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Improving my Eyesight–first time drill

I received the lenses a little while ago but couldn’t do any of the exercises until I received the glasses.  John (John William Yee) sent me two pairs of glasses as one was weaker (-4.00) and one stronger (-2.75).  I would have called it the other way around but that is how he refers to them so to be consistent, so shall I.  I need the glasses as my contact lenses and other glasses would be obsolete as my eyesight improved (what an exciting prospect even if dislike the wastage of it.  Does anyone need any toric lenses in around the –4.75 mark?  Open-mouthed smile)

I’ve been excited once I received the lenses and glasses but really needed to wait for some daylight to do the first test as the exercises required me to look into the distance. A bit hard if there is not enough light to see very far!

So this morning I woke at my normal time and convinced Sprocket he didn’t need to go for a walk and remembered to not put in my normal contact lenses.

I prepared by pulling up the instructions from John on how to use the lenses and also what to do for the first set of exercise/s – he calls it the Distance Drill. It was a cloudy morning so I turned on both the kitchen and dining room lights and decided where I would do all my testing.  The line behind the kitchen bench with the Snellen eye chart on the wall would do.  I suppose it’s about a 1.5 – 2m distance.

I started by testing with no glasses/lenses to get some sort of benchmark.  Great I could only barely make out the top letter!  Hmm… and then proceeded to test with both eyes using the weaker glasses and then each eye.  It was then a trial with the left lens and a Distance Drill.  And more testing.  And then the right lens.  And more testing. 

It took a lot longer than I expected as I had to constantly go back to read instructions on how to do things and what the next test would be and to record the results.  Especially when I was trying to remember the sequence of letters I was able to read and then try and write it down whilst popping my head back up to hold down the left or right eye and read the chart!  Anyway I think I will be much better placed as I have now put the results in a spreadsheet format so each time I do it now I just have to follow the spreadsheet and fill it in.  I have also numbered the Snellen chart with numbers so I know which line I can read. 

It’s always a hard call as they are always still a bit blurry and I wonder how blurry it can be before I say I can read it.  On top of that there is always the blink blink blink and the ability to read a bit better/worse!

Anyway the proof is in the pudding or in the spreadsheet in this case!


After the drills I improved up to three lines!  One or two of the individual eyes tests weren’t as good (as you can see where the number decreased… ) but I think overall the results are good.  It could also be the blink blink blink issue so I’m not too concerned.

This morning I have packed my stronger glasses (the –2.75 ones) and am wearing the weaker ones (-4.00) to work as I don’t want to reverse what good I may have done this morning!

Let’s hope the next set of instructions from John gives us similar type of results.  I also need to find out how often I can do the drills.

If you want more information on what I’m doing have a look at the site:


Exercises that focus on eye coordination and muscle training is also helpful if you want to reverse nearsightedness. Moving your eyes up and down then side to side will help your eyes adjust to various planes of sight. Another exercise for nearsighted people is called the “tromboning” exercise. It involves holding an object (e.g. a pen) at arm’s length, then moving it to the tip of your nose. This enhances the focusing mechanism of your eyes and the control of your extraocular muscles.

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