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NEW!  A PDF of "Bodywork for the Eyes: How Visual Habits Can Create Body Tension" by Marybetts Sinclair

 


 

Enjoy a FREE 34 minute audio lesson with Carina Goodrich. Download available from www.JanetGoodrichMethod.com.
Designed so you can use the activity again and again.
     Track 1 - Introduction to the Janet Goodrich Method
     Track 2 - You and Your Visual System
     Track 3 - Your First Natural Vision Improvement Activity
 

 


 Use Your Own Eyes by William MacCracken, MD. It is available as a free pdf as well as others, at the website of Robert Lichtman, www.outlook-insight.com and it is available in html along with Dr. Bates's 1920 book from central-fixation.com. 

“Use Your Own Eyes” by W.B. MacCracken, MD. (1937) with typos taken out by Esther Joy van der Werf
Normal Sight without Glasses”  (1945, this is a revised version of "Use your own eyes")
These are a excellent books, but are rarely found in second hand bookstores.  The good news is that you can download "Use Your Own Eyes" here for FREE!  
Both books can also be purchased together as PDF files from David Kiesling's Bates Method Store


(Robert says: "If I had to recommend one book to someone starting out, it would be Use Your Own Eyes. It's not as brilliant as Perfect Eyesight, but it is more user friendly. His chapter on palming in particular is excellent. This is a rare case where the best things in life happen to be free. ")


Can eyesight improve naturally? 
By Esther Joy van der Werf

- A report issued on April 18 2007 by Prevent Blindness America estimates the costs associated with adult vision problems in the United States at a staggering $51.4 billion.
- According to Richard Wallingford, OD, president of the American Optometric Association (AOA), approximately 25 percent of all school aged children have vision problems.
- "Sixty percent of people aged 65 and over have cataracts nationwide, and that (percentage) increases with age" says John Ciccone, director of communications for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Fairfax, VA.

These numbers are the tip of the iceberg, they don't include the widespread cases of refractive problems such as nearsightedness and presbyopia, or common eye disorders such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. This is an indication of the enormity of the problem of vision deterioration. I've heard estimates that more than 80% of the population in the USA has vision problems. Our eyesight challenges seem to be getting worse, not better, despite well over 32,000 optometrists currently in practice in the United States alone (as per information on the AOA website). What is wrong with this picture?!?

Optometrists advise us to have regular, preferably annual, eye exams, so they can prescribe compensating lenses at the earliest sign of vision deterioration. However, the obvious tendency is for vision to get worse, not better, when glasses or contacts are worn. Glasses are a nuisance, contacts are not much better, and in general most users of compensating lenses are not satisfied with having to use these crutches for the rest of their lives. Out of despair people turn to laser operations in large numbers, while cataract sufferers wait for the 'ripening' of their cataracts so they can have lens replacement surgery.
Is there another option? Is there a natural approach to solving these many vision challenges? Is there a solution without associated risks or nasty side-effects?

Happily, the answer is a resounding YES. Dr William H Bates, MD, an ophthalmologist from New York (1860-1931), discovered that eye-strain is the major cause of vision deterioration and he set out to find the solution. He concluded that the tension on the muscles around the eyes could be released by simple relaxation techniques, and that applying these techniques resulted in a speedy return to clear vision for most people. His techniques are still taught today and are known as ‘The Bates Method’. The key to reducing the cost and number of vision problems IS available, and the side effects are pleasant: clearer vision, better color perception, increased depth perception, reduction or elimination of headaches, improved memory, and more.

Over the years, the Bates Method has been misunderstood and it is sometimes interpreted as a series of eye exercises. This is unfortunate, as the essence of the method has nothing to do with exercises; it is all about relaxation. Attempting to cure eye strain with eye exercises is like trying to run a mile with strained calf muscles; it is likely to be counter-productive. The smarter idea is to release the strain on the muscles first, and if you then want to do exercises… well, go ahead, enjoy. You will notice however, that people with clear vision do not do eye exercises. They have no reason to. After releasing the eye strain, the vision clears up naturally, and there will be no need for eye exercises. In order to be healthy the eyes simply need to be used in a relaxed, effortless way, all day long.

