Our usual perception of blindness is that it is the end of life. Cannot see, can’t live. Can’t work, visions die, and suffering as a victim begins.
Losing our eyesight to conditions like nearsightedness and eye disease is different. There is a medical solution that can return our eyesight to a perception of normality.
With blindness, the non-help from glasses, medications or surgeries opens up the possibility to new perceptions. How to avoid being a victim. Taking responsibility to see from the inside, behind the eyes. To learn the valuable lesson that no matter what is going on with our eyes, our reality of perception is our creation.
Isaac Lidsky is one man who has the right to talk in this manner. In spite of going blind as a teenager, losing his sight to a progressive retinal condition, he has made a fabulous life for himself, perhaps seeing much more than we do as sighted people.
“Mommy I can’t see the computer or TV clearly.” “My eyes hurt when I read.” Many parents hear these complaints from their children or observe their child’s squinting and straining when playing computer games or reading. As a conscientious parent you take your child to the optometrist or ophthalmologist and you hear the dreaded news from the eye doctor: “Your child needs glasses or a surgery.” You then do what your parents probably did, believe the doctor’s opinion as being the only choice you have, and you get glasses for your child or surrender to a medication or surgical procedure.
If you are prompted to seek out second opinion you might be interested in hearing about a complementary approach you can use to help your child’s vision. As a parent myself, I had concerns about my two son’s eyesight, especially because their mother had a history of nearsightedness and astigmatism.
While researching vision as a Clinical Professor of Optometry, I uncovered some amazing facts about the possibilities of recovery for eyes and vision. I want to share these with you so you and your family might benefit as our family has. My sons are maintaining their clear eyesight and are developing good visual habits.
Like your body’s muscles which can increase function, so your child’s eye muscles, directed from the brain, can be trained to work efficiently and effortlessly and increase their fitness. The better function and fitness results in sharper eyesight without the dependency upon addictive strong eyeglasses.
Just as you would introduce physical therapy to restore function to an ankle injury, so the eye muscles respond to vision retraining. Even for those children who are already wearing glasses, vision fitness can be enhanced. Imagine the excitement of going back to your eye doctor and getting weaker lenses. This is happening for many people.
Here is what others have seen: (Extracts from letters)
“I was very disappointed when my doctor told me that David would need glasses and surgery in order to correct his wandering and lazy left eye. I just couldn’t imagine this young boy’s eye being cut into. I decided to find another approach to dealing with his problem. A friend told me about this doctor who had cured his own vision problem without surgery, drugs or strong glasses. It took a while to find him, but our first visit convinced me that I was going to use Dr. Roberto Kaplan’s complementary approach. He explained everything in great detail and began teaching David and I how to improve vision using very simple practices. He sent us to a colleague who weakened David’s prescription lenses according to specific directions he gave me. I was told that these glasses were a special vision fitness type and David would only be wearing them for a short period.
The weaker prescription allowed my son to focus, but at the same time, he had to retrain his brain to teach his eye to see more clearly with the weaker lens before left eye. I was amazed how quickly the results happened. After just four weeks of combining patching of his better eye and wearing the vision fitness lenses, George could see five lines better on the special eye chart we were trained to use. Nine months later, he was out of glasses 90% of the time and this past spring he had no trouble seeing the blackboard. Now our training program is oriented towards getting his two eyes to work better together. It is very obvious that no surgery is going to be necessary to alleviate David’s eye problems. I have also noticed an improvement in David’s ability to learn at school. It seems that the way he uses his eyes has brought about better school performance. What a wonderful side benefit I didn’t even expect.”
“I was devastated when my optometrist passed down the verdict that my son would need glasses. I couldn’t understand why he was having trouble seeing details at far distances when there was no nearsightedness in our family. I reluctantly bought him the glasses and to my absolute horror, my son’s eyesight was worse after he wore these new glasses.
How was it possible that glasses that were supposed to “correct” the problem seemed to make his vision worse. I began searching for an alternative way to deal with this problem. I heard about exercises for improving vision and a friend told me about a Dr. Kaplan. She and her husband had been wearing glasses for many years, and through a program of changing their eating habits, specialized practices and relaxation, they had reduced their wearing of glasses by 95%. They were very happy and encouraged me to have a consultation with this doctor.
Dr. Kaplan was very clear that his approach was educational rather than treatments, which suited me well. I wanted to learn how to help my son using natural and safe approaches which also matched our healthy lifestyle. The first thing we did was get Michael a weaker prescription from our optician, and he wore them only for those activities that necessitated clear seeing. Dr. Kaplan’s approach was very methodical. We had monthly phone check-ins by Skype and he taught Michael and I how to relax our eyes, and learn healthy ways to move the eyes to keep them alive and focused.
