I was rather nearsighted and needed glasses to drive or just see a few feet in front of me.
Then a couple years ago I stumbled on this site:
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I was intrigued. I bought the programme and practiced the simple eye exercises every day. In three weeks I jumped from 20/100 to 20/30. In the months that followed I perfected my vision to 20/20 and even 20/15. When I got my physical for the Air Force last November, the result was 20/20 left, right, and together.
Nearsightedness is a "musclebounding" of the eyes â€” the lenses are controlled by ciliary muscles that change their shape; the ciliary muscles are contracted (tensed) when the eye is looking at something close, like a book or computer screen. They are relaxed when looking ~7 feet away, and they are stretched when looking more than 7 feet away.
When we do something like read or use the computer, the ciliary muscles are tensed. If we read all the time, then the ciliary muscles find a "resting" state that is always tensed, and are incapable of relaxing, i.e. focusing on objects far away. This is not a permanent condition, and the eye exercises in the Vision For Life programme train those muscles back to a natural state â€” that is, back to 20/20 (or better, as in my case).
Laser eye surgery does not address the problem (tensed, musclebound ciliary muscles), and instead actually changes the shape of the cornea in order to mimic one's glasses perscription. Laser eye surgery is basically just making it so you can never take your glasses off ever again. The thought alone terrifies me, personally.
You ask what it was like to put away the glasses. I tell you, man, it was the most ecstatic experience of my life: I could see every leaf, every branch, every stone and pebble, every face and strand of hair again â€” all things I had missed since childhood. I could see the stars again. I could see the detailed face of the Moon again! Throwing away the glasses was like Tiny Tim throwing away his crutch, knowing that something miraculous had occurred. The world was now in HD for me, and there was no turning back.