Anyone who is dissatisfied with their current level of visual blur or who is frustrated with the need for compensating lenses will be happy to know that it is possible to return to clear vision naturally. The first step to reaching that goal is to become aware of how you currently use your eyes. Do you tend to squint or stare? Or do you effortlessly blink and let your eyes move freely? Do you tend to reach for sunglasses the moment you step outside or are your eyes comfortable with bright light? Squinting, staring and light sensitivity are indications of eye strain.

Regular, easy blinking; eyes that happily move rapidly and freely; and the ability of the eyes to be comfortable in bright sunlight are signs of relaxed healthy vision. To go from strained vision habits to relaxed vision habits requires an awareness of how the eyes are used, and continually applying relaxed vision habits in place of the old strained habits. It is not possible to predict how long it will take to return to 20/20 or better vision, but the good news is that it usually takes much less time to return to clarity than it took to reach your current level of blurry vision!

For guidance on how to return to a relaxed way of seeing, and to free yourself from the burden of glasses, contact lenses, or the risks of surgery, contact an experienced Bates Method teacher. You too can begin and enjoy your path to clarity.

Copyright Esther Joy van der Werf, 2007.

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Esther Joy van der Werf has been teaching Natural Eyesight Improvement since 2000. She is a certified teacher of the Bates Method. She improved her own eyesight from 20/50 to 20/20 in two weeks, and progressed to 20/15 in just a few months. Esther loves to help people regain good eyesight in a relaxed effortless way. Originally from The Netherlands, she has taught classes throughout the USA and in Europe. She currently lives in Ojai, CA. Visit her informative website at www.VisionsOfJoy.org.
 


 


 

Eyes and Emotions
By Sharon Hicks

email: sharon@Seeingislearning.com
                                   
"The Eyes are the windows of the Soul."-- Shakespeare

   Through the eyes we express such emotions as joy, love, fear, anger, pain and sadness.  Receiving an angry glare is like receiving toxic energy, while receiving a soft gaze is receiving love. When we are filled with joy our eyes are bright and sparkle.  When we are sad they shed tears.   If we understand that emotions are an expression of the heart and soul, then we understand Shakespeare's phrase "the eyes are the windows to the soul." 
   Emotions can be understood as energy in motion.  If we linger too long with a particular emotion we may develop an emotional imbalance such as depression.  It is best if we are aware of what we feel and allow our emotions to move.  Many of us grew up in families where our feelings didn't matter. We were often taught to hold back our tears or our anger.  Sometimes we even learned to hold back our joy.  When we suppress our feelings or any part of our self the energy of our emotions gets locked in our bodies.  Our bodies stiffen and our eyes harden. Hard eyes indicate a deadness of expression.  Hard eyes do not focus easily. 
   From my experience as a natural vision improvement practitioner I have learned that unexpressed fear may manifest as myopia or nearsightedness.  The myope is often afraid of making a mistake, he is a perfectionist, a thinker who is centrally focused, and shutting out the periphery.   Unexpressed anger, on the other hand, can emerge as hyperopia or farsightedness.  The hyperope may tend to look away from self or space out.  In either case the person is restricting his vision to a comfort zone.   Is it more comfortable to sweep our feelings under the carpet?  Pushing down part of our self can mean suppressing part of our visual field. 
   Our central vision is needed for reading and near work.  It is associated with thinking.  Our peripheral vision senses movement and space.  It is associated with feelings.  When life hurts, or is too overwhelming to handle, we shut out our feelings and simultaneously shut down through our visual system.  Reduced visual fields means reduced visual performance.  This means struggling with reading, comprehension, driving, night vision and sports. 
   The good news is that there are natural ways to re-open the visual fields and in doing this access repressed emotions.   One tool I use is syntonics or colored light balancing.  Specific color frequencies are used to balance the nervous system, endocrine system and visual system.  Once this process is started, healing can take place throughout the whole person.  In addition, eyes begin to soften, and will readily respond to vision training to improve focusing flexibility and eye teaming.   This means lowering dependency on glasses and enhancing visual performance including attention, learning and creativity.
   Our journeys toward health should allow the flowing of all our emotions and the return to our natural state of joy. I like the philosophy that joy is our true self and love is divine energy.  Loving communications begin with eye contact.  For a joyful meditation, choose a partner and sit opposite each other.  Begin with eyes closed.  Take a minute or two to breathe deeply and soften your body.  Also soften your eyes. When feeling relaxed open your eyes and blink gently to keep them soft.  Gaze into each other's eyes.  Concentrating on each other's eyes send love to your partner through your gaze.  Continue at least five minutes or as long as your want.  Notice what happens and how you feel.  Then close your eyes again and breathe in love. Imagine your entire body filled with love and joy.  Upon opening your eyes let them stay soft as you look around the room. Observe how you and your eyes feel.
   If you are a person with vision difficulties consider that your condition could be asking you to take a closer look at yourself and your mind-body perceptions. I recommend yoga and vision training to facilitate your healing process.   
                                   

