Transition Glasses and Their Role in Vision Improvement

What are transition glasses?
Transition glasses (T-Glasses) are a weaker version of the regular glasses usually prescribed by your optician. Usually transition glasses will be between 50% and 80% of full strength glasses. Transition glasses are very important in natural vision improvement as they allow your eyes room for improvement.

General Philosophy:
That the students go without glasses as much as possible applying the relaxation and better vision activities. The transition or T-glasses are worn when necessary, for driving, work or when the student feels the need for correction. Even when the T-glasses are being used we encourage the student to continue their vision ‘games’.

Our purpose is not to give the student highly ‘efficient’ vision in optical terms but to allow the visual system to be experienced as the organic living and self-healing function that it is. This means the student may go through a period of dealing with blur emotionally, mentally, and physically. It also gives the eye an opportunity to change. Locking the eye into a tight correction means the eyeball will always have to ‘please’ the curve of the glass. The eyesight changes, glass does not. Optical refraction commonly reflects stress levels both of the student and the person measuring. This has been shown numerous times with computer refraction. On the same day NVI students have been given three different prescriptions for distance lenses varying by as much as 3 diopters.

Astigmatism Correction:
From moment to moment both the amount and the angle of astigmatism can vary. Therefore we ask that this correction be totally eliminated from the lenses if possible. The “if possible” means that the optician, being aware of his/her legal responsibility where driving is concerned, must make their own judgement about whether the astigmatism correction can be totally removed in the first pair of T-glasses or if it will all come out in a subsequent pair. Leaving in 0.25 or 0.50 in the lenses is in my estimate counter-productive. NVI students are given vision activities for smoothing out astigmatism and with some teachers there is also work with the emotional component.

Driving and Sharpness:
When an optician, optometrist or M.D. first begins reducing lenses for NVI students they tend to give stronger, clearer 80% corrections for those students who want to use their T-glasses for driving. After some time the eye professionals realize that with many NVI students these glasses are too strong, often within two weeks. THEREFORE WE ASK that the driving glasses be a weak 20/40, 6/12 or 80% which will still meet driving requirements. If the eye professional is encouraging to NVI students the latter will be motivated to return more often to have a partial refraction and to further reduce their lenses, remaining within the legal range. Often students feel they are being patronized and discouraged in their endeavor to self-heal their sight. They don’t return to the professional and we have all lost both ‘scientific’ data and the opportunity to mutually work toward reversing the massive trend toward human visual blur. Let us change this relationship now.

When No Driving Is Required:
For students who don’t have to meet safe driving requirements the T-glasses Could be reduced by at least 20% and perhaps up to 50% reduction.

Be At Ease:
We suggest that the student be given a set of test lenses and go outside the office or shop and be asked, “HOW DO YOU FEEL WITH THESE LENSES?” The psychological factors and conditions of use affecting eyesight have been documented many times. We ask for a friendly supportive atmosphere when the student is being refracted so that this person’s relaxation skills are prevailing rather than their anxiety level about pleasing an authority figure and being under test conditions.

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  1. nefeissa says

    my son has astigmatism and myopia and has been using glasses since he was 5 .Hes 8 now .I have your book and have tried to interest him in the exercises but hes totally uninterested .He only uses the glasses at school and very ocassionally (actually only 2-3 times) when he asks for them watching tv.He went almost eight months without using them and his eyesight appears to have deterioated in that time.He was so happy to have them back again and commented how better he sees.I feel i cant make him do the exercises as this is stressful for both of us .I am hoping as he gets older he will take interest in this himself .What is your advice on this matter.

  2. says

    Hi Nefeissa,
    Thank you for your question. Parents working with their own children can often have quite a challenge, as you have found. I commend you on doing what you can for your son. It’s easy to work with a child who hates their glasses. For a child who doesn’t mind wearing glasses there can often be a conflict between the child’s and the parent’s wishes, as you know. The glasses give him clarity without effort, and for him this short term result is all that concerns him. As an adult of course you are aware of the long term implications. But like getting a child to eat his vegies, for them its all about what’s happening right now.

    We ask that adults and children doing the vision improvement programme wear reduced prescriptions and go without prescriptions as much of the time as possible. This allows the eyes to improve with the activities. If he is going without his glasses and not doing the vision activities that will allow his clarity to increase, then the stress of not seeing, of straining to see, may result in a continuing reduction in clarity. Children’s eyesight can also change from moment to moment, and day to day. Therefore I would still suggest that he wears somewhat weaker glasses than those that give him super sharp clarity, so his eyes have some room to change. And that he wear these only when he needs to. However unless he is interested in not wearing glasses – and therefore in putting some attention and energy into the vision activities, then you will have a conflict between your and his desires that may be stressful for both of you. In this situation I would be interested to know about his parents vision, does he have siblings etc, as the family situation can often be utilised to create an interest.

    Please also remember that myopia and astigmatism both have a strong emotional stress component and it could be beneficial to address this is some way as a precurser to interesting him in the vision activities.

    In the end the best thing you can do is;

    1) set him a good example by taking care of yourself, your emotions and eyesight, your general health, nutrition awareness and wellbeing. Even if he is not doing it himself now, he is learning by observing you, both conciously and unconciously. This will have a lifelong effect.

    2) Any attempts at doing vision games must introduce them as fun activities that you do together. Where the vision games are done rigidly, strictly or seriously they tend not to have the beneficial effects we expect. As a myope and hyperope he may be dealing with issues of self-esteem, anxiety, fear, anger and pain at various levels and the goal of the activities is to relax the eyes and mind, not to give a ‘work-out’. There can be resistance to doing the things that will change the ways that he emotionally protects himself. Some excellent results have been obtained in children around his age by simply by taking any emotional or academic pressure off of them, in a clear and supportive manner.

    3) be ‘on his team’ with the eyesight issues, willing to find solutions that suit you both now, and knowing that the information is there for you both, when he is ready to do something different. You have provided him with the knowledge that there is an alternative to glasses when he is ready for it, and sometimes that is the most we can do, for now.

    4) When he does express an interest, perhaps having a vision teacher or taking him to a course may be helpful, as children can often have resistance to learning particular things from their parents, and the parents best role in this case is as support but not the main ‘instructor’. It’s OK to have help!

    I hope this has been helpful.
    Best Regards,
    Carina Goodrich

  3. Rita Danko says

    Please read article in The Age October 14 titled “Seeing Eye to Eye” where transition glasses helped to eliminate wearing myopic glasses. The total vision improvement was authenticated by a behavioural Optometrist.

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