It is an all too familiar picture: a group of middle-aged people huddled in the restaurant struggling to read the menu. Some feeling their arms are too short, others squinting, moving his arms in and out of what has been coined “trombone syndrome.” Still others, rifling through purses or pockets for reading glasses.
What is happening? They hit their mid-40s or early 50s. That’s when my eyes start to lose the ability to see clearly up close. Commonly known as middle-aged eyes, the medical term for the condition is called presbyopia, the Greek word for “aging eye” or “old eye.”
Presbyopia affects over 100 million adults in the United States in a year, according presbyopia.org, over nine million more Americans will begin to keep their books and newspapers, a little farther from their faces to see them clearly.
“My vision,” it turns out, is the third top health concerns of women after heart disease and aging, a Varilux Boomer Watch survey reported. Another survey by the US National Eye Institute, showed vision, “the highly valued by the senses,” but in the end most people take better care of their cars than their eyes.
the most eye doctors will tell you that there is no cure for presbyopia without surgery or corrective lenses.
Julie-Ann Zilavy, a New York businesswoman, found himself struggling to see print clearly about six months ago. Gut feeling her was when she began to wear glasses, your eyes would get more and more dependent on them. And she did not want to risk surgery.
Surgical remedies for presbyopia are leading keratoplasty (CK), which costs up to $ 2,500 and is not covered by health insurance. Performed in one eye only, the FDA panel warned that CK “may affect depth perception [patient]” and thus could introduce a driving hazard. 99% of patients CK, the results only last between three and five years, then walks away, and the procedure has to be repeated, up to a maximum of three times.
Behavioral Optometrist Dr. Carl F. Gruning, of Southport, Connecticut, full clinical professor SUNY College of Optometry and one of world’s leading experts in the field of vision therapy is not recommended CK action yet. He tells his patients, “it is relatively new, and not to rush in.”
MS. Zilavy sought natural alternatives. She found the process Dr. Ray Gottlieb read without glasses.
Dr. Ray Gottlieb, OD, Ph.D., FCOVD, is vision therapy optometrist in Rochester, New York. His work challenges conventional thinking about the vision, including the idea that some eyes need glasses to read.
“I have seen my patients improve their near vision, avoid reading glasses, get free of the need or weaker ones,” says Dr. Gottlieb, who is also president of the College of Optometry Syntonic.
Dr. Gottlieb discovered the genesis of what would be revolutionary process his nearly 30 years ago when he was trying to help a 52-year-old patient recover his ability to read without bifocals.
“The mechanism that causes the eyes to focus clearly on near called accommodation,” he says. “For young people, the image will be blurred eyes sharpen focus easily and automatically. But with age, the property loses power and the blurred image is not enough to stimulate accommodation on their own.”
There was Dr. Gottlieb another eye operation – Convergence – also stimulates the accommodation. “In order to see up close, to rotate or slide, two eyes, and so that together they point to what we are trying to see,” he says. “Turning our eyes into also stimulates their ability to focus clearly on near, happens through different process known as convergence-housing.”
So, Dr. Gottlieb designed carefully made table that caused the patient’s eyes to flow strongly and found that this made his patients to see clearly at close. With the exercise of only a few weeks, his patient back to report to his problem had been solved, and he no longer needed glasses to see clearly at close. “The improvement lasted for years,” he says.
Dr. Gottlieb method is, once only available in one-on-one doctor-patient setting, has now been converted into a home program. Eye exercises can be able to learn at home by watching the instructional video, and then can be used anywhere – even on the move -. At almost any time of
“Now it is much easier to see,” Ms. Zilavy says, “I can read a lot more of small print. The method is simple to learn. Practice is easy. I spend about four minutes Today with it, usually when I’m eating breakfast. I get good results with a. minimum time “
Just as we stretch, bend and exercise our bodies to ward off aging, Ms. Zilavy found her eyes – like the rest of her body – can benefit from the training, retraining and relaxation
And just as convergence is crucial, so is its opposite -. ess, making eye muscles to relax so the eyes in a layer from view. Conscious relaxation of the body, including the neck and shoulders, and breathing are essential elements method Dr. Gottlieb is read without glasses.
The method will not work for a small percentage of people who have only one functioning eye, lazy eye, eye-bending problems or severe visual impairment.
Dr. Jacob Liberman, author of Take Off glasses and see and Light: Medicine of the Future, which has used it, it says “The method (available withoutglasses.com) combines the best Optometric vision therapy exercises and natural vision to create a simple and effective way to sharpen. “
The prevailing belief that the only solution to this problem is getting stronger lesgleraugu, bifocals or surgery is changing. Dr. Gottlieb, 63, who has never needed glasses to read the testimony himself.