Blood Sugar and Vision

I think it’s widely accepted that both hypoglycemia and diabetes do or can have effects on your vision. But since we’ve proven that your vision changes throughout the day, the fact these diseases may cause short or long term vision problems is important. If these diseases cause short and long term vision changes, our blood sugar levels directly tie in to the way we see and how our brains function.

So by way of hypoglycemia, we know that your vision blurs if your blood sugar gets too low. Similarly, we know that your vision can blur if your blood sugar gets or stays too high for too long.

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Here is how we trap people in diabetes or hypoglycemia with glasses:

You skip breakfast [which is not normal for you], and make it to the eye doctor a little late. You grab some coffee in the waiting room, and head on back to get your eyes checked. 

You just signed up for a year of misery. Maybe a lifetime. The fact that your blood sugar will be lower than normal will affect your vision readings, and will cause your eye doctor to write a script stronger than you would’ve even needed beforehand. The caffeine has a similar effect. The biggest issue, though, is the part where if you wear your glasses or contacts all the time, you will never give your eyes [brain] a chance to find equilibrium again. Your vision will seem blurry when you make improvements, because your vision would differ from your prescription. So the anxious, blurry, person that walked into the eye doctor, will be your new normal. And this will snowball throughout the rest of your life.

This trap causes mental and physical anxiety, hypertension, and all sorts of other problems we associate with getting old. It will effect your sleep. It will literally take your mind from you. Take control of your life. Take control of your mind. The eyes are the key.

Note: I am not saying that there are note true cases of diabetes and hypoglycemia outside of the scope of this post. Don’t do anything stupid.

 

“Black people don’t drink coffee”

This is going to sound farfetched, so bear with me. I want to look at African Americans, a class of people that we consider “genetically superior” to other races. Here’s why:

Black people have better vision. According to this census data, white people are almost twice as likely as black people to have visual impairment. That’s significant. And now we know that it’s not genetic. What is it?

Black people age better. “Black don’t crack.” You know this.

Black people are better athletes. You can find hundreds of articles and books to support this. The question is why?

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Ok. You agree with all of those. You know by now that I don’t completely buy in to the fact that our genetic code determines everything about our lives. So is there some part of black culture or tendencies that could be helping them in all of these categories, categories where we all want to improve?

We know that vision is of utmost importance in athletics, so for now, let’s assume that vision and athletics are the same. Good vision is also indicative of a lowered ground state, which is where the body sees and performs the best.

“Black people just don’t drink coffee” -Shaq said it. Here’s why it matters:

Caffeine affects your refraction. Why? My theory would be that it alters your base mental state. Regardless, it effects it on a day-to-day basis. The mind sees best when it is at it’s ground state, and this alters that. Caffeine stresses the mind and the body and dilates our perception of time. Think about all the baristas that wear glasses. That is not a coincidence. [Side note: caffeine is not the only external factor that effects refraction. We’ll get into others later.]

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No. Keep calm by not drinking coffee.

Refraction effects how you age. Obviously, the article is more the other way around. How aging effects your vision, or something like that. My theory though, is that we have causation in the wrong place. Our minds control it all. As we lose our minds, we lose our bodies.

Conclusion: We control our refraction, so we control our athleticism as well as how we age. Naturally seeing better is a symptom of a lowered ground state, and the closer we are to that the happier we are, the more athletic we are, the better we perform, the slower we age. Think about your hayday in high school or college. What if I were to tell you the only difference between you then and you now was your mind?

 

 

 

How to see better today

Ok. So you’ve bought in. You realize that I’m at very least on to something and you want to know what’s next. You want to see naturally or begin to improve your vision. You battle anxiety and can’t seem to find other solutions.

If you don’t mind a nice boring read, you should dive into Bate’s book. Here’s a link.

If you are looking for the Cliff Notes, I’ll do my best here.

As far as I’m concerned, your eyes are just holes in your face. Yes, our eyes are different. But the important part about them is how the brain interprets the images that come its way. And your brain is fine. So the eye doctor can bend the light to change the refractive error in the eyes with unreal precision, but this is not the underlying problem. This is only a symptom.

