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Released! - Livin' the Good Life

Feb. 19th, 2016

07:13 pm - Released!

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So, my eyes have been bothering me lately. They ache when I read more than 10 or 15 minutes. I have double vision, and I have a prescription for "prisms" in my glasses to correct that. It helps a lot, but it doesn't completely correct it. I still see two moons at night, but they are clearer and closer together than with my glasses off. I went to the eye doctor and he pronounced my eyes "healthy". No macular degeneration. No cataracts. No increase in prescription since my last eye exam. Fine, right? No. It's just not good enough if my eyes continue to bother me like this.

I lost my 20/20 vision in the 6th grade. It was a very stressful year. My parents got me started on The Bates Method of Vision Improvement right away, because I insisted I didn't want to wear glasses. It involved "eye exercises" and being very faithful to them. I wasn't. I was just a kid, a very stressed out kid, and I couldn't begin to do the relaxation exercises on a consistant basis. Eventually, I was fitted for glasses, and that was that. I've worn them ever since and never questioned them again.

Now, however, I'm ready to take up the exercises in earnest. I've grown into a disciplined person over the years, and, in fact, enjoy working on health issues and can be faithful to my health practises. I bought the book GIVE UP YOUR GLASSES FOR GOOD, by Nathan Oxenfeld. He is a Bates student and now has his own practise. Three weeks ago, I began the "exercises" (I use quotes because they are just relaxation methods and require no "effort".) The idea in a nutshell is to relax tense eyes... and stop wearing your glasses as much as possible. I'm just in the beginning stage of this, but I can safely say that my eyes feel SO much better! They feel relaxed, and much to my surprise, I can see perfectly well without my glasses for most things. I still wear them to drive, of course, but when working around the house, working in the yard, hiking, reading.... I can see well enough. This is a revelation to me! Since I've always put my glasses on when I wake up and take them off when I go to sleep, I haven't had much experience in these past 54 years with "going without". I was conditioned to believe that walking around in a less-than-perfectly-in-focus world was, not only unacceptable, but impossible. How could I function without glasses? But, the fact is, I can.

I can't tell you how exciting this is for me! It feels like I've been released from a ball and chain. Released from a lie that I've believed my entire adult life. It's such a hopeful feeling. An optimistic feeling. A feeling like, "Yes, I CAN change" feeling. I plan to give updates of my progress here as I go along. I expect to be able to report good news. I will also share insights as I make this transformational journey. I already have some, but they are for another time. In the mean time, YAY!!


Date:March 2nd, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
I read this after you first wrote it and I'm hoping you will have an update soon. You have never been one to just go with the flow. You look beyond and find solutions!
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Date:March 3rd, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
I can't stand to think that there is no way to improve a bad situation. That's just unacceptable.
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