Charlotte Schuman Profile
I was short-sighted for almost ten years. I had to wear glasses, and couldn’t wear contacts at all as my eyes were too dry.
I really hated wearing glasses - it just didn’t feel like me! So I didn’t wear them much, and as a result, I lived my life in a blur. I do think that I probably missed out on a lot of what was going on right in front of my eyes, because I couldn’t see it clearly.
At first, my vision wasn’t all that bad. I was 25, the year was 1992, and my vision had deteriorated only a little, to -0.50. But over the next few years it got progressively worse, until it reached -1.5 diopters, at which point, I really could no longer pretend that I could manage life successfully on a day to day basis without wearing glasses.
I went to see an optician for a vision test, and I mentioned that I thought that I might try the Bates Method. She told me that it would be a waste of time, as it doesn’t work. That was in 2001, at age 35.
I had tried the Bates Method a few years before, and had noticed that it worked, but as my vision really wasn’t too bad, I didn’t continue with lessons as I felt reassured that I could improve my vision if I wanted to... and besides, I was stressed, busy temping, and had no spare time or patience for lessons.
So in 2001, when my vision had deteriorated to a point where I could no longer manage without glasses, after almost ten years of short-sightedness, I decided to give the Bates Method a proper try. I got Dr Bates’ book and did all the exercises, remembering what I had learned in the Bates lessons I had had previously. I worked at it and worked at it, and after just a few intensive weeks, I had managed to improve my vision back to 20:20.
I first noticed this when I was walking down a London street and found that I could see people’s faces clearly again – amazing! And I noticed how the sunlight glinted and sparkled on the metal of the cars parked on the road- once again, a wonderful moment.
So in short, the Bates Method was a revelation for me. It gave me back my good vision, my freedom from glasses and my belief in my own ability to help and heal myself.
We need to book that next session, as I have seen an improvement in my eyesight already!!! I’ve been doing my crossword and reading before bedtime without glasses . . . I’m a bit gobsmacked.
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