I’m Sorrisi, and I write this blog (click Vision Diary) about improving my eyesight naturally. I update this page and the other static pages listed as I learn more. This page summarizes the purpose/scope of this blog. The ‘Better Eyesight‘ pages outlines how I learned the method. ‘My Daily Routine‘ shows how I incorporate vision improvement practices into my daily life. The ‘Timeline‘ page is a condensed, constantly updated look at the improvement to my visual accuity. The Snellen Chart is a useful tool for eyesight improvement, and the ‘Snellen Chart’ page explains how to use one. Suggestions/questions are always welcome. My screen name is Sorrisi on this blog, I post as SorrisiBlue on the iblindness.org forum. This blog is a diary of my experiences with eyesight improvement; it is not advice nor a substitute for a professional or medical opinion. Contact me by commenting on any blog post or page.
So far, I have improved my vision from about 5/200 (November 2007) to 20/50 (present). What does that mean? Basically, a person with 5/200 eyesight sees from 5 feet what a person with normal vision can see from 200 feet. A person with 20/50 eyesight sees from 20 feet (4 times further away) what someone with normal eyesight can see from 50 feet. This is already 8 times better eyesight! My improvement to 20/50 is my permanent progress so far. I often have temporarily improved vision as good as 20/30 for 3 to 30 minutes and fully expect that to be next level of permanent improvement after more practice. The vision fluctuates a lot, ask anyone with normal sight if their eyesight changes throughout the day or when they are under stress. People improving their eyesight naturally will often have incredible temporary improvements to their vision, these improvements become permanent over time with practice.
Continue to the Better Eyesight page to learn more about how to practice or read on about my experience in more detail:
For me, this improvement is life changing, my dependence on glasses is minimizing every day. When I started this journey with a prescription of -8.00 glasses in each eye, I wouldn’t have even gotten out of bed without my glasses. Very slowly, I have been able to improve my eyesight without glasses. My optometrist confirmed after 1 year that my eyes had improved. I have also gradually reduced my glasses prescription that I use when I need them for presentations or work. The strongest prescription I wear now is -5, although I frequently don’t need any glasses.
I started by doing simple things like walking around my room without glasses. After much improvement to my sight I can now even ride a bike without glasses!! My night vision has improved so much that I am safer riding my bike in the dark without glasses than with glasses (the lights reflect on the glasses, and the rain often magnifies this problem). Here, I’m sharing my experience to spread awareness and give a non-biased account of what vision improvement is like. The world should know that these methods exist and children should be saved the trouble of wearing glasses!
You will notice from the time length of my blog that this is a long term commitment. I have been improving my eyesight for more than two years now. My vision diary logs the steps that I’m taking to improve my vision naturally. What have I learned so far? The healthy vision habits taught by this method have already allowed me to notice much more detail in the world around me. I see more patterns and notice more color. My perspective is completely changed! Also, I have discovered that many optometrists prescribe glasses which correct the vision to better than 20/20! I discovered that glasses for myopes are meant for viewing the distance 20 feet (6 m) away and farther, yet we end up using them when we are looking at objects up close. This means the eyes are strained when using these glasses for near work and this strain can start the spiral to very poor vision from a young age. Genes don’t cause progressive myopia, STRAIN causes progressive myopia.
Most methods for natural vision improvement are based on the research of Dr. W. H. Bates at the turn of the 20th century. More researchers have been kindly noted by Otis in a comment to this page. There are many books and commercial products based on Dr. Bates’s ideas, so to keep this website unbiased and free from perceived advertising, I won’t write exactly what books I’m using except to say that I am reading his original books and magazines. I did buy these but I have now found most of them and other literature for free at the Imagination Blindness website and the Central Fixation website (links to right). I have done a lot of reading online about the Bates method, attended a group Bates method class, and wear a reduced prescription lense for working. Learning the method in person from someone who has used it to improve their own sight is the most valuable thing you can use your money on.
While I am following the Bates method, I believe, just as he says, that relaxation (and healing) of the eye can only happen with relaxation of the body. Therefore, I am also introducing other healthy habits into my lifestyle besides the healthy vision habits that he taught. I practice yoga and autogenic training (relaxation exercize, link to right). I’ve started eating loads more vegetables and fruits. I also tried some Alexander technique lessons to give myself an awareness of how to improve my posture during daily activities. I do many Bates methods during the day, they are usually explained in my posts.
My focus at the present time is reading and rereading Bates’s original writings and maintaining a daily yoga practice. I try to breathe deeply and blink often.
Finally, how did I know that improving my eyesight was POSSIBLE? First of all, because I experienced it changing right away! At the beginning, I browsed through the non-commercial links to the right and found many personal stories of success that motivated me (including a case study, link to the right). I tried the methods and experienced improved vision for myself. Later I found scientific articles that contradict the “modern” theories that state that this improvement is impossible. I have also seen research that discussees people with multiple personality disorders who have different visual accuity depending on their personality. There are many other examples ranging from spontaneous cures for no apparent reason to cures through hypnosis. For me, all of the above is enough evidence to say that changing my eyesight is at least possible. I only need patience and some time to learn to listen to my body. Having the patience to improve any aspect of health naturally is very difficult in today’s culture, I hope this blog provides help and inspiration for others taking this path.
Continue to the Better Eyesight page to learn more.