This blog began in 2009 as a chronicle of my vision improvement journey (both my insights and my setbacks). It includes my dreams, since often they are about my vision. If a post is about a dream, the title will be “Dream: xxxxx”. After starting a newsletter in early 2013, I now post those twice-monthly issues here. I also post articles I write for the vision improvement website iblindness.org. I welcome your comments. Thanks for visiting!

9/16/11: Since I’m asked so often about my own vision improvement, here is an overview of my visual progress to date with the path that got me this far.

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  1. Hi Michael. I’m sorry to tell you there’s no one magic method that does the trick for me every time. Sometimes sunning, sometimes palming, sometimes going for a long walk and shutting off my busy brain and looking for depth in the trees around me. It’s more about an attitude than a particular method or “exercise”, maintaining a relaxed awareness and visual curiosity, seeking out smaller and smaller details. Hope that helps.

  2. sunlight456,
    Hi and welcome to my blog. I wore -10 hard contacts with astigmatism correction of -1.75 from 1966 to 2001 when I started NVI. Looking at the chart was about 2/200 then, or worse. Now I only wear glasses to drive (I have several pair in my car for different visual conditions). I don’t wear glasses at all to drive in the day time locally, and at most -2.75 when I need some correction — I drive with these on top of my head for easy access. At night I need more, maybe -4 or more depending on the distance and how much light is in the sky. My guiding principle is to use the least correction I can that allows me to see well enough to drive and not be anxious. My chart measurements are about 20/50 after I relax or a bit better, and I’ve seen 20/20 with the chart outdoors in the sunlight.

  3. Hi, Nancy –
    Thank you so much for providing this information! I’m a newbie to blogs & to vision training. I started to cut/paste “Eyebody” blog so I could print it all off to read. Then realized maybe I should be doing “Vision” Category as it has everything? (would that be correct?).

    Anyway, I have extreme myopia (approximately -13 in both eyes with astigmatism, along with prisms in my lenses to make my eyes work together). Had a tear in my left retina and now just found out that I have a tear inside of my repaired tear! (unheard of by my optometrist) Am headed in for laser surgery tomorrow. I know that last July’s laser surgery appears to have increased the cataract in my left eye. So in searching, I also found where some think cataracts are due to the squeezing/strain on the eyeball. Thus, I started searching for relaxation techniques/vision training workshops and found your blog.

    I have started reading “Relearning to See” & found Peter Grunwald’s website (NY retreat July 2011) & Greg Marsh (Colorado/April or Missouri/May).
    1. For a newbie, is one place better to start? (Marsh, Grunwald, other?)
    2. Does it help to already have read the book/CD/DVD/etc whatever the vision training practioner has before taking his/her workshop?
    3. Does it help to also do a spiritual (relaxation) type of retreat too?

    I am a 56 yr-old Research Microbiologist (30+ yrs) & Reiki Master (1 yr) & would really like to turn around my vision before it gets any worse!

    Again, thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

  4. Carol,
    Hi and welcome! I did Peter Grunwald’s 6-day retreat the past 2 years but won’t be able to make it this year. It’s good and eye-opening (ha!) — you’ll find my report of my experiences here if you look. Any post in the Eyebody category will reference Peter or his principles, and any post in the Vision category will have something to do with vision improvement. However, you may want to do something more basic first, like Greg’s weekend.

    Greg Marsh did an on-line tele-class a few weeks ago which I referenced here on my blog because I called into it. If you listen to this you’ll get a flavor of his style (plus you’ll hear me). Greg also has a YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4BDvF1K85w you might want to check out. To get started you’d probably be better off with Greg’s weekend, plus reading some of the classics like Tom Quackenbush’s book which you mentioned or Jacob Liberman’s “Take Off Your Glasses and See”. There are also some good forum sites like Robert Lichtman’s Effortless Vision and David’s Imagination Blindness, and you might also want to look at Esther van der Werf’s Visions of Joy site which has a lot of free information.

    Help yourself to all the information here on my blog — that’s why I write it. Yes, any type of spiritual or relaxing work will only help with this. If you’re a Reiki master, you might want to check out Deborah King’s work some time, which is not specifically about vision, but mind/body/spirit healing — I’ve been studying with her for well over a year now.

    OK, that should be enough to get you going (if not to overwhelm you completely!). Just take it slowly and have fun with it — my original formal training is math and computer science, and while the discipline helped me, the driven attitude did not. This cannot be rushed, and having too much of an agenda for your progress will just get in the way. Your Reiki training may be of a lot more use in vision improvement than your microbiology training!

    Oh, check out Sorrisi’s blog too, which you’ll find a link to at the right. She’s a PhD student in some science discipline who has been reducing her -8 prescription and making copious notes and charts of her progress. Take care and let me know how you’re doing.

  5. Carol, thinking about it more, palming might be the most help to you to get you started. Greg Marsh talks about this in the tele-class and possibly in the YouTube video too, and any vision improvement book will mention it. Relaxing your visual system will be central to you. Dr. Bates, who did the pioneering work for Natural Vision Improvement (NVI) nearly a century ago, squeezed a fish’s eyeball and saw the lens get cloudy, then released the pressure and saw it clear up. Yes, strain and pressure causes cataracts — you’re putting too much pressure on yourself! Please keep in touch.

  6. Nancy, Thank you so much for the info. I just received Greg Marsh’s “Reclaim Your Eyesight Naturally” DVD/booklet and am signed up for his workshop at the end of this month. Just took a “Right Brained” goalsetting class last night & then taking a “right brained” drawing class in May/June; hoping this will help me balance the 2 sides of my brain. Have started some palming & plan to incorporate more relaxation type exercises/meditation into my evenings. Just finished a spiritual retreat this past weekend; helps to remind myself where I really like to be: calm/centered/relaxed. (Last – should I be posting any future comments under your “Vision” category?)

  7. Carol, wow — you’re really going after this! That’s GREAT! Belief that it really is possible to improve one’s eyesight is one of the main things that will fuel you forward. You might want to post your future comments under my most recent post if it’s vision related, so other people besides me might see it and give you feedback. If you look at Alexandre’s comment on yesterday’s post about driving after dark you’ll see what I mean — we learn so much from each other in these exchanges.

    I’m a bit jealous about the Greg Marsh class — this will be a wonderful experience for you, and I hope you let me know about it when you get back. When I started NVI I did a lot of exercises, like I was going to the gym. My focus now is on staying present and relaxed in the moment, and looking at details curiously, whether I’m looking at the eye chart or driving or running or in the house doing something. It’s giving me slow improvement, and maybe more important, feels a lot better — I think my eyes are happier this way!

    Anyway, you’re well on your way now, and I’m so happy for you that you found this work! Please keep in touch with me. I’m very interested in your progress. Take care.

  8. Bree,
    Hello and welcome. I write as much for myself as for others — I need the lessons repeated so I really get them!). So I’m always glad when someone finds what I’ve written helpful. Feel free to comment on the more recent posts so others can respond as well as me. I’ve learned a lot from the comments folks make on my posts.

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