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Rehabilitation / Time of practice
« Last post by foie on February 20, 2017, 05:50:52 AM »
Hi everybody !  A little question:
If i practice 1 hour by day with print pushing or hart chart challenge,  could i improve faster than passive plus lens therapy ?  How many minutes by day practice  to wish 0.5 dioptrie improvement in 1 year ?  Cheers

News and Background / Re: Ben Rubin interviews Todd about hormesis
« Last post by OtisBrown on February 06, 2017, 07:32:26 AM »
I am an engineer, and Todd is a scientists.  Tragically, you will find that optometrists never take science seriously.  Here is the science and statistics - that confirm why Todd was, and is successful.  Success can only come from an educated parent.

For me, I no alternative.  If you are wise, and motivated, and will work to pass the DMV, then success is possible.
Personally - I will never trust an OD measurement. 

I do it myself.
Rehabilitation / Re: My tribute to an optometrist - who told me the truth.
« Last post by OtisBrown on January 30, 2017, 04:33:07 PM »
All I ever asked for - was that I be told scientific truth - while I was still able to read the 20/40  line -  and get myself back to 20/20.  But scientific truth is "tricky", the OD will tell you.  I know I made my choice, when I was at 20/40.

Yes - Todd was successful.
Because he did not, "hold back" on the wearing of a plus lens.
Because he resolved to PASS the only real requirement (Pass the 20/40 line - or better).
But people who demand 20/10 (that they always get from a strong minus lens) will most certainly become permanently myopic.

It is all a matter of your educated choice.
Thank you, Otis! I am so glad I came across all of these resources. At least it gives me hope we have a chance to improve my son's vision instead of submitting to passive acceptance of its annual deterioration. I feel like we have plateaued now between 20/50 and 20/40, but it's been only a month now and it's still better than being between 20/100 and 20/80.

We will continue following Todd's and your recommendations. I will post our updates. Thank you!
Hi 9yo Sun,
You are in a good position - if you continue to teach your child to 1) Sit up, 2) Read through a plus lens,  3)  Keep this up for all reading, 4) Accept that passing the 20/40 line (both eyes open) is a continued success.  There are brave ODs who call ODs, "researching myopia" - fradulent.  Here is the post by Dr. Maurice Brumer.

If I stated this - you would not believe me.  But this is an OD with 50  years experience.

I will never say, "cure", but only "intelligently avoid".  The "background fact" - is that our eyes, "go down" at a rate of -1/2 diopter per year - for each year we spend in school.  For those who, "object" to the plus - well they must understand that fact.

No OD will tell you this!  Because it would under-cut - the basis - of their entire profession.

Thank you, Otis! I am reading your "How to Avoid Nearsightedness" now.

The only time my son used the minus glasses was at that church event (Christmas pageant). He liked the way everything looked clear to him, that's true. But I talked to him after our "second opinion" visit to the ophthalmologist, we watched Todd Becker's presentation together, we decided to give the print pushing method a try and not wear those prescription minus glasses. The visits to optometrist and ophthalmologist left some bitter feelings in me. The first one ran his practice like a money mill. He literally spent about 10 minutes on us, then told me that if I had any further questions, his assistant would answer those while he had to see another patient waiting for him. Well, his assistant only wanted to sell, nothing else. And taking into consideration that this was the first case of myopia in our family on both sides, I had a lot of unanswered questions that day. After reading up on this condition and watching Todd's presentation, I was better prepared for the visit to the ophthalmologist. I was disappointed and confused to see a stronger prescription, but I was happy to hear when he confirmed that if I didn't want my son to wear those minus glasses, this would not hurt his vision. That was all I needed to hear to feel free to try Todd Becker's method. I didn't feel comfortable mentioning it to the doctor though. He was convinced that wearing any - minus or plus - would not cause any changes in vision. His idea was that my son's myopia would progress simply because his eyes will continue to grow, and no glasses would cause the condition to get better or worse.

We homeschool, so every time my son works on computer or reads anything, I have him wear plus glasses and I personally move his book or monitor about 2 inches back and forth between the areas when he can see the font clearly and not so clearly. We have taped marks on the floor for his chair and desk, we have marks on the desk to keep track of the distances when we do "print pushing". I think it's helping. Yesterday he felt comfortable reading 20/40 lines on 13ft Snellen chart. 20/20 was still too blurry though. But it's a huge improvement since we began. He also can see street and traffic signs clearer now. I hope to have confirmation of his vision improvement at his official annual eye check next year.

My main question is - looking at how fast my son moved from 20/80 to 20/40 - basically within 3 weeks of active print pushing - can this be because he has false myopia? Or is it a usual rate of improvement for this age/condition when using print pushing?
Hi 9Year -
I give "suggestions" to mature adults - at age 17.  It is very difficult to give advice to a parents or a child.  What we do know - is that  if your son starts wearing a strong minus - his refractive state will go down at a rate of -1/2 diopter per year.  Children wearing a strong plus - do not go down.  Here is the video discussion - and references.

The plus is not a "cure".  But used with wisdom (as Todd did it), it is possible to reach the 20/40 line  - on your home Snellen - and with continued motivated plus - slowly pass the 20/40 line (the only line a young child should be required to objectively pass.)

Enjoy the video.

