells him so. “That’s the worst case of eyestrain I’ve ever seen” reads the caption elsewhere. Many of …Read More »
  • Could A Past Life Affect My Vision Now?

    Could A Past Life Affect My Vision Now?

    A coach I’ve worked with for over a year offered me a free session to explore possible past-life contributions to my vision challenges in this life. She’s done this work …Read More »
  • The Monopoly Over Our Eyes

    The Monopoly Over Our Eyes

    The article which follows below, “Eye Doctors Don’t See Eye to Eye,” was originally published in the July-Aug/2015 edition of New Dawn magazine alongside my main article, “Free to See: …Read More »
  • The Reptilian Brain, Dissociation, and Seeing from the Core

    The Reptilian Brain, Dissociation, and Seeing from the Core

    Originally presented at the 17th International Conference for Holistic Vision, Paris, France, October 2002. Thank you to the author (bio at the bottom) for granting permission to republish it here, back …Read More »
  • Working With People’s Eyes Means Changing Their Points of View

    Working With People’s Eyes Means Changing Their Points of View

    Originally published in 2003. Thank you to the author (bio at the bottom) for granting permission to republish it here… way back in 2004 I think? I skipped over it during …Read More »
  • Vision as a Metaphor – The Relationship Between Eyesight and Consciousness

    Vision as a Metaphor – The Relationship Between Eyesight and Consciousness

    Thank you to the late Martin Brofman (see the bio at the end) for granting permission (way back in 2003 I think?) for me to republish the below article he wrote …Read More »
  • Dream: A Horse With An Eye Bug

    Dream: A Horse With An Eye Bug

    I’m next to a dark brown mare, as she gently pushes her big long head into my chest. It feels good rubbing against my sore pectoral muscles, like a massage. …Read More »
  • Laser Eye Surgery: From Utopian Panacea to Dystopian Reality

    Laser Eye Surgery: From Utopian Panacea to Dystopian Reality

    In recent decades, the quest for a novel approach to treat blurred vision took a technological leap with the advent of refractive eye surgery. It’s more commonly known as laser …Read More »
  • How Eyeglasses Keep Vision From Improving

    How Eyeglasses Keep Vision From Improving

    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 …Read More »
  • I Don’t Want My Vision To Get Worse!

    I Don’t Want My Vision To Get Worse!

    A woman who has had several eye operations has been seeing pretty well out of her one good eye, aided by thick eyeglasses, since she was 5 years old. She …Read More »
  • Trying Not To See

    Trying Not To See

    Dr. Bates, the pioneer of natural vision improvement, emphasized that strain in seeing was at the root of most (if not all) vision problems. I always thought this meant straining …Read More »
  • What Everybody Should Know Before Getting LASIK

    What Everybody Should Know Before Getting LASIK

    Hi! Hopefully I’ve caught you before you went under the laser. If You Have Already Had LASIK If you’re experiencing problems after LASIK, it’s ok; you haven’t ruined your life. …Read More »
  • Seeing Is Receiving

    Seeing Is Receiving

    Seeing is a passive activity. We open our eyes to let the light rays come in, carrying all that visual information about shape and color and movement and depth. This …Read More »
  • Can You Still Improve Your Vision Naturally After LASIK?

    Can You Still Improve Your Vision Naturally After LASIK?

    What happens when post-LASIK patients try to improve their vision with methods that help relax their eye muscles? Will they become farsighted? Is doing these exercises a bad idea? Here …Read More »
  • Are You Discouraged About Vision Improvement?

    Are You Discouraged About Vision Improvement?

    Many people start vision improvement with a burst of enthusiasm. There is hope for their eyesight problems after all, a path out of the blur! Then when they don’t see …Read More »
  • Introduction for Beginners

    Introduction for Beginners

    Have you noticed… …you see better at certain times of the day? …you see better when calm, comfortable and happy? …your see worse after you have been squinting your eyes …Read More »
  • How to See Better by Mimicking a Squirrel

    How to See Better by Mimicking a Squirrel

    This afternoon I was sitting at a picnic table relatively clean of bird poop, in a perfect spot in the shade, in the park with my laptop. And not getting a …Read More »
  • Are You Straining Your Eyes? Stop It!

    Are You Straining Your Eyes? Stop It!

    Some of you may remember an old Bob Newhart skit where as a psychiatrist, he tells a woman who comes to him for help with an unwanted fear which is …Read More »
  • Why Don’t Vision Exercises Work For Me?

    Why Don’t Vision Exercises Work For Me?

    Lately I seem to be running into a lot of folks who say they’ve tried vision exercises in the past, or their young child has tried “vision therapy”, and this …Read More »
  • Feeling Optimistic About Your Vision

    Feeling Optimistic About Your Vision

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Nothing great was achieved without enthusiasm”. Maybe you know someone grumpy and gloomy, who is rarely enthusiastic about anything, always complaining. Doesn’t it sometimes seem like …Read More »
  • Alternative Treatment for Retinal Detachment

    Alternative Treatment for Retinal Detachment

    Beyond the great information below, there isn’t a whole lot available on the internet on alternative therapies to reverse a detached retina. You’ll find some suggestions online for herbs and …Read More »
  • Converting Vision Between Diopters and 20/xx

    Converting Vision Between Diopters and 20/xx

    We love formulas, don’t we. We convert currencies, units of measurement, and we software to convert complex digital files from one format to another. Nowadays we can even rely on …Read More »
  • How Often Should You Blink?

    How Often Should You Blink?

    You may have noticed that some people seem to stare without blinking for long periods, or you find that you do so yourself. Or on the other end of the …Read More »
  • What If Each Moment Was New?

    What If Each Moment Was New?

    Think of the way a young child greets the morning, with excitement and curiosity. What is Life going to show me today? Each new sight and sound is a source …Read More »
  • Dream: Touch Your Nose To Improve Your Vision

    Dream: Touch Your Nose To Improve Your Vision

    I’m sitting on my bed, interacting with a woman on the laptop screen a few feet away. “I could tell you to touch your nose to make your eyesight better”, …Read More »
  • Central Fixation in the Bates Method

    Central Fixation in the Bates Method

    Is the Eye a Camera? In some ways the eye is like a camera in how a lens is responsible for focusing light rays onto a medium that receives the …Read More »
  • Where Is Your Attention?

    Where Is Your Attention?

    When you’re engaged in a task, is your mind sometimes a million miles away? Let’s say your name is Sue — do you often hear your friends calling “Earth to …Read More »
  • Why New Glasses Cause Bad Depth Perception or Dizziness

    Why New Glasses Cause Bad Depth Perception or Dizziness

    You get new glasses, either your first pair or the latest in a long run of stronger glasses, and your vision is distorted. Why? The short answer is your brain hasn’t …Read More »
  • Do You Believe You Can See Clearly?

