Since I visited the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India in 1999, I was exposed to an alternative treatment to nearsightedness. That fascinated me, since I had been wearing glasses for nearsightedness since I was in third grade. I was sick of continuing to hear from the eye doctor, “Keep visiting me every two to three years. People in your condition usually need stronger prescriptions every two to three years.”
I began to wonder- who is this benefiting—me and my eyes or the eye doctor and his wallet?
I liked what the Ashram offered, a course on improving your eyesight, naturally. Some people told me there were certain exercises you had to do daily by looking at the sun in a certain way. They would teach you if you stayed there for a few weeks. I did not have the time for that, so that idea got tucked into the back of my mind without further research.
My dad knew I was interested in improving my eyesight. He suggested me to have laser eye correction. He had done this and it was very successful for him. I was not ready for this, and I kept thinking in the back of my mind, there must be another way!
I went to the eye doctor in 2004. He operated out of a local mall. He offered me an alternative. It’s ironic that what our mind remembers and truly wants, somehow we find! He tested my eyes as any other eye doctor had and told me my prescription has increased. He asked me if I wanted to try something different before he helps me pick out new frames. I said yes! He asked me how I felt with my current prescription. I said I felt comfortable. I never got headaches, and for the most part I saw clearly in everyday activities. He suggested me not to get the new prescription- but to keep my current prescription. He suggested me to think of my eyes in a different way.
He went on to say that based on the field of vision offered by the corrective lens in glasses, that the eye muscles don’t get enough exercise. After he educated me on this, I not only understood it, but agreed! People who wear glasses know that if you try to look anywhere outside of your lens, it is foggy, or unclear. That, he told me is because your eyes muscles have got used to only seeing in a certain vision field and to improve that, you can do eye exercises. He suggested me to rest my eyes every 10 minutes while reading, using the computer, or driving if stopped at the red light. This can be done by simply looking away in any angle or closing my eyes and placing my palms over them. He also suggested that whenever I remember, close my eyes and stretching my eye muscles by looking the furthest in every direction- up, down, left, right and diagonally in straight or circular motions. He said if I continued this, my eyesight may improve, and everything eye doctors told me before would become false (i.e. I’d become blind by the time I retire.).
Wow! Now this seemed like a solution to symptoms and not a cover up! Yes, I thought, eye glasses cover up the symptoms, literally! So, after I got home with my new glasses another thing motivated me even more to go ahead with this new course of treatment! When I tried on my new frames, they fit well in all areas but behind my ears. Wow! How can that be? So, for the first time I can remember in my life, I felt the skin and skull bones behind my ear! What I found really ‘freaked me out’! My skull was indented where the previous glasses sat! And the new glasses did not fit into this dent perfectly, so the new frames felt odd and appeared not to fit! Oh! Yet another reason to motivate me to exercise my eyes!
Part 2 will be posted on Monday, May 21, 2007.