By Sharon Hicks, founder of Personal Vision, a vision fitness program that addresses the whole person.
P.O. Box 413, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, 610-299-6210, Seeingislearning@aol.com

 


 

 

Changing the Way You See Things 
by Colleen Chen, 
email: the4thchakra@hotmail.com

 

I used to wonder what people did before glasses and contact lens were invented.  People must have been walking around squinting and nearly blind, I thought.  However, that was before I realized that deteriorating vision is not necessarily a “natural” thing, and “vision correction,” by sometimes addressing only a symptom of a larger underlying cause, often actually disempowers an individual from self-correcting, setting her up for continually worse eyesight.

 

What exactly is your body trying to tell you when your vision starts to go bad?  That depends on whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted, two conditions that happen to two very different frames of mind.  It’s actually very simple—the physical eyes can represent not only physical vision, but mental, emotional, and spiritual vision as well. 

 

If you are nearsighted: You were probably told that it’s because you read too much or in not good enough light.  These actually don’t in themselves make your eyes get worse; there’s nothing wrong with reading a lot.  However, chances are, you are a hider and indulging a bit of an escapist tendency in those books.  You blur the world around you because you feel so overwhelmed and pressured that you can no longer see the “big picture.”  You tend to be afraid of the future, and can only deal with the here and now before you.  I myself started becoming nearsighted in the 3rd grade, when my dad started making me learn math a year ahead of my grade. 

 

If you are farsighted: You were probably told that it’s because the eyes change as you get older.  Actually, it’s more so that your attitude changes as you age.  Farsightedness has to do with a sense of a loss of time—that there are too many details, too many things you need to get done; thus—you are overwhelmed with what’s in front of you, and you blur it.  You tend to be afraid of the present, because your attention is in the future and the past.  As people age, this perspective tends to become more dominant.

 

The bottom line with either nearsightedness or farsightedness is that it is often fear that obstructs your vision, makes you in some way afraid to look at life, handle it in your conscious awareness. 

 

Take a deep breath and relax.  Your vision may be able to improve, in all its aspects together, if you allow yourself to feel safe, letting your body start to shed the layers of fear programmed into your perspective. 

 

Exercises:

 

Take off your glasses or contacts and spend some time looking around you.  Notice the fear that you might experience, or any urge to tense up, and breathe it out.  Don’t try to see anything—don’t squint, stare, or try to identify objects—just let your eyes drift, relaxed, over the scene in front of you.  Let your nose follow your eyes, and turn your head with your gaze.  Notice colors, shapes, and movement.  Notice the shapes and colors in negative space.  Let your eyes trace the outlines of objects, never dwelling very long on any one object.  Do this for about ten minutes. 

