You may have read my recent article about eyesight improvement programs on the Internet.
In it I strongly suggest that you forgo any kind of internet program, in favor of seeing a local practitioner. This post caused more e-mail than maybe anything else I have written here so far.
Let me address some of the common questions you had:
Eyesight Is A Serious Topic
You wouldn’t sign up for an online program for do-it-yourself dentistry, right? Well, maybe it could work:
“Take your pliers after you cleaned them carefully, and slip them over your painful tooth, like this …”
Maybe if it were in a YouTube video format, along with an ebook on how to pull your own teeth. For emergencies perhaps, if you find yourself on an extended hiking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Even though then you might have to watch the video before you leave … the logistics of it do confound me.
Likewise, it pains me to read some of the “eye exercises” prescribed by online vision promise-land programs. Eye exercises, rolling your eyes, staring at specific patterns they tell you to, all of it – it just does not work. There can be a small temporary placebo effect, but you are not recovering your eyesight by doing any sort of “eye yoga”.
And please don’t get me started on pilots who “discovered how to cure their myopia” – or “eye vitamins”.
If you are looking for eye vitamins, I suggest above. At least you get nice packaging.
I concede, some things, some of the time, do work. You don’t always need somebody with actual schooling, with actual training in the field, with actual experience on the subject matter. There are many, many cases, where the supposed professionals do more harm than good.
This is what some of the e-mails point to. And you are correct.
But we must make a few distinctions:
An optician at a chain store optic shop (which has a sales quota), is not in any way even somewhat related to a proper behavioral ophthalmologist office. The latter will not have a huge retail location selling you glasses, there won’t be dozens of high priced fashion frames, or samples of the latest UV protection and filter coatings.
Some of your e-mails accurately pointed out that my profession is creating this myopia problem. And yes, a very large part of the profession has been enlisted to be eyeglass sales staff.
But that isn’t everyone.
If you take your car to a mechanic, any mechanic, you may not get the repair you had hoped for. Any profession encompasses a very wide range of specializations, profit motives, knowledge, and experience. Just as you cherish finding a good auto mechanic, you should expect to have to do some footwork to find a good ophthalmologist.
It’s normal. It is to be expected.
You may have had a bad experience, or several, online or offline. If you take my advice and find a local behavioral ophthalmologist, read this site for a while first. When you interview practitioners for your business, find out if their advice aligns with the premises we discuss here.
If they tell you that you can’t reverse axial myopia, don’t argue. Talk to the next option on your list. If they tell you that you need some ortho contact lenses to alter the shape of your eye, move on to the next option (run in this case, perhaps).
Remember physical rehabilitation. Reduce strain, manage prescriptions, provide positive stimulus, track results.
That is all that the #endmyopia Method is, and that is what you should look for, in any good practitioner.
As for the online programs, some well timed comments in the forum:
Tracy I come from the exact same situation as you. I was -2,5 and -2,25, and had first been doing the Bates Method and ***** program