Hey, it’s Jason (Natural Vision Teacher/Coach) of Vision Improvement Coach.
I’m happy you stopped by to investigate the possibilities - and realities - of natural vision improvement.
I used to be shocked at the amount of people who didn’t really care about the possibility of improving their eyesight naturally after I told them about it.
I was naive to think that everybody would want to get rid of their dependency on glasses and see with their own natural clarity, if given the choice.
But after over 12 years of teaching and coaching the vision improvement process, I’ve realized that while anyone with eyes can benefit from vision improvement Routines and Habits…
It’s a small few who care to do it.
You see, some people are ok with wearing glasses and seeing the world through artificial lenses.
Some people are ok with handing over their health and well-being to mainstream approaches of, well, everything… and the commercial and corporate forces behind them.
Some are content with getting stronger lenses every year as their eyesight deteriorates unnecessarily. And they believe it’s just a natural thing. And there’s nothing else they can do about it.
But if you want to improve your eyesight naturally, you can.
And If you’ve ever wished there was another way…
And you’re in the right place for it.
There are trends and patterns I’ve recognized about people who practice natural vision improvement. And even though it is a diverse group, there are common characteristics.
What we believe: People like us believe in our bodies’ ability to heal, rejuvenate, and function properly and naturally, when given what it needs to do so.
People like us trust in the inherent wisdom of our senses and natural systems to self-regulate when given the conditions they need to thrive.
People like us take self-responsibility and self-care for the health and well-being of our minds and bodies.
Your eyesight - and your vision - is one of the most important and precious sensory systems.
Your eyesight is fundamental.
How you see the world is fundamental - both figuratively and literally - to how you move through and navigate your world. And how you appreciate your world.
Some people are ok with the machines of seeing…
I am not.
And since you’re here, I’m going to guess you too believe in the power of your natural ability to restore health and well-being.
Regardless of how ‘bad’ or ‘good’ you think your eyes are.
And regardless of how your eyesight suffers right now… nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatic, 'old age sight', blur, headaches…
You can harness your mind and body’s natural ability to self-heal and self-regulate.
You can remove the causes that strain and stress your eyes…
And facilitate the relaxation and proper functioning your eyesight needs to see clearly - naturally.
And you don’t have to sacrifice and dedicate hours everyday to exercises. This process isn’t really about exercises.
Instead, with simple relaxation activities, you can release the strain harming your visual system.
And with a few important insights to how natural vision works, you can build good vision habits that allow you to see clearly All Day Long - regardless of what you do for a living, for recreation, or how much time you’re on screens everyday, etc. Or how long you’ve been wearing glasses, or how ‘bad your eyes seem to be right now.
I say this with confidence… because I’ve been there.
I know how frustrating it is to wear glasses, or contacts, and remember too many negative feelings that questioned my self-worth because I needed glasses and had ‘bad eyes.’ (You can read more about my story below.)
It doesn’t have to be that way.
And Vision Improvement Coach is here to show you another way… To point the way to a natural way to take self-care and self-responsibility and to improve your eyesight without glasses.
I know Vic isn’t fancy with cutting edge web design. And while I'm working on making the website better, I'm not here to win design awards. I'm here to help you regain your natural eyesight.
If you take some time to look around, the information is solid. You’ll find what you need to understand the vision improvement process and how to get started.
I highly recommend joining the Reclaiming Natural Vision Series (RNVS).
It will give you a firm foundation for understanding what to do, how to do it, and what it really takes to put these methods to work and see results.
Once you’ve gone through the RNVS, and want coaching help to implement your vision improvement practice, then look into the Vic Coaching Club as a good option.
And if you want to stay in touch with me and stay tuned to vision improvement, then make sure to join the Vic free newsletter, Good News Letters for Your Eyes. It’s… good news for your eyes.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.
Once upon a time...
I remember all too well the frustrations of glasses, contacts, and poor eyesight.
When I was 11 years old, sometime around 1989, I failed the eye test at the eye doctors.
I was a bright kid. I got good grades most of the time. My teachers liked me. And I genuinely wanted to do good in school.
In fact, looking back on it, I had a strong perfectionist streak. The kind often associated with myopia. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do good and to do things ‘right.’ I had to have the right answers.
Well, I felt miserable when I failed the eye test.
And as soon as the glasses came on, I immediately wished there was another way.
