Myopia or nearsightedness

By Leo Angart

Near-sight or myopia is one of the most common vision problem and will touch the lives of almost half the population at one point or another. Initially you can see things around you quite clearly. It’s only things at a distance that are blurred. Usually it starts during the school years when you begin to realize that you have trouble seeing what is written on the board. Initially it is something you can cope with but soon it becomes more of a problem and your eyes are tested and fitted with glasses.However, as you begin to wear glasses the myopia tend to progress and get worse and you need to have stronger correction in order to see comfortably. Soon you are wearing the glasses all the tim

What cause myopia?

The theories abound about what causes myopia. The loss of distance vision has been known since ancient time. The Greek concept of myopia was that too little spirit of vision poured out from the brain and hence was too feeble to extend to a distant object. However, not much attention was paid to vision problems until mid 19th century. Interestingly enough during the first half to the 19th century the use of glasses were discouraged. They were thought to aggravate the existing problem .

During the 1860’s German ophthalmologist Herman Cohn had observed that myopia increased as children progressed through school. In 1866 Dr. Chon published his study of the eyes of 10,000 children attending the schools of Breslau. He arrived at what seemed a reasonable conclusion: namely, that use (and particularly abuse) of the eyes was what caused myopia. Cohn’s theory dominated for the next 50 years, and still ring true today.Dutch ophthalmologist F. C. Donders thought that myopia occurred as a result of prolonged tension of the eyes during close work and elongation of the eyeball. In “On the Anomalies of Accommodation and Refraction of the Eye” (1864) Donders writes:

"How then is this elongation explained? These factors may come under consideration:

  1. Pressure of the muscles on the eyeball in strong convergence of the visual axes;
  2. Increased pressure of the pressure of the fluids, resulting from the accommodation of blood in the eyes in the stopping position;
  3. Congestive processes in the Fundus oculi, which, leading to softening, even in the normal, but still more under the increased pressure of the fluids of the eye, give rise to extension of the membranes. That increased pressure and the extension occurs principally at the posterior pole, is explained by the want of support from the muscles of the eye at that part..” (pp 343)"

Until equipment became available to accurately measure the size of eyeballs in vivo it was believed that the cilliary muscle weakened and could no longer focus the lens. This theory is still offered as the explanation by many eye-care professionals. Ultrasound scans have objectively shown that with high degree of myopia there is an elongation of the eyeball. What causes that elongation is a matter of opinion.

Some researchers thought that the problem was with increased pressure in the eye. Kelly et al. (1975) refer to myopia as “Juvenile expansive glaucoma.” However the pressure theory is unlikely since both coughing and an increase in body temperature causes an increase in the intraocular pressure.

Mild miopa takes a week or two, higher degree takes longer

How effetive is Vision Training?

By Leo Angart

The Vision Training approach for Myopia varies depending on the degree of nearsight you have. For less than 2 diopters or less the exercises mainly consist of activities encouraging your eyes to focus further and furter away and notice smaller and smaller objects.

To restore your natural clear vision from 2 diopters or less takes a few days or a week or two in most cases. There are people who have regained as much as 3 diopters in as many days.To recover your normal vision from 3 diopters of more is a longer proceces which involves wearing reduced prescrition glasses, so your eyes have room to work.

Also you have to spend 5 mins. exercising your eyes about 10 times a day. In total you need to allocate one hour a day to your eye exercises.The exercises varies depending on what stage you are in. With high degree of Myopia - 5 to 10 diopters or more - most people can achieve 0.5 diopter or even 1 diopter improvement per month. This improvement is directly related to the amount of effort you put in. No exercise, no improvement.

There are people who have regained as much as 6 diopters in a year. In other words they have recovered more Myopia than most people have. Vision Training is effective in the same way weight reduction or fitness programs are effective. They work as lon as you do. With eyesight you will be please to know that the improvement tend to last.

Your Myopia seldom regress after you have regained it.Of course it is a lot easier to recover just a few diopters than to go from say 8 diopters to natural clear eyesight. However, the good news is that it is possible for you to do.



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What people say ...

  • "After many months of eager anticipation, Rebecca and I attended Leo's Magic Eyes workshop. Leo was able to quickly assess which exercises would be most important for each child in attendance, and we set to work! The results of these simple exercises were almost immediate.

    Rebecca was so keen she was trying them in the car on the way home! After only the first session, for the first time in over seven years, Rebecca could take her glasses off and her eye would not turn! This was a very emotional time for all of us, and we cannot thank Leo enough for his help.

    We have now been working on the exercises for a few weeks, and not only is Rebecca's turn rarely evident, her near points and far points have improved for each eye, and she has gone from wearing +4.5 lenses to +3 lenses. We still have a ways to go, but we are very determined!

    Leo's knowledge is invaluable, and we only wish we had come across the techniques years ago. Our great dream for others is that Leo's strategies become the first point of call for children experiencing difficulties with their eyes. All we can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

    P.S. - Rebecca is keenly passing on information about the next workshops to others with glasses, even her teacher at school! "


    Melbourne, Australia
  • 親愛的 Leo,親愛的司徒女士:

    感謝主帶領我們到“神奇的眼睛”工作坊,我兒子何子敬現在可以在六米的距離看到視力表的最底一行了!我對你們的感激之情實 在是無法用言語來表達!

    7月14日第一次到工作坊時,子敬有 300 度的近視,眼睛疲勞沒有神采,我們用 Leo 教授的繩索練習法和會聚力練習法回家積極練習,到7月15日的傍晚,子敬的近視已經降到 100 度以下了!簡直不可思議!7月16日第二次到工作坊時,看著 Leo 用視力表來訓練餘下的 100 度近視和用那有趣的小丑圖來治療省光,我已經由當初的半信半疑變到信心滿滿加上感激不已!

    視力是無價之寶,今天是7月20日,剛好一周時間,我兒子就重拾神奇的視力!當子敬發現自己可以用一隻眼睛在六米距離看到 視力表最底一行時,開心到眼淚都流了出來!他9月1日升小學五年級時不用再戴眼鏡了!

    在資訊發達的今天,互聯網信息如浩瀚的海洋,可是我們未必能夠在有需要的時候找到對自己最有用的資訊,所以要再次感謝主的 帶領讓我們有幸認識你們兩位,你們和藹可親的態度、對子敬不斷的激勵和讓人一日千里的訓練方法都讓我們覺得,主把最好的賜給 我們了!




    Hong Kong
  • Quite an an eye-opener. Amazing results within such a short span of time.

    Useful to motivate Janelle and convince her that it can be done.
    Janelle liked the alphabet exercise best of all. I liked the information provided and the eye chart exercises.
    I would recommend the workshop. Useful knowledge for the whole family. ”


    J. Chang..
    Mother, Singapore