My Story and How Eye Exercises Improve my Eyesight

Release Me~

I thought I would be chained to glasses for life.

I still remembered the dreadful day when my school optometrist passed the verdict that I am nearsighted and would need to wear glasses for my life.

You see, I was an introvert and overweight kid.

Wearing those ugly goldfish bowl type glasses ain't helping my limited self esteem.

Nicknames such as four-eyed frog began to surface in my little world.

And my dream of becoming a pilot seemed impossible since the prerequisite is to have perfect eyesight.

"Spectacle lenses can create their own problems. There are frequently ignored patterns of addiction to minus lenses. The typical prescription tends to overpower and fatigue the visual system and what is often a transient condition becomes a lifelong situation, which is likely to deteriorate with time." - S. Gallup, Journal of Behavioural Optometry, 1994

Inevitably, my eyesight worsened over the years. From 20/100, it proceeded to 20/400 and I acquired astigmatism along the way.

I felt like a helpless cripple whenever I was without my glasses. The world appeared in a fuzzy blur and looked pretty intimidating.




My Four-Eyed Life

As of May 2011, I had a visual prescription of 20/400 on my left and 20/250 on my right eye.

This means that my left eye can only see things at 20 feet where else eyesight-healthy people can see at 400 feet.

In short, I won’t be able to see your face clearly even if you are just 20 feet right in front of me.

I envied people with good eyesight. In fact, I am jealous of them!


I wished that I can

  • play basketball without strapping the glasses to my head with a tight elastic band
  • see the time when I wake up without fumbling for my glasses
  • kiss my girlfriend (now my wife) without poking her face
  • go for a run without wiping my glasses because of my sweat
  • walk out from cold and not appearing all steam up

I hated

  • paying few hundred dollars for thicker glasses every other year
  • the strain and headaches of wearing the glasses over prolonged period of time
  • coming out of swimming and not able to see where my friends and belongings are
  • that painful red marks on the bridge of my nose and ears
  • looking like Austin Powers!


My Epiphany

Light through the clouds

Though luck and Internet, I stumbled upon eye exercises.

My first reaction was to laugh at it.

Mr Skepticism had appeared to declare that if it was possible to improve your eyesight naturally, my optometrist, optician or parents would have told me about it.

Why do I have to spend so much of my life bespectacled if the cure is so simple.

It was not until a friend introduces me to eye exercises again that I start to dig in. I believe in coincidence. If something comes into my path twice, it means that there are some unfinished businesses I have to deal with on the topic.

So I researched and the results blown me away.

My findings indicated that our eyes are amazing. They are capable of healing themselves from the different refractive errors if they are provided the proper tools and nutrition.

It doesn't matter what’s wrong with your eyes. If you provide them with help and support, they can heal themselves.




Discovery of Eye Exercises

Eye exercises are set of activities that aim to train your eyes muscles to regain back its original flexibility and strength.

When we are young, most of us have perfect eyesight till we lose it due to our bad vision habits and our addiction to corrective lenses.

I am not alone in doing eye exercises.

Students and Eye exercises

In China, to stop the myopic epidemic, Chinese education officials have introduced a new version of eye exercises, based on traditional Chinese medicine techniques.

Every day, school children will break off from their studies twice a day to perform the eye exercises.

Eye exercises are becoming important and recognized. There are some parents who wished that Singapore’s schools can promote eye exercises to their children.


My Visual Improvement

For me, it only took 30 days to see undeniable result with eye exercises.

On the 30th day, I went to make a new set of glasses (left the old one in a rented bicycle....).

Little did I expect that the optometrist would have to give me a new prescription for my glasses.

Originally my left vision was 20/400, while my right was 20/250. The new prescription changed 20/350 (left) and right 20/200 (right).

Today, I am living with 20/250 (left) and 20/150 (right).

Pretty good result for something that comes naturally isn't it?

There are several free eye exercises and vision programs on available on the web. Try them out!


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