    Do You Believe You Can See Clearly?

    In all the vision improvement books I’ve read and teachers I’ve studied with, I encountered the idea more than once that “the most important thing in obtaining clearer vision is …Read More »
  • The Long Swing – a Bates Method Exercise

    The Long Swing – a Bates Method Exercise

    The long swing is an exercise that Dr. Bates recommended to help relax your eyes. It also has an effect of relaxing other tense muscles, which will also help your …Read More »
  • Bates Method Basics – Eye Exercises to Improve Vision

    Bates Method Basics – Eye Exercises to Improve Vision

    If you’re looking for a basic introduction to the Bates method, with a few exercises, you’ve come to the right page. I’ll warn you now. This isn’t an unbiased overview of …Read More »
  • Stop Wearing Glasses and Improve Your Vision

    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.   …Read More »
  • Lemon Juice for Eyestrain or Dry Eyes

    Lemon Juice for Eyestrain or Dry Eyes

    There’s a home remedy floating around suggesting using a lemon solution as an eye bath. It’s mostly suggested as a method to help relieve eye strain and rejuvenate the eyes, …Read More »
  • Dr. William H. Bates, Founder of the Bates Method

    Dr. William H. Bates, Founder of the Bates Method

    Who was Dr. Bates? How did he revolutionize eye care? How in the world did Bates come to his conclusions? Dr. William Horatio Bates was a New York City ophthalmologist (medical …Read More »
  • A Holistic View of Nearsightedness

    A Holistic View of Nearsightedness

    An emergency room makes the difference between a person living and dying. It’s worth doing whatever is possible to get a patient breathing again immediately. If he comes in with …Read More »
  • Is Your Comfort Zone Too Comfortable?

    Is Your Comfort Zone Too Comfortable?

    While people may be aware of the term “comfort zone”, it’s human nature to notice it more in others than in ourselves. That man always wears the same bland color …Read More »
  • Intention And Vision

    Intention And Vision

    Do you fully intend to see when you look? Peter Grunwald, the developer of the Eyebody Method of vision improvement, says “Intention leads, the eyes and the body follow”. This …Read More »
  • How Are You Straining Your Eyes?

    How Are You Straining Your Eyes?

    One result of vision improvement is becoming more aware of habits which cause eyestrain. Often if our eyesight is less than perfect, we may be constantly straining our vision without …Read More »
  • Half the world? Not if we can help it.

    Half the world? Not if we can help it.

    Earlier this year, researchers did a study to check out the growth of the rates of myopia throughout the world. It’s certainly not our imagination that more and more people …Read More »
  • New Zealand: Drivers are just as safe without glasses

    New Zealand: Drivers are just as safe without glasses

    Governments test a driver’s vision before giving him a driver’s license, yet there’s no screening for anger issues, constant cell phone use, and other factors that probably won’t come up …Read More »
  • Farther And Farther

    Farther And Farther

    Quite a few near-sighted people have told me that after driving for several hours, looking around at a farther distance than they’re normally used to, their vision is better for …Read More »
  • Are Your Eyeglasses Straining Your Vision?

    Are Your Eyeglasses Straining Your Vision?

    “I feel so much more comfortable with my glasses off” or “If I wear my glasses for too long, I get a headache” or “Sometimes I can see better without …Read More »
  • Saudi Arabia Reverses Myopia in School Children

    Saudi Arabia Reverses Myopia in School Children

    In 2013, a university in Saudi Arabia conducted a myopia control study with Saudi teenage girls. The myopia epidemic has been going on there too, but from what I understand …Read More »
  • How Can I See Better In Dim Light?

    How Can I See Better In Dim Light?

    The human eye is designed to see well in all levels of illumination. The pupil (the black opening in the center of the eye) expands when the surroundings are dim, …Read More »
  • World Darts Champion Saves Eyesight With Bates Method

    World Darts Champion Saves Eyesight With Bates Method

    5-time World Darts Champion, Raymond van Bernevald, has credited the Bates Method for saving his eyesight. At 48 years old, he’s right at the age where people who previously never …Read More »
  • How Does Your Seeing FEEL?

    How Does Your Seeing FEEL?

    Most people evaluate the health of their eyes and visual system by how well they perform, that is, how clearly they can see. If you’re starting to get sore eyes …Read More »
  • Bilberries, Carrots and Vitamin C – The effects on eyesight

    Bilberries, Carrots and Vitamin C – The effects on eyesight

    During World War II, the British were using a new radar technology to spot British planes at night. To obfuscate the technology, they wove a tale of how their pilots …Read More »
  • Sugar and eyesight

    Sugar and eyesight

    It’s well-established that excessive sugar consumption can cause weight (fat) gain, diabetes, inflammation, liver disease, kidney disease, and the proliferation of cancer cells. As it turns out, as Pravda reports, …Read More »
  • Is the Bionic Lens surgery a good solution for cataract?

    Is the Bionic Lens surgery a good solution for cataract?

    They say the Bionic Lens will make glasses, contact lenses, laser surgery and cataract surgery obsolete, transforming eye care. It’s an artificial lens that’s placed inside the eye to replace …Read More »
  • Don’t Force Me To See!

    Don’t Force Me To See!

    Several of my coaching clients (both vision clients and others) have talked about being made to do something as children they didn’t want to do, and how they still carry …Read More »
  • Exploring My Nearsighted Patterns

    Exploring My Nearsighted Patterns

    Last week I was listening to a webinar healing session on letting go of resentment. I didn’t think this was my own problem, but maybe I would hear something I …Read More »
  • Palming – Simple Instructions, and a FAQ

    Palming – Simple Instructions, and a FAQ

    Palming is a basic Bates method exercise. There’s not much to it, as far as the basic instructions go. There doesn’t have to be anything mysterious about it. Place your …Read More »
  • Your Blur Is Not the Real Problem

    Your Blur Is Not the Real Problem

    In his vision improvement classic “Take Off Your Glasses And See”, optometrist Jacob Liberman wrote about noticing what he called a “wobble” in his vision right after he took off …Read More »
  • Healthy Vision Is Like Play

    Healthy Vision Is Like Play

    Think of the focus and concentration of a child building a sand castle on the beach, or playing a game with friends. He or she is totally absorbed, in the …Read More »
  • What Causes Myopia? – Why The Common Theories Are Wrong

    What Causes Myopia? – Why The Common Theories Are Wrong

    So you’re wondering what causes myopia. First I’m going to go over several common claimed causes of myopia, and then I’ll explain what really causes it.   1. Genetics Heredity …Read More »
  • Why Haven’t I Heard About This Before?

    Why Haven’t I Heard About This Before?

