Freedom from Glasses: Natural ways to improve your vision

Illustration by Anne Internicola

Illustration by Anne Internicola

Nancy Neff has, for the most part, cured herself of glasses and contact lenses. Severely nearsighted since age five, she never imagined that an existence independent of spectacles was in the realm of possibility. “I was a very anxious, nervous child, and all they knew to do was to give me stronger and stronger glasses,” says Neff, who had a prescription of -10 from her teen years until about age 50. “It was always, ‘Nancy has bad eyes.’ I just didn’t want my vision to get any worse.” So in 2001, when she heard about Dr. Marc Grossman, a holistic optometrist who specializes in natural vision improvement, she had to learn more. “It was a light-bulb moment when a professional eye doctor told me I could improve my eyesight,” she recalls. “I’d always eaten healthy and been active physically, but I just assumed there was nothing I could do about my vision. It was like somebody told me I could fly!” And yet, she did: Neff, a former computer programmer at IBM who lives in Fishkill, was gradually able to reduce her prescription as she followed Grossman’s individualized program of vision therapy and eye exercises. Today, she needs glasses only to drive at night. Read article