Medicine for the eyes as we know it in the first decade of the 21st century is dominated from a logical western scientific point of view. This means that when you have eye symptoms like unclear eyesight, pain, dry or watery eyes, most eye doctors will look at your eyes like a mechanic views an automobile. Your symptom is caused by a problem in your eye and this is what needs to be repaired.
A cataract is a perfect example of this reality. When the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, resulting in lowered eyesight, a lens implant is recommended. The doctor will justify this problem and solution by explaining the aging process, and the extra presence of ultraviolet light, as the reason for the cataract.
Conventional eye medicine insists that we should just accept the aging process and be a victim of the environmental influences. “You have to learn to live with your eye problem!” is often the statement made by these eye doctors. In most cases the simple operation is successful in restoring clear eyesight. Is this the end of the story? Not really. The surgery has removed the symptom of the eye problem. The cloudy lens is gone and a clear implant impressively gives you sharper eyesight. From a conventional eye medicine point of view this proves that the problem is now cured. Is it? Why is it that other problems with the eyes often show up at a later time?
The way nearsightedness is approached by conventional eye medicine is another example of this kind of limited narrow thinking. Nearsightedness, meaning that the person has trouble seeing at a far distance, is one of the most prevalent refractive eye conditions on the planet today. The medically accepted cause of nearsightedness is a longer than normal eyeball. Conventional eye doctors blindly continue recommending strong minus lenses for their nearsighted patients.
This has been the standard medical approach since the invention of eyeglasses, so it must be correct. Yet the problem of nearsightedness has not been controlled. The rise in nearsightedness has reached epidemic proportions in most Western countries. Research shows that education and the wearing of minus lenses increases the nearsighted optical measurements of the eye resulting in further drops in visual acuity of the patient. In 383 school children from ages 6 to 17 years, the prevalence of myopia increased from 30% at ages 6-7 years, to 70% at ages 16-17 years.
Strong minus lenses is like offering sugar to a sweet addict. The addicted nearsighted person loves the clearness in how the minus lens focuses the light in their eyes offering the illusion of clearness. They become addicted to the safety they feel as the light from the outer world beams to the central fovea of their retinas.
More recently, conventional eye medicine promises a cure for nearsightedness by aiming a laser onto the cornea (the front structure of the eye). In spite of most patients after the surgery loving the feeling of not having to use eyeglasses and contact lenses, with near to perfect eyesight, does this procedure really address the reasons or real cause for the nearsightedness? Clinical experience says no. For some people who have had the surgery, other eye problems, like dry eyes, detached retinas, vitreous floaters etc. occur some time after the surgery. In some cases, the nearsightedness returns and the person has to once again use minus lenses. Perhaps this happens because the real reason for the eye condition of nearsightedness was never fully identified and dealt with.
No matter if it is a compensating lens or surgery, the inner world, behind the physical eye of the person, remains unclear, even while wearing the minus lens. The full strength minus lens prescription is a compensating device not a true correction. Clinical research findings on minus lenses implicates that strong compensating lens prescriptions are actually inducing a drugged state of non-clarity.
Why? While looking through the 100% full strength lens prescriptions, I measured nearsighted subjects being less able to stay in a two-eyed (binocular) view, compared to a slightly lower minus lens prescription. This means even though the normal full lens prescription results in sharper eyesight, at the same time these lenses cause stress on binocular vision. As the subjects minus lenses were reduced (by adding plus lenses) they integrated the left and right eye view gaining deeper binocular vision. The effect of stress induced by the minus lenses was eliminated. This makes total sense when one remembers the physiology of lenses. A minus lens can act like a sympathetic stimulant and increase physiological activity. On the other hand, a plus lens is a parasympathetic stimulant. A relaxant. Physiologically speaking this means by lowering the minus lens prescription acts as an overall relaxant.
What this means for you is that if you are nearsighted, consider obtaining a lowered minus lens prescription between +0.50 to +1.50 lower. Find an Optician or Ophthalmologist who tests eyes under binocular conditions so they can determine the exact amount of reduction that will be suitable for your unique needs. If your lifestyle calls for you to drive an automobile it is wise to consider keeping your strong lens prescription for driving, especially night driving. Use the weaker lens prescription for most of the other activities.
