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How Long Does It Take For My Vision To Improve?

I’ve asked that question to myself many times (LOL) throughout this natural vision improvement program.

The rate of progress varies for each person. I’ve been wearing glasses for almost 20 years, so that is literally two decades of “bad eyesight habits” to undo.

However I think there are certain things I could do to speed up my progress, since it’s right now at around -4.50 (which is a lot better than my original -7.25 prescription). Even though the improvement has taken several years, at least there is a real and lasting improvement without resorting to unhealthy or risky options such as contact lenses or LASIK surgery.

I read a blog post earlier today from iblindness.org — a lot of the things David said in his article are things that have worked for me too. So I will make a bit more of a conscious effort to implement these good eyesight habits from now on to relax/strengthen my eye muscles.

These are quotes from David’s Method of Vision Improvement:

1. CENTER OF VISION

You need to remain conscious of what you’re looking at with your center of vision, meaning you can’t “space out” and think of something else. If you aren’t using your center of vision, you aren’t really looking at anything at all.

2. REGISTER THE DETAILS

It doesn’t much matter whether the next detail is far away or close to the first one. There is no faking this process — you have to be mentally engaged by thinking about what you’re looking at. Moving your central vision in the right way will feel too slow at first, but you will adapt and find you are processing details more quickly.

3. NARROW AND SPEED UP

The couple seconds you spend on each spot can be reduced as you narrow your area of clearest vision. The smaller the spot you identify as your central vision, the easier it is to look at.

4. RELAX

It’s important to stay as relaxed as possible so that you’re teaching yourself that this process is easy and something you can keep doing all day, every day as part of your normal perception.

The vision improvement process is very mental. The way to prevent your mind from running amok with random thoughts is to focus on something outside the words running in your head. Your breath is an extremely handy tool. Practice concentrating on the sound, feeling and rhythm of your breath, and remind yourself to notice it frequently as you practice the vision improvement process. It will keep you calm and focused.

5. BE INTERESTED

Genuine interest in what you’re looking at is a huge part of seeing and perceiving. Be mentally attentive to what you’re seeing. That’s one reason seeing through glasses doesn’t help your visual functioning – you might see more details through glasses, but you aren’t involved enough in the “looking” process that is just as important.

See more at: http://www.iblindness.org/davids-method/method-vision-improvement.php

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Updates (2013)

 

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Children and Glasses

I quote from these two sources as to why a child should never be made to wear glasses or contact lenses:

“While it is true that eyeglasses bring some people improved vision and relief from pain and discomfort, they always do more or less harm, and at their best they never improve your vision to normal. After you begin to wear glasses, in most cases, the correction has to be steadily increased in order to maintain the degree of visual acuity secured by the aid of the first pair. Your vision wearing glasses progressively decreases with time. It really is tragic when children are condemned to a lifetime of having to wear glasses because of all age groups they are the ones that best respond to natural eye improvement strategies.”
~ Dr. Mercola’s Vision Program (based on Bates Method)

The photo below is an important page from the Relearning to See eyesight book.

It contains an excerpt from Dr. Thomas H. David, who writes:

“To put on glasses when one has developed a strain may give temporary relief, however, if incorrect habits of using the eyes are not overcome, the wearer returns to the eye specialist for an increase in the lens.”

Click on the thumbnail to view the full text:

eyeglasses

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Updates (2013)

 

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Vision Improvement, Emotional Health

I wanted to make a quick blog post about how mental relaxation and emotional health are at the core of natural vision improvement, and maybe “natural healthy living” in general.

For the past few days, I’ve noticed my eyesight beginning to adjust to my -3.50 pair of glasses (original prescription = -7.25). I was wearing them last year and couldn’t really see that clearly with them far away in the distance. Right now I can “sense” the eye muscles beginning to be more relaxed so that they can start to adjust naturally to near and far distances. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8 or 9 years old, so that’s quite a number of YEARS of bad eyesight habits to undo.

However I am persistent and optimistic, so despite the occasional lag here and there with my natural vision improvement program, I greatly enjoy it whenever some progress is made (which is permanent once the brain “adjusts” and accepts those new healthy eyesight habits).

I noticed that I have been very calm and relaxed over the past couple of weeks. I can be a very industrious person, but the downside to this is that I can often tire myself out just from going after what I want. When I pace myself and do things more sensibly, without completely discarding what I “feel” about things, there’s an inner calm which I’ve noticed has a direct influence on my vision.

These three paragraphs echo my thoughts on vision and emotional health:

(1) “Your thoughts can also cause you problems. The vision improvement process is very mental, and your thoughts can take you off-course so that you’re thinking about something totally unrelated as you practice looking at details. For this process to be effective, you have to remain focused on it. Your breath is an extremely handy tool for this. Practice concentrating on the sound, feeling and rhythm of your breath, and remind yourself to notice it frequently as you practice the vision improvement process. It will keep you calm and focused.”
~ David’s Method of Vision Improvement

(2) “There’s really no need to provide a list of health conditions that are partly caused by emotional stress, because every health condition is partly caused by emotional stress. Emotional stress always equals increased output by the sympathetic nervous system, which always equals accelerated aging and breakdown of your tissues…Yes, eating fresh, nutrient-dense foods is good for your health. But eating fresh, nutrient-dense foods while feeling emotionally balanced and at peace is even better.”
~ Dr. Ben Kim: Reduce Stress

(3) “It only makes sense that relaxation training, reeducation of conscious control, relieving strain, or whatever you want to call it, affects just about everything, whether it has to do with the visual system or not. Things look better than they ever did when I wore glasses. I can tolerate bright sunlight easier and see better at night. I’ve been anosmic (unable to smell) my whole life but recently started sensing certain smells. Thinking is more effortless. I’m more relaxed in general. I rarely get sick anymore. It goes on and on.

When you understand (at least some of) what mental strain is and how it manifests, it’s possible to recognize it, or the lack of it, in everyone around you. It’s in a person’s eyes, his face, his voice, the way he moves, what he says, how he reacts to things, in his whole personality.”
~ iblindness.org “About” Page (David)

The above three paragraphs are from longer and very informative, helpful articles, so do click on the links to read the entire text.

Since my early teens, I have been rather helter-skelter emotionally (due to my naturally intense nature!). Now that I’m a couple of weeks away from turning 27, my emotional nature is finally beginning to be a bit more…focused.

I’m glad to see it having a positive impact on my vision.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Updates (2013)

 

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