My Story – How Eye Exercises Improved My Eyesight
This is the story of how I improved my eyesight from needing glasses of -3.00 (20/150) to -1.00 (20/40) and completely cured my astigmatism. I did it without the use of any fancy equipment, special glasses or contact lenses, and I didn’t go near a laser eye clinic. I did it all in my own home with eye exercises.
And I’m convinced that, with commitment, you can do it too.
How I Became Nearsighted
When I was 10 years old, my mother took me for a routine eye test and that’s when I was diagnosed as being nearsighted.
“You’re going to need glasses…” my optometrist said. The words I had secretly been dreading ever since my parents caught me squinting at the TV.
I was horrified by this news. I was a shy child, painfully self-conscious, and now I had to wear big goofy glasses too.
After that, my eyesight deteriorated – and so did my self-esteem.
I didn’t know it a the time, but wearing glasses did nothing to improve my natural vision. They were a crutch – an artificial fix.
And worse, they actually made my vision deteriorate even more because the lens power actually increased the near point stress I put my eyes under.
I’m not just saying this to scare you. It’s a fact you need to know. Scientific journals have published multiple claims that wearing corrective minus lenses really does make your eyesight worse:
Journal of Behavioral Optometry
“There are frequently ignored patterns of addiction to minus lenses.
The typical prescription tends to overpower and fatigue the visual
system and what is often a transitory condition becomes a lifelong
situation which is likely to deteriorate with time.” S. Gallop (1994)
Optometric Extension Program Foundation
“Minus lenses are the most common approach, yet the least likely to
prevent further myopic progression. Unfortunately, they increase
the near point stress that is associated with progression.” B. May (1984)
Review of Optometry
“Single-vision minus lenses for full-time use produce accommodative insufficiency associated with additional symptoms until the patient gets used to the lens. This is usually accompanied by a further increase in myopia and the cycle begins anew.” Martin H Birnbaum (1973)
The Problem with Corrective Lenses
First suggested by the pioneer of vision training, Dr William H Bates, MD, prescription lenses can seriously overpower and overstress the visual system.
This produces the all-too-common trend that once you are prescribed with glasses, your vision only ever deteriorates with time.
It’s tragic when children and teenagers are prescribed glasses, because their eyes are still developing. Optometrists don’t tell people about the effects that corrective lenses will have on their immature visual systems – they simply slap on a pair of glasses and send you on your way. Problem solved, they say.
But the problem isn’t solved – it’s merely disguised.
And it’s made worse when optometrists commonly over-prescribe. They figure your eyesight will deteriorate anyway, and your eyes are overpowered even more by this unnecessary focusing power which you use your entire waking day.
Seeing Deterioration in Action
Do you recall a time when you got a new, stronger pair of glasses?
I remember every time I got a new pair of specs, I walked out onto the street and found the whole world looked intense and convex. Everything was in amazing sharp focus and I thought it was weird but wonderful.
In reality, I just took another step closer towards poorer eyesight. These glasses were overpowering my eyes, causing more near-point stress.
Here’s another hidden truth about corrective lenses. If you are nearsighted, you should never wear your glasses or contacts when reading or at the computer.
For a start, mild-to-moderate myopics shouldn’t need to. It’s perfectly possible to see the computer screen close up if you are “near sighted”. The clue is in the name. (You’re just used to having suped-up power vision from your glasses.)
Secondly, the lens correction serves to double the near point stress on your myopic visual system. Which is why you may sometimes feel like you’re going cross-eyed at the end of a long day on the computer.
Why do our optometrists never warn us about this?
Discovering Eye Exercises
Even though the eyes officially stop maturing at the age of 20 – my vision was still getting worse every year. I now strongly believe this was because I wore overpowering glasses, all the time, even at the computer for 8 hours per day.
At 25 years old, I needed corrective lenses of -3.25/-3.00 diopters (technically considered “moderate myopia”) which translates to about 20/150 vision. So I had the same visual acuity at 20 feet, as healthy people have at 150 feet.
I also had moderate astigmatism: a common condition where your cornea becomes shaped like an oval because of the underlying visual deterioration.
Another year, another prescription. And that’s when I drew the line.
I began researching ways to improve my vision naturally – through eye supplements, foods, and most importantly better vision habits. I soon discovered how eye exercises can improve vision naturally, and was encouraged by ample anecdotal evidence from other people in the same boat (or worse).
I decided to give it a shot. What did I have to lose?
Vision Fact – Better than 20/20
For years, fighter pilots and athletes have used eye exercises to improve
their natural visual acuity. In fact, Olympic athletes in sports like archery and sharpshooting having an average visual acuity of 20/16!
How do they achieve this? The same way you’re going to improve your natural vision after years of deterioration: with eye exercises.
About Vision Training
Through my research, I learned that vision exercises were developed by English eye doctors in the early 20th century. A new field of study emerged known as Orthoptics, which is used around the world today to help patients with eye muscle problems to achieve better vision naturally.
Vision therapy uses a number of different strengthening and relaxation eye exercises designed to improve eyesight naturally. Over time (days and weeks), they can increase your ability to focus better on near and far objects, while also reducing the dreaded near point stress that modern day living creates.
Treating The Myopia Epidemic
In China, a massive 76% of lower middle school students are already nearsighted. Education officials now see to it that Chinese students perform eye exercises twice a day in order to tackle the myopia epidemic.
You too can take measures to improve your vision (and your children’s vision). Whether you’ve been wearing glasses for decades or have just been diagnosed with myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or aging vision, it’s never too late or too early to start taking care of your natural vision.
It’s no coincidence that Australia and New Zealand – two nations that revere the outdoor lifestyle and whose kids spend a lot more time playing sports outdoors – have among the lowest occurrence of myopia in the developed world. They spend less time playing computer games and more time outside focusing far away.
Are Eye Exercises a Magic Cure?
Is vision training a magic cure? Don’t get too carried away – natural vision improvement does take time and daily effort, at least for the duration of the course. Generally, the further your eyesight has deteriorated overall, the longer it will take to restore your 20/20 vision (or close) so if you have only mild to moderate vision problems, it may only take 30 days to make a full recovery.
The good news is many people, no matter how severe their eyesight problems, tend to notice initial improvements within the first few days – and their first significant reduction in lens prescription within a few weeks. This is on a par with laser eye surgery, which has a recovery period of about six weeks.
Now let me show you how it’s all done…