I remember the doctor telling me, “Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it,” when I told him that my glasses made everything feel… weird.
I did get used to it. Unfortunately, when you wear glasses, eventually, you do get used to it.
But it’s the strain that we get used to.
We get so used to the strain that we become numb to the pain and discomfort we feel in and around our eyes.
Sometimes, it’s not until you discover how to ‘let go’ of the strain that you once again feel the discomfort.
Early on in my glasses wearing, I made the switch to contacts. By the time 6th grade rolled around, there was no way I wanted to be seen with glasses. They weren’t cool. I didn’t like the way they looked. And most important, I didn’t think the girls liked the way they looked either.
So, contacts it was.
And thank goodness for responsible moms in the world. Because my mom made sure I always had new, fresh disposable contacts every couple of weeks. (Thanks, Mom)
But even so, by my senior year in high school, I developed chronic eye infections. I think in part because I didn’t clean my contacts enough, and left them in longer than they should stay in.
However, I also started experimenting with going without my contacts. I didn’t have any formal help, training, or knowledge of the vision improvement process at the time. I was just going on gut instinct. And I had experiences, flashes of clear eyesight, that gave me hope and a promise that maybe… just maybe it was possible to improve my eyesight.
Of course, being a young male, I was also into getting strong at the time - lifting weights, exercising, and studying martial arts.
So, I thought, “If my eyes are weak, I can fix them by making them stronger.”
Boy, I was wrong.
In fact, thinking that your eyes are weak and need to be exercised to make them strong again is a big misconception most people have about improving their eyesight. It’s quite the opposite, as you’ll soon discover if you spend any time here at Vision Improvement Coach.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years, the desperate wish for natural clear eyesight stuck with me.
And beyond the few glimpses of clear flashes when going without my contacts, and compounded by the misconception that I had weak eyes that I needed to strengthen, nothing happened.
Then fortune smiled upon me.
I found this little gem of a book at a book sale at my college library. I’ve kept it all these years. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to find it at the time.
It gave me so much hope and anticipation that I finally could get rid of my glasses, and contacts, and have normal eyesight again. And not feel like a weak failure because I couldn’t see good.
I poured through the pages. It seemed legit. It was written by an eye doctor. It made sense, logically. And it gave some ‘exercises’ and activities to do to improve your eyesight.
Well, I didn’t really do them.
I mean, I read about them. I experimented a little. I tested out the activities, but unbeknownst to me at the time, I was doing them all wrong, despite the author doing a pretty good job of explaining what to do.
So, I tucked the book away in my collection of books (I am a bit of a book nerd), and put the whole idea on a back burner in a corner of my mind. “One day, I’ll get around to improving my eyesight.”
As if it were the same as saying, “One day, I’ll get around to getting fit again.”
But I did make one step of progress… A giant leap, actually, when I look back on my vision improvement journey.
It’s something that holds most people back from ever taking the action needed to have progress with eyesight improvement… I got glasses again.
Yup. That’s right. I got glasses again.
After years of struggling with my contacts, and battling eye infections, I got rid of my contacts and got a pair of glasses.
One of the big ideas from the book (Dr. Peppard’s book) was to spend time without glasses.
I figured, if I got glasses, I could take them off more often. Contacts don’t lend themselves to taking out quickly and frequently throughout the day.
I had good intentions. But to be honest, the glasses still stayed on most of the time.
A couple of years went by. I still wore glasses.
I was out of college by this time and had a job painting houses (something I still love doing to this day).
There's me and my grandmother, affectionately known as Nan, at Snoqualmie Falls, Wa. I love that woman. I'm in my painting britches... and my glasses.
During those years, I had a favorite coffee shop I’d stop at in the morning. And one day, I noticed a business card at the checkout counter for a Vision Improvement Teacher… In my town!
I thought, “This is it! This is my chance. I’m going to do this. I’m finally going to improve my eyesight.”
I went to the woman. She was great. She gave me a thorough breakdown of the process of how to improve my eyesight. She explained everything really well, looking back on it.
I didn’t quite get it.
It didn’t really click for me. I still approached it all wrong. And I hope that by spending a little time here at Vision Improvement Coach, you’ll understand what I mean so you don’t have to repeat it.
Like a stubborn mule, I still went about my vision improvement process like an athlete goes about training for strength or stamina.
