How to correct your eyesight without glasses

People keep asking me about the eye charts I have up at work and at home, the rotating monitor windows, etc. Instead of re-generating this email each time, I’m putting it here. ūüôā

On Oct 19, 2011 my eyesight was 20/200. Right now (May 31, 2012) I’m reading the 20/30 line on the chart, and can read lower with a bit of effort. I was only fairly consistent with my exercises (and I’m still doing them – I want 20/20).

There are many books/sites/etc on this, most of which boil down to Dr. Bate’s book from the early 1900’s, which (since it’s in the public domain) is available for free here:

The basic exercises are here:

And various eye charts are here:

Some basics if you’re considering doing exercises to correct your vision:

  • If you have glasses, you’ll need to stop wearing them – way too hard on your eyes to go back and forth.
  • If you haven’t worn glasses,¬†don’t¬†– 30 seconds a day per eye with an eye chart can fix/keep your vision.
  • If you have glasses, it takes 30-60 minutes per day of “exercises” (which is really relaxation, not that hard). ¬†The payoff for this effort is:
    • Convenience – no more losing glasses, dropping contacts, packing contact lens solution, cleaning glasses, etc…
    • Cost – no more paying for glasses, contacts, solution, etc
    • Better eye health
    • Ability to see in bright or dark light (I actually see more clearly in bright light now and it doesn’t hurt. ¬†I don’t wear sunglasses (in LA).)
    • Supposedly, prevents¬†presbyopia¬†(loss of ability to focus near/far).

Hints and tips:

  • Note that your vision changes – on my first day of measuring I could get 20/200 to 20/70 with my left eye, and only 20/200 with my right. 3 days later I could get 20/50 with my right, but it still varied between 20/200 and 20/50. Your glasses prescription (DMV test, etc) will be for the level you can see easily and consistently, so I try to use that as my gauge when measuring my eyesight.
  • I’m near-sighted (can’t see objects at a distance), so I don’t record the near-vision card any more (although I should). The book/tools above help with far-sightedness (can see far, not near) also.