[…] This includes the environmental factor of near work-induced transient myopia (NITM).”
The University of Waterloo
“The visual environment is an important factor controlling ocular development in lower vertebrates, as well as in higher ones, and eye development is not strictly genetically determined.”
Wayne State University
“In vivo high-resolution analysis of changes in ocular components and refractive state of the eye upon induction of experimental myopia in mice.”
The University of Alabama
“A minus-power lens placed in front of the eye produces increased axial elongation and a myopic shift […]“
Clearly, myopia is well researched and well understood in the medical science community. This is absolutely not the case on the retail level – where the bulk of the education is centered on creating lens prescriptions and selling fashion glasses and contact lens technology.
I hope to provide you with a more health focused approach to myopia, here.
Who Not To Ask About How To Improve Eyesight:
This may sound cynical, but that optic shop is in business selling you things that keep you coming back.
If they focused on how to improve eyesight, they would be out of business soon. And the ones who educate them (the optic shop), are huge, multi-billion dollar a year lens manufacturers. There is nobody in the chain of corporate vision health, interested in how to improve eyesight.
And again, no need to take my word for it:
That is Luxottica’s last five years of stock performance. What do they sell? I’ll let you guess. You might guess fashion frames and other glasses-related accessories, and not be far off.
This is not an isolated example. Another:
And that is Essilor. French lens manufacturer. Your lenses are probably made by them.
That’s their five year stock trend. There are billions of dollars at stake, not improving your eyesight. There is more:
Here is Zeiss lens manufacturing five year stock trend. I could go on with this, forever.
Acuvue, the contact lens maker, did 64 BILLION dollars in business last year alone. Why don’t any of these guys tell you how to improve eyesight? Above, the billion dollar answer. Your optometrist is just the last guy in that chain of sales. The guy telling you that “there is no cure for myopia”, is the sales guy of these lens manufacturers. That might be a bit blunt, but how else can you reasonably put it?
That’s it. That’s all there is to know. NITM, lens-induced myopia, billions of dollars in profit to keep your eyes behind lenses.
Ophthalmologists Are In On The Profit Scheme.
It would be easy for you to say … “Alex, now you are talking crazy.” But let’s have PBS and the Wall Street Journal do the talking, instead of me.
Do you know what the top paid medical profession in Medicare payouts is?
Do you know how much money the professionals make, who tell you that myopia can’t be cured, and that only surgery or lenses can manage your eyesight?
Take a look at this shocking article on how much your eyesight is really a profit motivated business. Let’s look at highlights of the full and disturbing story, from this PBS article:
WASHINGTON — Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.
Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing. Topping Medicare’s list was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen.
In the $3 million-plus club, 151 ophthalmologists — eye specialists — accounted for nearly $658 million in Medicare payments, leading other disciplines.
(Link: Wall Street Journal original research.)
Who makes the most money? Ophthalmologists. Who supports their education, and the product sales? Lens manufacturers.
Who tells you that myopia can’t be cured, that we don’t understand the cause (though clearly we do)?
Who claims that only their advice is the truth, and that only lenses or surgery can manage your eyesight?
Who tries to silence anyone who dares to suggest that myopia is manufactured illness?
And while this site, the idea of myopia being reversible may sound far fetched, I hope you are beginning to see how much profit is the main motivation of the industry.
Keep in mind that this isn’t just me, Alex, asking you to trust me. Go to Google Scholar, or PBS, or The Wall Street Journal, and see for yourself.
NITM And Lens-Induced Myopia
Once you have NITM and get an incorrect treatment plan from the optometrist (incorrect being glasses instead of some simple habit changes), you end up with lens-induced myopia. This is where the trouble starts, and where you eyesight continues to get worse. Here again, a quick search on Google Scholarly reveals that this isn’t any kind of news to anyone in the medical field. Hundreds of studies ranging from high school students, to monkeys, mice, birds, and even fish, all show that putting a minus lens in front of the eye causes increasingly poor eyesight.
It is at the NITM stage, that the question of how to improve eyesight should stop the whole progression. Unfortunately that isn’t the case.
Of course so far, none of this requires a leap of faith on your part. There isn’t any question about these facts.
The only question is, why your optometrist has no earthly clue about what medical science, and science journals in his/her field have been discussing for decades.
