My reading vision was clear in 1994 when I started school and blurry by the time I finished two years later at age 37.
Presbyopia, or so-called age-related farsightedness came on during nursing school, a stressful time in my life. I struggled with reading. Print became blurry and reading a strain, inducing eye fatigue, pain and headaches. I made an attempt at wearing reading glasses, but my eyes found them unbearably uncomfortable.
Then in 2004 I was thankful to discover the book by Thomas R. Quackenbush, Relearning To See: Improve Your Eyesight Naturally! I first opened the pages while on a vacation and was introduced to the Bates Method of Natural Vision Improvement and the principles and habits of natural vision. What I learned and practiced during that vacation felt new, yet strangely familiar. Although I didn’t fully realize it at the time, I wasn’t really learning anything new. Rather than learning to see, I was re-learning to see!
Three weeks later, I had an eye opening experience. While taking a walk on a sunny Spring morning, I noticed everything looked exceptionally vibrant and three dimensional.
The sky appeared bluer, the grass greener and the many colored flowers brighter and more distinct. Everything looked perfectly clear!
I hadn’t realized that even my distance vision had become blurry. At that moment I was seeing better than I could remember!
When I returned from my walk, I immediately opened Relearning To See to page 371 and effortlessly read three paragraphs of 1.5 point type entitled “The Menace of Large Print”. The micro-print was clear and sharp, the ink jet-black, the paper around each letter glowed white as if illuminated. It took no effort. My mind was at ease. My eyes were completely relaxed. I could see perfectly fine!
Exceptional visual clarity lasted three days, after which blurriness returned as I fell back into my old familiar patterns of strain. Although disappointed at the time, I was also excited to know that improving eyesight naturally was actually possible! I had experienced it!
Since that day, I have taken personal responsibility for how clearly I see. I do not depend on eye glasses. Instead, I have improved my eyesight and continue to maintain visual clarity naturally. I am an avid reader and no longer suffer the eye fatigue, pain and headaches of the past.
I have learned that how clearly I see fluctuates day to day, moment to moment, and is greatly improved by my ability to relax. As I let go of trying to see and just allow it to happen, I see more clearly.
According to Dr. Bates, mental and physical tension is literally reflected in the eyes as blurriness; mental and physical ease as clarity. Along with the Bates Method, I practice yoga, meditation, EFT (emotional freedom technique), various relaxation techniques and receive massage.