When You Should Not Quit Wearing Glasses

Teal observes in the forum: I have noticed that I have become very lazy with focusing. It’s like I have just gotten used to the blur and don’t even try. Or maybe it is the […]

Jan 19,2014 · 2 min read

Teal observes in the forum:

quotesI have noticed that I have become very lazy with focusing. It’s like I have just gotten used to the blur and don’t even try. Or maybe it is the fact that I have relied on glasses for so long. The push focusing has definitely made me more aware of my ability to focus. The other day I was looking putting away some of my earring (no glasses on) and realized that even though I was close enough to see them, they were blurry. I immediately blinked and started paying attention, and they came into focus.

While Teal was just making a side note, the notion of blur acceptance is an important one.

I have written a number of articles on the subject of wearing glasses as a crutch, even (and especially) when you are working on improving your eyesight.

Programs that advocate getting rid of glasses entirely, as part of a theory, are quite flawed in that respect.

Think of the idea of not using a crutch, after a leg injury.  

Your body will adapt, likely with a limp.  If we are going to rehabilitate after you already have the limp, we not only have to fix the original problem, we now also have to address your whole pre-defined brain pattern of motor control.  It’s much more work, with no upside.

Likewise, just at a whim to quit wearing glasses (when clearly you need them), causes your brain to adapt.  “Fine then, blur is normal”, is the new wiring.  Of course, much like a limp has side effects (joint pain, reduced range, etc), so does this kind of compromise (depression, clumsiness, etc).

We do absolutely want to keep using glasses, albeit not to correct our vision to infinity, but to introduce an achievable challenge – aka our blur horizon.

You can find Teal’s entire post here.

Enjoy!

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