The conventional treatment for strabismus (an inward or outward turning eye) is another example of the rational limited view of the normal eye medicine. The explanation for strabismus is that the eye muscles are too weak in one or more directions. The treatment is to shorten the muscle with surgery and the strabismus is “corrected.” Surgery can produce alignment of the eyes, however, the surgery does not promise an integration or binocular way of seeing. Very often, after surgery the person develops a strabismus again, and in some cases in the opposite direction. Why? What is missing?
In all of the cited examples the missing link is the cause of the eye problem in the first place. What is showing up in the eye is only the tip of the iceberg. The deeper reasons for eye problems are below the surface, behind the eye itself. The causes of non-seeing are a mixture of many variables interwoven within the life cycle of the human being.
The scientific contribution to conventional eye medicine is that the parts of your eye can be repaired, lasered, medicated, removed and replaced with a new part. This can be a miracle if you are faced with a trauma or life-threatening situation. This is the good side. Acute disease and medical emergency treatments benefit from the advanced technological breakthroughs and advanced pharmaceuticals.
Operations on the eyes help millions of people. This comes from the correct use of logic and knowledge. Early detection of eye problems has helped many less developed countries like my home country South Africa. Many devastating eye diseases like trachoma and other corneal conditions are being helped.
On the other hand, there has been a constant acceleration of eye problems in Western countries. This includes both refractive eye problems, like nearsightedness as well as eye diseases like glaucoma, retinal conditions and macular degeneration. Currently, there is an out of control development of eye problems in all ‘western ‘developed countries.
Unless you are visiting an avant-garde eye doctor who might recommend vitamins or minerals for eye conditions, since this is now in vogue, or some ‘eye exercise’ approach, they will not make any connection between your eye condition your lifestyle, your genetic history and your deepest emotional frustrations and aspirations. There is a solution.
Paralleling the development of conventional eye medicine was a number of ’alternative’ or complimentary eye approaches. They included relaxing eye exercises, vision fitness techniques, acupuncture, nutrition. pinholes (Lochbrille) and light and colour. These techniques are considered fringe to conventional medical science because in most cases they lack scientific testing and validity.
Beginning in the early 70’s a new paradigm of eye medicine began to develop. Deeply rooted in the African traditions eye problems were viewed in the same way as we look at nature. Changes in season occur for a reason. There is an inherent code to nature changes and life changes. I call this the EyeCode1.
The differences we have in seasonal nature changes are to restore balance for regeneration and renewal. Seeds are planted in the soil, the vegetable grows, and the soil is turned and rests waiting for the next season. Could the nature of the eyes also need rest periods? Do the eyes like plants need the health benefits of sunlight? The nature of the eyes matches the rhythms of seasons. All nature is meant to work in harmony and balance. The eyes need time to renew after hard work and restore balance. Farmers know how to gauge when the soil needs a chance to regenerate. Our eyes also communicate via messages, like a special code. This can take two forms.
Symptoms and disease is probably what we are most familiar with. Tired, watery eyes and unclear eyesight is the most common. The code says it is time for a change of routine. The other less obvious communication is the natural changes in the eyes that occur during our life, like becoming more farsighted after age 40. The question is, are we as attentive as the farmer? Can we decipher the code our eyes are communicating? The eyes either complain of being sore, unclear, or they can direct how best for you to adjust your lifestyle to match the biological truth and wisdom for your chronological age.
These examples will make the point clearer. For young children it is normal to have a little farsightedness. This acts like a shock absorber against having to deal with learning to read and study in school. In the first 20 years each person has a large reserve of focusing ability to manage a certain amount of reading and close work. However, if we exceed a certain tolerance that is uniquely coded for each person then the farsightedness diminishes, and this can predispose the person to become nearsighted.
The new approach and paradigm of eye medicine will first consider decoding the message behind the symptom of unclear eyesight and the diagnosis of a refractive problem. Secondly, we will honour the natural changes in the eye in order to guide us how to live correctly and consciously appropriate for our age. This is called the encoding process. By tracking the patients in their life cycle, that is, as they become older, it becomes apparent that new eye problems, like detached retinas or vitreous floaters emerge trying to get their attention.
In other words, if the EyeCode® is not decoded in the beginning, the code becomes louder in order to get your attention. By recognizing that your eyes and eye problems carry codes is the next step in the direction of entering into the new paradigm of eye medicine.