    Why haven’t you heard of this method of vision improvement before? Well, there are a lot of books out there, a bunch of them in print right now. Some recent ones I …Read More »
  • How to Visualize

    How to Visualize

    How do you actually visualize? Some people say, “I can’t visualize anything. I’ve never been able to. My mind is blank. I’ve never been able to do while sleeping, and …Read More »
  • Changing Your Visual Channel

    Changing Your Visual Channel

    If you’re watching TV or listening to the radio and aren’t interested in the current program, you’ll switch to something else which is more appealing. I think interest and engagement …Read More »
  • Your Vision is More Than Your Eyes

    Your Vision is More Than Your Eyes

    I want to describe a little bit more about how vision is made in your mind, kind of a continuation of what I was talking about before. I mean, I …Read More »
  • Your Thoughts Are Everything

    Your Thoughts Are Everything

    It’s so subtle… When you believe in something, the “how to do it” develops naturally, both consciously and subconsciously. Not everyone appreciates the power that your thoughts have. When you’re …Read More »
  • You Already Have The Light Rays

    You Already Have The Light Rays

    You look at the world out there, and you get the idea that what you’re looking at is outside of you. But it’s not. You’re actually, in a way, looking …Read More »
  • Why Is My Vision Blurry?

    Why Is My Vision Blurry?

    If some part of our body other than our eyes starts misbehaving, say our knee feels sore when we climb stairs, we might ignore it or try to “shake it …Read More »
  • Escaping From Your Eyes

    Escaping From Your Eyes

    As part of the early stages of your vision improvement process (or even after a long time, if you haven’t quite found what works for you), it’s great if you …Read More »
  • How Are You Straining Your Vision?

    How Are You Straining Your Vision?

    Often when people start vision improvement and begin paying more attention to how they’re using their eyes, they are surprised to find how much they’re not relaxed with their looking …Read More »
  • What Do My Emotions Have To Do With My Vision?

    What Do My Emotions Have To Do With My Vision?

    This afternoon I participated in an EFT (“tapping”) webinar with my teacher Carol Look, where she talked about asking for and accepting guidance. Many people are afraid of the guidance …Read More »
  • Making Friends With Darkness

    Making Friends With Darkness

    Several years ago, I participated in 2 intense week-long workshops with Peter Grunwald, who developed the Eyebody Method of vision improvement. Peter improved his own vision from -10 or so …Read More »
  • Your Improvement Journey Is Unique!

    Your Improvement Journey Is Unique!

    Lately I’ve been getting more questions than usual from people who found I have let go of my thick eyeglasses, and want to know how long it will take them …Read More »
  • Energy Medicine And Vision

    Energy Medicine And Vision

    In the years I’ve been studying and practicing energy medicine with my teacher Deborah King, I’m seeing over and over how much it has to do with supporting a healthy …Read More »
  • Notice When You Stop Looking

    Notice When You Stop Looking

    Do you stop looking when you take off your glasses? When you have to look at something you don’t like? What makes you “tune out” visually? This can be important …Read More »
  • I Want to See It All At Once!

    I Want to See It All At Once!

    If you have natural healthy vision, your eyes are constantly making tiny movements (called saccades) to scoop up many different light waves. Then these are converted to electrical signals and …Read More »
  • Do Your Eyes Reflect Your Self-Care?

    Do Your Eyes Reflect Your Self-Care?

    It’s a cliché that the eyes are the windows to the soul, a view to our inner being. What were my eyes showing about me when I was a child, …Read More »
  • Look At Something Different!

    Look At Something Different!

    The mind likes novelty, which draws its attention. That’s how we learn. If you think “Been there, done that!”, you’ll pass the experience by, assuming it has nothing to give …Read More »
  • What Did You Make It Mean?

    What Did You Make It Mean?

    Let’s say you’re the only child. Then Mom has a new baby, and you think “I’m not enough — she’s trying to replace me!”. Maybe years later, with an adult …Read More »
  • Train Vision

    Train Vision

    Last week I took a couple of train rides to attend a workshop. The first was south along the Hudson River to NYC, and the second east along the Connecticut …Read More »
  • Dreams About My Vision

    Dreams About My Vision

    All my life I’ve had rich detailed dreams. When I started vision improvement, dream after dream came to me about seeing, or about glasses or contact lenses, or the eye …Read More »
  • Don’t Just Look, Connect!

    Don’t Just Look, Connect!

    When I started vision improvement 15 years ago and thought about my visual habits, I was dismayed to find I wasn’t truly looking at anything. I’d take a big visual …Read More »
  • What Happened Before Your Vision Got Worse?

    What Happened Before Your Vision Got Worse?

    Most physical problems don’t happen “out of the blue”. Something in the person’s habits precedes them, whether it be a poor diet or lack of exercise or a negative angry …Read More »
  • Are Your Eyes Having Fun?

    Are Your Eyes Having Fun?

    Dr. Bates wrote about “optimums”, objects you enjoy looking at, so see more clearly than you’d expect. This could be a letter which seems clearer and darker than other letters …Read More »
  • My Myopia, Or My Mother’s?

    My Myopia, Or My Mother’s?

    One of the limiting beliefs I like to challenge with clients is “This was a problem with all my family members, so of course I’ll have it too.” Maybe, and …Read More »
  • The Benefits of Blinking

    The Benefits of Blinking

    Those new to vision improvement, eager to do everything right, may ask “How often should I blink?”. Well, it depends. If I asked you “How often should I take a …Read More »
  • Killing the Fight-or-Flight Response

    Killing the Fight-or-Flight Response

    Do you ever notice the “deer in the headlights” look is common in people with myopia? As if their glasses somehow freeze their eyes in place? And as if they can’t totally …Read More »
  • I’ve Tried Everything!

    I’ve Tried Everything!

    Many of us who have a tendency towards myopia are over-doers. If a little is good, a lot must be great! “Trying too hard” makes no sense to us — …Read More »
  • Tropical Vision

    Tropical Vision

    Last week I was in the Caribbean for an energy medicine retreat and workshop. I did have some time away from our classroom to be out-of-doors, and I was stunned …Read More »
  • How Important is Visualization?

    How Important is Visualization?

    You probably have one of these two beliefs about visualization and vision: The most common belief is that the images in your mind, while you’re asleep or daydreaming, have very …Read More »
  • What Tempts You To Look?

    What Tempts You To Look?

    Yesterday evening I was working at my computer, occasionally glancing out the window ahead and to the side of me which faces west. The setting sun caught my eye, the …Read More »
  • Eye Stinging During Vision Exercises

    Eye Stinging During Vision Exercises

    Most of the body’s reactions to vision exercises are enjoyable: fewer headaches, less neck and shoulder tension, deeper easier breathing, greater relaxation and peace of mind. Occasionally a client, puzzled, …Read More »
  • Vision And Rushing

    Vision And Rushing

    In the past several years, especially since I’ve been studying energy medicine with Deborah King, I’ve been focusing on being present, fully engaged in the activity at hand, whether it …Read More »
  • The Sun Is Good For Your Vision!

