Vision Improvement Case Study #1: Visiting the Eye Doctor

As I announced the other day, I’m planning on doing a case study, here on the blog, of my progress through the Rebuild Your Vision program.

I wanted to have my eye’s checked by an eye doctor at the beginning of this process for 2 reasons:

1. I wanted to have my eyes measured so that I can track my process as I work through the program, and

2. I wanted to have proof of what I’m doing. It would be very easy for someone to do what I’m doing and fake the results. I wanted to have a paper trail, and something that can be tracked so that any visitor in the future who finds these posts will have proof of what I’ve done, and be inspired to take action themselves.

This also holds me accountable to give an honest and fair overview of the program as I report my results.

My Glasses Prescription History

My glasses prescription health has taken an interesting turn over the past few years. The first time I went through the Rebuild Your Vision program (back in 2008), I was able to reduce my prescription from -5.75 to -05.00 in about 6 months.

I was in the process of moving abroad and was unable to continue doing the program because of all the planning (moving down the street is hard, imagine moving continents) that I was doing. Eventually I just stopped doing the exercises.

Since then my prescription continued to be reduce with each visit to the eye doctor, eventually reaching -04.00 in 2009.

I started working at my current job (high tech = high stress) and last year (September 2011) I had me eyes examined again and my prescription had jumped for the first time in almost 4 years to -4.5/-4.75.

Over the past year I’ll admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time working on my vision. I’ve been working in a high stress, fast paced environment, and spending a lot of time behind a computer and looking at a my smartphone.

Now is the perfect time to jump back into my vision retraining and start to reverse this trend!

Visit to the Eye Doctor

I went to the eye doctor on Friday morning. I wanted to pay special attention to the overall experience (and note anything that might cause stress), so that I could report on it.

I sat in the chair and the doctor placed the examination tool (you know, the one that makes you look like one of the Borg from Start Trek) in front of my face.

One of the first things I noticed was that the room was very dark and I was looking through 2 narrow holes in the machine which completely cut out my peripheral vision.

I’ve written in the past about the different elements of the visual system, and the flaw of modern vision checking devices which only check part of your visual spectrum.

You don’t walk around looking at the world through small holes. You’re eyes process information that comes through your entire visual system to see. The eye exam only tests part of your vision, while sabotaging the others.

But not to say that my eye doctor was malicious in any way. This is simply how he was trained to check vision.

In fact as we were finishing the exam he told me that my prescription in the past year had increased to -5.00/-5.25. Immediately he started suggesting that I take breaks from my computer while I work and look at something far away so that my eyes could relax.

I asked him about eye exercises and told him what my plan was with my blog to go through the Rebuild Your Vision program and document my vision improvement. He was very supportive of me doing so, and was excited to see what my results will be.

I need to give credit to this doctor, who was an older fellow and had clearly been in this industry for a long time. The fact that he suggested ways for me stop the trend of worsening vision shows that he’s done some more research outside of what they teach you in medical school, and clearly has his patient’s best interest in mind.

Also interesting to note was that he was South African. My experience with American eye doctors (aside for behavioral optometrists) have generally been that they don’t approve of, or think that eye exercises can work, or that one can stop the declining state of won’es vision.

It’s possible that vision training in other countries (which don’t have special interests controlling the medical system) are more open to training their doctors in holistic medicine, as well as traditional medicine.

Anyways, the doctor gave me my prescription and you can see where it says “Old Refraction” what my prescription was, and where it says “Subjective” what my new prescription is.

 

Just as a side, I also asked the doctor what these numbers mean in terms of 20/20 vision. He said that it would be fine for me to continue wearing my current glasses as they give me 20/25 vision.

This was an answer I found very interesting. One of the core principles of the Rebuild Your Vision program is that you should wear a pair of glasses with a weaker prescription. This will help train your eyes to not rely on the crutch of glasses and will further support natural vision improvement. (For comparison of what exactly this means, you only need 20/40 vision to get a license without glasses.)

Total cost for the exam – approx $30 USD

The Next Step

The next stage is the program! I’m planning on starting early Sunday morning with the exercises (I’ve also skimmed through the program to get a general idea of it – I’ll give a more detailed review at some point in the future). I’ll be documenting my progress and and what I think of the program as I work through it. Stay tuned!

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