Here is a synopsis of an article I have written for a publication.
The 10 Commandments for the Future of Vision Care
By Roberto Kaplan O.D., M.Ed., FCOVD.
.........conventional medicine, .....treats the symptom of the problem. This approach considers the absence of symptoms being good health. The second possibility, is to recognize the real origin of disease and eye problems. A human being that is out of balance. Not only in their physical life, but their emotional and spiritual one too.
..........Like in biblical times, there are commandments that show the way to enlightenment. These could be the steps to go beyond a symptom based medical model of treatment. An approach that is Holistic in its foundation, and redirects the responsibility for healthy eyes back to the patient.
..........I explored the visual findings ..as my way of understanding the relationship between the human being and what their deeper perceptual ‘seeing’ was communicating to me through my vision analysis findings.
.......Our vision care delivery is influenced by industry and politics, rather than conscious Holistic health care practice.
....The ever growing presence of the Internet in people's lives is accelerating the interest in self-help approaches to health in the U.S. and other countries.
.......This opens up the possibility for us as Optometrists to provide a healthy truly therapeutic form of vision care. Our Optometric profession must take a stand for the future - Prevention. If we don't, we will always be subservient to Medicine and Ophthalmology.
....The 10 Commandments are a modern extension of standard clinical methods, with an upgrade for the complex virtual world and technological time we live in.
What are the 10 Commandments?
.......The commandments speak less to a technique or method of use, but more to the way of how to be with the patient. To see their eye problems as part of a continuum of their life struggles and evolution.
Here are the 10 Commandments:
Commandment 1 - Treat the human who sees not with the eye, but through the eye
........Light does enter the eye. This light is transformed by refraction. The upgrade in thinking is that the light carries information. It is not the light per say that we are interested in. It is the invisible information with in the light that provides the impetus for perception. It is perception that ultimately determines how and what we see. When the upside down information is correctly received and processed through the brain, an accurate perception is formed. Note, I stated through, not in the brain.
...........How receptive the tissue and structures of the eye is to the incoming light is dependent on how present or aware the person is behind the eye.
.....This quiet 'brain state' gives them the ability to see more deeply into themselves and life, with less effort and time. Their visual performance far exceeds that of Western intellectual counterparts.
Commandment 2 - How the patient sees, and what we measure in the eye, is a reflection of their perceptions
.......The brain and the human spirit determines how and what is seen. So, when an abnormality is measured in the eye, such as Myopia, Astigmatism, suppressions, Glaucoma etc., the source of the problem is behind the eye.
Commandment 3 - Do not treat or try and fix the diopters, suppressions, lack of visual acuity, eye diseases, phorias, and other eye findings. Use them to
define what the eye is communicating about deeper perceptions of the person's whole existence
......Consider that our usual eye measurements, and their relationships to the patient's symptoms, are a print-out and communication from the brain.
......This messaging implicates the presence of a survival perceptions, like fear or anger.
.......It could be stated that an eye suppression is a one sided suppression of thinking, feeling or emotional perceptions. Psychiatrist Frederick Schiffer, has identified localized areas of emotional activity related to light coming through one eye.
.......The still state of seeing gives the freedom to deal with life problems from a less reactive position. Less terror, wars, anger and a return to honoring the unity of the human family on this Earth.
Commandment 4 - Prescribe glasses that are preventive and therapeutic because the ‘correct the refractive error’ glasses do not correct anything
......At the core of a new form of lens prescribing is the premise that the visual system is a natural biofeedback system.
......The patient is coached to become aware of what circumstances in their life produces changes in visual acuity. That is, when does the visual acuity seem less clear and visa versa, when does it increase. Variables like certain foods, fatigue, excessive computer use, and spending time outside produces changes in visual acuity.
Commandment 5 - Prescribe minus lenses in the direction of a parasympathetic stimulant (less minus and more plus), since minus lenses that compensate for
20/20, or 100% eyesight, are a sympathetic stimulant, a drug.
..........The fifth commandment is each time a new minus lens prescription is written, REMEMBER, you are ordering the patient to look through glasses that is a stimulant, like ‘speed’.
.........you are locking them into survival perceptions of their inner unclearness. This is like supporting an addictive process of not becoming aware.
.....The emerging integrated model of vision care supports the patient in looking at their ‘drugged’ way of perceiving. To help them look through lenses that wake up their perceptual consciousness. All inhabitants of our planet Earth need to correctly see themselves and outside in order to restore the survival way we are living. It begins with our perceptions.
Commandment 6 - Prescribe glasses, with an integrated vision therapy approach, thus giving the patient the self responsibility for their vision future
.........it is a chance for the patient to experience the deeper connection between their life processes and change in perceptions.
.......If they need to block a certain life experience, there will be lower visual acuity, or they will suppress the view through one eye.
Commandment 7 - Observe and learn how every eye condition of refraction or disease is a view into how the patient is deviating from their fundamental perceptual EyeCode®. (That is their God given way of perceiving)
Every condition or variation that we measure at the level of the eye is a reflection of an avoidance of perception in the inside world of the patient.
.......The Iris EyeCode® shows the fundamental core perceptual style of the patient, either a logical, feeler or emotional processor.
.......The Diopter and Disease EyeCode® reveal the deviations from the core perceptions that are related to life conditioning. These are the environmental conditions that begin after birth.
.....My findings suggest that when the patient finds out about this inner and outer connection, they are more motivated to take self responsibility for their eye problems.
Commandment 8 - Consider all treatments for eyes to be connected to where the patient is in their life cycle, that is, the variables before their current chronological age, and the future.
.........It seems that our perceptions of thinking, feeling and emotions are given repetitive chances to evolve themselves.
........... The eye condition and the patients age guide us to prescribe lenses that will support the patient’s life process rather than just giving them false sense of sharpness of eyesight, such they can continue being unconscious of their fears or need to evolve.
Commandment 9 - Examine the eye and visual findings to reveal how well the patient is integrating their perceptions of thinking, feeling and emotion.
......Evolvement of inner vision is a life process of integrating perceptions of thinking, feeling and emotion.
.......Clinically, I have observed that many patients under life and visual stress lose the ability to keep this integrated Binocular status of multidimensional vision. If the perceptual state gets stuck in either thinking, feeling or even emotion, a survival state of vision is cemented. This limits the capacity for the eye to receive light and sets up the patient for a lack of fulfillment in their life.
Commandment 10 - The vision care program must address the reality that at the very core of measured vision problems is an inability for the patient to handle emotional incongruity.
.......One of the most difficult future steps for the profession of Optometry to take is to recognize and acknowledge that at the very core of measured vision problems is an inability for the patient to handle emotional incongruity.
.......Biological changes at the level of the eye are printouts of survival nature of the human beings brain state.
........I offer these commandments to our profession. Upgrade now, it is time and there is a brilliant possibility.