Monday, January 23, 2012

Reading without Glasses

Sometime ago I read the advise to read without glasses. I started doing it and I found out that it was actually easier on the eyes to read without glasses or lenses. The disadvantage of course is that you have to keep the book very close to your eyes. In my case it means very close.

Unfortunately I can't do it with the computer because to look at computer screen without glasses is tremendous nuisance and the strain on my eyes is immense. Though I did try it for a week once.

I also read somewhere that if you never start wearing glasses for distant vision and keep reading without glasses, you vision will be good enough for you to be able to read without glasses, approximately -3 diopters. I wonder if that statement is true. If it is, we might be here on something and it would prevent a lot of grief. This mild myopia would be relatively easy to correct.

But I am also aware that you can't believe everything you read. Like the other day I read a book where the author claimed that wearing glasses does not make your vision worse. He sounded very sure of himself too but I am the living proof that it is a lie!

Anyway, reading without glasses or, if your vision is not too bad, doing all the close work without glasses might be a good idea.

The funny thing is, when I read with lenses in sometimes I have hard time focusing but with the naked eye I could see the page without trouble.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Is it easy to blink?

You probably don't even think of it. Blinking is what we do automatically without even thinking. It's like breathing, you just do it.

And yet, there is a right and a wrong way to breathe and to blink. If you have any anomaly of reflection, chances are, your blinking is wrong.

When I started practicing blinking, I was amazed to find out how "difficult" it was to do. The irony is, of course, that blinking should be effortless, it should be light, like a butterfly waving its wings. It was difficult to maintain this kind of blinking and you have to be aware of it all this time. And this quickly becomes boring...

People with nearsightedness blink hard in order to squeeze their eyes and get a little flash. Some develop a permanent squint. Worst of all, when they stare at something in order to see it better, they stop blinking altogether.

So, it's one thing to be aware of. When you catch yourself straining or staring, relax and adjust your blinking. Just practice light effortless blinking when you can. Blinking is a habit so I don't think it makes sense to put 10 minutes a day to practice "good" blinking when the rest of the day you blink hard.

So what's the connection between blinking and breathing? When people strain, they not only stop blinking but also breathing. They hold their breath and it can develop into a harmful habit. There are other aspects to breathing as well, though not necessarily related to vision. Essentially, the correct breathing habit involves diaphragmatic (abdominal) breathing. Yet lots of people develop a habit of chest or even throat breathing that can lead to all kinds of problems, both mental and physical. Get any book on yoga if you want to know more about breathing.

Breath well. And remember to blink like a butterfly.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Paul's Pathway to Normal Vision


Well, it's been a while. Some time ago I heard of a book titles Paul's Pathway to Normal Vision by Paul Anderson so and I searched for it on internet. Well, it's not so much a book as a collection of articles but that is not important. This document explains very well how to apply the Bates method. Finally there is someone who "got" it: that the method is mainly about mental relaxation that is followed by physical relaxation.

Paul elaborates relaxation techniques that Dr. Bates did not go into very deep detail. His favourite methods are palming and sunning and he is really big on central fixation. He also emphasizes that good vision is mainly about good visual habits. He is one of the very few that does not make you roll your eyes up and down and sideways. He claims that he cured his eyesight completely though unfortunately he does not go into any details about the degree of improvement. It would be interesting to know these details.

The main idea of course is that good vision is effortless. I think for some people (myself included) is a huge conundrum. Logically I understand what it means but to actually apply it is a different matter.

So I was really excited when I found it. Unfortunately my enthusiasm did not last long but it is my problem. Specifically the problem is that this type of books tell you something around the lines "relax or else". Well, what if I am not able to relax? I was thinking and came to the conclusion that I could not remember any time when I was truly relaxed. But, like I said this is my problem and I deal with it.

So, I highly recommend this ebook. Search Google and you should be able to find it for free.

The amusing part was that I downloaded the document and found out it was printed in very pale gray font. Very hard to read. So I edited my copy in Word and converted it back to pdf. So don't be spooked by the appearance, the book is very well worth reading. In fact it is good enough to be a companion book for the original classic by Bates himself as it truly compliments his method.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Site

A while ago I found an interesting site dedicated to vision improvement, specifically myopia. The author claims to be an ophthalmologist but presents no proof. However he writes very well and is obviously an educated man. He's got some interesting ideas. He digs into subjects like anatomy of the eyes, eye muscles, etc.

For Best Vision

Of course I was immediately interested in what one can do in order to improve vision. Looks like this doctor likes the idea of converging pictures, the "magic eye" principle. Strangely enough it can be done with computers and not only with books. I don't know how long one should do this kind of stuff, I usually can merge too pictures quite successfully and I know some people with good vision who cannot. He also likes eye rotation exercises that Bates scoffed but he actually provides good argument for them.

Anyway, it's worth a look.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chinese Acupressure

I found another article on internet that I might though would be interesting:

Natural Vision Improvement: An Alternative to Lasik Surgery

The site describes acupressure points that might release tension in 3 major muscles: superior oblique, inferior oblique and ciliary muscles. There is a point for recti muscles as well. You will find a chart with all the corresponding points.

Check it out.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vision Fluctuates

My eyes feel strained again. It might be a good thing though, before they were straining and I could not even tell. Now I actually feel the strain. Not that it does me any good. I have to wear my contacts most of the day now so that could be a contributing factor too.

Anyway, try to relax if you can.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Henry Rawlinson

The picture above is of Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, famous for deciphering Persian cuneiform. What does it have to do with eyesight, you might ask? Actually, I want you to notice his eyes. It’s not a photograph but his eyes look so vivid and definitely not myopic in spite of hours that he (supposedly) spent working on unknown script. He was also a British military officer so my guess is he spent lots of time outside looking at the distance. Anyway, I think this portrait is exceptional. Here’s the man with perfect vision in spite of hours of doing close work. Somehow he avoided near-point stress. He should be an inspiration to all of us.

I think it's a good idea to put a portrait of somebody with a perfect vision where you can look at it often. Dr. Bates noticed that people's sight is affected by surroundings that included other people. That's why children of myopic parents are often grow up to be myopic. They pick up a staring habit from their parent. It does not happen every time but unfortunately often enough to give a rise to the false idea that myopia is genetic.

The way I see it myopic people developed a habit of staring/straining when looking at the distance and "relaxing" the muscle when doing close work when it should be the other way around. Even Bates himself admitted that the eye in the relaxed state is designed for looking at the distance: the ciliary muscle is relaxed and the lens inside the eye is flat. Dr. Bates in his book has some interesting photographs of people who stare and who don’t, sometimes even the same person (see online version of the book).