Core Concepts:  The Four Pillars of Perfect Eyesight

You need to absolutely need to observe all four of these conceptual ‘pillars’ of vision health, if you want to a) maintain excellent vision or b) improve your vision if you currently have myopia.  It is impossible to keep excellent vision or improve your vision without these four pillars.

It will make perfect logical sense to you, once you understand the four pillars.  Let’s take a look:


Pillar I - Eye Strain ManagementFirst Pillar

Eye Strain Awareness & Management

Myopia happened because you spent too much time focused up close.  Once the initial symptom (ciliary myopia) occurred, you were prescribed glasses.  You continued to spend too much time focused up close.  Now you likely have axial myopia.

We have to understand the cause before we can fix it.  Any treatment, be it glasses, or some sketchy Internet ebook, needs to first address the strain, to have any chance of success.  Unfortunately, most of those methods do not respect the first pillar – hence, your eyes continue to get worse, instead of getting better.

The #endmyopia Method’s first order of business is to expose eye strain.  You can feel when you spend too much time focused up close, once you spend 30-60 days working with my program.  You will then be able to start taking counter measures to reduce and eliminate strain, even while continuing to spend time focused up close.  We will address the symptom, and you will stop allowing your vision to get worse.


Second PIllar - Focal StimulusSecond Pillar

Targeted Focal Stimulus

When was the last time you did any focus improving exercises for your eyes?

Chances are, you have not even heard of this idea.  Let’s consider:  the core of the focusing mechanism of your eye is a muscle (the ciliary).  What happens to muscles which are not exercised?

Your eyes did not get myopic because of lack of exercise.  Strain did that for you (see first pillar).  But now to reverse this, the muscle that is being strained by staring at one close-up spot all day (your computer), has been neglected probably for all of your adult life.

A whole group of people, including so called professionals, will tell you that you can not do focal stimulus exercises.  Gently remind them that ‘I don’t know how’ does not equal ‘it’s impossible’.  Don’t take my word for it though, take a look at some clinical research., a U.S. government maintained site, lists hundreds of clinical trials specific to the type of focal plane work my program uses.

You need the second pillar if you want to recover your vision health:  targeted focal plane stimulus.


Third Pillar PrescriptionsThird Pillar

Rehabilitative Prescriptions

Any type of prescription should be used in moderation, and ideally with an exit strategy.

You do not start taking pain medication for headaches, planning on permanently taking them, and stronger ones as you go on.  In the same sense, focal plane changing eye glasses and contact lenses should be considered a vision improvement tool, rather than a simple quick fix.  Wearing glasses masks a larger symptom, one that will continue to get worse if you ignore it.

The third pillar takes your current prescription and divides it onto two categories:  differential prescriptionsand normalized prescriptions.

These prescriptions will allow you to see at the edge of your focus, and experience eye strain as it happens.  Instead of being so strong that they will mask any symptom, our program prescriptions will allow you to ‘wean off’ your glasses.  I do believe in using corrective lenses, but only temporarily, and to create a specific rehabilitative stimulus. 

As long as you use prescription lenses as a symptom hiding tool, your eyes will continue to get worse.  Once you start using prescriptions lenses as a rehabilitative tool, your eyesight will improve.  This is the third pillar of the immutable rule of the four pillars for perfect eyesight.


Fourth PIllar: MeasurementsFourth Pillar

Eye Measurements & Goal Tracking

You want to improve your eyesight.  The only way to accomplish the complete goal, is to track your progress.  You don’t know where you are, unless you are measuring progress – to keep on track, we need to know where we are heading.

You do not need an optometrist and thousands of dollars in equipment to measure your eyesight / myopia.  Myopia is a very simple, single point of data:  How far can you see before your vision becomes blurred.  There is no need for photoropters, a dark room with a bunch of test lenses is actually a bad way to measure vision acuity.  I will show you two excellent, and very simple ways to accurately measure you prescription strength, no matter where you are.

I even built a Web and Android calculator to work together with the Fourth Pillar of the #endmyopia Method, allowing you to take quick, and precise measurements of your own eyesight and improvement.  You will be able to order your own prescriptions, without the need for an optometrist, and overpriced frames and lenses.

Take a moment to read about the importance of keeping a log of your eyesight measurements.

Take all four pillars, working together, and you will absolutely improve your vision.

It tooks years of neglect and improper prescription management to get your eyesight to be multiple diopters off from their natural balance.  Your eyes are not ‘broken’, they have simply adjusted to environmental circumstance.

