There is an expression in English, that "Hindsight is 20 / 20." It means, upon further reflection, a better choice could have been made. 20 / 20 is also thought of by many as having 'perfect vision.' Students of eyesight know that 20 / 20 is more like "average normal" vision. But, normal in one place, may not be normal in another place / country. And what is normal for one age range, is not for another. Regardless, our eyesight can be much better than 20 / 20. [As far as I know, there is no similar expression for the metric equivalent - 6 / 6]
Why is this section titled - Better than 20 / 20? Because I fully expect my vision to improve to better than 20 / 20. As a child I remember being told in 7th grade that my left eye was 20 / 10, and my right eye was about 20 / 80 or 20 / 100. I realized then why I struck out so much in fast pitch baseball a couple of years earlier (I was great at t-ball). I know my eyesight in my right was better when I was even younger because I recall winning an award at summer camp for bow and arrow (2nd/3rd grade?). Due to dark energy then, my eyesight gradually worsened. The more I remove this dark energy, the more my vision has reverted back to an optimal state. Read the next tab to learn about optimal vision.
In the book I mentioned how my eyesight has improved dramatically without lenses / (laser) surgery, just like Amanda wrote in the Epilogue. In this section I will be providing proof of my physical eyesight improvement - order receipts, optometrist visits, and photos of newer / older glasses. It's an on-going story, that you can participate in! The word - impossible - as it applies to changing your physical vision for the better (among other physical and mental improvements), can be a word that you relegate to another time and era, the one that you will leave behind.
|Eye||Old Diopters||New Diopters||Astigmatism||% Improvement|
|Left||-1.25||-0.75||-0.50, no change||40% improvement|
|Right||-3.75||-2.50*||-0.50, no change||33% improvement|
The primary physical change has occurred in the timeframe noted, however, significant time was spent on acquiring the knowledge and experience to implement the change which has resulted in improved vision, among other health benefits. Change accelerated in 2013.
Feb 2017 interim anecdotal report - Continuing to notice more objects at farther away distances. More awareness of surroundings and more objects coming in to focus. For the most part, I am comfortable driving at night on local streets and freeways without any vision correction / glasses. I may occassionally wear glasses at night, but definitely not during the daytime - sunny or gray skies. Watching TV in a darkened room, I seldom use glasses now as well. TV is not as clear and bright as with glasses (weak right eye), but it is for the most part in focus. Recently renewed my driver's license and applied for what's called an Enhanced Driver's License. This required a vision test. I passed it without wearing glasses (nor contacts which I don't wear). Now, there is no restriction note on my driver's license stating that I need corrective lenses. Will post photos of the two licenses later. Again, next vision test in summer 2017. Another 4-5 months of improvement to look forward to.
Oct 2016 interim anecdotal report - recently returned from a 3 week trip to Europe - with the most time spent in very warm and sunny Portugal, and Southwest Spain. The sunlight did me good as I sense that my vision has improved again (More rods and cones, optic nerves?). Things seem brighter and again I am noticing things I didn't notice before in the distance and near. But, I won't know the official change until Summer 2017. But, I do feel comfortable driving in the daylight (sunny day) without using any glasses now! I was able to do this before legally, but I felt more comfortable wearing glasses. Gray and dark days and at night, I still prefer to use glasses.
At current rate of improvement, I estimate 20 / 20 or -0.00 with no astigmatism in left eye will be achieved in mid-2018. Further improvements from there to get to 20 / 5 (eagle vision) is most likely the creation of more rods & cones. My eyesight is improving at different rates. Improvement of right eye to 20 / 20 is estimated to take place by the year 2020, ironically. Next vision check in mid to late 2017. Since I've never done this before nor know of anyone who has improved their vision this way, there is uncertainty in these estimates.
*Probably around -2.375 (37% improvement), as the prior exam in late 2015 was -2.25. Vision fluctuates with recent diet - too much salt for example in a given time period - something which I have personally experienced in the span of a few minutes of eating too much salt. Too much sugar I am told by my optometrist will also do the same, though I have not noticed this personally something which I have noticed on several occassions recently. After a delay of 1 - 2 hours (usually) I have noticed how too much sugar in my system distorts my vision. Also, testing done at different optometrists to eliminate any biases. Recent visit in July 2016 was done because I noticed my vision improving noticeably since my previous check in Nov 2015. This improvement is because of changes in my left eye. One could argue that my left eye is around -0.875 (The average of -1.00 and -0.75) and I can't dispute this. I can say that my left eye is stronger / right eye is weaker and thus more prone to fluctuations from diet. Future observations and tests will reveal more.