 

Palming is an effective way to rest your eyes and to kick in their self-healing, self-relaxing mechanism.  Blurred vision means stressed-out eyes, tensed out of fear; you want to relax them.  To palm, rub your hands together till the centers tingle, and place your hands lightly across your closed eyes—not pressing down, but covering them so light doesn’t get in.  Your arms should be comfortable, in a position where they won’t get tired.  Imagine blackness caressing your eyes.  You can palm many times during the day, for a few minutes at a time, and preferably a little longer before bed.

 

Tips for everyday seeing:

  • Take some time every day to go without your glasses or contacts—just in the home will do. 
  • Notice when your vision is better or worse—do you see better right when you wake up?  worse in bookstores, at work, watching TV, when you are lost?
  • Look for movement—keep your peripheral vision active.
  • Blink often, keep your gaze soft, and don’t stare or squint.
  • Let your head turn as you look at things.
  • Take breaks from reading or working on the computer.  Palm or go outside and look at the trees.
  • Check your body often to make sure you are relaxed and breathing!

 

Improving your vision is possible and very validating.  One of the difficulties with it is that you can’t decrease your prescription without getting new checkups all the time from your eye doctor.  This is really inconvenient.  There are a couple options for dealing with this.  There are an increasing amount of eye doctors out there who will cooperate when you tell them what you’re trying to do, and they might be willing to work with you.

 


The Spring 2003, Volume 34 Number One edition of The Journal of Optometric Vision Development is devoted almost exclusively to progressive clinical approaches in controlling and treating myopia. The articles should prove very interesting to all professionals confronted with myopic clients or patients. Here is the link:

www.beyond2020vision.com/nearsightedness1  

 

Nearsightedness – Seeing Beyond The Obvious 
by Dr. Roberto Kaplan

The Part Two of the paper I wrote titled: Nearsightedness – Seeing Beyond The Obvious has been published in the  Optometric Journal of Vision Development, Volume 34, Number Two, Summer 2003.

It is encouraging for all of us to realise that Behavioral and Developmental Optometrists are willing to publish complementary and traditional approaches to nearsightedness vision care in their literature.

Here are some of the key quotes from the paper:

“The visual system is more inclusive than the physical eye alone.”

“Treatment for nearsightedness in the eye must include therapies that deal with the myopic behavior, a deeper brain/mind phenomenon.”   

“The eye is the window to myopic behavior. This means that when we measure diopters in the eye it is the glimpse into the deeper myopic behavior of the patient.”

“It is quite common to see a disruption of binocular vision when the patient is confronted with an incomplete emotional aspect to their life.”

“The more the patient has successfully dealt with the difficult parts of their lives, the higher the possibility for deeper levels of binocular vision and clear uncompensated distance vision.”

“Entering into the eye of the person during a vision examination is like reaching into the deeper realms of their true nature.  Each variation of diopter from one eye to another reveals the mystery of how the patient has adjusted their inner and outer views of their world.”

“Surviving in fear is a reactive form of behavior that promotes a myopic way of seeing reality.”

“From these, and other patching experiments, it appears that each eye carries its own family history and story about the survival personality.”

“A lens must be seen as more than an acuity altering device. The lens is a powerful medicine for altering the programming of perceptual conditioning of the person through their eyes into the brain and mind. We realize that the nearsighted patient is more than a deformed eyeball. “

“The measurement of diopters in the eye represents the structural adaptation to what the patient’s mind is directing.  It is helpful to remember that by modifying lens prescriptions before the patient's eyes helps restructure their perceptions in the mind.”