What about alternatives?  There are any number of ways to treat myopia.  Most of them won’t work.  Why?  Just take a look at each method, and see which of the four pillars it addresses.  Let’s take a very brief look:


1.  Glasses / Contact Lenses

First Pillar:  Strain awareness?  Strain management?  No.

Second Pillar:  Any type of focal plane exercise?  No.

Third Pillar:  Prescription strength for edge of focus?  No.

Fourth Pillar:  Goals for improvement?  No.

Have you ever known anyone whose eyes have improved from wearing glasses?  Probably not.  Is it such a surprise, considering that wearing glasses does not address strain management, focus exercise, limiting prescription, or set any goals?  No, it is of course no surprise at all.  And again, let’s not forget all that clinical research, toiling in obscurity of clinical trials Websites.

It’s much like asking:  “How many people have you known who lost weight eating pizza, drinking sugary soft drinks, sitting on the couch?”  In perspective, the state of your eyesight should make much more sense.  I did not invent the four pillars, they are instrumental to any number of self improvement concepts.


2.  Laser Surgery

First Pillar:  Strain awareness?  Strain management?  No.

Second Pillar:  Any type of focal plane exercise?  No.

Third Pillar:  Prescription strength for edge of focus?  No.

Fourth Pillar:  Goals for improvement?  No.

Of course this is a tricky one.  Your eyesight would seem to have improved, instantly.  But laser surgery just carves a permanent false focal plane into your eye.  If your myopia was stable before, you may get away with this ‘cheat’.  But if your vision was deteriorating before, it will get worse again.  And how many times do you want to have a laser cut layers from your eyes?

Also, if you have high myopia, the risk of retinal detachment not only remains unaddressed, but also becomes almost untreatable once you get laser surgery.


3.  XYZ Magic Unicorn Internet Program

First Pillar:  Strain awareness?  Strain management?  Maybe.

Second Pillar:  Any type of focal plane exercise?  Maybe / unlikely.

Third Pillar:  Prescription strength for edge of focus?  Unlikely.

Fourth Pillar:  Goals for improvement?  Maybe.

‘But Alex’, you say, ‘aren’t you a magic unicorn Internet program’?  This is where things get extra tricky.  We get clients who have tried some ebook or other obscure program, created by some unknown entity with unknown medical qualifications.  I have seen some fairly popular sites who start out by proclaiming that their programs are not created by people with any sort of applicable medical training.

Would I trust my eyesight to a guy who couldn’t be bothered to go to school for ophthalmology?  How credible is he, if it wasn’t worth his time to learn about the physiology, biology, chemistry, and neurobiology of vision?  Do I want to stare at the ‘morning sun with my eyes closed for fifteen minutes a day’, because this admittedly entirely unqualified guy said so?

Let’s also consider all these ebooks and DVDs based on Bates Method.  This harks back to an era where legitimate doctors used ice picks to perform lobotomies, and used leeches to drain blood from patients, hoping for cures.  I get messages from skeptics telling me of having tried some Bates derivative, it having failed, and therefore the #endmyopia Method should also be suspect.

I know you wouldn’t rule out a doctor’s visit, because a hundred years ago they used leeches.  I promise, no leeches, no ice picks here.  How many sites have you been to, who link auspiciously to government clinical trials sites?  While I’m not entirely infallible, I will get you results – as long as you stick with the Four Pillars. 


4.  Local Behavioral Ophthalmologist

First Pillar:  Strain awareness?  Strain management?  Yes.

Second Pillar:  Any type of focal plane exercise?  Probably.

Third Pillar:  Prescription strength for edge of focus?  Likely.

Fourth Pillar:  Goals for improvement?  Yes.

There are of course valid options, besides just coming to Alex to get your eyesight back on track.  Behavioral ophthalmologists tend to be focused on actually fixing the problem, instead of just selling you new fashion frames.  It’s well possible that there are a few in your local area, may well be worth exploring as alternative.


5.  The #endmyopia Program

First Pillar:  Strain awareness?  Strain management?  Yes.

Second Pillar:  Any type of focal plane exercise?  Yes

Third Pillar:  Prescription strength for edge of focus?  Yes.

Fourth Pillar:  Goals for improvement?  Yes.

Of course, that was to be expected, right?  If you work with me, we focus on all the aspects that matter, for proper rehabilitation.

Take a look at the contents of my Web myopia program.  Consider a month or two of participation.  The majority of my clients see anywhere from 15-25% improvements in just the first 60 days.

See you there!

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