My peripheral and side vision is also improving! There is only one optometrist I am aware of that measures this (See to Play author Michael Peters). Perhaps someday I will get tested by him. Some of his findings noted in his book on how elite athlete eyes are different than average eyes, is located in the EYE UNIVERSITY page.
- WC Peace
Physical vision is more than just visual acuity looking straight ahead - or the number that is measured in optometrist offices. It is also:
- Depth perception (at a distance and with both eyes)
- Color perception
- Contrast sensitivity
- Night vision
- While physically moving / twisting our body
- Detailed Vision Zone (term borrowed from See to Play author Michael Peters)
- Side Vision
- Direct sunlight vision
These factors are affected by:
- "Diseases"* with names like - glaucoma, clouding of lenses (cataracts), macula degeneration, etc...
- or standard visual acuity issues - myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia
Using glasses, contact lenses, and/or getting LASIK, PRK, or implants, only improves focus as it relates to these indicators above, it does not give us more rods/cones or prevent the deterioration of them. Or prevent presbyopia. [But knowledge of why our eyesight goes bad and all the factors related to it - will!]
Now that we know what physical vision consists of, what is optimal eyesight? We define it as the best possible vision.
As you learn more, you may choose to change various aspects of how you live. If you take enough of these steps, one of the abilties you will improve and accelerate is our body's self-healing capability. As Amanda talks about her body de-stressing and vision improving, this is exactly what is happening to me. While vision is only the beginning, this is what we are going to focus on in this series of webpages. To learn more about other types of abilities that will/may appear, check out the section titled Extraordinary Abilities.*The word disease is in quotes, because we don't like using that word here. We've picked up the habit of labeling every single malady that occurs in our body, and finding a focused solution, rather than finding the broad underlying cause which is connected to all ailments. Afer reading Quiet Freedom, you should already know what to do to reawaken your curiosity, and have a flexible enough mind and heart to accept whatever you learn!
As it is difficult to quantify many of the aforementioned aspects of optimal eyesight, we will settle for simply talking about visual acuity. Many optometrists only measure to 20 / 10 (6 / 3 - metric) on the Snellen chart. They may be unaware of what is the best possible vision. If you research yourself, you may learn that numerous optometrists believe that 20 / 8 is the best possible human vision. Is that all?!
The best human vision recorded in the medical literature is that of some Australian Aborigines. Numerous medical journal articles have referenced multiple individuals who have 20 / 6 vision*, and one individual was recorded as having 20 / 5 - as good as an eagle**.
Not to be outdone, supposedly some hawks have 20 / 2 vision, though the data points on this are not as clear. Even more intriguing is the Guinness World Record for human vision - a woman who is described as having 20 / 1 vision!
So, what is the human maximum? 20 / 8? 20 / 6? 20 / 5? 20 / 2? Or 20 / 1? I guess I won't really know, until I've gotten rid of all my dark energy.
In the meantime, you can learn more about excellent vision by reading the tab - Baseball Eyes.
*You need to pay to read this article. Graphs and photos in the original article. It mentions the 20 / 6 in the article. Or you can do as I did, and visit your local university health sciences library where I was able to obtain a copy of this article for free, only my time. The article also references numerous other articles which is how I found out about the individual measured at 20 / 5.
**1969 Australian Journal of Optometry - Visual Care of Australian Aboriginals - notes a 43-year old Tiwi hunter who had 6 / 1.5 (20 / 5) vision in both eyes.
In my investigation about how good our eyes can become, I realized one group of people today have very good vision / visual acuity. Baseball players. Here are some articles for you to read. They will confirm the 20 / 8 maximum that (some) optometrists think is the maximum. They must be unaware of the Australian Aboriginal research, or they discount it.
The foveae of a person with 20/20 vision can see a 1-inch letter at 60 feet. The average MLB player has 20/12 vision, so seeing a 3-inch ball sounds like a cinch ... except it travels from pitcher to plate in half the time needed to form a thought.
