Recovering healthy eyesight is all about moving backwards – from where you are now, to where you had initially started before that very first prescription at the optometrist.
Remember, once you got that first prescription, your eyes kept getting worse.
In the program, we have been working the exact reverse of what got your eyesight so poor in the first place – starting out, we remove the root cause of all myopia – close up strain.
Once you have a clear sense for close-up strain again, and are reducing it, we start to work on those prescriptions.
If you have read the Myopia Lie, you know about lens induced myopia. The biggest impact of lens induced myopia happens during close-up. More specifically, when you spend hours in front of the computer, with that huge minus correction (intended for distance viewing, not close-up viewing!).
So we stop using that big minus for your close-up and replace it with a rehabilitative prescription.
Then we get into active focus. Understanding how to engage your eyesight in focus, rather than letting the lenses do all the work, is the first proactive step you take towards getting the positive stimulus your eyes need to recover.
From there, quite a few advanced subjects – dealing with blur vs double vision, peripheral vision, dietary aspects.
None of this is new or special, or in any way groundbreaking. If you had a reverse time lapse video of how your myopia got worse, you would be looking at exactly what we do to improve your eyesight. We just take backwards steps, and reduce dependence on correction.
This post is an excerpt of one of the advanced topics in the full program. If you already did the core program, you can do this quite easily to further improve your eyesight.
If you are new to the site, read through the links at the top of the page first, become acquainted with the premise.
In most cases, night vision isn’t different from day vision.
It is just less light. And less light means less information – while I am oversimplifying here, you already experienced the basis of this. Whenever you do Snellen chart reading in less than ideal lighting, you notice immediately how much your results decrease in quality.
And there is really one short answer to better night vision – better vision in general.
If you can see just barely 20/20 in very good light, you might be down to 20/70 in a room lit just by one 80 watt bulb. It might be a bit better or worse, but the decrease will be predictable and always about the same for you.
When we work on active focus, I always emphasize that distance vision is where most improvement comes from.
You can do endless hours of pushing focus (up-close focus work), and not see anywhere near the results that someone just having no close-up strain and doing a bit of focus pulling (working on focus at a distance) will get. Close-up strategies are all about strain prevention, and distance is all about positive stimulus. While you can improve with just close-up, it is a lot more work to get the same results.
It’s no surprise then, that we start with close-up (since strain caused myopia in the first place) in the core program. Once we have that aspect covered, we move on to distance vision.
You may have also noticed that the course progresses there as well – we start with only ideal lighting conditions first, and then progressively move to more challenging environments. It isn’t until the 60s installments that we first talk about dusk, and how to leverage that time of the day for vision improvement.
It makes sense to do these things in increasing order of challenge. You want to get great active focus in good light first, where it is relatively easier to find and accomplish.
Once you get there with good light, we can focus on less light and some of it’s benefits for stimulus.
Having had the experience with dusk and double vision, you can then start to leverage the most challenging situations, to work on stimulus. One of the easiest, and my favorites, is using a digital night clock, in a darkened room. Basic in terms of tools, and as always, real world scenarios rather than some abstract exercise.
Let’s take a look at how it works.
First, you will want something like this:
If you don’t own one, you can download a smartphone app to accomplish the same effect. And if you find yourself doing it consistently, you can always invest the few Euros down the road, to buy a cheap digital clock.
Remember the dusk exercise, and the neon signs. You can much more easily pull those into focus, since you have a key ingredient – contrast.
What we want to do here, is to train your brain not to automatically give up, when there isn’t enough light. A lot of times your eyes actually deliver plenty of information to your brain, but your brain is on auto pilot – not enough light, not processing any data.
We want to break that habit.
To start, you will want the clock at a distance where the text is fully blurred.
A good meter into the blur distance will be a good start.
Keep in mind that this is far more likely to work for you, if you did the dusk work, the double vision work, and are already quite proficient there. Having trained your eyes and your brain already is important, since this step is another leap – just as if you were to weight train, you wouldn’t start to try to lift a 100 kg before you can lift 10 kg. Be kind to yourself!
Given that prerequisite, you are in the dark room, it’s night time, you have your alarm clock at a distance you can’t normally read. It’s blurred, but not entirely beyond possibility.
We have a little bit of focus pulling to do here, and a lot of the exercise that is similar to clearing double vision.
In other words, your eyes have to focus a bit, which for a start they aren’t. As with any other active focus, you need to get your eyes to be looking for focus. Blink a few times, see if any part of the neon numbers show through the blur. Once you do that, just begin to stare at the clock.
Remember double vision and clearing it. It happens in your brain, not in your eyes. “I see nothing”, is happening in your mind at that stage. Not giving in to that is the process that helps clear double vision – and the same that will bring the night clock into focus.
You might spend minutes staring at the clock. Don’t refuse yourself to blink, but persist in looking at the red glow.
At some point, in between five to ten minutes, you should have a perfectly clear image of the time on the clock.
Once you do, keep repeating the process for no more than 20 minutes. You might feel fatigued by this – making it an ideal strategy to do before you go to sleep. As with everything else we do, you want to integrate these strategies into your regular day to day life. Looking at your alarm clock is perfectly normal – we just add the aspect of moving it out of comfortable eyesight reach, so every time you do, you pull some focus.
This will get easier over time, as your visual cortex accepts that there is enough data, despite the ambient darkness, to resolve the image.
And with that, your night vision will improve. Bear in mind that this isn’t your eyesight improving, but your brain’s willingness to work with a less than ideal amount of data, to provide with a resulting image. You absolutely want to have double vision (60’s installments) worked out before doing this, and expecting success.
It’s quite simple, if I put less words around it:
Take your digital night clock, and move it a meter further away than usual. Use your experience with double vision and dusk vision, to get a clear focus on the time.
Train your brain, along with improving your eyesight, to bring you the best results.
And if you are new to the site, and this information doesn’t (yet) tangibly allow you to improve your night vision, this is the other take away:
Yes, you can. You are not weak, your eyes are not weak, you are not permanently dependent on people who sell a product, masked as medicine.
If you depended on glasses for many years, we can’t instantly reverse the effects. But by taking consistent, ongoing, measured steps back towards your healthy starting points, you can absolutely get there. And in any case, it beats admitting defeat, and living a life behind glasses.