// From left to right: -2.50 spectacles; -3.00 spectacles; -3.50 spectacles. Can almost see clearly with -4.00 spectacles, as of May 2011. My highest was -7.25 (you can read my Amazon.com log for more details).
QUICK BACKGROUND INFO:
I’ve worn glasses since 1994. My eyesight got steadily worse over each year (most intensely during my early teen years), till it reached an all-time high of -7.25 degrees (short sighted / myopia / can’t see clearly for distance).
In 2008, my vision was starting to get “fuzzy” with my -7.25 glasses. I was in Maine, USA at this point in time. I remember sitting at the computer and thinking to myself that there surely must be a natural way to improve one’s own eyesight. After all, most humans aren’t naturally born with vision problems.
I did some Googling, and chanced upon Thomas R. Quackenbush’s book, Relearning To See (which is based on the Bates method). You should definitely get that book, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts behind the natural way of improving eyesight.
Here’s my original review/”log” that I posted on Amazon.com:
Review for ‘Relearning to Live’, December 12, 2008
In one of the reviews in the first two pages of the book, someone comments that the book could really be titled “Relearning to Live”. I heartily agree. A lot of the 5-star reviews say it as it is.
Compared to the hundreds of dollars I’ve spent on eyeglasses, eighteen dollars to read about improving eyesight (to the point where eyeglasses aren’t needed–truly!), seems to be a bit of a paradox. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the will to improve my eyesight by natural means, was stronger than doubt. I believe this is an important step, as one has to assume responsibility for their own health and well-being (as quoted by a holistic health practitioner, somewhere in the book).
This book may very well be the best eighteen dollars I’ve invested in. It is of incredibly high standard and quality. To say the least, Mr. Quackenbush has a thorough, comprehensive, and extensive understanding of Bates’ method and vision.
I started out at -7.25 (with -0.25 astigmatism–which I never believed I needed); currently I’m about -5.50 (no astigmatism). My -7.25s were getting fuzzy around Feb 2008. Yesterday, I tried on my original -7.25s, and I’ve better than perfect eyesight with them. This would be a total impossibility, had I not gotten this book.
Many optometrists have a negative view of Bates’ teaching. Why, of course. If everyone had good eyesight, a whole bunch of optometrists would go out of business overnight.
For me, the first few days were a bit trippy. Headaches, etc. I will not forget the day my vision “sharpened” with a -6.00 pair. I was walking around in a store and it just happened.
“Don’t stare, don’t strain”, are two golden rules to remember. The reading material will help you remember and put those (and other) good eye habits into practice. Yes, it takes dedication. Yes, lasik is “fast”. Read the book and you’ll see the price you pay for permanently tampering with (i.e: cutting) your corneas.
Personally, I do not intend to let Bates’ (3 decades of research; was forced to resign from his graduate teaching position due to his contemporary, un-orthodox views) and this author’s beneficial work to mankind, go to waste.
–Jess C Scott, Author of EyeLeash: A Blog Novel
— as posted on my Amazon Review on Relearning to See
2 follow-up comments (posted by me) on my progress, on the original review/log:
Jun 29, 2010 8:32:01 AM
Right now I’m around -4.50 (both eyes), my 700 degree specs are SUPER sharp nowadays.
Why, because of applying what the book/method teaches/suggest, which MAINLY is to:
1) not stare
2) not strain
3) reduce stress (mental and tangible)
-4.00 and over is considered “high myopia,” so I’d like to drop it down to -4.00 at least. That being said, if I can do that, I might as well go all the way down to 6/6 perfect eyesight.
WOW, what a miracle!
May 18, 2011 6:19:44 PM
====UPDATE, May 2011====
Right now I’m approaching -4.00 (both eyes), I’m using -3.00 for computer work, -2.50 or no specs when reading/doing very close-up work.
I use the -3.00 specs as often as I can, and remove my glasses as much as possible (when watching TV, eating, exercising, etc).
If all goes well, I should have 20/20 vision w/o glasses by 2015 (about a 1.00 drop per year, since I first started. OWWWW!).