"The ophthalmologist Louis Rosenbaum tested close to four hundred major- and minor-league baseball players over four years and found an average visual acuity of about 20/13; that is, the typical professional baseball player can see at twenty feet what the rest of us can see at thirteen feet.When Rosenbaum looked at the Los Angeles Dodgers, he found that half had 20/10 vision and a small number fell below 20/9, - flirting with the theoretical limit of the human eye, - as Epstein points out."
[Not clear if vision measurements taken were uncorrected, or corrected by laser or contact lenses]
Baseball vision - when 20/20 eyesight just won't cut it (Providence Journal)
It is one thing to have excellent vision when we are young, quite another as we age. In some of the articles, it isn't fully clear if the figures given were uncorrected or corrected (w/ contacts or laser) Using contact lenses and LASIK have short-term, mid-term, and long-term consequences, which will be discussed elsewhere.
If you are interested in space or astronomy as I have been, you might have been mesmerized by photos of deep space from the Hubble Space Telescope. What you may not know about the Hubble Telescope is that after it was first put into space in April 1990, it became apparent that there was a flaw with the primary mirror which resulted in distorted images. The Hubble became the butt of many jokes.
The jokes continued until December 1993 when a servicing mission corrected the "bad eyesight." Why do I tell you this story? We are "smart" enough to design a complicated piece of machinery like the Hubble telescope, the equipment to launch it into space, and then fix a vision problem that became apparent. But for all our ingenuity, we aren't "smart" enough to fix our own vision and eyesight - naturally, because we haven't fully understood how it becomes bad in the first place!
And this my friends, is a simple introductory metaphor for sharing with you my experience in improving my own vision / eyesight and (eventually) achieving what I call, OPTIMAL EYESIGHT.Hubble Costar 1993 Servicing Mission info (Hubble Site)
We know how to fix the vision in a complicated telescope like Hubble, but we don't know how to fix our own vision without resorting to surgery or external lenses. But, now "we" do! Who is we?
On this page will be written evidence of my physical eyesight improvement as measured by various optometrists. Photos of documentation to be uploaded.
My vision prescription as diagnosed in the mid-1990s was Left / Right: -1.25 / -3.75. This is the worst my visual acuity had become. I quickly learned to wear soft contact lenses (after trying and failing with gas permeable hard lenses), as I detested wearing glasses. I also learned that to prevent our vision from getting any worse we should use a slightly underpowered prescription. This knowledge came courtesy of reading - natural vision improvement - books. Doing eye exercises however, I never was able to improve my vision in any meaningful way, at best, it didn't get worse.
This underpowered correction is the reason you won't see any orders for lenses at the diopters that optometrists prescribe(d) to me to get back to 20 / 20. More detail below.
Summer 2017 eye exam - next measurement date
July 2016 eye exam - Vision Plus in Redmond, WA, USA
Left / Right: -0.75 / -2.50 --> glasses prescription at -0.50 / -2.25 / Contact Lens RX. Optomap eye test performed - no damage.
July 2016 Payment receipt for glasses, and optometrist visit
November 2015 eye exam - Dr Kristin Jacob in Bellevue, WA, USA
Earlier Contact Lenses Order Receipts and Invoices - 1-800-contacts
Orders / receipts showing lenses ordered at -1.50 / - 3.25 (I ordered a -1.50 as I was wondering if my vision had gotten worse at one point) 2000: -1.00 / -3.25 lens order
Large order of various powered lenses in 2001 (As high as -1.50) - was experimenting with improving vision by wearing reduced powers and gradually going lower. Didn't work. [Photos have bad lighting, will upload better version in future]
To be uploaded
*From 2016 on, I will not be purchasing any more contact lenses or getting related exams. I wore them regularly until 2010 or so. Then only on certain occassions. From 2013-early 2016, I did not wear them. I wore them on a 2 week trip in early 2016 but on a recent 3 week 2016 trip to Europe, relied only on my natural vision and glasses. My latest glasses are very light and comfortable and I have decided the damage done by contact lenses and related solutions are not worth it, it only slows down the healing process. I use my glasses only while traveling to some place new, or sometimes while driving. Just a matter of time before the left eye becomes sharp enough and I won't order any more glasses.