I still wore my glasses all day long, because I thought I couldn’t do my job without them.
At the time, I had a great home workout routine for my martial arts training, and so, I’d throw in some vision improvement exercises too. After rounds of push ups and squats and shadow boxing, I’d put my glasses aside, and pick one of the many eye exercises to do. Afterward, the glasses would go back on.
No progress was really made.
No surprise there, honestly.
I might have held off more deterioration, but I wasn’t really moving toward getting rid of my glasses.
So now, I felt like even more of a failure. Not only did I feel like a failure every time I failed an eye test and had to get stronger lenses… Or when I took off my glasses and was immediately reminded by the blur that I had ‘bad eyes’ and ‘weak eyes...’
But now I felt like a failure because I knew that I should be able to do it. I’d heard the theories. Read the books. Had teachers tell me what to do.
So, back to the sentiment, “One of these days. One of these days I’ll really get around to fixing my eyesight.”
If I only knew what I was missing at the time, and how simple it really is.
But thankfully, the lightbulb finally went off for me. I finally made the connection and understood what the books and teachers had been telling me and advising all along.
And it happened directly after my wedding day.
I married this beautiful woman.
And the next day, we set out on a ferry from Friday Harbor to spend our honeymoon on Orcas Island, WA.
While waiting for the ferry, we went into a little health food store.
It had a small book section in the back. Like I said, I’m a bit of book nerd, so that’s where I ended up.
And I found this…
In the moment, it was a no-brainer for me to buy. Again, for years I kept the idea of improving my eyesight in the back of my mind.
I read the book on the ferry.
And just in time too. Because the place we were going to stay on Orcas Island has a natural hot spring.
My wife loves hot springs.
I hated hot springs.
I hated them because… my glasses.
If you wear glasses, you can probably relate to why.
If you wear your glasses into the hot water, they fog up and you can’t see anything.
If you take them off… you can’t see anything.
Being in a hot spring, and unable to see, you can’t be sure… You can’t be sure, “Is she looking at me? Is she looking at him? Does anyone see me looking at her?”
It’s uncomfortable and creates tension and anxiety when you can’t pick up on the subtle clues of facial expressions and eye contact in social settings in general, let alone being in a hot tub - or a clothing optional hot tub. Like I said, it can be awkward.
And that’s why I say the book showed up just in time. Because the missing piece, the part I’d been missing all those years - and not because it wasn’t said, I just didn’t get it yet - was waiting for me on the pages of The Bates Method for Better Eyesight Without Glasses.
Relaxation of your visual system - both your mind and eyes - is the key to the whole process.
Your eyes aren’t weak. They don’t need push ups.
They’re stressed, and strained, and tense, and tight.
They need rest, ease, and relaxation.
I started seeing a difference right there on the boat, on the way to the hot springs honeymoon stress pools. While I was reading the book, with light bulbs going off, I’d look up at the signs and people on the ferry, and relaxing my mind - my visual mind - things looked better.
Things were seen with more ease. A little sharper. A bit clear-er.
It came and went. It was a small difference at first. But it was noticeable. And it was encouraging.
Your mind and eyes only need proper relaxation to function normally and get back to natural clarity.
That’s the secret.
Now, I’m not going to lie and tell you I had perfect vision by the time we got off the ferry. Not at all. But I was noticing how my eyesight fluctuated. Going in and out of levels of clarity based on a feeling of ease, comfort, and relaxation.
I left my glasses in the cabin when we went to the hot spring pools.
Sometimes, I could see good enough. Good enough to know, “Is she looking at me?” I could relax and see good enough to keep the anxiety and stress at bay.
And sometimes, it would be blur again.
But I was starting to feel the difference that makes the difference - a feeling of relaxation in my visual system.
And when we got home from our honeymoon, I jumped back into the activities in the book with gusto.
And all of the activities, dare I call them exercises, are designed to bring relaxation. If you think of them like a workout, and try hard to force progress, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
So, with this new understanding, I diligently picked up where I left off years ago.
I started experimenting with Relaxation.
I started experimenting again with going without my glasses when I could do it safely. I started Palming, Sunning, and Swinging. And it started to work. I started to feel something.
I started to feel the pain and discomfort… which can be a good sign when you’ve become numb to it.
Also, I started to feel a ‘letting go.’
It felt good.
And since I was spending more and more time without glasses, and diligently practicing the routines, clear flashes of eyesight lasted longer and longer.
