When I think about my vision improvement journey and the speed with which my eyes have improved, I feel that my continued use of glasses is why I don’t see clearly now. Bates made it very clear in his writings that one of the main components of his treatments was the discontinued use of glasses. He stated that wearing glasses even for a short amount of time will likely reverse the improvements one has made through relaxation exercises. While Emily wrote about a few people who improved their vision while still wearing glasses some of the time, she always stated it as if she were surprised it happened. Anyway, I just felt like writing this part because I think it’s the reason I’m not glasses-free after this amount of time of trying to improve my vision.
On a more positive note, I am now using my previous “close distance” glasses as distance glasses and an even weaker pair for close distance activities. I think the new distance glasses are -3.75D and the close distance glasses are -2.50D. So, while I can’t drive or do detailed work without glasses yet, my vision has definitely continued to improve 🙂 . As a reference, my strongest prescription ever was OD -5.75D, OS -5.50D.
For future plans, I still want to do more activities without wearing glasses. I have clear flashes pretty frequently when I’m not wearing glasses, but I wear glasses most of the time so my eyes don’t have the opportunity to have these flashes. Furthermore, I’ve been wanting to read something by Meir Schneider for a while as his story of being born practically blind to being able to drive without a vision restriction is amazing. So, I’ve ordered his newest book, Vision for Life, and should receive it sometime next week. I glanced at the table of contents on Amazon and it looks very interesting with a general layout of: his story, the basic Bates principles, and recommendations for specific vision conditions. I think that reading this book will help re-motivate me to prioritize my vision improvement practices. The four people who read my blog can look forward to a new book review post in a few weeks.