Have you ever felt that you really weren’t seeing the world as well as you should be?
Do you have glasses but get frequent headaches with them or are frustrated with them or lose them all the time?
Have you decided to give up on glasses altogether because you figured that no prescription is ever going to ‘feel’ comfortable to you?
Then New Hope Therapy, has an answer for you that you never thought possible.
The Eye Exam vs the ‘I’ Exam
Surely you are familiar with an eye exam. We all are! You sit in a darkened room have your peripheral vision blocked by that strange device that the doctor swings in front of your face, then you focus on an eye chart 20 feet directly in front of you. You are repeatedly asked to choose between Lens # 1 & # 2 The end result being a pair of ‘corrective’ lenses that give 20/20 acuity.
This is the practice of optometry or ophthalmology.
The ‘I’ exam uses lenses too however that is where the commonality ends. In fact the ‘I’ exam is so different from the exam that your eye doctor performs that it is done with your eyes….. closed! That is why we say that it is ‘not’ a substitute for an eye exam by an eye doctor. The lenses that you ‘subjectively’ choose are done so from an inner sense-or-feeling versus attempting to eliminate blurred vision and so they are ‘Light Therapeutic’ in nature.
Therapeutic lenses are used to affect and control the manner and pattern in which light falls upon the screen in the back of the eye (retina) versus corrective lenses which attempt to eliminate blurred sight. One last point of clarification; much as we enjoy the play-on-words of the ‘I’ exam, the ‘I’ exam it is ‘not’ an actual eye exam in as much as we place carefully chosen lenses in front of your closed eyes and it is ‘you’ who chooses the lens that ‘feel right’ to you and we are confident that there is not an eye doctor in the world that does that! Eye doctors help you to ‘see’ better and we help the inner you to ‘feel’ better!
“Corrective vs Therapeutic”
The retina contains millions of nerve receptors (rods & cones) that respond to light.
The goal of ‘corrective’ lenses is to focus most of the light centrally thus providing 20/20 acuity.
The goal of ‘therapeutic’ lenses is to spread the light as much as possible across the retina so that each of the elements receive their fair share of light. To illustrate, just recall how as a child you played with a magnifying glass.
By moving the magnifying glass up and down you could:
Pinpoint most of the light centrally leaving the remainder of the field in shadow or
Equally and evenly spread the light so that there is no bright spot of light anywhere nor any areas of shadow thus forming a gradient of light
In this illustration, ‘corrective’ lenses result in the light spread described in #1 and ‘therapeutic’ lenses the light spread in #2.
When looking directly at the retina, there is a small central area (picture a target bull’s eye) that is for central vision.
The rest of the ‘target’ area (which is multiple times larger than the bull’s eye) is for peripheral vision in a very specific way. Both areas are made up of millions of nerve endings that all yearn for the ‘touch of light’ much as skin craves for human touch.
The eye exam fits lenses that provide plenty of light for the bulls eye area (central vision) yet perhaps, insufficient light (shadow) for the rest of the retina. When properly stimulated, all the nerve endings in the retina provide information to the body in a more accurate and complete manner; thus, optimizing the body’s ability to integrate some of its functions. In addition to central and peripheral vision, retinal nerve endings provide information concerning depth perception, movement, night vision, balance and more. Since the bulk of those nerve endings are found in the periphery, ‘corrective’ lenses may lack sufficient light stimulation for their optimal function.
Our goal is to provide all elements of the retina with their fair share of light. However, this is not to downgrade the fields of optometry and ophthalmology as this is what is required to give you the necessary 20/20 acuity for purposes such as driving, seeing the blackboard, etc.
What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. Make it a good one!
“Drawbacks vs Benefits”
So now that we understand the mechanical difference between the ‘I’ and eye exams, the questions are:
Q #1- Are there any drawbacks to light therapy lenses?
Q #2- How will light therapy lenses enhance my health?
Q #3- Should I substitute my light theraputic glasses for my eye doctor’s glasses?
As to drawbacks there is only one; ‘therapeutic’ lenses will not give you 20/20 acuity.
After all we are not trying to accomplish that as that is what your eye doctor does.
Therefore, for safety purposes, they may not be suitable for activities that require 20/20 acuity such as driving a car.
(Note: Usually 20/40 is required for driving purposes – check with your eye doctor or state DMV.)
Light therapy glasses are ‘not’ a substitute for the glasses that your eye doctor prescribed. He or she gave you glasses to function in the world and some people cannot function without wearing them. They know best when it comes to prescribing glasses that help you to drive, see the blackboard, etc. And don’t over look the other important tests that they perform by looking for eye diseases as well as other diseases that are in your body. (See the page EYE CARE PROVIDERS DEFINED).
Light therapy lenses are meant to be worn in a ‘safe’ environment such as around the house, watching TV or where ever you feel safe and are not in harms way. As to enhancing health, the sky is the limit. To name a few: –being more relaxed thus facilitating dealing with life’s everyday stresses. — breathing deeper and easier with each breath you take.
Increased oxygen equates to more energy and less illness as microorganisms tend to thrive in lower oxygen environments. —improved memory, better balance; both emotionally and physically as in having a better center-of-gravity. — enhance the processing of emotional blockages thus facilitating emotional releases
We realize that the ‘I’ exam is quite innovative and different so answer the “I Questions to Ponder” page to help you determine if an ‘I’ exam is for you. Also, you can contact us with any questions that you may have in order to help you to decide whether or not the ‘I’ exam is for you.
Our guarantee to you is this:
If we do meet for an “I” exam and at any point during or even upon completion of the exam you do not believe that the lenses that you have subjectively chosen will enhance your well being then you are free to leave without owing any money.
And remember, an ‘I’ exam it is ‘not’ an actual exam nor an ‘eye’ exam as it is you who chooses the lenses most ‘emotionally’ comfortable for you to wear!