If you have had any eye surgeries, you should likely disregard everything I write here, but if you haven’t this may be very valuable information.
First, I am not an optometrist, nor medical doctor, nor presently able to perform advanced eye exams for retinal health… however…
After having had glasses for 12 years and then learning to improve my eyesight enough to pass the driver’s test without lenses, I wrote a book about the process of going from “nearsighted to clearsighted”. I passed the driver’s test for an unrestricted license in 2011 and passed again in 2016. At my worst my vision was -4.00 with astigmatism and I improved to not need lenses at all. I have successfully worked with many people to aid them in vision improvement.
I’ve also worked with multiple vision professionals who work not only to care for eyes, but to actually help return the eye to a shape where clarity comes naturally without corrective lenses or surgery.
I understand this may seem like a fringe position, but I would recommend avoiding optometrists and opthalmologists that do not see most vision problems as treatable at the cause and mostly reversible because there is extreme statistical likelihood that if a person in the present day suffers from myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) it has more to do with their behaviors, environment, and mental/muscular coordination than some kind of genetically unwavering design.
We can look at population studies and see areas where people have gone from rates of 10% myopia in the 1940’s to rates higher than 80% in the 2010’s. (http://www.nature.com/news/the-myopia-boom-1.17120). So it’s probably not genetics. It’s probably modern lifestyles. There’s a study of Chinese ethnicity children living in Singapore and Australia. In Australia they had a rate of 3.3% myopia and in Singapore the rate was 29.1%. If I recall correctly they were 5-6 years old! I strongly believe in the reversibility and preventability of most vision problems.
I don’t know what specific conditions you’re inquiring for, and I am not a doctor, but I would most highly recommend considering an holistic approach to vision and assessing whether things like stress or strain, excessive indoor time, and insufficient outdoor time could be playing a role. I would be happy to lend you a copy of my book entitled “I Can See Clearly Now; The Strain Is Gone”. 🙂
In my experience working with people, I have not yet found an outlier conflicting with the basic theory proposed by those in the vision improvement camp – namely that stress and strain causes blur and relaxation allows clarity. In other words, everyone who has some vision problem ALSO has some stress and strain problem. When we direct attention to whether they physically or psychologically feel truly relaxed in and around the eyes – their answers have never been a resounding yes.
When people manage to truly deeply achieve a state of relaxation without lenses (provided they have not had surgery on their eyes or truly suffer from a physical limitation), they see clearly.
This makes sense to me. All of us who have slightly crossed our eyes know that we can produce blurred vision with only a tiny shift from proper coordination. Why should we assume that while we have been seeing blurry, our eyes were in fact properly coordinated?
By doing simple practices like closing our eyes and covering our eyes with our palms, we help give the eyes a break and truly focus on relaxing in the present moment. Many people notice they catch their breath and begin to feel better just from closing their eyes. Most people with blurry vision tend to have fatigued eyes and appreciate the rest. Myopia actually comes from Greek mu-ops for shut-eyes.
In summary, vision problems tend to be more psychological in genesis than physiological. Optometrists will tell you that myopia happens when an eye is too long. They will tell you that hyperopia happens when the eye is too short. But unless they practice some form of vision therapy if you ask them, “why are the eyes this length?” They will likely say “we don’t know” or “it’s genetics”.
Shouldn’t we want to know “why” we have some kind of undesirable results? I know how stressful it is to have blurry vision. It can even be dangerous! It’s scary! But what if there were understandable reasons for it? How about excess stress, fatigue, and strain? How about poor vision habits? I know what natural vision feels like now. It feels relaxed. It feels open. It “feels” clear – not just as a vision of acuity but an emotional state. It feels like there’s more space. I feel more free. It is easier to breathe. I feel calmer and more connected. I feel less blocked by some invisible barriers. I no longer feel this separation caused by a medium placed between myself and the world that I “need” in order to see clearly.
I’m 31 now. I first got prescribed lenses at around 12-13. I began improving my eyesight at around age 23-24. I managed to live without lenses very quickly, but it took me a couple years until I could pass the driver’s test. I still find myself learning how to be more relaxed and more clear and my vision continues to improve over time.
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