Leo Angart

Leo Angart – avidly restoring eyesight the world over

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“Regaining your eyesight is like losing weight – you cannot outsource that India. You have to do the work.” Yes, Leo Angart is a funny man, and also an amazing person who cured his own very bad vision over 26 years ago and has made it his mission to help people all around the world. He teaches in several countries – and, although he speaks four languages, he always teaches in English with someone else interpreting. He’s been using the same interpreters for many years and he jokes that they know how to present the workshop without him.

He has a passion for helping children. He says, “Scientific studies indicate that a little more than 98% of all 6 year-olds have perfect eyesight. However, at the age of 16 more than 25% of all school children need corrective lenses.”

Leo also points out that we, as a society, have come to expect that most of us will wear glasses, whereas we should actually have healthy eyes for life. Australia and North America have the largest numbers of spectacles prescribed pro rata. “Glasses make the eyesight worse – if they didn’t, we could keep the same glasses we had when they were first prescribed.”

His losing weight analogy really tickled me – and here’s another one which makes just so much sense of how his method of restoring eyesight works: “Everybody knows that, after you break an arm or a leg, you have to do physiotherapy when the plaster is off to regain full function of that limb. So it essentially the same thing – we are restoring the function of the eyes.”

I reminded him of his workshop that I attended years ago when a very diligent student did her exercises on the Saturday night and returned the next morning having improved her sight by two diopters – which is substantial. Then he told me of a lady, also in Australia, who did a similar thing and came back the next day wearing glasses from 1968! They were perfect, but were out of fashion of course.

His advice to her (and to everyone) is to train yourself with those old glasses and then go back and get weaker glasses. So if you are thinking of doing his workshop or reading his book, rummage through your drawers and find all those old specs languishing there – you will need them, albeit temporarily.

As we all know, glasses actually make your eyesight worse. You start wearing them and soon you find that you cannot see things as well as you could before. You gradually have to get stronger and stronger lenses and then you get to the point of not being able to use one pair of glasses as you need something for near and something else for far sight.

Now, to complicate matters, the technology exists so that you can make three scripts in one set of lenses. Because the human eye does not see in this manner, the only thing that can change is you – and you may have difficulty to adapt to them. One lady told Leo that she fell downstairs three times before she became accustomed to hers.

“Your natural vision has been affected in order to adapt to those glasses. Nothing is clear, either near or far. We have to reverse that, and at times that is difficult, because sometimes the prescription is quite strong”, says Leo. But apparently it is not without hope. His holistic method, combining eye exercises, and a little pranic healing and a touch of other modalities, seems to me to be a panacea for all eye issues – and so simple to learn.

Leo points out that our natural eyesight is designed for looking at the horizon. We have no effort in seeing the sunset. When we shift to look at a book, we all have to change automatically, and our eyes do that when left to their own resources. The prescription is a foreign element in this equation and the lenses freeze the position.

“If you wear glasses, they alter the way that the eye grows. If you wear reading glasses, your eye becomes smaller and you get more and more far-sighted. The stronger the glasses are, the more the eyes have to adapt. You know that because, when you take the glasses off, your eyes get tired because now they have to work by themselves.

“Getting back to the physiotherapy analogy, wearing glasses is like keeping the cast on for the rest of your life.”

I am prone to being time poor – so it is of primary interest to me to find out about the exercises – I revert to that subject yet again and ask Leo how many hours of exercises I would have to do from when I discover ‘my arms are too short’. He reassures me that I would exercise each day for a short while and then, when I have the ability to read tiny print (about 3 or 4 point – and this type is 9 point – so that makes my mind boggle!), I could stop. In his case he energised his eyes two hours daily over three months and then he was okay. Then he didn’t do anything for five years, at which point he started teaching the courses – so he admits it would be incorrect to say that he doesn’t exercise at all, but he pointed out is not necessary.

“Everybody knows that muscles can be trained, including the eye muscles. The focussing of your eye throughout your whole life is achieved by muscles – so we need to do work to get better. Once better, we simply need to keep up normal exercise to maintain the muscle.”

“We are restoring the eye’s natural function. Focussing is done by muscles. Control is done by the brain. Once we restore the function using ‘physiotherapy’, they work together. Once you have that, you just need to keep using your eyes in different ways each day to keep them fit. Just keep reading. Just enjoy the fact that you can read the labels, and even in bad light.”

Leo’s newest book, Read Again Without Glasses, has not really got a look-in here (pardon the pun) – but it is extremely comprehensive with methods to fix astigmatism, presbyopia, myopia, amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus (divergent eye).

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