pump up your eyeballs

A couple of years ago I found that my eyes were straining after a day in front of the computer. I went to the optometrist and was told I needed eyeglasses. Now, I grew up having 20/20 vision. I was proud of it, even though I had absolutely no control over my perceived optical acuity. When I learned of my need for glasses, I felt like my eyes had let me down. Indeed, I became a deflated shell of my former self and it was hard to come to terms with the fact that I was no longer a 20/20 type of guy.

You’re probably getting all weepy and forlorn now, so before you short out your keyboard, let me share the good news: It is possible to improve your eyesight through eye exercises, and in some cases fully restore 20/20 vision.

Eye exercises don’t sound too bad, especially if it means getting rid of my glasses. I’ll build up my eye muscles so much I’ll be able to lift small children with my gaze, stop cars with a swift wink and close the car door with a stare. When people ask me to flex (it happens all the time) I will crush them with an overpowering demonstration of my optical strength. Yup, using the See Clearly Method, I could get rid of my glasses completely.

Of course that means I would have to actually order their product and exercise my eyes regularly.

Now that I think about it, glasses aren’t that bad. After all, they do make you smarter, right?


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  1. I hear ads on the radio all the time for this product. I’m totally skeptical. If exercises would work, why aren’t there gajillions of pages on webmd with drawings and examples?

    I’m helpless without my glasses or contacts. My left eye is -9.0 and my right is -8.5 . It’s terrible! If there’s really exercises that work (without paying $$$ to find out), I want to know.

    Comment by Renee on August 4, 2003 @ 7:59 am
  2. Wow, and I thought my eyesight was bad at -5.0 & -6.0. Renee, if you press your hand against your face when you’re not wearing any eye correction, can you see it clearly? I knew a girl in high school who had such a bad perscription, she wore glasses and contacts together just to see clearly. Even with that, the glasses were still very thick. Senior year she got Lasik and now has 20/20.

    I get an eyestrain headache just thinking about the possible exercises you would be required to do for the See Clearly Method. Lasik is definately the way for me.

    Comment by Mel on August 4, 2003 @ 8:14 am
  3. I don’t even want to hear any whining about vision troubles. I’m quite happy with glasses, especially after my ordeal with rigid gas-permeable contact lenses and cornea transplant surgery. Yet, even now I don’t quite have 20/20 in both eyes. Somehow, I manage to survive. :)

    But hey, it would be cool to lift small children and dangle them upside-down with my gaze. I can think of some kids on which that ability that would come in very handy.

    Comment by Levi on August 4, 2003 @ 9:14 am
  4. I had Lasik done back in June 1999. It put me from about 20/400 to 20/20 in about 24 hours. Actually, one of my eyes went to 20/15, but then drifted back to 20/20. It was a lot of money, but being able to see what time it is on the alarm clock in the morning is worth it.

    Comment by Cameron on August 4, 2003 @ 9:21 am
  5. Renee: A friend of mine is trying it out. He ordered the program and is going through the process. He has started wearing a weaker prescription to force his eyes to work harder. If he has any success I’ll let you know.

    Regarding its absence from webmd, I think it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Think of the Atkins diet. Only now is the medical profession admitting that he may be on to something.

    Comment by dan on August 4, 2003 @ 9:32 am
  6. Keep me posted on your friend’s efforts with seeclearly.

    I refuse to do Lasik. Of the 15 people I know who’ve done it, half still have to wear glasses. If I have to sign a waiver because I may be blinded, I darn well better never have to wear glasses again. Until the odds get better, I’m not risking it.

    Comment by Renee on August 4, 2003 @ 11:35 am
  7. I’m supposed to be giving my O levels this year but my eyesight is really bad..-8.5 left and right though i think my right one is increasing….i need to know if there is any way i can bring my number down…exercise or anyhting…any ideas??

    Comment by sarah on September 9, 2003 @ 4:50 am
  8. You could try the See Clearly Method and let us know if it actually works.

    Comment by dan on September 9, 2003 @ 6:37 am

    Comment by WAYNE BELL on September 22, 2003 @ 7:18 pm
  10. I can see the theory behind the See Clearly Method, but I would guess it works only for people with very slight vision problems, not those with very weak eyesight.

    I don’t know my vision specifications off hand, but I am not required to wear glasses for driving, so I would probably be a good candidate for such a solution. I simply wear glasses to make distant objects sharper and I like the way I look in glasses. I look more “educated” with glasses.

