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It is just the "lens" and not the "eye" that ís misshapen guys
True (astigmatism is the proper name)
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I've been following the exercises for about 4 weeks, including 2 weeks in Spain and not needing to wear sunglasses at all (just a brimmed hat).
Awesome! Really pleased to hear you can manage to cope better with glare. Wonder if it'll stop you getting an ocular tumour though? Doubt it very much...
But then I'm sure they're just trying to flog you corrective visual appliances. Perhaps you should try leaving off sun cream too?
Can't believe people still believe this drivel. Your eyesight won't be very good if they have to remove your eye.
Prescription glasses definitely make eyes lazy and bad eyesight must have a high environmental factor (how would our primitive ancestors have hunted and avoided being hunted if they couldn't see ten feet?)
Try genetics rather than environmental factors. If there's a family history of myopia (short sightedness), hypermetropia (long sightedness), high astigmatism or amblyopia ("lazy eye") then it usually (or at least very often) gets passed down.
I've seen a lady for many years who is big on "palming". Her vision today is just as bad as it was 15 years ago. She is just as illegal to drive as she was 15 years ago. Sadly we can only advise people that they don't meet the visual standard for driving and can't report them. I did mention to her last time about the bus driver in Leeds who killed a cyclist and is currently doing time at Her Majesty's Pleasure as he wasn't wearing his specs which he had been told he had to legally wear to drive.
Usually you find that people who use methods like the Bates method convince themselves that there is an improvement whether there is or not. People's eyes change over time. Usually people start to go less short sighted / more long sighted from their 40s in their 60s due to changes in the lens inside the eye and the muscle attached to this. They then tend to go more short sighted from then until they get their lens removed due to cataract (which is also unavoidable).
Because of this the above people convince themselves that their eyes are changing because of what they are doing and if it gets worse then they use their hair-brained techniques even more frequently..
Old post, just saw this, a little diggings up in case any of us are still lost on this topic.
Bates was back in a day when myopia wasn't a severe symptom. His method works on ciliary myopia - the kind of myopia that is basically a focusing muscle spasm, and the way modern myopia starts out.
Nowadays, myopia is axial myopia, meaning the eyeball is elongated. This happens after ciliary myopia remains untreated, and the symptom masked with glasses.
You can't fix that, with "palming" and whatnots.
A good article on Bates Method, as well as what work far more effectively, is here: http://frauenfeldclinic.com/comedy-day-bates-method-eye-exercises/
Indeed, and his ideas are on a par with leeching, homeopathy and praying.
No they aren't.
Leeching, homeopathy and praying won't permanently damage your eyesight.
Depends where you put the leech
Thanks for the reminder.
I've had my follow up check and the eyesight in my affected eye has improved by 1.25 dioptres since the operation.
ie. it got worse straight afterwards, I then did all the exercises and it improved (partially). Cause and effect?...if it was a medicine then the GP would claim the benefit.
However....when my eyesight started to improve (and I was doing the exercises) , this was followed by a very busy period at work, plus the days have got darker and dismal.
Result - lack of discipline and I haven't done the exercises for a couple of months.
My eyesight was better in summer sunshine (especially the mediterranean variety), with relaxation and avoiding wearing sunglasses (just cap/sunshade - but not staring into the sun). Without sunglasses, my eyes could adapt much better to different light levels - such as driving through tunnels in daylight etc.
ps. surgeon says that I should expect to get a cataract in the operated eye within the next 12 months. Happy days
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