    The Sun Is Good For Your Vision!

    One of Dr. Bates’ principal vision exercises, so simple a small child can do it, is called Sunning. Close your eyes while you face the sun, and turn your head …Read More »
  • In Praise of Palming

    In Praise of Palming

    Palming, or covering the eyes with cupped hands to let the visual system rest, is one of Dr. Bates’ main vision improvement exercises. He said most if not all vision …Read More »
  • Remember Clear Sight?

    Remember Clear Sight?

    If you got glasses as a child, as I did, or as a teen, can you remember a time before that when you could see clearly with just your 2 …Read More »
  • Peripheral Awareness

    Peripheral Awareness

    As someone who used to be very nearsighted, rarely looking far ahead and to my sides hardly at all, the “wide open spaces” of my enhanced peripheral awareness now are …Read More »
  • Are Your Eyes Happy?

    Are Your Eyes Happy?

    It’s difficult to be happy when you’re uncomfortable. Many people I run into are going through life with obvious tension in their brows and around their eyes. They look like …Read More »
  • Enjoying Distant Looking

    Enjoying Distant Looking

    When I was a child I often “had my nose buried in a book”, wearing my minus glasses which were no doubt over-prescribed. I did spend time outside, but I …Read More »
  • What Does Relaxing Mean?

    What Does Relaxing Mean?

    Relaxing your eyes, or relaxing your mind, is supposed to be a major part of the Bates method. It underlies every exercise. Dr. Bates went so far as to say …Read More »
  • My Camera Can Be Focused!

    My Camera Can Be Focused!

    I regularly Skype with my clients and coaches, and also use my desktop for Google Hangouts. My image is transferred to them by a web camera sitting above my display …Read More »
  • I Just Want My Vision Not To Get Worse!

    I Just Want My Vision Not To Get Worse!

    Sometimes new vision clients come to me full of anxiety about their deteriorating vision. I’ve heard from many of them “I just don’t want it to get any worse!”, as …Read More »
  • Fight Or Flight And Eyestrain

    Fight Or Flight And Eyestrain

    Eyestrain is an indicator that your visual system is not relaxed. “Duh!” you say. Well, over a hundred years ago Dr. Bates, the father of natural vision improvement, wrote and …Read More »
  • Staying Present To See Better

    Staying Present To See Better

    Recently I was away from home in a strange environment, which is always a golden opportunity for me to learn more about my vision habits. One morning as I carefully …Read More »
  • Appreciating My Good-Enough Vision

    Appreciating My Good-Enough Vision

    Since I grew up wearing thick glasses and was about 2/200 when I started vision improvement, my current visual range of 20/40 to 20/50 seems pretty good to me. (For …Read More »
  • Do You NEED Your Glasses?

    Do You NEED Your Glasses?

    Quite a few people have told me “I’m blind without my glasses!”, which makes me cringe. It’s clearly not true, and what kind of message is this sending to your …Read More »
  • Are You Trying Or Allowing?

    Are You Trying Or Allowing?

    When I first started stumbling along the vision improvement path, I learned strain was the big enemy. “Look without straining” the books and teachers said. I did not know how …Read More »
  • Looking At Details

    Looking At Details

    Today is a bright sunny Winter day, so it’s easy to see details from inside the window, the truck pulling out of a nearby driveway, the dog tracks and human …Read More »
  • Myopia as an Adaptation, by Robert Lichtman

    Myopia as an Adaptation, by Robert Lichtman

    Robert Lichtman taught the Bates method in New York and ran effortlessvision.com. He wrote “Myopia as an Adaptation” and put it online as a PDF in 2010. Sadly, he passed …Read More »
  • Look A Little Bit Longer

    Look A Little Bit Longer

    If you’re old enough to remember the rock band Jay and the Americans, this title might remind you of their hit song “Come a Little Bit Closer”. Actually, that’s what …Read More »
  • A Response to Quackwatch’s Fallacies of the Bates System

    A Response to Quackwatch’s Fallacies of the Bates System

    The Bates method is not widely accepted by conventional eye doctors as a legitimate approach to improving vision. Some have come around, but the large majority of them continue to prescribe …Read More »
  • Right Eye, Left Eye

    Right Eye, Left Eye

    Here’s something to think about if there’s a big difference in the vision between your 2 eyes. In Chinese medicine, the right eye is the Father Eye, representing the male …Read More »
  • Lessons From A Knee Injury About Strain

    Lessons From A Knee Injury About Strain

    This past week I hurt my knee, from working out without being sufficiently warmed up. Since I am usually flexible, energetic, and easily able to move and bend, having to …Read More »
  • Seeing Outside My Frames

    Seeing Outside My Frames

    Having worn strong eyeglasses for all of my childhood and half of my teenage years until I got contact lenses, that weight on my face was just part of my …Read More »
  • Rewrite of David’s Method

    Rewrite of David’s Method

    I just put online a complete rewrite of the David’s Method articles. I originally wanted to make the guide as short and simple as possible to avoid overwhelming the reader, and to …Read More »
  • Seeing Size And Distance Accurately

    Seeing Size And Distance Accurately

    I grew up before computers, with nothing like PhotoShop for doctoring pictures to look different than was possible in Reality. I liked the mind-bending drawings of M.C. Escher, mobius strips …Read More »
  • Simple Healthy Vision Habits

    Simple Healthy Vision Habits

    Lately I’ve been pleased to notice some small but definite improvements in my vision. Among these are more stable clarity, better sight than usual in dim light, and a heightened …Read More »
  • Looking For What I Can See, Now

    Looking For What I Can See, Now

    The vibrant autumn colors are fading in NY state, yet there is still plenty of Nature to delight the eye. Branches are becoming bare instead of covered with and obscured …Read More »
  • Dream: Wires On His Glasses

    Dream: Wires On His Glasses

    I’m at the home of a teen boy with an unusual vision problem, a few miles away from where I live. I looked up his address on an on-line map …Read More »
  • Mirrors Into Windows: Healing My Myopic Mindset

    Mirrors Into Windows: Healing My Myopic Mindset

    In the ongoing personal work to lessen my high anxiety, and in looking at my habitual patterns of thinking and emotion, I’ve realized I was largely in Survival Mode for …Read More »
  • Results Don’t Matter – A Lesson from Poker

    Results Don’t Matter – A Lesson from Poker

    What a stupid thing to say! After all, you want results, right? The whole reason you’re working at vision improvement is to get the results and be able to see, right? …Read More »
  • Getting Stuck On The Details, Losing The Big Picture

    Getting Stuck On The Details, Losing The Big Picture

    This morning I clearly saw a dynamic between my steady tech-y partner and me, which taught me more about myself and the sometimes over-focused manner in which I can approach …Read More »
  • Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Sunlight?

    Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Sunlight?

    Sunlight sensitivity, called photophobia, often can be dealt with in a natural way. You may just need to learn how to use your eyes better and learn how to take …Read More »
  • How Long Will It Take?

    How Long Will It Take?

    When I hear this question about vision improvement, I am reminded of a young child going on a long car trip to visit relatives, in the days before there were …Read More »
  • Bates Method Success Stories

    Bates Method Success Stories

    Everyone discovering the Bates method for the first time rightly has to wonder, Does the Bates method work? Here’s a small collection of links to success stories on the Bates …Read More »
  • Anxiety And My Vision

    Anxiety And My Vision

    Recently I was asked for my personal “energy healing story”, the struggles I had and how I overcame them to eventually be able to help others. At first I thought …Read More »
  • Which Vision Exercise? Relaxation And Awareness!

    Which Vision Exercise? Relaxation And Awareness!

    A young woman at university in an Asian country contacted me recently about vision improvement. She wears a -10 prescription with an astigmatism correction as well, and got glasses at …Read More »
  • Strained Eyes from Computer Work?

    Strained Eyes from Computer Work?

    Computer work can cause tired eyes. You might notice puffiness, redness, or a feeling of tiredness, heat or pain, suggesting inflammation. But I’m not going to go into all the …Read More »
  • My Mother’s Beliefs About My Vision

    My Mother’s Beliefs About My Vision

    My mother wore her own dark-framed eyeglasses (which were a bit scary to me) at all times. She first got glasses as a teenager, after struggling to see in school, …Read More »
  • What Causes Tired Eyes?

    What Causes Tired Eyes?

    Tired eyes come with lots of other symptoms. Puffiness, redness, a feeling of tiredness, heat or pain, suggesting inflammation. But I’m not going to go into all the medical info …Read More »
  • How Do Your Eyes Look To You?

    How Do Your Eyes Look To You?

    For most of my life, I thought I had very dark brown eyes, almost black. After several decades of wearing strong hard contact lenses, I eventually stopped and freed my eyes …Read More »
  • Eye Exercises for Myopia

    Eye Exercises for Myopia

    What are the best eye exercises for myopia? Are eye exercises appropriate? Find out here about the real method for reversing myopia. A safe, natural method that many people have …Read More »
  • Does the Bates Method Work?

    Does the Bates Method Work?

    Are you hesitatnt about getting involved in practicing a method like this when you aren’t sure if it works? The Bates method is part of an overall holistic approach to …Read More »
  • Surfing Through Memories

    Surfing Through Memories

    Just a minute ago I was trying to remember the name of a musical artist and it was like I already knew what his name was, but it just slipped …Read More »
  • Appreciating The Eye Chart

    Appreciating The Eye Chart

    When I started improving my vision over 10 years ago, all the books and teachers recommended using an eye chart regularly. It gives instant feedback about how well you’re seeing. …Read More »
  • Why Am I Sabotaging Myself?

    Why Am I Sabotaging Myself?

    Many of us have noticed that we can set a goal, something we really do want to change about our lives. We might want to be in better physical shape …Read More »
  • Looking Far To See Far

    Looking Far To See Far

    When people hear the expression “If you don’t use it, you lose it”, they may think of the athletic prowess they had when they were younger and training hard, but …Read More »
  • Looking at Something Impossible to See

    Looking at Something Impossible to See

    One of the main things that you might struggle with in your vision improvement process is a basic part of the Bates method: balancing relaxation with looking at small details. …Read More »
  • Why My Eyes?

    Why My Eyes?

    One of my vision improvement clients was put in eyeglasses at a young age, like I was myself. He grew up wearing these “eye-cages” throughout his childhod and young adulthod. …Read More »
  • Honor Your Feelings!

    Honor Your Feelings!

    A central principle of the training I’ve received from my energy medicine teacher Deborah King is that unprocessed strong emotions can eventually cause problems in the body. These uncomfortable feelings …Read More »
  • I Choose To Accept My Fears — Not Really!

    I Choose To Accept My Fears — Not Really!

    In a recent session with my EFT coach, we worked on my strong anxiety about an upcoming train trip from north of NYC down to Grand Central Station, then changing …Read More »
  • Road Blocks And Other Obstacles

    Road Blocks And Other Obstacles

    Recently I seem to be encoutering resistance in many areas, giving me lots of chances to practice dealing with a situation calmly when it is frustrating, being nice to people …Read More »
  • A Modern Workout Program

    A Modern Workout Program

    If you’re working on improving your vision, you’re probably into self-improvement in general and would like to be in better physical shape. But as with vision improvement, you might be …Read More »
  • Nutrition Myths and a Healing Diet

    Nutrition Myths and a Healing Diet

    If you’re open to the idea that the conventional wisdom of eye problems is wrong – that nearsightedness and other conditions can be reversed – then maybe most of the “experts” in other …Read More »
  • How Do You Talk About Your Eyes?

    How Do You Talk About Your Eyes?

    Every good teacher knows that the last thing you want to do to an impressionable child is to call him stupid, because he may believe you, then start living to …Read More »
  • My Game Face And Strong Lenses

    My Game Face And Strong Lenses

    In a recent session with my EFT coach, we discussed my reaching out to further expand my coaching business. I told my coach that I am uncomfortable reaching out to …Read More »
  • Letting Vision Practice Be Fun

    Letting Vision Practice Be Fun

    It’s summer here now in NY with a lot of people taking vacations. The last thing anyone wants to do is “work” — summer is for play! Little children are …Read More »
  • The Benefits of Consistent Practice

    The Benefits of Consistent Practice

    My energy medicine teacher Deborah King has a weekly radio show. She often asks the callers who are seeking her help with a problem whether they have a meditation practice. …Read More »
  • Is It More Work To See Near Or Far?

    Is It More Work To See Near Or Far?

    A nearsighted vision student told me recently that, the way the human eye is designed, he thinks it’s more difficult, more “work” to see near. (I smiled to myself at …Read More »
  • Vision As A Way To Connect

    Vision As A Way To Connect

    Several years ago I took a week-long workshop with Peter Grunwald, the developer of the Eyebody Method, which is based on Alexander Technique principles of body alignment, with Bates practices …Read More »
  • Dream: Your Eyes Tell Your Story

    Dream: Your Eyes Tell Your Story

    Walking through the hallway back in my corporate job environment, I run into a former manager of mine. I’ve moved up to a higher-level job than I had when I …Read More »
  • You Can Already See

    You Can Already See

    Imagine that you can already see everything clearly, and that the reason you are perceiving blur is because you are not looking at small enough details. And looking at small …Read More »
  • Plus Lens Therapy for Myopia – Good or Bad?

