Well, did i mention im an information junkie that loves to research stuff just for the sake of it, and also very interrested in neurologics, especially related to vision and memory. I also have friends that have done studies in both of them.
Its since long been know that depending on your problems, training in different forms can help. Also, if you are farsighted, you can correct quite abit without any problems, up to 10 dioptres at younger ages, although the strain will give you a headache if you do it for an extended period of time, the problem comes with myopia as the eye cant correct for that. That was actually quite funny, after i had my lasik, i came home and a few days after i put on my old glasses with a correction for about -7 on them, at first it was all blurry as expected, but then the vision accomodated for that correction and gave me a normal view. Thats easily how much a normal eye can accomodate farsightedness.
One other is learning to see stereoscopic visions, not the common ones with different colors or holograms, but the stereograms thats just a mish-mash of image content where the difference is show by a process inside your brain. One of the hard things with amblyopia is that that depth perception is worse, as i generally have one eye taking over in some situatons, so it was a hazzle trying to train myself to see stereograms, but a few hard hours was all it took. Normally you just look through the object and slowly back away until the image unfolds. The basis for me was the same, except that i had to actually consiously shift my brain so the focus so it took would be equally from both eyes, which for me must be done with a consious effort. Normally the left eye is the major, and the right eye fills in the gaps so to speak, its abit more to it than that, but it will suffice as an explanation.
Here is a few links to good stereograms.
I personally have been doing several excercises during my life. The first was when i at a very young age was find to be hazardously left-dominant, that is, my left eye took control over the whole vision so to speak. The condition is called amblyopia
and is commonly known as lazy eye, which is actually a great description of it. The main effect is that i had to go with a patch over my left eye for several months when in kindergarden to give the brain a chance to accomodate the images from the right eye. Else its entirely possible i would have been next to blind on the right side. Not optically, but neurologically.
Could this be something to check out.. Or read this
. I for one will try this.
Does anyone know if this kind of stuff works? I would rather have to do something like that lazer surgery. But my eyes are about -6 in both with a stigmatism so I would have a heck of a long way to go.
Well, from the small amount of clinical trials it seems it cant do that well. Its been looked at and no really proven ways exists or they would have already been used. Even worsen your vision in some ways.
Look at the wikipedia entry of the Bates method
for a decently balanced article, and also take a look at the links below. Personally, i would say its mostly a bunch of quackery that has happened to tie in with some real effects.
Here are a few links to PubMed that gives the abstract on a few of the studies done.
Effects of a Qi-Quon ocular exercise
A systematic review of the applicability and efficacy of eye exercises
Also, heres a few other links about the whole Bates method.
Fallacies of the Bates System
The Bates Method of Vision Improvement.
Bates Method in a Nutshell
Theory about the Bates method