( A note from Joy Benson, She is at age around 33)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Otis Brown" <email@example.com>
To: "Lawson's_optom.ltd" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 5:23 AM
Subject: Fw: An old, but informative e-mail
> Here is some more commentary from my niece on her
> use of the plus lens.
>> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joy Benson" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 12:59 PM
> Subject: An old, but informative e-mail
>> > Uncle Otie,
> > The e-mail message that I wrote below is evidence of how behind I am. It was
an answer to the e-mail Alison Dall had written to me almost three years ago.
It's embarrassing that I never responded to her. I wrote the e-mail below but
never sent it! Her e-mail address is at the end of the message.
> > Have you kept in touch with her? I could send it now. I hope she
didn't give up on having her son use the glasses.
> > In any case, this information might be helpful to Steve and perhaps for your
> > One thing I would add in the way of advice is that it has been very helpful
for me to have several pairs of glasses so I have them handy in places where I
usually read. I also sometimes can use different diopters that way. I should get
a pair with less diopters to use at the computer. I would think
> > that for children it would be especially important to make sure that the
> > diopters fit the work, without making it too hard or easy for the child
> > see and to make sure the glasses don't interfere with their work or
> > The other thing I didn't mention in my unfinished e-mail was that the first time I started using a computer for several hours on a daily basis
(while doing an internship without using plus lenses), I noticed my vision got worse very quickly, probably within a couple weeks.
> > Here's the e-mail I was going to send 2-3 years ago! (I only corrected
> > typos, so my job and age information are not up-to-date.)
> > Subject: RE: Plus Lenses for Myopia
> > Dear Alison:
> > I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I realize this is an
important decision for you and your son.
> > I am Otis Brown's niece. Thanks to him, I have been wearing the plus lenses since fifth grade. I am now 32 and was very happy to pass my driver's license eye exam once again this July (though because the
> > vision in my left eye is not so good, I just got a restriction--I must have a rearview mirror on the left side, which is standard for most cars, anyway).
> > As I know my uncle has expressed to you, finding the motiviation to wear plus lenses while reading is not so easy, and I think it might be especially hard for a younger person. Even after more than 20 years of wearing the plus lenses, I struggle to do so consistently. But I'm happy that I have the choice of whether to wear glasses or not. There's no doubt in my mind that I would have to wear glasses or contacts all the time if I had started wearing negative lenses more frequently.
> > Perhaps knowing some of my history will help you to guide your son:
> > When I started wearing the plus lenses in fifth grade, I was a little bit shy. The glasses, as a new item, called attention to me. The fact that they were different than regular glasses meant that I might have to explain why I was wearing them. At the same time, I think some of my friends thought they were kind of cool. I can't remember how often I
wore the glasses.
> > In junior high and high school, I continued to wear the galsses on and off. My memory is a bit vague, but I assume, as has been my trend, I wore the plus lenses more at home than at school. Perhaps participation in sports helped me to maintain far vision, but because my studies were very important to me, I always read a lot. (I also had the advantage of not growing up using a computer; I believe computers can
ruin your eyes very quickly.)
> > In college, I continued with tennis, but I had trouble seeing the
> > chalkboard, so I got negative lenses. (Again, my studies were important to me and my mother wears glassses and doesn't mind it a bit, so she did not pressure me to wear the plus lenses.) Nevertheless, I rarely wore the negative lenses, and I continued to wear the positive lenses (in part due to the encouragement from my uncle). Even my memory of plus-lense use in high school and college is a bit vague, probably because I've never been very strict about wearing the lenses every single time I sit down to read.
> > Partly it's hard because it's easier for me to read without the lenses. (In order to improve my vision, I try to read at a distance that will slightly blur the text, but without glasses I see the text clearly.) Also, my glasses always have to be at hand. Even at home, I don't always read in the same place, so it's an extra step to get my glasses before I read something (and oten I'm just reading short items--letters, articles, etc.--so it's easy to think that a little reading without glasses won't hurt).
> > After I finished college, I continued to do work that required plenty of reading. (I did a master's in Spanish literature and a certificate program for translation, among other things.) Currently I work as an editor and it is a big challenge for me to wear the plus lenses, but all the more crucial. I sit in front of texts and the computer eight hours a day. Because I can't afford to slow down my work, and because the many texts (including the screen) that I look at are at all different distances, I am not able to wear the plus lenses much of the time. I still have my negative lenses from college, but I only wear them when I feel it's absolutely necessary--mainly if I'm driving in an unfamiliar place or if I'm at a workshop and need to see at a distance. I haven't tested my eyes since before I took my driver's exam, but I know my vision is not as good as it oculd be. I still need to work on wearing the plus lenses every time I possibly can.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: AlisonDall@aol.com 
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 1999 3:18 PM
> > To: email@example.com (no longer a valid e-mail address)
> > Subject: Plus Lenses for Myopia
> > I got your e-mail number from Otis Brown's mailing list. Do you have an interest in using plus lenses to help myopia? I would like to try to
help my son but would like to speak to anyone who has already tried or is considering using this method.
> > Regards,
> > Alison Dall
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2002 1:01 PM
Subject: Fw: Thanks for write-up
Here is my response to my niece -- for your
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2002 11:59 PM
Subject: Thanks for write-up
Thanks for your review of your use of the plus
I think you did exactly what was necessary.
What you have avoided is about -5 to -7 diopters
of myopia or (20/350 to 20/490) vision.
If you want to know how your vision would have
looked, get a +3 to +4 diopter plus
lens and look through it at distant objects. That
is how your vision would have
become -- only worse.
I know you might not believe it, but it is the
We always have problems with prevention -- but you
managed to overcome them.
The use of a mild minus lens for night driving is
reasonable -- because the eye
will take on a more negative focal state at night
But you are also wise to remove them as soon as you do not need them.
I do not know what happened to Alison Dall.
People will "flash" enthusiastic,
and then will quit after one or two weeks.
It takes strong judgment to continue the process
to be effective for the long-run, as you have done.
I sent your email to Steve Leung -- for his
reference. I wish him well with the
effort, but success depends on the quality and
insight of the person who is able
to use the plus lens for the long-term. He has a
daughter, and perhaps she
will be able to learn from her father.
Again, thanks for your effort with the plus lens.
I wish I had had the
intelligence, motivation and insight to make the
plus lens approach
effective for myself at very young age.
The e-mail message that I wrote below is evidence of how behind I am. It was
an answer to the e-mail Alison Dall had written to me almost three years
ago. It's embarrassing that I never responded to her. I wrote the e-mail
below but never sent it! Her e-mail address is at the end of the message.
Have you kept in touch with her? I could send it now. I hope she didn't give
up on having her son use the glasses.