 

You’re eyes only were made to focus at a single point. Glasses, cell phones, TVs, they all seem to require our eyes to look multiple places at the same time. Untrained eyes, without glasses, will strain to gather this information. Your eyes move 70 times per second, they are fully capable of gathering whatever information from whatever you’re watching or doing. As you continue to watch or read, your eyes or focal points diverge and begin to cause myopia.

Edit: Your eyes focus at a single point off in the distance. The closer the object is to you, the closer your focal point is to the distance your eyes are apart. It sounds confusing. I think about it like this: if I were to set a pair of glasses on whatever I was looking at, how would I see through them? Play around with it with these thoughts in mind. Stare off in the distance at a single point, and transition closer. The results may not be immediate, but they are worth the wait. 

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Your eyes were made to see the same way your ears hear. It is a passive sense. There is no strain and your brain will do it effortlessly without assistance. That strain or effort to see is the very thing that causes myopia. You cannot try to see. Next time you’re in the car, try to memorize the first song that comes on. Like your life depends on it. Unless you’re superhuman, the very fact that you’re trying to listen to this song will make it impossible to remember. Relax.

Panning is what humans do. This one took some practice for me. I ditched my glass and focused on an individual point. I could see it fine, but I was used to the information from my whole field of view. Turns out, this was not the way we were built to see. Paint your peripheral with your eyes. It will relax them. Do not focus on any one point for too long, it will cause strain and blur.

Alright. These are your basics. It will take some practice. Here’s a great place to start.

Just know that the whole eyesight problem has been solved for almost a century. Think critically and with an open mind. My only new ideas here are about how it ties into mental health, aging, athleticism, and some other things we’ll get into later.

Heart Disease [Side effects matter]

Here’s a fun one. Think about this for a moment. You hear it all the time: heart disease is the number one killer in the country. Let’s assume that for a minute that it’s true. I have no idea one way or another. This “epidemic” causes us to go to the doctor where they begin to prescribe beta blockers, and a whole host of other meds to treat the heart, to make us live longer, and they are proven to work.

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Here’s the problem: the side effects of these “miracle” drugs that prolong the human life, is that almost all of them have a side effect that includes dizziness, anxiety, or blurred vision. So If you’re a doc, and you’re treating high blood pressure, and you give a pill that lowers the blood pressure, your job is done. What you don’t realize is that you may have started a downward cycle that unravels the patient’s very existence as he knows it.

So for the “minor side effect,” the patient goes and gets glasses so he can see, or other stimulants to help battle the anxiety. Regardless, as the doctor, you prescribed medication for his heart that may be the neurological end of your patient. And the worse part of it: it is all attributed to “the general aging process.” Even if it is singled out as a side effect of the drug that you’re on. No one realizes that poor vision is a problem in and of itself. And no, glasses, contacts, and Lasik are not the solutions.

So maybe my heart only makes it to 70. I’m good with that. Please do not give me medication to prolong the life of my heart that let’s me live to 90 miserable as I lose my mind.

My Power?

boy-child-clouds-346796The only reason I think I stumbled upon all this is a because of how unwavering I am in questioning the status quo. I’ve never accepted things at face value, and found my own truth as I went along. I made it slower, and more painful, but I made my own way.

Also, I toyed with glasses growing up. I first wore them in 3rd grade, and had them on and off throughout my life. I still have just about every pair I ever wore. I remember putting them on in class, just so I could see the essentials, and not wearing them for the rest of the day. I HATED the way they looked, and didn’t feel myself in them.

My vision was never perfect, though. I still saw fuzz at a distance as long as I can remember, but it just wasn’t something I really cared about. My general thought was: my eyes aren’t perfect, but they’re not terrible. I’ll get Lasik eventually and straighten it all up.

I was actually a pretty good athlete all things considered. Without good vision or corrective lenses, I probably went as far as I could. Remember: I never played sports in glasses or contacts. I don’t know why. I just never did. Until recently.

I don’t know if anyone can do it, or if it’s the lamest superpower of all time, But I can see through other people’s glasses. I know what you’re thinking: so can I. I need to dig in and test this a little more. There is a lady at our office with -3.00 diopter vision, and I put on her glasses and could see just fine. Most people would put them on and say “Whoa, you’re blind.” It may be because of all the experimenting I’ve done, or maybe I can strain my mind at will to change my vision. Whatever the case may be, it’s the lamest gift ever. But it has lead me here, so for that I am thankful.

