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Glasses Off! Learn to read easily again one step at a time.

teacher avatar Cassandra Arnold, Natural Vision Educator

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9 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. What and Why

    • 2. How is this possible?

    • 3. Reading The White Spaces

    • 4. Sliding For Clarity

    • 5. Convergence Games

    • 6. Relaxing Into White

    • 7. Project Review

    • 8. Final Thoughts

    • 9. Red Shifter Bonus Lesson

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About This Class

Do you already have reading glasses, or are you wondering when that is going to happen to you and if there is anything that can be done to prevent it?

Either way, join this class to improve and maintain your close sight naturally.

Using methods based on the work of Dr William Bates, Ray Gottlieb, Leo Angart, Neuro-linguistic Programming, and others, you will create your own tools for a simple and effective daily practice to prevent and reverse old-age sight.

There are links to the tools that I have attached for you to download on the project page.

Have fun!

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Cassandra Arnold

Natural Vision Educator


Cassandra Arnold is a retired physician, who specialised in humanitarian work with Doctors without Borders. She currently lives in Canada but also calls Australia and England home.

Now, she writes, paints, volunteers with children and animals, and teaches and studies natural vision improvement. It is a fascinating field, full of controversy, colourful stories, and challenge to the status quo.

It is needed more and more in our over-developed world. Over 80% of children in Taiwan will become near-sighted (myopic) before they leave school, and almost all older people reach for a pair of reading glasses at about the age of 40, believing there is no other option. Find out more about her approach at her website

