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Reading and Focusing Efficiency Can Affect One Another

All the functions that physically operate the eye can influence your visual efficiency. This means when our visual system is stressed with excessive reading or other activities involving focusing nearby objects, we can develop temporary nearsightedness or pseudomyopia. It is important to realize that our ability to read clearly is tied to our visual efficiency. Therefore, when our focusing efficiency is compromised, our ability to read gets affected too. Children are particularly susceptible to this risk. Due to their rapidly developing body, any change will manifest its effects quickly and with an organ as adaptive as the eye, it won’t take long before temporary myopia develops. Let’s take a deeper look at focusing efficiency   Our visual system is poorly developed after birth, since newborns can only see objects about 30 cm from their eye clearly, enough to see mum’s face. The next 3 months will stimulate a development in the focus depth so the baby can focus further and f

Magic Eyes: Vision Training For Children

The Magic eyes program was developed in response to the immense need for an easy and effective methodology to address the growing prevalence of vision problems in children all over the world. Research shows that virtually all children (98.8%) at age 6 have normal eyesight. However from age 7 or 8 to the mid teen years children with near sight (myopia) skyrocket to about 25% at age 16. In some Asian countries, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, more than 80% of school children are near sighted. One study showed that 25% of seven year olds and an astonishing 87% of high school children in Taipei, Taiwan, was near sighted. Clearly something has to be done or in a few generations we all become totally dependent on glasses. Magic eyes program focus on what makes a difference.  The parent child relationship is the focal point. Natural clear vision is a birthright and everyone has it.  Vision skills are like any other skill - it's learned. If one child can do then everyone

More about Progressive Lenses

These lenses have several names, such as Progressive Lenses, Multi-Focal or Progressive Addition Lenses (PAL), but essentially they are three different lens prescriptions combined into one physical lens. The benefit of this is that only one pair of glasses is needed for driving, computer work and reading. Progressive Lenses are often recommended when a person reaches the point where simple reading glasses are no longer enough because his/her distance vision has also deteriorated. This usually happens when a reading glass prescription is more than + 2.00 diopters and a person‘s visual system has adapted to the stronger glasses by the dimming of his/her distance vision. This is when bi-focal lenses are needed. Bi-focals have one lens prescribed for distance, usually lower power, and another, usually of higher power, for reading. Such glasses were invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 as he was being afflicted by presbyopia and having trouble seeing both up-close a

Are Reading Glasses Inevitable?

First it become difficult to read menus in dimply lit restaurants. Then you notice that you need to hold the newspaper further away. Next you begin to wonder why they print books and magazines using such small fonts. You are experiencing the beginning of presbyopia the need for reading glasses. The need for reading glasses starts in your mid 40's. It is considered inevitable that you will need reading glasses in your early 50's. The main theories upon which this is based originated with the Dutch ophthalmologist Donders (1863) who suggested that the cilliar muscle around the lens might lose its strength as you get older. German scientist Helmholtz (1866) suggested that the lens might become harder as you get older, so it gradually lost its ability to focus. The above theories are what you are told when you ask why do I need reading glasses? At age 35 your lens has lost 50% of its flexibility, at 40 your lens has lost 75% and if you are over 50 years old your lens is supp

More about Astigmatism

Eye doctors generally believe that astigmatism is mostly inherited and perhaps partly environmentally caused. They also believe that it does not go away and will probably get worse over time. While the aim of the vision-training astigmatism exercise is to eliminate corneal astigmatism by releasing the tension, it is useful to understand the way astigmatism is corrected with glasses, contact lenses or surgery. First some historical background. Sir Isaac Newton, who himself appears to have been astigmatic, first considered this question of astigmatism in 1727. Seventy years later, in 1801, the renowned scientist Thomas Young investigated astigmatism in detail. Young is reported to have had 1.7 diopters astigmatism. It was Cambridge astronomer Airy (1827) who was the first to correct the astigmatism with a cylindrical lens. However, it was the invention of the keratometer by Helmholtz in 1856 and the treaties of Donders in 1864, “Astigmatism and Cylindrical Lenses,” that put astig