Here is a basic exercise for you to learn more about the EyeCode® decoding process. Identify your eye problem from table 1. What did your doctor say was the name of your eye condition, like nearsightedness, cataract, etc. Look at the table and see what the EyeCode deviation is for your eye condition.
Ask yourself these Eyecode® questions.
- When did my eye problem first begin?
- What were the circumstances 6 to 18 months prior to the symptoms and condition first being recognized? Look at the EyeCode® communication in the second part of the table and go deeper into your search.
- Has this problem been resolved? Can I recognize the connection between the eye problem and my life situation?
- Is there anything I can do now to see this particular situation from a new perspective?
- When I do, how do my eye symptoms and problems appear? Write down the answer(s) to your question(s).
Contemplate your answer(s) and reflect back in your life. Can you see the value of the eye symptom or problem from your current view? The basic purpose for this exercise is to observe the possible connection between an aspect of your life and your eyes. When you find this link, you can clarify your perception(s) of this life situation. The realizations will then help you reprogram your eye function and structure for you to more successfully deal with the correct living for your EyeCode® communication. I have used this process often with my patients.
Using this EyeCode® concept opens up a deeper and more beneficial communication between doctor and patient. There is an African greeting that speaks to this point. When you pass somebody or connect with your eyes you say Sawabona. This translates to “I see you.” Not in the sense that I visually see you, but more on a human level that you see somebody’s true self and their humanness. Then the response back would be “Yabo Sawabona,” which means I see you seeing me. This sentiment is at the core of the new eye medicine. It shows a deep caring between you and your doctor. The human element to the new eye medicine is acknowledging that your eye problem does not exist in isolation from you, your spirit and the life you have constructed.
I worked with a patient in this way. David, age 43, came to see me because of a 6-month problem with his right cornea. There was unclearness that was not related to his long-term history of nearsightedness that could in the past be compensated with a minus lens to gain sharpness. He reported his right eye seeing being cloudy. It was so uncomfortable that he had to stop wearing contact lenses. I could see that the EyeCode® deviation from the past (nearsightedness) was about circumstances of pulling inward. The more recent deviation was about power (cornea). I talked to David about these aspects of his life and asked him to consider the new EyeCode communication. This included looking at the excessive work habits leading to extra distress, reexamining his work life and reclaiming his power associated with his business. He continued using the prescribed drops from the eye surgeon at the hospital but the condition did not improve. Within a few weeks, David began to see the real reason behind the eye problem by asking the deeper questions. He then used special audio material suggestions I gave him for encoding new perceptions. This included him changing his relationship with his work and using weaker minus lens prescriptions prescribed by his eye doctor.
From the EyeCode® communication David learned that he had given a part of himself (power) away to others in the business. He spent more time alone, going deeper into finding his truth and power. This process also included a discussion with his father (right eye). Within a one-month period all symptoms of unclearness and discomfort stopped. David was also able reduce his nearsighted diopters by over half the strength and stopped using the eye drops. He reclaimed his rightful power. His right eye eventually returned to 100% eyesight. Later he obtained all his diopter readings from his eye doctor for the past 20 years and plotted them on a graph.
As is typical, there was a progressive increase in diopters from 1985 to October 2004. I first met David early October, 2004. By April 2005 there was a lowering of the diopters and this reach the lowest level by April 2006. With this visual representation he immediately began to see connections between his life situation, his life cycle, and when the diopters became stronger.
For example, when he had difficulties in his family situation and business were the times that the eye doctor measured stronger diopters. This is not at all uncommon.
Even today, David continues his EyeCode® process discovering new relationships between his eyes and his life direction. When he lives according to his EyeCode®, he enjoys clear eyesight through significant half strength weaker lenses, with comfortable, pain-free eyes. The new eye medicine, through the principles of the EyeCode® recognizes that, like all medicine, prescription lenses can have addictive qualities when they are too strong and the measurements do not include the human being behind the eyes.
When the person, the Sawabona, the human spirit, is included in the process, then properly designed lenses can be a strong impetus for healing. The new eye medicine involves the doctor and patient being a team, solving the mystery of the eye problem from a holistic perspective. This is happening already. I invite you to adopt this approach for your eye problem. In this way the new paradigm of eye care will become part of mainstream medicine.
(References available on request.)