    Plus Lens Therapy for Myopia – Good or Bad?

    I have come across many people over the years rant or rave about wearing plus lenses as a therapy for myopia. Plenty of opinions from both extremes, and everything in between. …Read More »
  • Challenging Myself, Gently

    Challenging Myself, Gently

    When I was in school, in thicker and thicker glasses, then strong hard contacts, my studies mostly came easily to me. I realize now I was an over-achiever, always doing …Read More »
  • Reading

    Reading

    The photo is from Louise Hay’s classic, “You Can Heal Your Body”, citing underlying emotional patterns connected to physical problems. Of course I have it open to the page about …Read More »
  • Communicating with your Subconscious Mind

    Communicating with your Subconscious Mind

    “The universe does not give us what we want. It gives us how we feel in our body.” I came across this video today, and that sentence struck me as …Read More »
  • Vision Practice With Nature’s Help

    Vision Practice With Nature’s Help

    In NY where I live we had an unusually cold April, with the weather only getting pleasant in the past couple of weeks. It is such a delight to have …Read More »
  • Enlist A Buddy!

    Enlist A Buddy!

    Many folks who start vision improvement, full of enthusiasm about it, find when they share their excitement with friends they are met with negativity. “That doesn’t work!” or “You’ll ruin …Read More »
  • You’re So Sensitive!

    You’re So Sensitive!

    Many people who start vision improvement and spend time without their glasses are taken aback at how their vision fluctuates throughout the day. This is a good thing — natural …Read More »
  • Letting In The Good, Screening Out The Bad

    Letting In The Good, Screening Out The Bad

    This past weekend I participated in a graduation/mastermind gathering with my EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or “tapping”) teacher Carol Look and my fellow new Abundance Coaches. I was worried about …Read More »
  • Pseudomyopia Exercises and the Limits of Vision Improvement

    Pseudomyopia Exercises and the Limits of Vision Improvement

    There’s a term “pseudomyopia” that is sometimes used by people skeptical of vision improvement methods. It’s also called accommodative spasm, accommodative myopia, or ciliary spasm. In a nutshell, as far as our …Read More »
  • Turning Fear Into Excitement

    Turning Fear Into Excitement

    Quite a few years ago, I took a class with an energy healer to learn more about the connection between the mind and the body and the emotions. This was …Read More »
  • Going With The Flow

    Going With The Flow

    Several incidents lately have reminded me of the value of accepting What Is, rather than struggling futilely against circumstances I can’t change. If we hold rigidly to an agenda, despite …Read More »
  • What’s Wrong With Your Eyes?

    What’s Wrong With Your Eyes?

    Last week I was away from home at an energy medicine workshop, held in Arizona. My vision felt happy and opened-up, being with dear friends in the close-to-Nature environment with …Read More »
  • Are You Limiting Your Vision?

    Are You Limiting Your Vision?

    In a recent workshop with EFT master Carol Look, she talked about the artificial limits people can place on their growth, often unconsciously. For example. a man may be excited …Read More »
  • Snellen Test Card for Improving Vision

    Snellen Test Card for Improving Vision

    It isn’t absolutely necessary, but an eye chart, also called an eye test card, will be very useful for practicing the method with. The traditional use of an eye chart is to …Read More »
  • Thoughts On Trauma And Eyesight

    Thoughts On Trauma And Eyesight

    Lately I’ve been considering how we can shut ourselves down when the situation is too much for us to handle. We’ve all heard of the 2 responses to danger of …Read More »
  • How Do I Get Rid Of My Floaters?

    How Do I Get Rid Of My Floaters?

    Floaters are small moving specks, squiggles, or shapes which drift across one’s vision. It’s like looking through glass which has a few tiny creatures sliding around inside it and is …Read More »
  • Remembering The Pain Of Contacts

    Remembering The Pain Of Contacts

    Today in NY it’s cloudy with blustery wind, which is whipping up all the dust and grit from months of the local highway department sanding our roads to melt this …Read More »
  • Observing A Master Vision Teacher

    Observing A Master Vision Teacher

    Last night I listened into a webinar with well-known Bates vision teacher Greg Marsh. Several people had written in questions beforehand, about whether they could do these practices having had …Read More »
  • Expecting To See

    Expecting To See

    This incident reminded me once again that my attitude is central to how well I can see. I dropped a small earring, which skittered across the floor, clicked as it …Read More »
  • Emotional Healing Related To My Vision

    Emotional Healing Related To My Vision

    Many of you know I got strong glasses at age 5, which got stronger once or twice a year until I was wearing a -10 prescription at age 16. For …Read More »
  • Without My Glasses, I Felt Free

    Without My Glasses, I Felt Free

    The title of this post is a quote from a vision improvement student I’ve been working with for a couple of months. He’s worn strong glasses from the time he …Read More »
  • Improve Your Eyesight with EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Review

    Improve Your Eyesight with EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Review

    First and foremost, this is my review and the opinions are only mine. So during the time when I stopped gaining any progress with Leo Angart’s eye exercises, I decided …Read More »
  • Glasses And Being Pushed To Perform

    Glasses And Being Pushed To Perform

    As I move toward my certification as an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or “tapping”) Abundance Coach from Carol Look, I’ve been holding sessions with many different kinds of clients on …Read More »
  • Driving As Vision Practice

    Driving As Vision Practice

    Where I live in NY’s Hudson Valley, the weather can vary from a blinding snowstorm to torrential rain, from so dim and gray in midday that the street lights come …Read More »
  • Vision Improves With Energy Work

    Vision Improves With Energy Work

    A fellow student in Deborah’s King‘s energy medicine program asked me about several of the people she’s worked on, who are seeing positive changes in vision. This makes perfect sense …Read More »
  • How Do I Practice Central Fixation?

    How Do I Practice Central Fixation?

    This morning someone sent me this question. Like many folks who’ve started to explore the Bates Method, he’s experimented with leaving his glasses off, and maybe even read a vision …Read More »
  • Have I Been A Control Freak?

    Have I Been A Control Freak?

