During my Military Entrance Processing (MEPS) on Friday, I did good on all my physicals expect my vision. I failed horribly on my depth perception test and score a 20/400 and 20/50 on my left and right eye respectively.
I’ve worn glasses for as long as I can remember. I think I was 10 when I got my first pair and I’ve worn them non-stop for the last 16 years of my life.
You can’t wear contacts or glasses in Navy Boot Camp. If you need corrective lenses they give you GI Glasses aka BC Glasses or “Birth Control” Glasses. They’re thick lenses in ugly plastic frames.
I appreciate what contacts do for my eyes, but I really see it as a lifelong dependency. The irony of corrective lenses is the more you wear them the more your vision degenerates.
So, in order to prevent a life-long dependency on glasses and make my life in the military easier, I’m going to work on improving my vision over the next 60-days…
I believe that by working on my vision for 60 days in a row, I can complete eliminate the need to wear glasses. I’ve done mini-trials of vision exercises before over a 3-4 day period and seen significant improvement, but have given up. This time I’m going all out. I’m shooting for 20/20 vision by May 1st when I take my eye exam at boot camp.
- Take Those Glasses Off. I wear contacts pretty much from the time I wake-up till a few minutes before bed. My eyes are rarely ever get to experience what it’s like to see the world for themselves. The first time I intentionally took them off was a very moving and spiritual experience. I realized that I’m not that far off from seeing clearly.My eyes felt free and natural. It’s almost like the one scene from Return of The Jedi where Darth Vader takes his helmet off to see Luke with his own eyes. The key to this step is to take your corrective lenses off and leave them off. Do it right now! Do it for 10 minutes. And then ONLY use them for when you absolutely need them (driving, classroom work, etc)
- Do Daily Eye Exercises. There’s a ton of eye exercises out there that you can do but I’ll be doing the one out of the book, Improve Your Vision Without Glasses Or Contact Lenses from The American Vision Institute. Some of the basic exercises you will do include:
- Hand Palming – Resting your head on your hands by placing your hands palm-side up over your closed eyes.
- Fast & Squeezing Blinking – These exercises are designed to stimulate moisture in the eyes.
- Hydro & Light Therapy And Massage– These treatments help stimulate blood in eyes.
- Pumping, Eye Rolls & Clock Rotations – These exercises strengthen the muscles around the eye.
Here’s Paul McCartney explaining some of these basic exercises:
- Wear pinhole Glasses for an hour a day.
I bought a pair of these on eBay for about $10. There not a lot of research out there on how effective these are in improving vision, but many people swear by them. For $10, I’ll a take a chance and try these out. I’ve already practiced wearing them for a few hours.The glasses have a similar effect to looking at one of those pinwheel illusion like the one below. The longer you wear them the longer the after effects of clear vision you have. The longest I’ve worn them is 20 minutes at a time and I had about 2 minutes of slightly clear vision afterwords. What makes the glasses work is they force light through a small hole and focus it in the eye. If you make a fist and look through a small opening in it you can see this effect.
They seem to work best on improving distance viewing. I tried using them while reading or working on the computer and it was just too hard. You also need plenty of light to see because of the lack of light coming through the holes. I’m going to just make it a general rule to wear these glasses whenever I watch TV.
- Take A Multi-Vitamin Everyday. This is easy one. You need vitamins anyways, but vitamins A, C and E have been scientifically proven to help vision loss by restoring muscular degeneration in the eyes. I’ll just make a point to ensure that I take a vitamin everyday of the trial.
I’m really excited about this trial. It’ll be so freeing not to have to worry about artifical device just to help me see. I also believe establishing these habits will help me to avoid vision problems when I get older. Vision is one of our most valuable senses and most of us take it for granted. But, with a little bit a work, you have improve it.
Is you vision getting worst every year? Why?
What are you doing to make it better?