Study Projects Myopia Epidemic by 2050

Posted by – March 22, 2016
Categories: Excerpt Health & Healing New Release

A paper published last month in the journal Ophthalmology has predicted that by the year 2050 nearly half of the world’s population will be nearsighted. The culprit? Screen time. This comes as no big surprise considering the average American adult spends nearly 11 hours a day in front of a screen (Nielsen).

Modern medicine can help people with myopia but what about preventative medicine? What can we do to keep our eyes healthy? As with most other parts of the body, the answer is simple: exercise!

In Meir Schneider’s Vision For Life, readers will find a wealth of information and exercises to help them begin improving their eyesight right away. These step-by-step exercises are easy to do—many of them can be done at your office desk—and, many of them are instantly effective!

Schneider can speak to the effectiveness of his method as one who has benefited from it himself. Declared legally blind at the age of five, he used to wear his acuvue moist and then later began using eye exercises as a teenager, and continues to do so to this day. Now in his sixties, Schneider has his California driver license, and uses it regularly!

Below, we’re sharing an exclusive sneak-peek exercise from the newly revised edition of Vision For Life, which is available for pre-order now, and will be on sale May 3.

Vision for Life, Revised Edition

Read the Fine Print

People used to look at raindrops on leaves. They used to look at the fruit that matured on the tops of trees. Nowadays, people tend to just look at the big picture. We learn to try to look at whole pages of paragraphs, just to grab their contents without looking at the details.

In the past, we used to revere the written word. We used to read poetry. People used to look at every word and find something to respect. People used to read the same poem over and over again, and found new meaning every time they read it anew. Those times are over. These days, any poet who wants to try to live off poetry may just as well apply for welfare, because there’s no way to make enough money by selling it. On the other hand, suspense stories and prose with low-level content sell, and because it’s not extremely interesting when you look at it page by page, people don’t mind skimming through a whole novel to get the gist of it. This only weakens the activity of the macula (the center of the retina). It’s the tragedy of the modern world that we don’t really engage with great presence in whatever we’re looking at.

The next exercise, therefore, is a good push in the opposite direction. Print out this sample PDF of large and small print. Look at the third line up from the bottom on page two, which is the size of normal print.

Look at each letter slowly, in detail, as if you were writing it with your mind. Follow each part of each letter with your eyes, point by point, line by line. For example, if you see a Z, you can look at the lower line of the letter; then notice the middle line, and gradually take in the top line. Look even closer to see many different points in the upper line. Try to distinguish between parts of the Z, even though it is just one letter. Then continue to look at all the other different letters in this same way. Look at each different part of each letter as if you were writing them slowly with dark ink.

This way of looking utilizes the macula in the exact way you looked at the details in the world when you were an infant. At first, you may not have seen them well. But once you looked at whichever details you could see, you woke up the connection between the brain and the macula.

Now look at the largest print on the first of the two pages. Look from point to point on each letter in the large print. Then look back at the smaller print size and find whether you see them better than before. You can do this same exercise from two perspectives. You can start with small print and then look at larger print, or vice versa. In both ways, you should be able to reach the same results. You are training your brain to look at smaller areas than your normal tendency.

After you read the print in this way, look away from the page for a minute and see if you remember what you read. It is amazing how many people have absolutely no recollection of the text, or a very limited recollection.

What’s amazing is when you start to remember part of what you read; even if you don’t remember but just try to recollect it, you’ll find that the vision in both eyes becomes much stronger.

This work with the macula can change you physically and spiritually. Quite often, we have a single-minded idea about the reality of life, when the reality of life actually has many levels and many variations. Looking at many details helps you experience the variations that both the physical and the psychological worlds have to offer.

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About the Author

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2007, Julia was delighted to find out that “professional book recommender” was a job. She has been working in marketing and publicity with independent Bay Area publishers ever since. She joined North Atlantic Books in 2014. She lives with her husband and two very nice cats in Oakland.