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1. What and Why: Hi, I'm Cassandra Arnold, a natural vision educator. Welcome to this skill share class. This class is for you, particularly if the first category you're already wearing reading glasses perhaps you're approaching 40 and Europe traumatised is telling you that pretty soon you're going to be wearing reading glasses. Or maybe you already have perfect vision. You just wanna have it even better for sport or for work. So the bad news is that if you want to maintain sharp eyed eagle vision as you age, you have to work for it. The good news is that you really can work for it. Your eye is driven by muscles just like any other part of your body. So the power to focusing your eyes depends on how you're using your muscles, and that could be trained. So in this class, I'm gonna give you step by step project to work through That will create your own personalized vision kit. As you use that vision kit, your eyesight is going to improve. So at the end of the class, you'll be well on your way to better vision. You'll be integrating simple vision improvement practices into your life. You'll be steadily reducing your need for reading glasses or progressive lenses, and you'll be maintaining clear, close up vision as you age really is simple and straightforward. It does require practice. So if you have any questions before you enroll, I invite you to visit my website. Natural Vision Educated got Kong. And if you're ready to enroll, click the button and I look forward to seeing you in the next session. And in case I didn't get the most important point across, the practices are actually a heap refund. So don't be shy. Jump right on in. It's gonna be an absolute last. 2. How is this possible?: Hey, welcome back. I'm so glad you jumped in. And in this unit we're gonna find out how our beautiful eyes work and how I can claim that you can either retain or regain clear sight as you age. Many people think our eyes are like cameras, and in some ways they are. But in other ways, they're far more complicated, far more sensitive, far more interesting and intriguing, really than a purely mechanical device. It is true there, like cameras in the fact that we can only focus at one distance at a time. So we might be focused on something fairly close up here. Or we might be focusing on something at the back. And as you'll see from these photos, if I I is focusing here close up than the other things around, it are gonna be blurry. So how does that happen? What is the I actually made off? How do we look at things and see all these wonderful colors and shapes and interpret it? I'm not gonna go fire into how the brain interpreted, but let's have a look at how the eyes actually structured. So you'll see here. This is an outline drawing of the I A two front here You've got the pupil the dark hole in the middle of the eye surrounded by the iris, which is the colored part of your eye. And then you have the white of the eye, the thick, sorted coat all the way around here. So light comes in through the pupil through this crystalline lens and falls at the back on the retina. This is where the images first detected by the retinal cells and goes from there down the optic nerve to the brain. What's really interesting here is that the image on the retina is that she upside down, think about it for a minute, say the light coming from here. One side of a flower, for example, is gonna fall over there like coming from here from the other side of the flower is gonna fall here. So this image is reversed on our brain changes that so the brain has a really important role to play in sight. In what we see some memory and imagination. Our knowledge of what things are is important. You may well have read news reports recently. People who have had their vision restored, who being blind from birth, and for the first time they can see that actually can't understand what they're looking at . We learn how to interpret the images that come into our eyes. Okay, so this year I'm going to talk about shortly Distillery muscle. This is a very important part of how the I functions as well. So how do we focus to see close up or to read? We use what's called the internal or intrinsic and external or extrinsic muscles of the I. So some of the internal muscles are around here, the edge of this pupil and the iris. This is muscles, the circular muscles, radio muscles and they change the size of the pupil. And that's one of the things that helps us to see. Everybody will notice in bright light, our eyesight better again, similar mechanism to a camera. When the pupil is smaller in bright light, we have a greater power to focus. The main thing that we used to focus ease the lens of the eye that we've already mentioned and these silly everybody the celery muscle here and the little fibers. And this is a process called accommodation. This is what everybody says becomes harder as we get older. So the standard received wisdom is that as we age, this lens becomes hard and inflexible because normally what happens is for objects that a further than six meters away, our eyes are just relaxed and then the normal state. If we're trying to see something closer than six meters, then this celery muscle contracts that pulls on these fibers and actually makes the lens thicker, it bulges out like this. So that means the lens has more power to bend the light rays so that they come into focus on the retina here. The other theory, of course, then, is that these celery muscles become weaker as we age and less able to pull on the lanes. So neither of these really explains it because there's research results for either of these theories that kind of prove it or disprove it. So it's still slightly up for dispute, shall we say, from our point of view, what's important is that this process of accommodation is something that you can work, uh, to improve, to maintain, to keep that flexibility on. We're gonna look at some of the ways to do that when we get further down into the course. So the other main way that we focus close by is by convergence and of this child. You can see her eyes don't quite converge together. She has a slight squint. However, it's just to show you that the convergence is the eyes turning inward. And when we read and we look at something close up than our eyes turning like that and converge when we look far away into the distance, they diverge out again. You could see that if you get someone toe, look at something close and look far. So how did they do that? These are the external muscles of the I that responsible for convergence. So this great diagram comes from Wikipedia, and it's going to show you the external muscles of the eye. There's six main muscles, so you can see here. There's a diagram of the eyeball sitting in the bony orbit. These muscles are attached to the skier of the white of the