Sunday night: I practiced open focus for 15 minutes with palming throughout and swaying at the end. My visual acuity with both eyes changed from 10/200 to 10/50. I mainly focused on relaxing my muscles in this session.
Wednesday night: I have noticed lately that I am able to see better through my close work glasses, so I decided to test them with the Snellen chart indoors; I saw 10/40 (~20/80) with the glasses on. When I first received these glasses (September 24), I was barely able to see 20/90 (comfortably 20/100) with them. So, I’m happy to see this measurable difference only about 2 1/2 months later. 🙂
Lastly, I have been thinking lately about the different visual acuities I see during a session with the Snellen chart. At the beginning, I usually can only read 10/200. I think that this first measurement is probably the best indicator of my current default visual acuity. This number describes how clearly I see when I am not aware of my body and mind. At the end, I can often clear the chart to see 10/50. I think this number reflects my current skill in relaxing my muscles and mind.
In my Motor Performance class, we learned a little while ago the difference between abilities and skills. Abilities are pretty much genetic limits to one’s performance in different tasks. For example, while a 5 ft. tall man may be able to dunk a basketball if he trains really hard, it is very unlikely that he will ever be the world’s best dunker (because of his height). A skill, on the other hand, is something that one learns and can improve upon with practice. An example of this would be a basketball player who can score baskets from half court. Regardless of one’s height (or weight, or build, etc.), if one has the arm strength and accuracy he/she would be able to make these shots. These probably aren’t the best examples, but those ideas are what I want to discuss next.
In regard to skill in the vision improvement process, I think that is what I am working on now. Using open focus, palming, swinging, swaying, doing things without glasses- I think all of these activites are ways to improve the skill with which I use my eyes. As a result of these improved skills, my normal vision habits will become more natural and relaxed. In regard to ability, I think that my “skill” training now is how I will reach this ability. I’m not sure what my best ability for seeing is, but I think Dr. Bates had an idea of it. I remember that he said somewhere he only considered a person’s vision to be cured or reversed if they saw better than 20/20. He also said that most of his patients reached a visual acuity around 20/10, and he mentioned others with even better vision. Bates’ observations help me to be optimistic about my clear vision in the future and what I will be able to achieve. 8)