Now, by this time, my wife and I, along with our oldest daughter, had moved to Southwest Colorado and lived on a small ranch, off-grid, in a yurt. It was a great time in my life. We grew a lot of our own food and spent plenty of time chopping wood and carrying water.
We didn’t have internet, so we would go to the local library from time to time and use their computers and internet.
One day online, I found something that made me feel like electricity flowing through my body with excitement.
Greg Marsh, a Colorado based Vision Improvement Teacher, had a course to become a certified Vision Improvement Teacher and Coach.
At this point in my journey, my own vision improvement had such a profound effect on all parts of my life, that I knew I wanted to help others who'd want it.
So here’s what I did next…
I painted a house.
I painted a house and saved the money to travel to Fort Collins and complete the Teacher/Coach Training.
When I reflect on my life up to the present moment, I’ve had a rich and full life. And that training stands out as a defining event. I’ve continued to maintain a relationship with Greg and even gone back to repeat the training a second time because it’s so good.
And that’s how I came to be a certified Natural Vision Teacher and Coach.
*Here’s an important place to mention again, I am not a medical doctor. I’m a Natural Vision Teacher/Coach. I do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat anything in a medical sense. This is not a medical approach. But when you implement it, it works.*
When I got home from Fort Collins, and after I completed the rest of the teacher training, I told everybody about it. I wanted to help everyone.
I hosted workshops, saw students and clients one-on-one, and set out to build the biggest, best, most comprehensive website on natural vision improvement.
Some life happened.
Two more beautiful people entered my world when my wife and I had twins.
At the time, I had a part time job at a local greenhouse manufacturing company. (Growing Spaces is a wonderful company with a fantastic product to grow food year round. Look into them if that’s something that interests you.)
I also ran weekly nature programs for kids. (Painting, natural lifestyles, nature programs, music, family, and natural vision improvement - those are some of the things in life that excite me.)
But after our twins were born, there was a period of life that was… “Hold on.” “Just hold onto your hats.”
Most of my ambitions in life (Vision Improvement Coach included) were put on the back burner. I’m not complaining. It’s just kind of the way it went for us for a while.
I still coached people one-on-one. I still helped people through the Vic newsletter and programs. But I wasn’t doing enough. Not enough that matched the dream and bigger picture I had for helping more people.
It’s not that Vision Improvement Coach was idle. But I wasn’t meeting it with the time, energy, and attention that it needs to thrive and grow.
I was hanging on.
But the dream of helping more people… to reach more people who want natural vision improvement never faded.
And now, the kids have grown a bit older. They’re not so ‘little’ anymore. And things are… a little less crazy. I mean, they’re still crazy. Life is still full and busy.
Here's the whole crew... sometime late winter 2023.
But looking at the world through the lens of mid-life. I realize something now.
If you have a strong pull, and desire… a calling to do something. You’d better just do it. Otherwise - well, we don’t really have that much time to be here.
And I do feel pulled. And called.
My 11 year old self wishes he had someone there to show him the way.
And I know there other people in the world who feel the same right now. There are people struggling and wishing there was another way beyond glasses, contacts, and surgery.
It is for those people that I continue to teach, continue to coach, and continue to experiment and develop better ways of helping people rediscover their natural eyesight.
And it’s time for me to do more than just hang on and maintain.
Now is the time for my fingers to be tapping the keyboard. To lay down tracks in the recording studio. And to create the systems that allow me to work towards bringing the bigger vision of Vision Improvement Coach to life.
I hope you can feel the excitement coming through my fingertips as I type.
There is a lot of it.
If you’d like to be tuned into the work being done, the courses and trainings being created, and a community of others engaged in this process, you can find out more about that in the Vic Coaching Club.
And so that’s me, in a nutshell. At least in regards to my journey with natural vision improvement. It’s been a part of my life since I was 11 years old.
I struggled with it for a long time. Stubbornly not getting the message, despite the quality resources and help that kept finding it’s way into my life.
But once it clicked… it clicked.
And when I realized I could help others. And that maybe my struggles and experience could be valuable…
I knew what I wanted to do.
And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out.
Thank you for stopping by. And thanks for listening to my story.
I appreciate your interest in vision improvement and your time and attention.
Time and attention are precious things, so thanks for spending some here with me and Vision Improvement Coach.