- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (November 7, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684814382
- ISBN-13: 978-0684814384
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
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Improve Your Vision Without Glasses or Contact Lenses Paperback – November 7, 1996
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Dr. David W. Muris is Director of the Sacramento Visioncare Optometric Center.
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However, I have done much more research beyond this book, and I have important notes that I'd like you to know.
1. It bothered me that they tell you to do some pretty weird exercises (like light therapy) without telling you WHY. If I'm going to sit 6 inches in front of a lamp with my eyes closed for 'light therapy,' I want to know WHY. Another eye book that I got by Nathan Oxenfeld is much more thorough and explains why these things are important. I recommend his book Give Up Your Glasses for Good before I'd recommend this book.
2. This book is the cliff notes version of the Bates method. The Bates method, however, costs some $160 - so I will gladly take a book with exercises and no explanation over an expensive book that I don't want to buy. Nathan Oxenfeld's book is based on the Bate's method - and his book is only $30 - and I found it well worth the price and much more robust in detail and number of exercises to try.
3. That being said, this book is still great for the price you pay. It's simple with solid exercises. They give you a foundation of 7 exercises plus 16 'booster' exercises. If you don't need explanation behind the weird things they tell you to do, then get this book.
4. DO NOT DO THESE EXERCISES EVERYDAY AT FIRST!!! Do you ever workout the same muscle group at the gym 7 days a week? Heck no! But I didn't connect those dots and I suffered from eye strain and eye fatigue for about 1.5 weeks since starting the exercises. It has since gone away, but I would have liked to avoid that.
5. YOUR EYE MUSCLES DO NOT HAVE NERVES. Meaning, if you overwork those muscles, you won't feel pain (unlike the pain you feel when you go 'too hard' at the gym). So again - be careful!!! I was doing these exercises for 15 mins a day (which is half of the 30 mins the book recommends) and I suffered from some serious eye fatigue because of it.
Don't do what I did. Take at least one day off a week.
6. DO NOT SKIP THE LIGHT THERAPY OR PALMING. They are considered 'booster' exercises - not main exercises - but you will see the majority of your vision improvement from these 2 exercises alone. Just trust me on this, or read Nathan's book to learn why.
**UPDATE 5 WEEKS LATER:
My vision has improved by 0.5 diopters in each eye! (That's 0.1 diopter a week...) I credit my success to discipline (doing these exercises 6x a week without fail) and the other eye book that I previously mentioned by Nathan Oxenfeld.
Some other things that I've learned is that whenever you introduce a new exercise into your regimen, you will feel discomfort. I got lucky and have an open-minded optometrist who, after being impressed by my eye exam (my eye fusion was so strong he told me I almost broke the machine!), told me to incorporate more peripheral exercises. This makes sense since fusion is only exercising our focus right in front of our face, but what about the sides? He compared it to working out your biceps without working out your triceps. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
I will update this again next time I see the optometrist (in another 5 weeks). My goal is perfect eyesight by the end of the year.
Also, I read more of the other reviews and I do NOT suggest skipping the clock rotation or eye roll exercises. They were simply experiencing the normal discomfort that occurs when you FIRST start an exercise that your eyes really aren't used to. Instead of skipping it, just start slow. Clock rotations are very important for vision improvement.
- wore an eye patch from 1 hr to 8 hours a day, over my strong eye to force the weak eye to jump start and for at least 1 hr over the weak eye, to give my good eye a change to strengthen also.
- flexing: 1-2 minutes a day
- eye rolls: 2-3 sets per day
- eye crossing while breathing
- slow and fast blinking for about 15-30 seconds
- squeeze blinking for 1-2 minutes
- light therapy 2-8 minutes (sometimes every day for a week and then nothing for a couple of weeks), using 150 watt LED bulb (not sure if incandescent would produce better results)
- hydrotherapy 2-10 minutes a day (sometimes every day for a week and then nothing for a couple of weeks)
- eye rolling for at least a minute
More importantly, I changed my reading habits: every few minutes when I'm reading, I change my gaze and focus on a distant object for a few seconds and then resume reading. I blink every few seconds.
- took the Solgar eyebright supplement
A month into the exercises, I then came across their website, strong-eyes dot info and downloaded the PDF for $20. It was much clearer explanation of the exercises and provided additional charts to assess my progress and keep track of what I'm doing. I suggest if you're serious about this, you get the PDF and do it every day. I will now do this seriously for 30 minutes a day every day to truly progress. I've attached my prescription results so you can see for yourself.
UPDATE 2018-9-17: the doctors have taken down their site so the pdf is not available for download.