Once you are clear about the cause, it’s time to look at some changes:
Start Looking At Your Glasses As A Temporary Crutch
Glasses shouldn’t be replacing your healthy eyesight.
They should be a crutch to help regain it. Remember lens-induced myopia? Glasses are pretty dangerous, if abused. You experienced this already, with ever increasing prescriptions. Of course you shouldn’t just stop wearing glasses, that won’t accomplish anything. When we look at how your eyesight got worse, and in reverse, how to improve eyesight, prescriptions are a big piece of the puzzle. And dialing back to a level where your eyes have to work for focus, is a very good idea.
There are two key concepts here, which you will want to understand very well – the blur horizon and active focus.
Of all the things on this site, understanding those two concepts will get you the furthest.
And before you ask why nobody else talks about this – I don’t know. But I have been doing this for over 40 years, and a lot of it has come from trial and error, client feedback, reading all those clinical studies your optometrist has been busy ignoring, and looking for solutions rather than prescriptions.
Why Eyesight Exercises Don’t Really Work
The same reason most diets don’t have a long term positive effect on weight, eye exercises just give you temporary improvements.
They sound interesting, they sell lots of books and online programs, but I rarely hear of anyone who improved their vision using some exercise regimen. I am certainly not opposed to anything that works – but doing a set of odd (and most not exactly a natural use of your eyes) exercises every day hardly has anything to do with addressing the cause of myopia (remember, NITM and lens-induced).
The real key to vision improvement is positive, targeted habit change.
There is absolutely no way around this – we have to get a better set of close-up habits to resolve the NITM problem. And once we do that, we have to address prescription use and prescription strength to get you working on positive stimulus (active focus) for your regular lifestyle.
All of this means an up-front learning curve, habit building, and then basically “auto pilot” for ongoing improvement, and natural eyesight that will last.
Get Access To 40 Years of Myopia Rehabilitation Experience.
I’m Alex #endmyopia. This site is my retirement project.
After 40 years in the business of helping clients improve their eyesight through rehabilitation, I find that very little has changed. Your choices in finding a legitimate alternative to glasses or surgery are still few and far between. Even with the reach of the Internet now at our fingertips, I see very little meaningful discussion about eyesight health.
I hope to provide you with some education about your eyesight, and what happened to your 20/20 vision.
This isn’t another “eyesight exercises” site. I don’t suggest you use Bates Method, or pinhole glasses, Ortho-K, or any of the other various methods with questionable benefit. I also answer all of your e-mails myself. Drop me a line anytime to my personal e-mail address:
Bear in mind that sometimes it takes me a day or two to get to all e-mails. If you used any of my courses in the past, you should also have access to the forum – I check in there most days for your questions as well.
Take a moment to read through this page, and then explore the site, blog, and forum at your leisure.
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This program is the optimized, condensed, best practices of everything from my 40 years in helping clients get back their healthy eyesight. We leave out all the things that aren’t entirely necessary, and focus on the aspects that give you the most improvement.
The program is also mainly focused on habit changes, rather than eye exercises.
Eye exercises simply don’t work, long term.
You might be excited for a while and try them, but then life takes back over. What you need is a way to change your consistent habits in a way that makes them automatic, and require no ongoing effort on your part. The only thing that ever works, I have learned, is habit changes.
The Vision Improvement Course is all about getting you into healthy eyesight habits.
Here Is What You Will Find In The Full Vision Improvement Course:
1st Month – The Corse Course Program (All You Need For Improving Your Eyesight)
- #1: Snellen & Strain Awareness Practices
• #2: Improving Your Close-Up Focal Plane
• #3: In Depth: Snellen How-To
• #4: Key Improvement Outdoor Exercise
• #5: Leverage Peripheral Vision Awareness
• #6: Discussing Your Snellen Results
• #7: Overall Progress Review
• #8: Retinal Shaping Practices (RS)
• #9: Retinal Shaping: Review
• #10: Myopia: Recognizing Depression Symptoms
• #11: Myopia and Alcohol
• #12: High Impact Focal-Plane Exercise
• #13: Beta Keratin: Key Dietary Supplements
• #14: Simplifying Habits: Exercise Variations
• #15: Experience Voluntary Muscle Control
• #16: Looking at the Support Forums
• #17: Close-Up Vision – a Limited Resource
• #18: Review / Preview
• #19: Rehab Treats – Best Practices
• #20: Myopia Prevention in Children
• #21: More Exercise Variations
• #22: Easy Focal Plane Tips
• #23: Check Your Ciliary Function
• #24: Another Focal-Plane Trick
• #25: Double Down On Improvements
• #26: Alex Tricks: Squinting and Blinking
• #27: Foundations for Continued Progress
• #28: What We Can Learn: Jeff Recounts His Experience
• #29: Normalized Prescription Part I
Near Focus Exercises – Day 1-5
• Customized Exercise Programs
• Working With The Myopia Calculator
• Near Focus Exercises – Day 6-10
• Normalized Prescription Part II
• The Android Centimeter Calculator
• Near Focus Exercises – Day 11-15
• #30: No Correction Sundays
The first 30 days cover everything you need, from measuring your own eyesight, to healthy close-up prescriptions, and all the small habit changes that will give you long term healthy eyesight.
