About 11 years ago, I met Louis' father, Tommy, who very quickly changed my life in more ways than one! He wears glasses all the time for a myopic condition that makes it hard for him to see in the distance. It did not take long for him to point out that I was asking him often, to read a sign or point out some detail in the distance.
It was beginning to annoy him. One evening we were at the movies and he suggested that I put on his glasses. To my absolute amazement and horror I realized that I too had a myopic condition. The next day I rushed off to the optometrist who prescribed a pair of glasses that I was supposed to wear to see better in the distance. As most of us know, once you start wearing glasses, you can't stop as your eyes stop trying.
Well, my resistance to becoming totally dependant on glasses and my pursuit of an alternative has led me to share with you the following information.
20:20 vision is an arbitrary number for perfect vision. In fact our craniums do not really want to see so clearly and our eyes do not need to. After a few months of dizziness and headaches I discovered a behavioral optometrist who explained that my prescription was too strong and that with certain exercises and a weaker prescription I could actually improve my eyesight.
A new prescription and diligent exercise has removed my astigmatism and reduced my myopia. Today I have 2 pairs of glasses, one for reading and one for distance. Neither creates "perfect 20:20 vision" and both together actually work to assist my eyes to see in a relaxed fashion. Consequently, my eyesight is improving monthly.
Here are some of the exercises I was taught that are easy to do and will strengthen your eyes and help prevent deterioration.