    I will say as a person with a very slight vision problem, that I have noticed diet affects my vision too. When I consciously drink only water (no pop or sugary liquids), eat lots of veggies like carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. and avoid the junk foods and sugars, my vision improves enough to where I don’t have to wear my glasses as much.

    I’m curious about the See Clearly Method, but it is quite expensive, and my gut tells me is is a sham.

    Comment by mike on September 26, 2003 @ 11:53 am
  11. I’ve been using the SCM every day for five weeks. No improvement yet but still hopefull…

    Comment by Jeremy Groves on November 9, 2003 @ 6:00 pm
  12. See Clearly is based on the Bates Method of Eye Care. I tried this method 40 years ago when I first started needing glasses. After doing the exercises for a couple of months I stopped using glasses and didn’t need them until I was in my mid-forties.

    Like all therapies that actually work, it takes discipline. I haven’t bought the course since I have the original book by Bates, but if you have some friends to go in with, it’s probably worth the money. I’ve been lazy over the years too, but have recently started the exercises again. I’m now 62 but I’m sure I will see improvement. But then again, I also cured myself of inflammatory arthritis by cutting out all flour products. As a Chiropractor, I’ve presented this diet change to patients, but most would rather be crippled or dose themselves with drugs and side effects, than change their habits. And that’s fine too.

    Comment by Carl on November 23, 2003 @ 10:29 pm

    Comment by HEIDI on January 25, 2004 @ 12:22 am
  14. Hello

    I improved my vision using See Clearly Method Program.

    I went from -1.5 (Left and Right)

    TO -1 (Left and Right)

    I did excercises for 3 weeks. I am hoping to get out of glasses if I keep doing the exercises.

    Hurray, the last time I had -1 prescription was when I was in High School.

    Hope this helps


    Comment by Vipul on March 30, 2004 @ 10:35 am
  15. Vipul: I’m glad to hear you were successful and I hope your vision continues to improve. I wonder if I should try it…

    Comment by dan on March 30, 2004 @ 11:17 am
  16. DAN : You can try the See Clearly Method for 30 days and only pay shipping. http://www.seeclearlymethod.com

    Comment by Vipul on April 15, 2004 @ 9:25 am
  17. I’m considering trying the See Clearly Method. My twin brother recently got new glasses and he went straight from regular glasses to tri-focals. I’m needing new glasses too, and I’m afraid I’ll have to upgrade to “old man glasses” as well. I don’t believe the See Clearly Method would ever give me 20/20 vision without glasses, but I’d be thrilled with even slight improvement in my vision, especially if it will stave off the dreaded bi- or tri-focals. The $350 price tag for just a few tapes and booklets makes me suspect the See Clearly Method is a scam, but it may be worth picking up a used kit on eBay for $40 or $50.

    By the way, does anyone know if those X-ray glasses really work? You know, the ones they used to advertise in the back of comic books when I was a kid. I wanted a pair of those but my parents wouldn’t let me order them. Perhaps I’m just as gullible today thinking the See Clearly Method might work.

    Comment by Ken on May 16, 2004 @ 8:11 am
  18. I have been doing Bate’s Method from a book I bought(the theoretical base “see clearly method” is based on) for about 6 years now. It has not worked until I started working out my back and improved my posture when I saw noticeable results(I had terrible shoulder/neck posture from computer job).

    I went from about -6 on both eyes to about -4.5 in about 8 months. I have just got the SCM kit and will see if their “years of research” will offer better techniques than my book on Bates Method

    hope this helps – my point? Natural eye correction for severe near-sightedness people CAN be done. You would be helped by having a healthy posture so you can relax your eyes though


    Comment by david on June 4, 2004 @ 1:52 pm
  19. David: Thanks for the review. It’s very helpful to know it works.

    Comment by dan on June 4, 2004 @ 2:02 pm
  20. It is a scam. Check with the Attorney General of Iowa. We ordered and it is definitely a scam. Please check out my web site for a solution if you’ve ordered.

    Comment by Danee on October 14, 2004 @ 2:11 pm
  21. See clearly method does not work is is yet another ‘alternative’ scam, based on the decades long disproved Bates method. Big on ‘testimonials’ but with zero double blind valid study evidence to back their claims.

    Just do a web search on see clearly method and fraud and see how many hits you get. You can get people to say ANYTHING works if you want to. “Yep, dried frogs cured my uncle of Alzheimers all right”. The proof is in a valid objective scientific study, not in the myriad bogus claims that people make for every one of the gazillions of fraud scams going on out there.

    Comment by Mike on July 25, 2005 @ 1:56 pm

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