Questions for your optometrist

If you want to learn how little we know about the eyes, just ask your optometrist some of these questions. Please be careful because they do know a lot more than I do about the actual structure of the eyes, but what they don’t know is they treat problems that are not eye related.

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What do you think causes refractive errors?

Do you think your practice works? If so, then why do your patients get worse over time.

Do you think that there may be a correlation between eyesight and mental strain?

Do you believe that your eyesight varies throughout the day? If not, let’s prove that.

If your eyesight varies throughout the day, why do you write a single prescription?

If your eyesight varies throughout the day, how can you correct the eyes with lasik?

Have you ever heard of any research related to the study of mental illness and how it affects vision?

Do you notice that most of your patients have other health problems other than just glasses?

Have you thought that maybe some of their other medications could be artificially or naturally changing their vision either permanently or temporarily?

Have you ever witnessed someone’s vision improve? Is that not the goal of medicine? If glasses do not solve the problem, only exacerbate it, what do we prescribe them?

 

[Don’t] Read This Post First

So how did I get to this point? Can I prove anything? I started out with some assumptions. Then I stumbled across Jake Steiner’s Endmyopia.org, and got to reading and experimenting with my vision. I saw steady improvement, but nothing drastic. I then read William Bate’s book from the 1920s about his studies and solutions to our everyday problems. This book changed my vision in a dramatic way, very quickly.

Here were my assumptions going in: All of our eyes are fine. We all create all the distortion in our minds. These are partially mine and partially borrowed from Bates, but I promise I’ll give them back later. Anyways, back to Bates. Dr. Bates proved with meticulous research that the eye itself does not actually “accommodate.” He says that it’s the muscles around the eyes that actually change the image and that you can retrain your eyes to work properly. He does emphasize mental strain and how the mind at rest sees.

So if Bates was right in any capacity, why do so many people wear glasses? Bate’s theories were not readily accepted by the scientific community and largely dismissed. Just check out his wikipedia page.

Using some of Jake Steiner’s techniques, you can quickly prove to yourself that your vision varies drastically over the course of the day. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you have a single prescription? Ask your eye doctor if he has ever had anyone’s vision improve? Is medicine not supposed to cure ailments over time? Because most people’s eyes just get worse and worse over the course of their lives.

I know what you’re thinking: eyesight is genetic. False. Take a look at sets of identical twins, one who wears glasses and the other who doesn’t How, if refraction errors are genetic, does that happen?

If everyone’s eyes are fine, what does that say about our minds?

Over the past year, we’ve used this line of thinking to explore and develop new theories on sleep, Autism, Alzheimer’s, aging, Down Syndrome, home field advantage, pitchers, metabolism, HIV, diabetes, kidney disease, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s, global warming, and much, much more. Open your mind, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to see the world from a completely different perspective.

Lasik

I am trying to find a usable data set to see what Lasik does to the eyes, performance, and most importantly, the mind. There are some famous athletes that have had the surgery, so I was hoping to look at their stats and say that they obviously got worse after the surgery, but they didn’t Of course they didn’t. They were used to playing these sports in contacts, so the Lasik didn’t effect anything at all. I have know idea what it does to the mind though. If the mind is perfect untouched, and the eyes are vision to the mind, what happens if we just fix the eyes? Scary.

Tiger Woods supposedly had a -13.00 myopic correction whenever he got lasik for the first time in 1999. He got it again in 2007. I was really hoping to have some obvious slam-dunk dates here, but he won golfer of the year in 2013. So that doesn’t help my argument. We all know that he has/had a dramatic personal life, so I am not surprised that his vision was beyond terrible.

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You don’t know if he got Lasik or not.

Things I don’t know: what happens to the mind after lasik. What happens to the eyes after lasik. My fear is that it traps the mind in the state of anxiety, without finding the actual fix.

It’s not easy to research because of the enormous amount of marketing and websites trying to sell lasik and glasses. Obviously, this is not a popular opinion. And even if people already knew that it was true, it would be worth billions or trillions to bury it.