If you would like to read the complete paper you may down load it from my website:

Paper - Light Lenses and the Mind. See www.beyond2020vision.com/lightlensesmind
Paper – Nearsightedness – Seeing Beyond The Obvious – Part 1. See www.beyond2020vision.com/nearsightedness1
Paper – Nearsightedness – Seeing Beyond The Obvious – Part 2. See www.beyond2020vision.com/nearsightedness2


Seeing Is Believing: How My Vision Improved
by Rosemary Gaddum Gordon

"Nothing can be done for nearsightedness except glasses or contact lenses," was what I was taught while training to be an orthoptist (someone who teaches eye exercises to people whose eyes don't work well together) at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. I was nineteen.

Five years later I was living at the Integral Yoga Institute in Los Angeles where we did asanas (yogic exercises) for our eyes. Fellow yogis talked about people who'd done eye exercises and no longer needed glasses. I told them this was impossible and thought that their devotion to yoga was "blinding" them, so to speak.

Two years passed and I was living in Santa Fe, teaching Hatha Yoga classes at night and practicing orthoptics during the day. One afternoon, while contemplating a picture of Swami Satchitananda, I realized that the principles behind yoga and orthoptics were in direct opposition to each other. At work, during the day, I was telling people to push themselves harder but, at night during yoga class, I was teaching people how to breathe, relax, and let the body find its own way to balance.

I felt confused and I didn't know which was "right." And if one method were "right," was the other "wrong?" I looked towards Heaven and asked for help.

Within a week a man named Helmuth walked into my office announcing that he too taught eye exercises. Assuming him to be an orthoptist, I asked where he had Mined and discovered he taught the Bates Method of Vision Improvement whose goal is to eliminate glasses altogether. Helmuth said that not only could he help people coordinate their eyes better but he could also help them get rid of glasses. Of course, I didn't believe him. It was impossible. I had it from the authority of my earlier training.

I had been wearing glasses for nearsightedness since I was fourteen, so he suggested I would be a perfect guinea pig for proving how well the Bates Method worked. I was skeptical until he said its success was based on relaxation. Then I became intrigued because this was beginning to sound like yoga. Both my curiosity and wish to be free of glasses persuaded me to explore the Bates Method but I admit to being extremely resistant; I questioned everything he taught. In fact my mind raced so much during our sessions, I found it very hard to relax.

The first improvement I observed in my vision involved a change in sensitivity to bright sunlight I had been practicing a technique for increasing my tolerance to bright light and, finally, I no longer needed dark glasses. This was great, but I still wasn't seeing more clearly.

Finally, during one session while working with the eye chart, I became so relaxed I was almost asleep. There was a small letter on the board that, at first, looked like a smudge; as I practiced, it started to become legible and then it became clear. This wasn't a fluke! I could repeat it! I was amazed, especially when Helmuth told me its size was 20/20!

That was 22 years ago, and that experience made me question everything I'd learned about orthoptics. I began to integrate the Bates Method techniques into my orthoptic practice. When a boy of nine was able to improve his vision from 20/30 to 20/20 in one month, I was absolutely convinced.

Since then I have moved to the Boston area and have received a graduate degree in vision and psychotherapy and continue to explore any field which may help someone to see better. I haven't worn glasses in years and will always be grateful for the wonderful way in which my prayer was answered.


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Rosemary Gordon Gaddum can be found shuttling between Cambridge, MA and Eliot, ME.
 You can email her at gordoneyes@msn.com or go to www.cambridgehealthassociates.com/rosemary.html _________________________________________________________

© 2001 - 2002 - Common Law Copyright - Rosemary Gaddum Gordon - All Rights Reserved.    