In between the meetings, he asked us to practice these new visual habits for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. One of the amazing things he showed us was how to assess our own improvements. Using a special training eye-chart, we learned how to see the positive changes through visual biofeedback. Within four weeks we were seeing results.
Michael became so excited that he even recorded his vision fitness findings on a graph. The results continued steadily for the next six months and I am happy to report that Michael is now hardly wearing his glasses and has no trouble seeing the blackboard at school. His performance in sports has improved as a result of his improved vision skills. I am very happy with the service Dr. Kaplan provides and would highly recommend his program.”
Roberto Kaplan O.D., M.Ed., FCOVD is Board certified in Vision Therapy, and the author of Seeing Without Glasses, The Power Behind Your Eyes, Conscious Seeing and Energetic EyeHealing, is a former Professor of Optometry, and can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or phone message at (206) 905-1393, or in Europe at +49 (0) 160 218 6160. Website – http://www.eye-see-life.de
Spex or Specs, what do they signify? We can use them like any other tool. For most, they become an addictive device. The lenses in the specs represent the diopter power lost from within the person. Is it possible to access this lost power through guided self experience journeys?
Energetic EyeHealing is such a process. The iris of the eye shows areas within the human being where the power link may have been severed. Combined with looking at the diopter lens prescription of the specs offers a wealth of therapeutic steps to bring the person back to their inner feeling power.
Through an additional visual biofeedback process the person observes the returning inner power by increases in eyesight on a training eye chart, through lower and lower diopters.
Isn’t it time to look at Specs in a fresh organic way? Like in so many instances, it will take informed consumers to bring about this visual revolution. It is happening. This process is more than exercising the eyes. The training is unifying the eye, brain and mind connection.
For most of my 45 years working as a Doctor of Optometry, I have advocated vision therapy as the remediation process for strabismus. When I relocated to Europe, I immersed myself into incorporating Psychosomatic Medicine principles into my integrated brand of vision therapy.
Combined with the vision therapy procedures, I more and more also guided patients in exploring the background causes of their eye conditions. I encouraged the patient to build a new perceptual perspective of previously difficult perceived situations.
More recently, through my voice, I have guided the client working from the inside out, into directing energetic healing of these new perceptions. Rather than being procedure based, and looking for what technique I could use, I opened up new energetic pathways in the patient’s brain and mind. With the better eye is covered I then directed the specific new perceptions into the turning eye.
Here are two cases , where between 45 and 90 minutes of reprogramming of perceptions, combined with integrated vision therapy practices, resulted in momentary alignment.
In the case below the patient is an Ophthalmologist. She immediatley perceived more depth once she entered into alignment, without training.
The Future of Vision Care is Reforming Itself –
– Even if we don’t see it yet!
After listening to Sir Kenneth Robinson share how the current education system is not meeting the needs of the youth today, I was reminded of how the vision care system is not fulfilling an equivalent need.
Unlike the relatively simple lives of the past, and the balanced use of the eyes, today we live in one of the most complex periods on Earth. This complexity is both a blessing and a curse. We can feel bombarded with information, or feel elated by new possibilities and choices.
The visual sensory system has a way of dealing with excessive information. Not to see, to block. The ‘information era’ consumer of vision care creatively uses the extra information to gain new ways of taking self-responsibility for their eyes.
Doctors of Optometry, Ophthalmology and vision scientists are acculturated into a method of taking care of eye problems based on an older deductive process of science.
The problem of the eye is measured in a narrow and precise way. An equally focused treatment is provided.
For example, If the eye is measured as nearsighted, then science says that the problem is a long eyeball. The logical solution is a minus lens that diverges light into the eye to obtain focus. This approach paralleled the development of ‘proof-oriented’ medical science. That is, the long eyeball causes the nearsightedness.
Many patients are being ‘medicated’ with excessively strong lenses because of the Doctors insistence on relying on this outdated system of vision care. The next logical question is to ask what causes the long eyeball? Science explains this as too much close work, not enough natural light and video games etc,
Today, science can implicate the rise in eye problems to the excessive digitalisation of our world, computers, smart phones, video games etc. This makes logical sense.
In spite of the advancement in vision science, the current system of vision care does not provide a complete solution to the ever increasing incidence of problems in the eyes. The statistics speak clearly.
What is needed is a change in thinking.
Optometry and Ophthalmology are providing symptomatic relief. What is missing is in the current vision care system is the broadened view of control and prevention.
