Is ANYONE successful - when he accepts that long-term plus wearing - is required.
Here are remarks from my nephew, Keith B., who heard what I said about the need to 1) Never wear a minus lens 2) Wear a plus for all close work - during college, 3) Always check and pass the 20/40 line, and 4) The plus is safe - and the minus lens is dangerous - as science shows it to be. Keith is now over 50 years old. I admire his success !
From Dr. Raphaelson's experience with, "The Printer's Son", (Chapter 3), it has become clear that you must understand the bad results that occur when you use the negative lens. More than this, Jacob's analysis demonstrated that even a completely dedicated eye doctor can not overcome the popular misconceptions that exists in the public's mind about eye doctors and the use of the preventive lens.
I made a major effort to help my niece and nephew. They developed a clear understanding of the problem of nearsightedness and the type or solution that could be expected. I believe that providing them with a "fighting chance" to defeat the problem is better than providing no chance at all. Both used the plus lens and retained clear distant vision without prescription lenses. They understood that it would take long-term commitment to achieve the desired result. I asked my nephew to write a short note to describe his own effort and outcome as he worked to maintain clear distant vision through college.
FOUR YEARS OF COLLEGE WEARING A PLUS LENS
Dear Uncle, February 19, 1990
Thank you very much for the book, "How to Avoid
Nearsightedness". I got it yesterday after I came back from the
weekend. I am looking forward to reading it soon, but for now I
have a great deal of school work to read.
I would imagine you'll be pleased to have me tell you that
one of the first things I did after opening your book was to check
my eyes with the eye chart. I am able to read the 20/20 line on
the eye-chart. I have been using my drug store plus lenses most
of the time now. I have always passed the driver's license eye
I use these glasses nearly 100 percent of the time when I
read text books and use them for about 70 percent of the total
reading I do. I started using them as much as possible again
because, at the end of last semester my sight was pretty bad (I
didn't check them on a chart). I am lucky to have an uncle who
showed me back in eighth grade that I could prevent my
One thing college has taught me is to listen to others and
then use or adapt methods to work for me. In the last few years I
have had a great deal more reading work to do. If I don't use the
magnifying lenses I notice fairly quickly that my sight starts to
deteriorate. Then I realize it's time to do something to stop
At the moment, I am wearing the magnifying lens because I
know what it does for my vision. Thanks for taking the time to
tell me how to avoid a situation, wearing glasses at all times for
the rest of my life, that I would find unpleasant, and for sending
me a copy of your book so I can learn more in-depth about the
methods I am using.