**In 2016 I learned of one of the major reasons my eyes have had such a significant power difference - the eyes of my older sister. I always knew she had poor vision, but I didn't realize how bad until recently. She sent me her optometrist reports from the last few years and her 2016 vision is -12.25 / -23.0! Yes 23! They have worsened from her exam in 2010 which was -11.25 / -16.5. My sister has a very different temperament to mine. Needless to say, she has a lot of dark energy inside her, and this I know because a notable percentage of the darkness I've purged in the last few years is linked to her. Energy she has created herself, from my parents, relatives, and people she has known, even from nursery school.
To be clear though, the darkest and deepest dark energy is created by ourselves.
What are some of the advantages of better vision?
In the modern world, it can make you better at sports, make you a better driver, or better at hunting - for some specific target. Such as "hunting" for wildlife to see and enjoy - if you are a birder for example. Better vision will make you see threats and opportunites sooner and give you more time to react to them.
It makes you safer, yet, it also makes you more adventurous. Personally, I think it gives you more freedom and confidence because the awareness of your surroundings goes up dramatically. It happens on a subconscious level. Since you will notice details better too, you will find more joy in life if you are interested in looking at details. It also helps you understand the big picture better. Superior eyesight is not an ability by itself. In order to achieve this, we have to be more relaxed, a lot more! And being more relaxed internally, that leads to a host of other benefits. Perhaps, kind of like children, but with a wiser frame of mind! Playful and joyful....
It's not just more focus as contact lenses or glasses may give you, but all the other aspects of vision improve as noted in Optimal Eyesight, for other parts of the eye are improved due to improved electrical flow. This could include more rods and cones, pRGC cells, and better nerve health / performance of cells. The eye is complex.
A metaphor might be in buying a digital camera with a better lens (optics) and a higher megapixel count (More rods and cones). Better cameras take better photos in low light and when shooting fast moving objects. Of course, photos are higher resolution as well. Certain digital cameras also have wide angle lens capability. Thus, just as with our metaphor on the Hubble telescope, we know how to create better and better digital cameras, but we don't know how to make our vision better. But, now we do. Who will be WE?
And the most important improvement - we will know how to solve all the 'problems' that befall us because our "metaphorical vision" won't be clouded by eBaggage - emotional baggage!
Here we will briefly discuss the various methods for correcting our vision, temporarily, and permanently using Mind / No Mind. As well as a a little more technical discussion on why our eyesight goes bad.
There are several methods to correct our vision, all of them are temporary, except one.
Glasses - Doesn't need an introduction, but do you know anyone who uses glasses regularly who has improved their eyesight? Optometrists don't repair our vision, they simply provide a crutch. For that we are thankful, but there is a time to part ways, and it is coming soon for us.
Contacts - Another "wonder" of the medical industry. Convenient and attractive are the selling points. Long term use of contacts (15 years) in my past has caused blood veins (visible up close over the white part) to grow toward the cornea. This is because contact lenses don't let our eyes "breathe" properly. A form of this is called conjunctivitis, except the blood vein(s) from overusage of contacts are semi-permanent / deeper. Semi-permanent, because I expect them to go away over time. At a recent check (late 2016) there seems to have been an improvement over time from when I first noticed them, but I don't pay too close attention to them. In other words, OVER TIME, I expect the whites of my eyes to be ALL WHITE - how they should be!! Also, marketed as "safe," putting an artificial solution (cleaning) on our eyes on a regular basis, in hindsight, doesn't seem all that smart. Contacts have been useful at various points of my life, but this is another thing I am leaving behind.