eye. So you've got this muscle here, the lateral rectors that's gonna turn your eye away from this away from your nose to the side. I can't see it so much behind here. So they've cut it away to show us the medial rectus, then turns yours eyes in towards your nose. Infra erectus, where most of the time make your I looked down and the superior rectus will make your I look up and we also have these oblique muscles this superior a blink and inferior oblique. The best way to think about these muscles is to think of them. That they work in pairs is no much point talking about just what one muscle does because, as you know, our eyes move together. So the muscle that were mainly concerned about here is this medial rectus. It's media rictus is the muscle that's gonna turn our eyes inward towards our nose, inward and downward so that we can read and the in fear oblique is also part of that. So those are the muscles that were mainly concerned about. If if you're interested in looking into this more if you want more information, these resources are pretty good ones. Um, this one is a website which has some great diagrams and great explanation of how the muscles move together. Which ones do what this one is? A little YouTube and again. It should will show you like an animated graphic of the movement of the eye on where the muscles are. Both of them have more information, possibly than you. You might need for this course, but it will at least show you in a little bit more detail what's happening. So the practices that we're gonna learn in the next videos of this course will work on all the mechanisms of focusing on the I that work on the celery muscles that control the shape of the lanes and accommodation. And they work on the external muscles that converged, eyes inward to focus close up. So it's true the lens changes as we age. We need to increase flexibility and function of the other parts of the I, which can compensate and maintain our vision. What about the mind? Many vision educators think the mind plays a huge role. Dr. William Bates himself thought that memory and imagination were very important in how and in what we see on as I've already said, we have to learn to see we have to learn to interpret things, and when you think about what I'm talking about, how the muscles move they have toe the celery muscles have to work whenever we're looking close up, and sometimes they can go into a spasm and they don't relax again, which can make people have trouble seeing far. So we have to keep these muscles flexible, like muscles anywhere in our body. They can get stiff and weak if they're not properly used. So it's important to bear in mind that these practices, uh, not just I exercise is, um It's like you go to the gym and you lift weights, but you also need to do yoga and stretch your muscles out. So we're looking at flexibility, and we're looking at their ability to function overall. So now. So now when you look at someone's face and you look at the eyes and you see the moving, you understand a little bit more about what amazing things they are on, how fantastically they work with the whole of our body and our brain toe. Allow us to see, and you're going to know what you're doing with these practices, that you're strengthening these particular muscles. So that was the theory. Now let's move on to the practice 3. Reading The White Spaces: Well, by the time you get to the end of the course, you're going to be used to me saying that inch of these things is my favorite piece of the toolkit that we're making. But I do really enjoy this on I have to thank Leo and got on his work for suggesting it in the form of a bookmark. So disease, the small print practice bookmark. And I'm gonna tell you how to make one shortly. How we use it is we're going to be looking at the white spaces and not the black print that gives you I a chance to re adjust and re calibrate. So you turn it upside down and then you're gonna look zigzag backwards and forwards not looking at the print which you can't read anyway. So this is how we do it. We start at the top, you're going to go all the way down, noticing where you can read when you begin. Supposing it was that number 12 line, Then start at the bottom where the spaces of the widest zigzag slower. Probably that I'm doing it now. It's nice and slowly and gently zigzag all the way backwards and forwards backwards and forwards right from the bottom, right to the top, where it's very, very, very, very tiny. Just keep going as gently as you can. Relax your eyes and enjoy it. And when you finished, he turned the bookmark back the right way, and you notice you might well find that you're able to read several lines further down than you could at the beginning. It's a great tool now to use this kit properly. This is the moment where you're gonna have to invest in several pairs of glasses. To start this practice, you need a pair of reading glasses that a weak enough to let you read the 12 point line. And then as you progress in the practice, you'll see better and better, and you win. With that pair of glasses, you can read the fine print of the bottom. You need to buy another week, a pair of glasses, so you are going to go through a few pairs of glasses doing this. But ultimately you won't need any anymore. You can, usually by them quite cheap in, ah, places like Costco Shoppers, Drug Mart. I don't know its doors, Um, so that's sufficient for what you need. You just need a pair of over the counter reading glasses. If you've got progressive lenses, maybe try and contact me and we'll talk about that. But at least get reading glasses and distance glasses separate again. I can't stress how important this practice is. You need to be doing it as many times a day as you can up to 50 times. Only do it for about 30 seconds, but do it frequently, frequently. Frequently. It doesn't have toe only be with the bookmark. There are multiple details everywhere we look in the world, amazing little things to look at tiny things to count things to shift with. So the project step for this is to make your own small print practice bookmark or a page if you prefer. I've attached a file that you can edit so you'll see here that it's Ah, word documents so you can go in and make any changes you like. Now, to get the really small print at the bottom, you need to manually putting the number. You'll notice that on the drop down menu, it only goes a smaller eight, so you need to just type in the number that you want, for example for and then you'll see that that will change the test tiny four size. Otherwise, you could go a smaller three. So just create for yourself a bookmark. If you want to just print this one out and use it as long as you're using it, that's fine. But if you want to get creative, I would love to see what you come up with. So once you've made your bookmark photographic uploaded to the project