Presbyopia and Dry Eyes
by Zulema Dene
I have been practising the Bates Method for about seven months now and I am amazed at the improvement in my eyesight.
Before I began using the technique, my eyes were often sore and bloodshot and I seemed to have become so sensitive to both my distance and my reading glasses that I couldn’t decide whether I saw better with or without them and I kept taking them off and putting them on. My eyes seemed weak and I felt they were deteriorating quite rapidly: my tear ducts were also drying up and from having an ample flow of tears, I was beginning to find that my eyes were so dry, particularly at night, that I was having to use artificial tears.
I had heard and read about the Bates Method but it was not until I met an old friend who had managed to relax her eyes sufficiently to postpone a serious operation for five years, that I decided to start taking classes.
The result – seven months on – is truly heartening. By regularly using the sunning and palming techniques and with frequent lessons, my eyes are very rarely sore or bloodshot, my tears are gradually returning, and I no longer use distance glasses except for driving. In fact last week on a clear sunny day, I drove five or six miles without noticing I hadn’t got them on. However, when I did realise, I checked my sight with and without my glasses and was amazed to find that they made no difference.
It’s many years since I’ve watched a film without specs, but I have recently watched two and although I certainly need glasses for reading, the print appears black instead of grey and the letters much larger without any increase in my prescription.
Zulema Dene (70 years of age)