From there, you can choose to get advanced program topics, or just continue with what you learned from the core program.
(Optional) Advanced Program Contents
I answer all of your questions in the support forum, and of course I offer a no-questions money back guarantee, if you find the course to be anything less than fantastic for your eyesight.
The support forum is entirely uncensored, and open for you to read anytime. Just click the “Support” button on top of every page – it shows all participant questions, feedback, and stories. I added the forum for transparency and to help build a community around eyesight improvement.
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Or for more course options, see the program options page.
Gabriel: From Panic Attacks To 20/20
“I read the 20/20 line today.”
“I rolled out of bed and looked at he clock. The black and red numbers looked particularly bright in the morning. After I shut my alarm off I made an observation. I”m seeing very well, I thought. And I wanted to know just how well so I hauled out the snellen chart and gave it a glance.
I decided to take it outside as it was a warm fall day with the sun shining on my back. I measured out twenty feet and wondered what I could see. Instantly, the 20/50 line jumped out at me. Then I spent ten minutes or so trying to bring the other lines into focus. Eventually I got down to 20/20. I wore glasses for 20 years and I just read 20/20 in about a month of vision recovery.
Contrast this to a few months ago when I misplaced my glasses. I was nearly blind, I thought. I stumbled around my house searching for my missing spectacles acutely aware of my impairment. I got distraught. After a few hours I started tearing up and having a panic attack which was only stopped by finding my glasses sitting on a chair I had looked over a dozen times or more but couldn’t see.
Now I’m rarely using glasses even though my vision isn’t truly 20/20.
The important thing is I can see and it’s wonderful.”
Find his full story here.
Liam: From -5.25 to 20/20:
“I joined the web program in July this year after already getting some small improvements on my own.”
“I had some good habits in placed mainly because of all the free content on this site + sites like gettingstronger.org and I wanted to see if the web program could accelerate my progress, plus fill in gaps in my knowledge.
I had learned about and tried the Bates method two years ago but that gave me zero improvements. It had me walking around with no glasses when I needed them. Also when your optician tells you flatout that it is impossible to improve your eyesight it’s hard to believe otherwise. If I wasn’t so stubborn I would have given up a while ago.
Anyway, in July 2012 I was wearing glasses with this prescription:
Left: -5.25, 0.50 CYL
Today I can see the 20/40 line consistently outdoors with no glasses, and if I let it clear I can usually read the 20/20 line too.
The whole story and forum thread are here.
Samson: Recovering From High Myopia
“My name’s Samson and I’m 20 this year. It’s my first time posting here so I thought I’d share my experiences so far!”
“About 3 months ago, I had -7.75 diopters of myopia and -7 diopters in my right, according to the centimeter calculator.
Not one to give up, I started googling for ways to reduce myopia.
One day, by chance, I found the #endmyopia Method mentioned ever so fleetingly on someone’s blog! Rather intrigued, I began reading the articles on the site. They made sense to me, since they were all about changing habits instead of un-maintainable exercises. After getting a part-time job, I finally took the plunge and subscribed to the web program!
And week by week, my eyesight improved, just by following the instructions and suggestions in the installments! I’m now at -5.75 in my left eye and -5 in my right eye, and I’m still surprised I managed to drop 2 whole diopters in 3 months! Onward to 20/20!
And a big thank you to Alex for making his method available to so many through the internet!
See the full forum thread