Questionable Therapies2017-05-03T05:55:56+00:00

Here’s Dodgy-Town.  A whole category on questionable myopia therapies, ideas, snake oil sales, and various shortsighted treatments that warrant a closer look (and probably some derision by a certain indisputably wise and considerate eye guru).

Whether it’s Atropine drops (poison!) being advocated by “doctors” for your kid’s eyes, or Ortho-K to temporarily flatten (and possibly permanently damage) your cornea, or using subconscious sales tricks to get you to buy glasses, this category has it all.  You’ll see it all, you’ll marvel and wonder how you may have missed out on all the ways you could be getting screwed.  Enjoy!

Myopia, Glasses, Destroyed Vision: Did They Hack You?

Ever been to the zoo, see broken looking wild animals in their cages? You're thinking, nobody goes to the zoo anymore Jake.  Don't be melodramatic about some patchy old depressed looking toothless tiger in some five dimes zoo.   But that's exactly the problem.  "Bad" eyes, no teeth, same difference. Your brain isn't all that different from your phone or your laptop in interesting ways.  Your brain is running an operating system, a large set of rules that govern how [...]

Melissa: Eyes Damaged, Uncorrectable – Said The Optometrist

Today let's look at a case of "eyes damaged in a way uncorrectable with lenses".   You'll notice a guru-trend here in the blog of things that require a measure of sarcasm, presented in quotations.  Like "eye doctor", or "Bates Method teacher".   And it's perfectly normal to attribute all the derision to some natural proclivity of an elusive eye guru to be grumpy old geezer-stein.   But then if you read enough here in the blog, look at enough [...]

LASIK Surgeon: Axial Elongation Stops At Maturity

Today let's look at a plastic surgeon who boldly goes on record with some very questionable statements about how your eye works.   We're talking basic vision biology science here, and doctor dude not necessarily making all the sense.   I don't even want to post this. But it's perhaps worth making the point again, that we're not always involved in a discussion with science-minded individuals with a lot of knowledge on the past several decades of studies and progressed [...]

By |LASIK, Questionable Therapy|

Why I Get So Upset: 9 Year Old Up To -3.00 Diopters In 8 Months

Imagine your young child rapidly loosing his/her eyesight.   This is a horrible story.  If you have young children that you care about, you might not want to read this one.  Because this is all about the standard ignorance and profit seeking joke that is mainstream retail optometry.  And it sucks. Oh Jake, they say.  Calm down.  Focus on the positive. You know though, one of the things that keeps me going, spending time on this resource day in day [...]

By |Child Myopia, Questionable Therapy|


Maybe you've been looking for solutions to your myopia online. You probably found a zillion eye exercise sites.  Sounds less than credible to you, the hippies, plus who's got the time for all those exercises.  You probably found eye vitamins.  But you looked for studies on those on Google Scholar and found it's just fluffy B.S.  You saw eye yoga and snickered derisively, thinking about all the poor saps who fall for that lightweight Internet marketer nonsense. And then.  Then you find [...]

NLP?! Optometry Times Advocates Sketchy Sales Tactics To Sell Glasses

Oh boy. What if there was an optician training video out there, advocating the use of subconscious tricks to hard-sell you glasses?  An entirely dodgy 1970's concept to "program" your subconscious brain, used today by optician sales trainers to get you to buy things?  Is that ethical?  Or is that just straight up make-belief comedy? Yikes-town, here we come. Somebody may have to dig out the camera and make a video edit on this topic.   It's hard to even pick a [...]

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