page and if you like , tell us what it's like. 4. Sliding For Clarity: for this practice, we're going to use to parts of the kit together, the small print bookmark that you're already familiar with and the centime destroying. So this centimeter stream should be about as long as your arms are wide. So a meter or two and a nice cordis good with a bright colored bead slid on it. We're gonna be marking the court every day. So you need a color that you can actually see what you write on. We think so. What you do is you try one into the court to a window or wall or chair on the other end, you hold right up to your nose. Then you slide the beat up and down the middle, where you can see it clearly, and you hold the book mark next to it the distance that you can see the 12 point line or if that's a little bit difficult, the words at the very top that Aaron Bold would be fine as well. So you notice which lying you're gonna use. You use the same line every day, and then you mark on the string where you could see it clearly and you slide it in and out , backwards and forwards on into the blue zone out of the blue zone and slowly your eyes will adjust and you'll be able to bring it closer and closer and see it clearly so you can see day by day, your little B will move closer and closer to your eyes, and your near point where you can focus clearly, will come closer. In other words, you will reverse the problem that has led you to need reading glasses so slowly, slowly. Once you can read the large print you read, the smaller and smaller print closer and closer. So the ultimate point you want to get to is reading the four point the very small print about 15 centimeters. Room your nose that would be really perfect, like five year olds converted about five centimeters. But we're not going to get back to that, so we'll show you how to do it. Take the brute luck that you've already made in the first step of the project. Tie your string somewhere on the wall, hold the other end to your nose, slide, your bookmark backwards and forwards noticing where it is that you can read the line that you've chosen top lines, probably the easiest in it to notice and hold the string half the market, and you might want to use a different color for different days, or you'll just notice that the next time you do it, hopefully that point has moved closer into your eyes. So for this project step, you're gonna make your own centimeter string, and you can take a photo of it uploaded to the page doesn't always have to be the string. Of course, you can do it anywhere with anything in the same way that you can. With most of these practices, the pain with Cem cringe on. It is perfect. Hold it far away. Bring it in play with the Blue Zone. If you should happen to be wearing a ring or have painted nails, that's ideal as well. Basically, like all the other practices, you're only limited by your imagination as you keep pushing and pulling the point of focus closer and closer and your vision will improve 5. Convergence Games: Well, convergence games are absolutely my favorite part of this program. And I really hope you're gonna like them too, If you remember from the how is this possible section? Convergence is when the eyes turning together to focus on object or text and a large part of what we're doing in his program is strengthening those muscles so that they can compensate for the fact that it might be harder for the lens to accommodate as we get older . So the main tool we're using here that you'll be making in the project is this to with the black spot and true columns of identical text. So I'm just gonna explain what should happen here. When you convert your eyes, they're gonna turn a little bit in towards the middle. You're going to see a center line third spot down the middle, and then you're going to see 1/3 row of the text we were. The yellow highlight is coming there. You have three lots of spots in three lots of texts and they'll be in different levels. It's quite an intriguing thing. I find it absolutely fascinating how it jumps off the page so it can be difficult for some people to actually get the third spot. So a couple of popular techniques one is to hold your thumb between your eyes and the page . You may need to adjust a little bit, so you look at your thumb her name. You will see the third spot behind, and you slowly move your thumb out the way. Then the alternative method is to hold it right up to your nose and slowly put it apart. You'll know you're doing it right of somebody looking at new sees that your eyes have gone slightly cross. So for the project, what we're doing, he's the project. What we're doing is making your own convergence games page, So I've put a PdF and a word. Fire off this, and I would encourage you to put your own words into it, to adapt it, to make it your own. Alternatively, you can do all kinds of things. You can make almost any to off Jason. You could make them further apart. Closer together, you could make half of an image, and then the other half of that Megyn. When you converge, you'll see the complete picture. You can get quite fancy with that. If you're and I kinda artist, you can Really? Yeah, I have a lot of fun making three D images. You can do it on a piece of scrap paper any way you like. These colored images will give you mixtures, so the red and the yellow. When you combine them, you'll see an orange image and the ones at the bottom. If you print this, we'll give you this to print as well he print is that you'll see a pretty cool effect. So have fun with this project. Go to town, make whatever you like. I would really encourage you to have one version of the black spots on. I would really encourage you to put your own texting, but never mind. Just play. Just get started. Okay, here's another bit of little late night tick just for you. You can do this convergence anywhere with just your thumbs. Hold your two thumbs up. You can vary the distance, start close together, and, by the way, be very gentle with this convergence exercise, even the black spots. Whatever you're doing, it's really hard work on your eyes. So take it easy in the beginning. Don't overdo it like some of the other exercises you can do as much as you like. But this one, you got to be a bit careful. So you hold your thumbs quite close together to start with, and then you're gonna converge your eyes. I don't know if you can see in the video or not my idea going a bit cross site. And then you can even just pull your thumbs slowly apart. When you're still seeing the third, some in the middle, they go. So that's a really useful tip because you can build these practices into your life. You don't have to feel like, Oh, I haven't got time to do this. If only I had time, then I could do the practices. All of these practices can be adapted to wherever you are. Do them in a few spare minutes. Just do them do them