    People have called me “over-organized” or “detail-oriented” or “fussy” or “particular” at various times in my life, and it did not usually feel like a compliment! I’ve long been aware …Read More »
  • Eye Chart Games

    Eye Chart Games

    Years ago when I first started vision improvement, I avoided the eye chart. It felt like a test I couldn’t possibly pass. Without my strong glasses, at 20 feet I …Read More »
  • The Long Swing And Me

    The Long Swing And Me

    One of the foundational vision improvement exercises Dr. Bates taught is the Long Swing. This is a simple slow twisting of the body to the right, torso and head and …Read More »
  • Working with Time Lag

    Working with Time Lag

    People get stuck sometimes, like they try to follow instructions but it doesn’t seem to work instantly. Don’t change your plan in the middle of testing it, or you’ll never …Read More »
  • Improvement

    Improvement

    I have finally started to realize improvements in my vision, and it’s great. I think it really does come down to facing your fears. You cone to a point where …Read More »
  • Thinking About Vision Practice Vs. Actually Doing It

    Thinking About Vision Practice Vs. Actually Doing It

    My energy medicine teacher Deborah King often talks about the benefits of meditation, especially that it leads to a calmer, more centered state. On her weekly radio show, I’ve heard …Read More »
  • I Can See So Much Without My Glasses!

    I Can See So Much Without My Glasses!

    Last night I held a vision coaching session with a new student. We’ve had one previous lesson where we discussed him using his glasses instead of his contacts, so he …Read More »
  • Waking Dream: Everything Is Dark!

    Waking Dream: Everything Is Dark!

    My dream teacher Robert Moss has taught us to look for signs and messages in the world around us, to use as daily guidance. This series of events seemed like …Read More »
  • Recognizing When I’m Not Relaxed

    Recognizing When I’m Not Relaxed

    Several decades ago, after I had just joined a large computer company, I briefly dated a guy about 10 years older who was on the fast track to upper management. …Read More »
  • Eyeglasses As Protection, Eyeglasses As Barrier

    Eyeglasses As Protection, Eyeglasses As Barrier

    Every once in a while, when my male partner is clowning around and I swat in his direction, he fake-complains, “You can’t hit a man with glasses on!”. (His are …Read More »
  • Hurry Up! Do More!

    Hurry Up! Do More!

    I guess you could say I’ve always been an over-achiever, believing from the time I was a child that the more I accomplished, the more I’d be appreciated. Actually, this …Read More »
  • Meditation and Binaural Beats

    Meditation and Binaural Beats

    I started exploring meditation a little bit recently. Or should I say, exploring it again. I did it in the past, off and on, but I never really had a …Read More »
  • If It’s Easy, I Must Not Be Doing Enough!

    If It’s Easy, I Must Not Be Doing Enough!

    Lately I’ve been examining my limiting beliefs, what Dr. Bates would call “wrong thoughts”, which might be getting in the way of improving my vision further. The title phrase is …Read More »
  • Noticing How Often I Don’t Look

    Noticing How Often I Don’t Look

    A few months ago my male partner gave me a light-blue microfiber cloth for cleaning my computer screen. It was also excellent for cleaning fingerprint smudges off the face of …Read More »
  • Seeing 3D

    Seeing 3D

    The richness of the visual depth experience is often a surprise for people who have worn eyeglasses for a long time, then start going without them. Glasses flatten depth. This …Read More »
  • Yes, But I Have Astigmatism!

    Yes, But I Have Astigmatism!

    Quite a few people have listened to me introduce the topic of natural vision improvement, then interrupted me to proclaim (sometimes almost proudly) that since they have astigmatism, this would …Read More »
  • Focusing On Seeing Color

    Focusing On Seeing Color

    Many people pursuing vision improvement concentrate on seeing details more and more clearly, in order to know they’re progressing. Is that line on the eye chart clearer than it was …Read More »
  • Understanding Dry Eye

    Understanding Dry Eye

    When people first started coming to me complaining of Dry Eye, it felt to me like one of those fabricated diseases doctors invent to sell prescriptions or operations. You might …Read More »
  • Can Cataracts Be Healed Naturally?

    Can Cataracts Be Healed Naturally?

    Several people have asked me about their cataracts recently, and whether my work as a natural vision teacher could help them. A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens …Read More »
  • Loving The Light

    Loving The Light

    Since we’ve changed to Standard Time here in NY and are moving closer to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year for us, everyone seems to be complaining …Read More »
  • Do I Really Want To Reach Out?

    Do I Really Want To Reach Out?

    A few years ago I took a week-long workshop with Peter Grunwald, the developer of the Eyebody Method of vision improvement. He made the point repeatedly that folks with a …Read More »
  • What Don’t I Want To See?

    What Don’t I Want To See?

    Recently I held a vision coaching session with a woman who had never worn glasses, yet was starting to have difficulty seeing small print. I taught her palming, and we …Read More »
  • The Problem with Glasses

    The Problem with Glasses

    Do you hate your glasses? Have trouble explaining why? I’ll make it easy for you, First, the easy reasons. Then we’ll explore the reasons they worsen your vision, and why you should consider …Read More »
  • Timeline of William Horatio Bates

    Timeline of William Horatio Bates

    I put this together years ago (2005? earlier?), based off the sources further below. 1860 Born on December 27th in Newark, New Jersey, as the son of Charles and Amelia …Read More »
  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s eyes tracked

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s eyes tracked

    Skywalker, a forum member, posted a link to this video in 2012 of a pro soccer (or football, for non-Americans) player’s eye movements being tracked by a device. Look at …Read More »
  • Collection of Articles on Vision Improvement, 1887-1962

    Collection of Articles on Vision Improvement, 1887-1962

    This compilation contains 44 articles about Dr. Bates, the Bates method of vision improvement, and vision improvement in general, collected from newspapers, medical journals, and popular magazines. The articles comprising …Read More »
  • Collection of Articles by William H. Bates, M.D.

    Collection of Articles by William H. Bates, M.D.

    I sold downloads of this collection in the past, but now you get to have it for free! This compilation contains 24 articles by Dr. Bates, published in medical journals …Read More »
  • A Natural Alternative Treatment for Glaucoma

    A Natural Alternative Treatment for Glaucoma

    Conventional therapies for glaucoma consist of several different types of medications and surgeries revolving around different ways of relieving the pressure inside the eye, a characteristic symptom of glaucoma. Below …Read More »
  • Natural Treatment for Cataract Without Surgery

    Natural Treatment for Cataract Without Surgery

    Cataracts are still widely thought to be an irreversible condition that required removal of the lens of the eye. Dr. Bates and others found this not to be the case …Read More »
  • Feeding Your Imagination

    Feeding Your Imagination

    I was lying down on a bench, looking up at some tree branches, and I slipped into an altered state of mind, near sleep. I saw the leaves and branches …Read More »
  • The Power of Imagination

    The Power of Imagination

    I first created “Imagination Blindness”/iblindness.org years ago with the belief that vision heavily depends on imagination, and bad vision is due to a person neglecting and losing the power of …Read More »
  • You think that’s air you’re breathing?

    You think that’s air you’re breathing?