 



New Hope For Eye Diseases  by Dr. Roberto Kaplan


If you have been diagnosed with an eye disease it does not necessarily need to be the end of the world for you. The medical model implies that an eye disease spells trouble and can be portrayed as life threatening. This invariably produces a deep feeling of fear. Sometimes a surgical procedure can help or medications are recommended to prevent the condition from becoming worse. This conventional Western "fix it" approach assumes that the cause of the eye disease is in the physical eye itself. Therefore if you provide some help for the eyes then the eye disease will be controlled. What if the eye condition was as a result of a way of living that was not congruent with your true nature?  Perhaps, in addition to your eye doctor¹s accurate diagnosis and recommended treatments, there are other complementary points of view for you to consider.

The Photograph


Notice the photograph of the bicycles and the alley. At first glance this may look like a normal picture of a an ivy covered building and shops with lights on. You may give it a quick glance and believe you know everything there is to see.  This is called seeing the visible.
Often in life there is more to see than what we think is the obvious.

In the same way you might believe your eye disease is a curse doomed to forever influence your life. Also, the other alternative ways to help your eyes might be hidden from the obvious view. Even your eye doctor may have not seen it.

Now spend a few minutes looking more deeply into the photograph. Take a breath and let your eyes stop and see if faces of people come into your awareness. There are seven faces coming out of the background of the photograph ready to meet you. In the same way as you read this article be ready to have a new point of view of  your eye disease.  New hope is on the way.  

A 21st Century Paradigm For Eye Diseases:

There is a more far reaching approach to eye diseases that I have written about in my books The Power Behind Your Eyes  and Conscious Seeing.

Your physical eye, which I call the "camera eye" is one part of your full seeing potential. There is also an eye associated with the brain. I call this the "brain eye". Then there is the "mind's eye" a deeper part of vision because it deals with your feelings and emotions. When we add all these eyes together you can access what can best be described as "conscious seeing."

Where I come from in Africa, the traditional healers recognize that the eye, brain and mind function as one system. Your physical eye brings the light of the world to your brain. As the light travels further and further into the depths of the brain, more and  more integrations occurs. This means that through your eyes you unite thinking and feeling perceptions in the "brain's eye."

By the time the same light reaches your  "mind's eye"  sense is made of these thoughts, feelings and emotions.  It is here that you construct your perceptions of your life and how you actualise this living. From this more traditional way of seeing your eye disease can be seen in a new light.  The point is that when you develop an eye disease there is the likelihood that one of three mentioned eyes are not participating in being part of the team.

The Message From The Eye Disease

There is a message within the communication from the eye disease. This is an awakening. To new possibilities. Perhaps a healthier way of living. The eye disease asks you to pay attention to what is visible as well as invisible. The eye structures are  like the elements of a recipe, ingredients that all add to the understanding of the whole. When one part of your eye is involved in a disease process it is letting you know that it is overworked or not activated enough.  For example, in the case of a cataract the part of the eye involved is the lens. Sometimes, the lens is unable to metabolise certain foods.

The eye disease is a metaphor of your life journey - like going down a road over some nails that puncture the tires of the car. As a driver you are forced to stop the car. The eye condition forces you to stop the way you have been doing your life in the past. The way conventional medicine approaches the eye disease in this metaphor would be to keep repairing the punctures or changing the tires. Instead, shouldn't one attempt to find a new road that has no nails on it?

The goal when having an eye disease is to choose a new path, a journey that takes you down the road of your true nature realising your dreams and personal vision. For most of my patients with eye diseases they have to seriously evaluate where there is an imbalance in their way of living. It may be reevaluating their eating style, a denial of unhappiness, an unfulfilling career, distress and family challenges or an addiction to food, cigarettes, alcohol or a relationship.

Blindness As A Gift
When my patients with eye diseases reveal to me their fear of blindness I introduce some concepts from traditional peoples, like the Africans, Tibetans or Peruvians.  Firstly, any disease can be considered to be like a "mini-death". The life force of part of the eye is no longer functional. The cells have degenerated and in some cases died. The wise sages would see this death of structure as a preparation for our acceptance of mortality. At some point in this physical existence our physical body is going to stop working and we will transcend through death.