The current mind set of the frustrated consumer is that there eyes continue to have more problems. With the advent of internet, millions of people are finding their own self-help solutions from freely available information. This is seen in the expanded use of alternative medicine and organic food produce.
This is the future, NOW. The patient wishing to take ownership of their health and well being is how a new paradigm and system of vision care can be designed and put into place. The current delivery system of eye care will need to transform it’s mind set in order to meet the needs of the new consumer demand.
What is and will this demand be?
– The consumer of vision care identifies less with the authoritarian posture of the eye doctor. The patient seeks a partnership for their visual well-being.
– A group of Optometrists, who provide vision therapy have a system in place for guiding their patients to improving visual function and performance. This system needs to expand into a wellness and prevention model.
– In addition, a step into an integrated and holistic approach would add a much needed and valuable system for vision care. In this model, the patient is viewed as a total person. This expanded view includes the person’s genetic influences, their family dynamics, job demands and the stress factors of their life.
– Along side the science of vision there is a place for lifestyle methods for perceiving how to live correctly according to their individual Eyecode® needs.
There is new and improved approach to vision care. One that uses another form of intelligence than just the academic science point of view. The new system makes use of divergent thinking, what Sir Kenneth Robinson calls “…the essential capacity for creative thinking”. This is not the normal linear convergent method of looking for one answer to a problem.
The divergent way is an artistic ‘broad brain’ approach that provides multiple answers to questions. This system requires cross discipline collaboration and divergence. In the example of nearsightedness, prescribing a lens will not stop with the thinking of how does the light focus at the back of the eye. By being aware of other disciplines, it soon becomes apparent that focused light increases the thinking part of the human and downplays feelings. In addition, excessive minus lenses leads to lower levels of efficiency in binocular vision. This lack of integration is not just in the eye, but throughout the whole life view of the patient.
The new system of eye and vision care will address all these parts of the patient’s lives when a diagnosis and treatment plan is outlined. The improvement in vision function and performance will coincide with the patient making new choices for correct living according to the code of the eye.
Employees at the workplace are confronted with the potential of eyestrain and future eye and vision problems.
A team from the Eye See Life Institute are conducting a demonstration project, investigating whether eye performance and awareness can be developed at the workplace within a company environment.
- Can employees working at a company be trained to prevent eye strain?
- Does integrated vision therapy increase visual awareness and performance?
- How does this awareness affect work performance?
A company in Germany provided the opportunity to answer these questions. The management level professionals were given self experience seminars This raised the awareness that caring for eye wellness was possible.
The investigation protocol consisted of 20 persons
- Each was given a pre-questionnaire and prevision function measurements were secured, including binocular levels performance.
- Each person was coached on which vision fitness practices to include during scheduled breaks while.
- Post measurements with questionnaire and visual findings were carried out six months later
The results of the questions are:
- 60% of the persons had to blink and tilting her head
- 80% felt tired or sleepy during the day
- 80% neck and shoulder tension
- 80% had a tendency to rub the eyes during the day
- 60% confused words letters incorrectly and
- 60% last attention span as the day progressed
12 of the 20 returning employees were again given the questionnaire to complete. One interesting aspect of the results was how increased awareness of their eyes increased their ability to observe signs and symptoms that they before had not noticed.
Here is a summary of the most significant findings.
- There was 25% less burning sensation and were headaches 25% less
- A 25% increase in neck pain, as well as 40% more aware of head turning, are the findings revealing more awareness.
- 25% less jumping of the lines and loss of fusion while working
- 50% less blinking
- However, there was a 50% increase in the eyes becoming tired during the day as well as 50% more blurry vision at the close distance.
- Since we trained awareness of posture 70% less low back pain was recorded.
- However, lack of body movement resulted in 70% increase in thigh pain.
- 25% more irritability during the day was noticed
- More awareness of how the two eyes work together increased by 90%
The pre-findings for the base out (Convergence) fusion measurements for the 12 participants who returned averaged 19.7 The post-testing average reached 26.8. Although this finding is within the normal limit, the future training goal is to reach the optimum level of beyond 27.
The average Base In (Divergence) fusion finding only increased slightly by .3. Although individual did increase the Divergence, some of the samples did very little practising of the vision activities and had significantly lower post testing measurements. This lowered the average.
In summary, when can we can conclude that employees working in a company can be trained to prevent eyestrain.
- In the long term, this will act as a prevention and Myopia Control approach.
- Integrated vision therapy does result in increased visual performance
- Enhancing binocular vision increases awareness
- and this affects work performance and team building
This project is ongoing and future focus will be on motivation to use the breaks from the workplace and additional ways to bring awareness to the eyes.
For more information, contact Eye See Life Institut.