The serious looking man in the dark room is adjusting the machine full of rotating lenses. Your chin stuck on the guard, your eyes focused through the lenses onto the projection of letters on the screen in front of you. The clicking and whirring, the questions. “Sharper now?” “Now? Better, worse?”
In a minute it’s all over, a piece of paper with a prescription in your hand, a pat on your back, you are ushered out the door.
“See you next year.”
Because yes, every year that eyeglass or contact lens prescription gets just a little bit stronger. And often, the many racks of expensive brand name frames, and the demo lenses with all the latest coatings thrust before you – right after the ‘diagnosis’ of your eyesight is completed.
Is that really how it needs to be? Is your eyesight destined to suck? Should you really expect it all to just get worse a little bit, all the time?
“That will be $522.46 for your new glasses. Ready for you to pick up tomorrow.”
We stopped giving it a second thought. The mechanized process. The invariable verdict. The subsequent extraction of your hard-earned cash, to buy glasses.
Even if you do question the process , you are left with nowhere to go.
“Yes, of course you have options. How about contact lenses? Or perhaps laser eye surgery?”
All of it suggesting nothing as to the cause, any way to stop the progression from bad to worse, or any sort of thought of rehabilitation. Let’s consider the possibilities … either it is indeed just that our genetic programming as failed, and our eyes are badly designed. Or, maybe it’s a lifestyle problem, and an industry makes a whole lot of money selling you prescriptions, instead of fixing the root cause.
Is the Eye Sight Business a Conspiracy Theory?
It sounds a lot like conspiracy theories. Before we dismiss the possibility though, let’s take a look at some reputable sites – like clinicaltrials.gov (dot gov!), and iovs.org (investigative ophthalmology). If you do a search for ‘myopia’, you’ll notice something interesting:
There are a whole lot of doctors doing things other than prescribing glasses.
The specialization is called ‘behavioral optometry’ and ‘behavioral ophthalmology’. Also known to the industry as ‘these guys better not get popular, or it’ll hurt our profits’. There is a whole alternate theme here. Myopia is a stress symptom. It’s caused by excessive close-up focus. It starts out as something called ‘ciliary myopia’ and progresses into another thing called ‘axial myopia’. Go ahead, look it up. Past all the jargon, you’ll find out that you first stop seeing well because your focusing muscle is over strained.
Eventually, ignoring that strain long enough, your (completely healthy!) eye compensates for the strain by growing the eyeball longer (axial growth) – this allows it to focus on close-up objects with less muscle strain. There are dozens of studies showing that it’s even possible to reverse axial growth – as in, getting your healthy 20/20 vision back.
In the end, all the myopia business is just too much looking at computer screens, TVs, books in school.
Myopia is Preventable
Ironically, most myopia cases are entirely preventable. It’s not even complex, just a matter of avoiding excessive focusing muscle strain. Just like not eating too much pizza may prevent you from getting fat (but isn’t a convenient truth), not focusing up close too much would prevent myopia. Entirely.
Since we like pizza, gyms came about to help us work off some calories. Likewise, we can work with focal plane changes to reverse myopia. I’m oversimplifying a bit here – the point is not to try to explain the whole concept in exhaustive detail. I just want to put a thought in your mind:
Shortsightedness / blurred vision, it’s not exactly the incurable fact of life that those eyeglass vendors like to have you believe. You absolutely can prevent myopia naturally
About the author: This article has been written by Dr. Alex Frauenfeld. For more on the subject, and to reach him directly, visit MyopiaChallenge.com. Or comment enough on this post, and we might get you a second article on “how to make sure that prescription doesn’t get stronger, next year”.