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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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Depth of Field, Vision!

I was a little bit “depressed” (not seriously, just a little de-motivated) as of late because I have been hovering at almost -4.00 vision (my far distance vision is not super pin-sharp with that level yet).

I’ve been asked on several occasions — by well-meaning people who know I’m on this natural vision improvement program — how my “eye exercises” are going.

The Bates Method is about re-learning healthy/natural eyesight habits, not eye exercises, so I have persevered in keeping the main principles in mind.

I remember reading in Thomas’s book (that’s based on Bates’ work) something about:

(1) Spatial Awareness
(2) Colour
(3) Depth of Field in natural surroundings.

I didn’t really have a good understanding of what he was talking about. I understood what he meant “in theory,” but in actuality, my vision was so bad that the depth of field made no difference whatsoever! (with wearing glasses vs. not wearing glasses.)

Today I was wearing non-prescription sunglasses (I bought a whole bunch because of a clearance sale), so everything was quite blurry with my “around -4.00” vision.

But it was a sunny day. I noticed that my peripheral vision was stronger when I took the sunglasses off. When I put them back on again I made a note about this “peripheral vision” so that my eyes/brain registered it.

Imagine my shock/surprise when I started seeing what the whole “depth of field” thing was about (!!!). Without my glasses, things are fuzzy to an extent — but I could see the form/outline of objects (plants, books on shelves, whatever), in a 3-dimensional way. When I put my glasses back on, things are sharper, but that 3-dimensional DEPTH OF FIELD is compromised (things become more 2-dimensional instead).

DAMN! That’s just the kind of motivation I need to continue on this natural vision improvement program :)

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NOTE: “A person may have better vision in daylight than at night because of an increased depth of field.” — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field 

My whole life, I have always noticed that my eyesight was better in strong sunlight. I wasn’t imagining things!!

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Updates (2013)

 

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Comfortable Reading

Last night I managed to do a pencil drawing without wearing my glasses.

I think I was unaware of the fact until the drawing was halfway done (I had to bend a bit closer towards the table, but without much strain).

I can read without glasses too (THANK GOD)…now I’m going to aim 100% to be able to work at a computer without glasses. I’m not wearing glasses now while typing this though my close-range vision with a computer screen is not super sharp yet…I will keep going until I get that done, lol :)

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Updates (2013)

 

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Next Goal: -4.00

This is a great page on natural vision improvement (excluding the part about the Bates Method, because the Bates Method is not about eye exercises):

http://gettingstronger.org/2010/07/improve-eyesight-and-throw-away-your-glasses

It’s taken me a LONNNNNG while (due to various factors/stressors, including “forgetting” about good eye habits), though I tried on my -5.00 glasses today and I’m finally able to see clearly into the distance with them.

My next goal is to get down to -4.00 glasses (after which, yes, I’m going to go for “perfect vision”). In 2009 I did keep to a rather severe schedule where I worked on the computer for a very limited amount of time daily. I didn’t wear glasses for the rest of the day with that schedule. My eyesight did improve within a relatively short time frame (then I experienced a couple of stressful events and bam, there went my vision improvement).

I’ll do my best to stay committed to getting it down to -4.00 this time (that was my first “major goal” from original prescription of -7.25, followed by the next “major goal” to get it down to perfect vision).

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Updates (2013)

 

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