LASIK - A marvel of modern medicine which has been performed tens of millions of times, or is it? The idea sounds enticing, just zap your eyes and you have perfect vision, or close to it. Hey, if it worked for Tiger Woods, it must be ok. Read here too - says he was getting headaches from squinting. He also says eight years was pretty good before it changed. TW got a good financial and fame return, but as one gets older, how does that LASIK vision hold up? What is the value of that? And when you get rid of dark energy, you start to get younger, and eight years of good vision or a little longer with an "enhancement," is not really a long time at all. Is the drop off in his performance due to vision problems? Or the stress in his body that caused his -11.0 vision in the first place? Stress that hasn't been relieved. Europe stats - Consumer Digest 2015 summary - Lasik Complications - Celebrities
Celebrities with LASIK -- some dates for celebrity LASIK are - Kim Kardashian 2009, Lebron James 2007, Dwayne Wade 2011, Chris Paul 2016, Courtney Cox 1999 (plastic surgery horror story), Brad Pitt 2010, Richard Branson 2002, Jessica Simpson 2004, Nicole Kidman 2007, and so on... You'll find many testimonial videos, but remember, they are all SHORT-TERM! And again, only improve VISUAL ACUITY TEMPORARILY. No more rods/cones or stress relief. Funny how many of these lists don't mention the issues some of these celebrities have publicly voiced. Or the drop off in performance of certain athletes. Again, be careful what you wish for. Short term gain, long term pain. Search for CELEBRITY LASIK to see more or LASIK REGRET. LASIK was FDA (USA) approved in 1998. Searching in other countries may also be helpful.
I've met a few people who have had LASIK and one who had early PRK. All of them have told me they have issues. Some need glasses now for certain distances, one has night vision issues, and others have other visual disturbances or dry eyes. The reason the effects are temporary, is that LASIK or any other laser doesn't solve the ROOT problem, and the body instinctively wants to heal itself, and applying a laser to our eye is damaging it - even if there is a temporary improvement to visual acuity. One friend who had LASEK stated that he had no side effects after many years.
If you've had LASIK and you are wondering now could your body self-heal your corneas back to what they were and/or even better. The answer is: I don't know. Who wants to try?
If you've had LASIK, and have no side effects after 5-10 years, 15 years, consider yourself lucky.
OrthoK - Using a system of hard contacts, one can reshape their eyeball to focus light at 20 / 20 or better. One must wear these lenses daily at night, but are free during the day. The side effect of this is in forcing our eyes to be a certain shape even though they don't want to be that way due to our internal system / configuration. This causes other issues which you can learn about in the EYE UNIVERSITY.
Implants - Instead of contact lenses you put ON your eyes everyday, a set is implanted IN your eyes. Learn more on the Eye University page
Eye Exercises - There are numerous books that talk about eye exercises. We've read many of them and tried the exercises but they never worked for us. At best, they prevented our vision from getting worse.
Plus Lenses - This method is relatively unknown, but is best described in this Youtube video. Our opinion is that this method only alters the eyeball muscles (cilia) and not surrounding facial and neck / shoulder muscles. It is not permanent and requires some limited maintenance as he mentions. It also does not go all the way to optimal eyesight. He in fact notes his vision is not even 20 / 20 in both eyes. Doesn't solve presbyopia. And when we look at the video again, his eyes don't seem to be too "alive," but this is a subjective view on our part. Also, this method does nothing to very little in our view of improving the electrical aspects / optical performance of our eye.
Underpowered lenses - A simple way to partially implement the plus lens method is to wear underpowered lenses. by -0.25 to -0.5 or slight more (10%?). One person told us anecdotally that her vision improved from -1.75 to -1.25 using this method over an unknown number of years. We've worn underpowered lenses (as noted in PROOF page) and it stopped our vision from getting worse, but no noticeable improvement.
Mind / No Mind - Sometimes to fix something you must take an indirect approach. Our goal wasn't to fix our eyesight when we "discovered" Mind / No Mind, but one thing leads to another sometimes...
The ROOT problem: Our eyesight goes bad because of stresses on our body. That's it. But stress takes many forms. Many stresses we don't realize are affecting us because we have become used to them, we are used to being stressed and then using pain-relievers and pain-killers like aspirin, alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine to suppress the pain. And/or these stresses affect us gradually, a little bit each day. These forms includes the FOOD we eat or don't eat. The LIGHT we expose ourselves to or the LIGHT we don't expose ourselves to. The EMF ENERGY we expose ourselves to or that which we don't. The way we THINK about ourselves, the LIQUIDS we drink or don't, and the CHEMICALS we expose ourselves to, and the SOUNDS, including music, that we expose ourselves to. Also the SPORTS and EXERCISE routines we participate in, which twist our body and muscles in certain ways, think repetetive stress injuries. The latter also includes repetitive actions we do at work.