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.
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?
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.
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.
Ok. I met with Ted today. It was a real moment of truth. First time in a month to look at my eyes in a retinascope and see if I had made any progress, and I had. A decent amount actually. Months ago I was over 2 diopters in my left eye and -1.75 in my right. Today I left the doc with a handful of contacts for -0.5 diopters of correction. They measured me at -0.75. Which is a drastic improvement. I honestly was thinking it would be more, but I’m happy with my progress. I can drive and can see over a quarter mile during the day outside. I can tell a little difference at night, and will actively be working to correct that as well.
If the vision is tied to the mind, there is no reason that I cannot see perfectly.
I am currently taking Zoloft and Lamictal, both brain stimulants that have side effects that may cause blurred or double vision. So I’m working with my psychiatrist to help wean me off of these. I feel like this is the closest I’ve ever been to who I’m supposed to be. Or at least in decades. I’ve picked up golf and guitar, and I can see a noticeably faster progression in each since I’ve made strides with my vision. It’s simple: the body has a ground energy state, and you see perfectly at that state. Now go find it. Well, that’s what I’m trying to do.
My sister, a close friend, and a coworker are interested and I have them reading the wikipedia page on the Bates Method. I tried to explain to Rick today about my stance on it all, and as is promised with this type of healing, he acted like I had lost my mind. But that’s fine. I know I have.
I want to help people. We have an entire realm of medicine dedicated to the study and wellness of the eyes, and will agree that we’ve been able to do some amazing things with it. But it doesn’t fix the underlying problem: the brain. What our corrective vision techniques and glasses do is help Joe Schmo live with whatever anxiety or mental ailment causing his vision to go awry, instead of correcting the real issue: his mind.
It’s a scary premise to accept. And it’s not new. Freaking William Bates did all the work humanity needed in the 1920s, and it wasn’t widely accepted. People didn’t see results. Pardon the pun. But here’s the deal: at very least, the man was on to something. And maybe my job here is to finish his theory. Or maybe I need to speak out against optometry. I truly have no idea where I’m supposed to go with this.
I feel like there are going to be some surprising correlations with this research and those with dyslexia and other learning disorders. My mom teaches at a special needs school, and I can’t wait to test some theories on them.
I meet with my psychiatrist next week to work on a plan to wean me off of my meds. I’m nervous, but super excited, because that’s the last piece of the puzzle, or so I hope.
Still reading and learning all I can about glasses. I think they are savage compared to the complexity of the eye. I’m not doubting the invention, as I’m sure that it’s served it’s purpose, but our dependence on them is unhealthy.
Your eyes are fine. Your mind is wrong. The world outside is perfect. Your eyes can see just fine, if your can see fine with your corrective lenses on. Your eyes are tired. They have to work to see out of those glasses, and you’ve trained them to do the same thing when you sleep. I’m telling you, get ready for the best sleep of your life.
Wednesday I go see my optometrist who will be testing my eyes with a $40k retinascope to see if I’ve progressed in the past month without wearing my glasses. I can tell you for a fact that I have, and I’m really looking forward to my meeting with Ted. By my calculations, my vision right now is around -0.5 diopters, or just nominal nearsightedness. My theory is that my eyes will grow stronger as my mind grows stronger and look forward to being able to see perfectly clear in a couple months.
Right now, everything is as clear as it has ever been to me without glasses. I’m constantly testing it in different environments, and I catch myself wondering every now and then if I have contacts in. I recently drove home on a dark, two lane highway at night for over an hour. Typically I’d be anxious, and put glasses on, but I made it the entire way without any major incidents.
Important note: glasses technology is relatively unchanged for centuries and the complexities of the human eye are impossible to understand. Unchain your brain and drop the glass.
Also: If you, have worn glasses your whole life, or your vision is worse than -2.00 diopters, I’d recommend weaning yourself off as your vision improves. Keep reading though.