    First of all, I’m not splitting hairs here for fun. I do have a point that I feel is of practical importance. Remember the Morpheus-Neo dojo fight scene from the …Read More »
  • Visualizing and Seeing

    Visualizing and Seeing

    As kind of a follow up to my previous post, here’s another thing to try. The great comments on the forum to my last post got me thinking. The gist …Read More »
  • Blur doesn’t matter

    Blur doesn’t matter

    In previous posts I’ve written about looking at pieces of the blur, in order to identify where you’re looking at and to keep stimulating your central vision to get it …Read More »
  • Widened Attention

    Widened Attention

    Some teachers of vision improvement have suggested widening your attention as part of a method to improve your vision. At first it might seem like that idea is in direct …Read More »
  • Stop Yourself

    Stop Yourself

    When you catch yourself doing something wrong, doing something with your eyes that you know you shouldn’t, stop and pause for a moment. Close your eyes and ask yourself why …Read More »
  • You Are A Placebo

    You Are A Placebo

    The below video explores how patients undergoing fake knee surgeries, where the doctors went through the motions of opening up the knee and pretending to operate, but not actually doing …Read More »
  • Relaxed Eyes Move Easily

    Relaxed Eyes Move Easily

    You can tell how relaxed your eyes are by how easily you can move your gaze around and how little sensation you get from your eyes while doing it. If …Read More »
  • Your Concentration of Attention

    Your Concentration of Attention

    I’ve written before about how you need to pay attention to each spot you look at so that your mind is fully engaged in seeing details. Here’s another way of …Read More »
  • Focus your mind, not your eyes

    Focus your mind, not your eyes

    The Bates method is said to be about relaxing your eyes and mind. I’ve tried to describe how I understand the method, which is a little hard because I’m not …Read More »
  • Can the right food improve your vision?

    Can the right food improve your vision?

    If diet can affect innumerable factors in the body such as energy levels, brain and nervous system functioning and blood flow, it makes sense that diet could affect eyesight. But …Read More »
  • Why positive thinking works

    Why positive thinking works

    You don’t have to believe in magic or be that goofy guy on SNL that looks into the mirror and praises himself with positive thoughts. Thinking positively is just another …Read More »
  • The eureka effect

    The eureka effect

    Here are a couple things that happened years ago. When lying down and resting my eyes, I opened them to find that they were straight. I had exotropia at times, …Read More »
  • Moving indirectly

    Moving indirectly

    Today I want to again bring up the complex subject of how you move your eyes. It’s a major part of the method of vision improvement I promote. Bates called …Read More »
  • Finally!

    Finally!

    I finally put up a revised version of my modified Bates method. I collected concepts from my blog posts, forum posts and added more thoughts until I ran out of …Read More »
  • Your sanction

    Your sanction

    How many times have people helplessly asked whether vision improvement is really possible? Of course it is, but it doesn’t matter what I or anyone else knows. If it isn’t …Read More »
  • The Intermediate Step

    The Intermediate Step

    Back Spasm This morning I sat on the floor to put my socks on and had a back spasm (at least I think that’s the right term). If you haven’t …Read More »
  • What could be there?

    What could be there?

      One of the first things you might notice in this picture is the man painting. Your attention moves to him. It doesn’t matter whether your attention was “drawn” to …Read More »
  • Who is your guru?

    Who is your guru?

    I want to make a point about following a method of vision improvement to the letter, and trusting that any one person, or even a group of people saying the …Read More »
  • Shifting in a Triangle

    Shifting in a Triangle

    People with normal vision have moments when their vision fails. At that point if they are able to adjust how they look at things they will quickly get back on …Read More »
  • The path of abusing your eyes

    The path of abusing your eyes

    It’s fascinating how the seeing process gets disrupted enough to come crashing down piece by piece, a whole series of mistakes. Here’s one way I think it happens. One of …Read More »
  • Moving on from looking at stuff

    Moving on from looking at stuff

    Continuing on the instructions of my last post, How to look at stuff. When you look for the smallest detail in anything you’re looking at, you should only be looking …Read More »
  • How to look at stuff

    How to look at stuff

    Be Here Blurry vision is well-known to be associated with intellectualism. But the way I see it, it has to do with a preference towards abstract ideas instead of being …Read More »
  • Outside of your programming

    Outside of your programming

    I’m buried in paperwork for a tax deadline in a few days, but I don’t want a whole month to go by without a blog entry, so here we go. …Read More »
  • Breathing and your mind

    Breathing and your mind

    Have you sat down for half an hour and worked with the eye chart without much success in seeing better, and then decided to take a break and stand up, …Read More »
  • Better vision by perceiving what you see

    Better vision by perceiving what you see

    Here’s another way of thinking about what I wrote about in my last entry, as far as how you think about what you’re looking at, and how your attention behaves …Read More »
  • The three steps of seeing

    The three steps of seeing

    To break your bad habits that are causing blurry vision, you need to break up what you’re doing into separate tasks so that you can understand what you’re really doing …Read More »
  • Seeing a string of details

    Seeing a string of details

    I want to clarify how to look at adjacent details better. I described this specific method in my last blog post about looking at adjacent details. The idea here is …Read More »
  • Improving vision by looking at adjacent details

    Improving vision by looking at adjacent details

    In my last blog post I suggested that I would talk more in detail about patterns of the right way to go about looking at things. The idea of “staring” …Read More »
  • Myopic Attention Disorder

    Myopic Attention Disorder

    I see myopia as a specific type of attention disorder. I feel like Bates and later writers on vision improvement have not given enough credit to the factor of attention …Read More »
  • Re-creating Your Programming

    Re-creating Your Programming

    When you read Bates’s book, don’t put too much importance, for your own purposes, to his absolute statements about “perfect” vision and how such-and-such is true all the time. When …Read More »
  • The right way to move

    The right way to move

    First, a tip. “Hot potato” is a game where everyone quickly tosses a ball around, and when the music stops the person holding the ball is eliminated. It suggests an …Read More »
  • Relaxing the eyes and avoiding the issue

    Relaxing the eyes and avoiding the issue

    I’m going to start stepping on some toes by making some posts about the convoluted stuff that has become kind of standard in the material on improving vision with the …Read More »
  • Baby steps: Giving up everything but one thing

    Baby steps: Giving up everything but one thing

    Let me show you something. I haven’t drawn this out like this before, so let’s see how it goes. Take this in baby steps: Close your eyes. Think of the …Read More »
  • Speak with your actions

    Speak with your actions

    What are you supposed to be learning? Are you detaching from the process? How is it that you want to see details when the actions you’re taking in every moment …Read More »
  • What are you doing now? How will you begin?

    What are you doing now? How will you begin?

    In every moment you have a choice in what you do with your eyes. In every moment you can be aware of what you’re doing, and change it, or you …Read More »
  • The simplicity begins

    The simplicity begins

    So for those of you who just tuned in, we’re working on removing glasses from the eyes of everyone in the world and teaching them to see with their own …Read More »

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