It’s something no one wants to hear.
“Your daughter needs an operation.”
She’s only three.
I couldn’t imagine it. It seemed unthinkable that surgical instruments would be cutting and sewing up the muscles around her eye.
“It’s a quick procedure, and the surgeon is very experienced.” After the operation we were required to bring her back for regular follow up visits.
When I asked the doctor if there was any nutritional advice or even exercises for helping improve eyesight he said no, there’s nothing.
I was stunned, but didn’t say anything.
The above incident happened nearly 20 years ago, when I knew little about how the world of medicine works. It has become clear to me over the years that the field of medicine, like many disciplines, is compartmentalised. The eye specialist is not necessarily going to dispense advice on nutrition. He may even say little to nothing about eye exercises. An optometrist will only be interested in what types of glasses you are going to buy. And while it may seem cynical to think so, it simply does not fall within their interest to give out nutritional advice. Recommending other means of achieving wellbeing would evidently create a conflict of interest for the practitioner. We can’t necessarily blame them. In an idyllic world everyone would theoretically look out for everyone’s wellbeing. I say theoretically, because it isn’t actually possible. If the word everyone includes oneself, then the logic in this particular case implodes.
We have to find somethings out for ourselves. This isn’t always easy. We will run into conflicting advice.
As far as I know the Bates Method is a very effective technique for improving eyesight and it’s a no risk endeavour.
The aforementioned conflict of interest, though, will still be apparent as one begins to read up on the Bates Method. Wikipedia, at the time of writing this blog post, has a rather dismissive tone in its article on the Bates Method, and one can only wonder who added the disparaging paragraphs to that wiki.
Aldous Huxley, best known for his book “Brave New World” was rather impressed with the Bates Method and he wrote “The Art Of Seeing” after it helped him improve his vision.