Glasses and lasik are not the answers. They are the end-around. The quick fix.

Next I need to look at people with mental disorders that got lasik. I assume they still took their meds after the surgery. So we cure the symptom without fixing the problem. Send the patients on their merry way and cash our checks, because no one sees the correlation. Why should a zoloft script prevent us from taking this guy’s money? I’ll tell you why: he has some level of anxiety, and he has something unsettled in his mind. Cut his eyes, and he is not going to stop taking his meds, because his mind will still work the same. You create a lens where he can see the world, without letting him use his eyes and mind the way they were intended.

How often are their repeat procedures for lasik? Do these people with anxiety or bad vision workthemselves back into these same ruts?

Just found this: LASIK is no different in terms of optics and biology impact, as lens wear.  The procedure simply cuts a permanent lens onto your eye.

That said, it is a permanent lens.  If you are asking whether your vision is permanently going to stay at the level of clarity you experience just after the treatment, that’s a more challenging question to answer.

If your eyes were predictably getting “worse” (i.e. your myopia increasing year over year) prior to LASIK, then you can expect this trend to continue.  Since the procedure is the same as lens wear (and changes nothing about the underlying myopia cause), your myopia can continue to increase, and you’ll possibly be back to a -1 to 1-.50 in as little as a year.

The only way to get something close to permanently better eyesight, is to look at the root cause of myopia (ciliary muscle strain/spasm, and hyperopic defocus/axial elongation of the eyeball), and work on stopping what actually is driving your myopia progression.

Avengers, Anxiety, and Aging

We went to a movie tonight, and I had several panic attacks. Not because the movie stressed me out, but because I feel like I am starting to learn my role in all this, and I’m absolutely terrified. The more I learn and better I see, the clearer all my distractions are.

The trickiest part for me is how to convince anyone that this ridiculous theory is true, and how to get it out to the masses. There have been a bunch of books along these lines, without the same theories. But that essentially said that vision is all in the mind. Those theories didn’t take to mainstream, and there’s no way that these will.

I’m at peace and am easing my anxiety by meditation of sorts. Maybe more of eye exercises. But if the eyes are the keys to the soul, and our eyes are worse than ever, are our souls worse than ever?

The mission to be a better athlete somehow took me to this point. To play better tennis. To run faster. To look better. To age slower. The answer is easy: the mind. The solution is not always as simple. And there’s no possible way that I can promise immediate results, but I know that I can help people.

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Some ideas to consider: why are black people better athletes? I always thought that this class of people was bread through slavery to be superior to other races. What if their demographics, diet, and culture are responsible for this? What if we are in fact created equal?

What if the first thing that ages is the mind? Then the body ages. The eyes are the first signs of the brain aging.

Obviously, these are all theories at this point. I was hoping to find some pools of data to pull from and just make some correlations. No luck so far. And I don’t know that I have the time, the energy, or the resources to see this thing through.

Everyone is fine

My thought for the day: everyone is fine. We create all of our problems. By misdiagnosing symptoms, we create the snowball effect of side effects, and we have the incredible technology to solve or treat whatever new symptoms pop up. But the underlying problems are not solved, and the damned are damned in the tedious, expensive, and sometimes painful cycle of medicine.

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Next week, I’ll work with my sister to see what I can do for her with her vision problems. And yes, I’ll go over to her house thinking nothing about her vision and everything about her mind. That’s the only way that I think I could be of any help at all. There are 1000 people in town that know more about the anatomy of the eye than me, but when you make these kindergarten level assumptions, you start to really turn the wheel on everything. Like let’s assume for a minute that everyone’s eyes are fine. That whatever blurs in their vision are caused by their mind. With that assumption in place, what would be the next step. If you knew that this was true, what would you do next? That’s where I’m at.

Glasses do help you see. Please don’t think that I’m arguing with that fact. But what glasses do to the mind free the soul to do as I pleases. It allows deception, tires the eyes, strains the body, and prevents pure focus and learning. The mind was made to devour information, get lost in the moment, love one another. Glasses allow for a lost version of the self to function in the world.

Yes, all theories. For now.