4 weeks ago my 9 y/o son was diagnosed with mild myopia, vision 20/80, optometrist prescribed him -1.75 both eyes, right eye with small astigmatism. We were told his myopia would progress by about a point each year. The optometrist's assistant also tried to push rather aggressively the overnight lenses treatment on us (for about 2K) or a pair of glasses for the cost of $512. I went to an online store and ordered two pairs of glasses instead: one -1.75 (as my son had an event at the church in two days where he had to be able to read from a teleprompter for two hours), and another pair with +2 (because I wanted to give a try to Mr. Becker's advice). For the church event, my son had to wear those -1.75 glasses, two days later we went to see an ophthalmologist for the second opinion. The ophthalmologist diagnosed him with 20/80 myopia and gave prescription for -2.00, light astigmatism in both eyes. I was disappointed - did we jump from -1.75 to -2 within 3 days? the ophthalmologist assured me there wasn't much difference between the two prescriptions...  One thing I was able to get out of him was that if my son didn't wear that prescription, it would not affect his vision neither negatively, nor positively. With that, I decided to not give any minus glasses to my son for now. We started doing print pushing every time he had to read on computer or textbook (thanks god, we homeschool, so we can avoid the necessity of wearing the prescription glasses for whiteboard/blackboard class setting).
His twin sister has 20/20 vision, no issues. The kids' previous vision check was at 4 y/o, no issues discovered at that time, both of them were still a bit farsighted (+0.75) then. They both go throw the same exposure to studying, computer/TV time. No myopia in the family on either side. Both my husband and I have 20/20, albeit I do have light astigmatism. The only difference is my son is very much into Legos while my daughter is more of an athlete and enjoys spending more time at the ice skating rink and outdoors. What is interesting though, both of them shoot arrows and guns with my husband regularly and hit distant targets sharp. So, we only realized that our son had myopia when he said he couldn't read road signs until the car was almost right next to them. When I started testing him at home with the 13ft chart he couldn't see 20/20 line at the distance of 1.5 meter, and the 20/80 line on that chart was a bit blurry to him at 13 ft, he couldn't read the lines below it at that distance.
Now, after watching this Ted Becker's presentation and doing active print pushing in +2.0 lenses for almost 3 weeks, my son can see the 20/50 line on that chart at 13 ft; the 20/40 is a bit blurry, but he can read it, too. I change the charts, so I know he can't memorize the letters. Can it be the sign that my son actually had pseudomyopia and these exercises are helping to relax his muscles? I'm hopeful, albeit my optimism is cautious. Any encouraging comments? Thank you for your advices, Todd!
Rehabilitation / My tribute to an optometrist - who told me the truth.
« Last post by OtisBrown on December 27, 2016, 07:21:18 AM »
Dear Friends,
I know we will struggle with the issue of "just prevention" or getting, "out of 20/60 vision", under your control.  But Todd was successful, because he had a "weak" prescription, and because he started checking his own Snellen. (Something almost all refuse to do.)  Here is the Optometrist - who told me the bitter truth - that the minus is the world's WORST SOLUTION.

I only wish I had been provided with the science of the eye's proven behavior.  I would have accepted that I must always exceed the 20/30 line - under my control.  Science - proves that Todd was both correct and successful.  I just make no "claims" if you are now wearing a minus lens.
Enjoy !
Rehabilitation / Re: My reductions + Floaters + hocus Focus+ High Plus
« Last post by j23 on December 20, 2016, 02:28:13 PM »
Hello j23! I try to answer you:
- i don t relax my eyes before exercices
-no occular pressure
-when blinkink staring or wear plus lens short improvement for only 15 mn
-no pain inside eye and no train one eye after the other. Is it important ? 
Do you see great improvement with your suggestions. 
What risks with high plus lens,?  Steven succes with this method...  Thanks

I am a newbie. So the improvement is very limited (I mean the improvement to have a stable better vision).

From personal experience - after the first month of using I got nearly red sore eyes and it took another month to recover
now on very first sign of uneasiness I stop for a while to get some rest.
 (of course I am using for nearly 8 h  / day so maybe this is the difference)
for the pain I feel it many times a day (as if too much pressure) - but of course may be because I never wear my minus glasses

Actually during the first month the ocular muscles were squeezing the eye so when looking at anything far produced tears and pain.
Now is a bit better - but far from "relaxed".

For acuity it is very variable - sometimes I feel to be around -1D (for better eye) - so when driving with my correction (-1D) I can see prettyclearly than used to be. But especially at home sometimes I can see Snellen lines better and sometimes not even the biggest 20/200 - with the same light conditions  (due to eyes fatigue I think)

I think it is unreasonable to use high plus because eyes can streach only a bit to see 'better' so even when you wear +2D looking into distance - then it is blurry enough. I am not an expert so can't say if Rajaty got the floater because of too much plus, but is possible if you have the 'more pressure response' inside the eyes.

I was not trying more than +2D and rather for close work only. But when I read from computer (comparing to reading a book) I need to see quite clearly so +1.5D are forcing me to sit too close to the screen. +1D are fine for me for around 50-60cm distance.

Summing up: from what I understood you wear contacts, thus if you take them off the blur is similar to what you are going to do wearing plus on top.

Maybe high plus can help, as the response (in animal studies) was higher with higher plus - but there are always limits ...
I think this is not the method Tod advocates to put such stress.

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