Better Eyesight: Lifestyle vs. Exercise Routines

There are some things we have to admit about ourselves, if we want to succeed in improving our eyesight. The process itself is almost foolproof and has worked on many thousands of clients in our […]

Jake Steiner

Jun 12,2013 · 5 min read

There are some things we have to admit about ourselves, if we want to succeed in improving our eyesight. The process itself is almost foolproof and has worked on many thousands of clients in our 40 years of practice. It is the other thing, that really determines success vs. failure: Commitment.

Most of us have made Newyears resolutions that never actually came to pass. We all know somebody who has tried some diet and failed to loose or maintain their desired weight loss. We tend to externalize the blame, pointing fingers at our environment, ‘stress’, priority commitments, work, etc etc etc. And while my practice does not incorporate soul searching, or time management advice, there is a bit of help I can offer if you are unsure on how to proceed.

First and foremost, we must realize that it took your eyes quite a while to reach their current state of myopia. While it won’t take as long to reverse as it took to reach your myopia level, it will take time.

Important note:  If you want to get started improving your own eyesight, I offer a number of courses, including options for one-on-one support with me personally.  Check out the courses page for what’s currently available to help your eyeballs.

So, this is not a quick fix. This is why we focus on habit creation rather than series of exercises (which you would quit doing in due course, guaranteeing failure). Habits, paired with knowledge of what causes myopia, and increased physical awareness of eye strain create a system that will allow you to continually improve your eyesight, without that cliff that causes so many other self improvement projects to fail.

For this to work though, you need to be serious about the process, for the first few months.

In the first few months, habits form. If you are on top of it initially, those efforts, transformed into habit, will be easy to continue in your day to day life. If you are not ready to spend a month or two, an hour or so per day, then you are not ready for my Vision Improvement courses. Then again, if you have an hour a day, maybe a bit less even, the process is quite simple – after a small learning curve.

Beyond the committment for the initial setup time, you need to realize where your life currently stands. Do you really want to aggressively pursue vision improvement? You don’t have to, since you can also take a relaxed pace, and with little daily work, gradually improve your eyesight.

The trouble comes when we set ourselves the wrong expectations. Starting aggressively, then not having the committment to follow through, tends to lead to frustration. Pushing to quickly, while ignoring parts of the program that don’t sound interesting, also often causes issues. A good example of this is my frequent suggestion of keeping a log. It’s tedious, granted, but it will tell you what is going on. Doing both centimeter result logs and Snellen results will keep you motivated in the long run. Some people rush in, make premature prescription assumptions, skim the material, and are left frustrated a month later, when things don’t work out.

This is a bit of a theme, for me. Most of the time, when a client happens to be middle aged, female, retired, I would be willing to take most any bet that she will do very well. More often than not, this demographic is focused, methodical, in no rush, and ready to look careful at all parts of the program.

On the other side, the father of two, with the office job, a demanding career, tends to have more challenges – too many distractions, trying to fit in vision improvement as another thing that can be speed read and delegated.

The most important thing is to set yourself realistic goals. If your life is very busy, but you don’t want your eyes to get worse (and ultimately, get better), set yourself a slower pace. Take three of the Web Program installments a week. Or, two even. Put them in your calendar, leave a bit of time to put the suggestions into practice. Yes, it will take longer, but that way it will be rewarding in the longer term – instead of being yet one more bullet point, stress factor in your life.

If you are doing the child program, realize that there are a whole lot of factors beyond your control. School, peer pressure, physiological changes during growth, personality development phases … just as an A today in school won’t define your child’s career at 30, today’s progress on your child’s vision won’t define your real goal for you child: healthy vision for most of his/her life. Realize that it’s a process, and let it take it’s course.

It’s like this: If you wear glasses and stare at computer screens all day, your eyes will get worse. If you follow the premise of the 4 Pillars, given some time, your eyes will get better. A little bit of zen attitude goes a long way, in realizing your vision goals.

And of course, if you are aggressive, and pursue eyesight improvement meticulously, you will likely improve faster. Just be sure to enjoy your milestone goals, enjoy your improved vision, and take occasional breaks for a few months.

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Jake Steiner

Reformed stock trader. Kite surfer, pilot, vagabond. Father. And of course - the last of the living, imaginarily bearded eye gurus.

Topic:  Myopia