Preparation for Deeper Seeing
Is it possible that the eye disease is a form of this mini death letting you know about a deeper and more spiritually guided form of seeing? For many of my patients this seems to be the case. While they listen to special self healing audio tapes that I have designed for eye diseases, like the conditions below, and looking through healing colours, they discover that there eye disease shows them the way for the future. In most cases they  realise that they being demanded by their eye disease to:

i)     Slow down
ii)   Make changes where there is unhappiness
iii)  Live a healthier lifestyle
iv)  Deal with incompletions
v)   Seek more fulfillment in their daily living

An Eye Disease Questionnaire:  
In order for you to find the new hope for your eye disease answer the following questions. The purpose of the questions is for you to choose the eye disease you have and examine the deeper message behind the eye condition itself.

Glaucoma - Do you  have :
                      concerns about going blind?
                      pressure in your life?
                      a tendency to put yourself in painful situations?
                      a tendency to eat unhealthy food, drink too much coffee?
                      workaholic tendencies?
                      an unhappy relationship?

Cataracts  -  Is you life clouded by being too busy?
                      Do you carry burdens from the past?
                      Is your home full of lots of unnecessary belonging from the past?
                      Do you have a fear of letting go?
                      Is your communication unclear?
                      Are  you able to stay in your purpose?
              
Macular degeneration  -   Are you missing a central theme for your life?
                                              Is your life slowing  down?
                                              Do you have moments where you sense a new direction  for your life?
                                              Are spiritual matters more important than the physical?
                                               Do you feel a victim of what you could do in the past?

Retinal detachments -     Is you perspective on life too narrow or restricted?
                                           Is it difficult for you to access your feelings?
                                           Do you live in a material focus in life?
                                           Do you find yourself separated from your emotions and people?
                                           Do you limit possibilities for yourself?

Corneal conditions -        Have you misused your power?
                                            Do you sometimes find your ego bigger than your heart?
                                            Do you have a sense of not being powerful enough?
                                            Are there self destructive patterns of behaviour in your life?   
                                            Do aspects of your life get distorted out of proportion?

Optic Nerve conditions -   Do you find yourself blocking or ignoring emotions?
                                               Is your life lacking flow?
                                               Do you tend to be inflexible?

Vitreous Floaters    -   Are their incompletions in your life that need your attention?
                                       Is your life too fast and busy?
                                       Are you in any denial of parts of your life?
                                       Do you adequately manage stress in your life?

-itis Conditions -         Do you hold back and suppress your anger?
                                          (like iritis, conjunctivitis, blepharitis and keratitis)
                                      Are aspects of your life irritating  you?
                                      Do you feel frustrated in your work or relationships?
                                      Do you tend to get hot and flushed and easily upset?

Retinitis Pigmentosa      -   Is it difficult for you to express and talk about your  feelings?
                                              Are there hidden secrets in your family?
                                              Are you living your potential and purpose?
               

If you answer yes to more than half of the questions to any one eye disease then the eye condition is not caused by physical factors alone.

If this is the case then you can consider using complimentary approaches for your eye disease in addition to your treatments recommended by your eye physician.
These may include:

i)     Eating more healthy food, supervised fasting, and food supplementation
ii)    Cutting back on stress producing activities in your life
iii)  Making changes in your personal life that brings more peace and harmony
iv)  Consulting with a professional in the field of vision therapy or education, life style  
      counsellor, kinesiologist, psychotherapist or acupuncturist
v)   Exercising more in fresh air and appreciating the value of natural sunlight
vi) Taking frequent rest breaks when reading, working on a computer or watching
      television



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Dr. Roberto Kaplan is a former Professor of Optometry and Board Certified in Vision Therapy offers personal phone and e-mail consultations. He can be reached at (604) 608-3519 or via e-mail
at robertokap@beyond2020vision.com
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© 2001 - 2002 - Common Law Copyright - Roberto Kaplan - All Rights Reserved.