How to improve vision with glasses
Improve Your Vision Without Glasses or Contact Lenses by Steven M. BeresfordVery interesting book about optimising eye health.
The take-home message from this book:
Dont keep your glasses on just because its more convenient than repeatedly removing them and putting them on. Leaving them on during times when you could see perfectly well without them (eg for very up close things) literally ruins your eyes and causes progressively higher and higher prescriptions.
According to this book, its possible to:
- reduce high prescriptions,
- eliminate low prescriptions,
- prevent children from needing glasses as long as they keep healthy-eye-techniques
- and its even possible to heal things like astigmatism with something as simple as watching how you tilt your head.
Really wish I had known all this books information when I first got glasses when I was 13.
Looking forward to putting into practice the techniques in this book!
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There are two reasons I give this book 4/5 rather than 5/5:
1.) The Layout: I thought the layout could have been better organised and more application-friendly. The exercises are in one chapter and the bit that explains what the exercises are for is in another part of the book for example, which seemed disjointed. I strongly recommend reading the book cover-to-cover before starting the exercises rather than just dipping in and out because there are some important tips about which exercises are best for your specific eye problems, which you may gloss over if you dont read the whole book cover to cover.
2.) Lack of in-depth scientific explanations: I guess this was kept to a minimum to keep the book a manageable length and to keep it more readable to laypeople, but I personally would have liked to have seen some more explanations for what each eye-exercise does. Im afraid some of the exercises will seem a little unscientific to scientifically minded people (eg light therapy for example) since an explanation for how it works was not given.
I strongly recommend supplementing this book with other resources online such as:
- endmyopia.org (formerly frauenfeldclinic.com) - especially the articles by Alex Frauenfeld, founder of the Frauenfeld Clinic
- This youtube video by Todd Becker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Efg...
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Still, those two points-for-improvement aside, I feel like theres a lot of useful information in this book and it most definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things that I could easily do differently to improve my eyesight. Fingers crossed it works once I start applying the tips and give the exercises a try. If I remember, Ill update this review after giving this technique a good go.
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Update: 2 years on - did it work?
I used this books techniques alongside tips from the internet, and successfully managed to get both my eyes to use the same prescription (they were different initially), removed the small amount of astigmatism that was there, and reduced my prescription from -5.0 which I was using for everything, to seeing pretty much perfectly with -3.50. I dont use the -3.5s though coz the technique is to challenge your eyes and have a tiny bit of blur there so you can work to clear it up and improve your eyes all the time. I get along in the world (with about 90% good vision / the edge of blur), reading street signs, shop signs, adverts etc comfortably with -2.50. For tv watching I only need -1.75s and for computer work I only need -1.25s. I feel like its possible to improve even more, but to be honest, it requires quite a lot of work and dedication and Im currently on a break from it. Actively having things blurry and working to clear up the blur can get annoying, and after 2 years of living at the edge of blur I just wanted to live in clear vision again without having to work so hard to attain clarity all the time - so at the moment Im not working on clearing up the last few diopters, and the improved prescription numbers are staying stable.
Do eye exercises improve vision?
More than ever, we are using our eyes to stare at small type and images on computer screens, televisions, and cell phones — which leads to eye fatigue and an increase in age-related eye problems. But diminished eyesight does not have to be an inevitable part of living long. Follow these three tips to sharpen your own vision so you can see your way to a future of longevity. Eat for Bright Eyesight Protect your peepers with a vision-ary diet! Our eyes require multiple nutrients to function optimally. Start with these:. These simple exercises will help you maintain optimal vision and may also keep those annoying eye floaters at bay.
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How To Improve Your Eyesight: Just 5 Steps
Reviewed by Gary Heiting, OD. Self-help programs of eye exercises to improve vision come and go, and you can always find someone offering them usually for a fee online. Typically, these programs — which claim to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contacts — produce no significant or lasting improvement in your vision, and some could be potentially harmful to your eyes and your safety. Eye exercises to improve vision have been around since the s, when maverick ophthalmologist William Horatio Bates, MD, created a program of eye exercises that became known as the Bates Method. The Bates Method has never been proven effective in providing significant or lasting vision improvement. Also, some activities recommended by Bates — including "sunning" exposing the eyes to direct sunlight and "palming" covering the closed eyes with the palms of the hands could potentially be damaging to the eyes.