often. But 6. Relaxing Into White: if you've been having trouble doing these exercises, looking at the white space is looking at the convergence, then this fourth component of the project, this square of white paper might be really useful for you. It's a very, very simple practice, but it does really help the ice to relax. Heart of the problem with old age site and reading glasses is the eyes are too tense. So this practice looking at white, Let's your eyes totally d focus and rest. They're not required to do anything that isn't anything for them to do. You can see here I have a piece of paper and I'm just gonna find a comfortable distance and look at it and relaxed. You can stay there for quite a long time for many minutes. If you like, the more the better. So I didn't make this part of the formal project, but try it, especially if you have in trouble 7. Project Review: Okay, Well, I embedded the project all the way through the videos. But just so you have them all here in one place, remember, you need your convergence page. You need your small print bookmark. You need your string. And these tools, simple as they are, will take you from meeting reading glasses and struggling to reading easily and comfortably again. It will take practice. So the project is a way of getting your started. If you haven't uploaded that yet, Please, I encourage you to do so because that's the way that you're going to get the tools and start using the I'd love to see what you're doing to experiment with thing, the ideas to make them your own and your own flavor and give us some feedback about what's working. So he is a bit of tiny, uh, late night encouragement to get you'd working on those projects. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you're putting them, what kind of quotes and phrases you use. And, uh, when you start off with with your string and where you might end up with even in a few days . Okay, See your project soon 8. Final Thoughts: well, here we are at the end of the class, and I just want to say that I hope that you've enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed putting it to get a few. This is an amazing thing to start. It's a fantastic journey. Everybody's eyes are different. Everybody's gonna have a unique process with this. So please, I'd love to hear from you what things work for you. What you experimented with what you found difficult. Even. Please upload your projects that will help everybody else in the class as well. We can all learn from each other, and at this point, I'd just like to mention some of the main teachers that I learned this craft from, and many of them are still out there teaching themselves and sharing their knowledge. It's a great community to be part off. There's Dr William Bates, who began the whole process back in the 19 thirties and some of the earlier teachers as well. Janet Goodrich. And then we have Ray Gottlieb and Leo Angat. Jonathan Bonds, who wrote one of my favorite books, Joi Thompson and Esther Vanda Worth. There's many, many, many vision educators out there, and in this skill share class. I've only been able to give you Ah, very small taste of what's possible. But do the practices. Let me know how you get on. And if you keep doing them and you really But you persist, then you will definitely get improvement, and I'd love to hear about it. 9. Red Shifter Bonus Lesson: Hi. Welcome to the bonus lesson. If you're new here, then you can just jump right in and add this as part of your initial practice. And if you're someone that is being in the class for a while, then you should have got an email from me telling There's a bonus lesson so hopefully you can add it to your practice and get the benefits now. But this is called the Red Shifter, and it's very much based on William Bates, his method. And like most of the practices, it's actually essentially really, really simple. So what you have is, you can see there he's a card, like a little stop card or something with a line across and small red lines that are on the vertically on the top. So what this is going to do is help you to improve the ability of your eye to move rapidly from point to point, which is what you need to do obviously, for seeing print clearly. So initially, you're gonna use this card just by itself. So what you do is you hold it about a foot in front of you with your glasses on or off, as you need on and you move it, you scan your head. I moved the card in the video, so you get the sense of movement, but you stone your head from side to side slowly, just letting your eyes slide across the red lines, not making any particular effort to make them clear stopped. Once you've done that, you can slide it backwards and forwards about four times on and close your eyes and then slide backwards and forwards about another four times with your eyes closed and then opened them again and do it again. Just letting yourself relax. Important that you have the card at a distance that you can see those red lines clearly, your training your eyes to jump from line to line to line as you scan your head backwards and forwards. So once you practice that with your eyes open with your eyes closed with your eyes open, seeing it clearly and relaxing and letting your eyes just sweep across it, then you're ready to start using it with the print and you see what you do is you. I'm gonna attach. Come to the school share page, a sheet of different print sizes that you can download to use for this, but you can use any kind of version off large and small print that you want to, And it's really good to have this little red shift a card with you wherever you are. When you're reading, you'll find it will even you clear vision very quickly. So once you've relaxed and learn to use it, then you hold it under the print and you move it slowly along underneath the print again, turning your head, not just your eyes. Make sure you move your head backwards and forwards along the print because you've already learned to relax and spawn the red shifter. When your eyes are going to do that and they're going to start jumping correctly from letter to letter to letter across the print, and that's gonna let the macular the part of your eye that can focus clearly on small detail is gonna allow your macular to look at that letter by letter. It'll be so fast you won't know it's happening. What you will notice is the print gets clearer, so then you just practice. We should glasses on or off both, um, moving slowly down to smaller and smaller print. So you want to hold the printed a distance where it's slightly blurry, and that way you conceding improvement. So I think you'll find that with this red shifter added into your practice, you're going to start seeing the benefits really quickly, and you're gonna be able to enjoy all the details in the world. Oh, please, let me know if you find it helpful and good luck.