Tuesday night: I practiced open focus and concentrated on relaxation for about 20 minutes. At first, I could read 10/200 and almost 10/100, but near the end I was able to read 10/40! 😀 I correctly read four out of five letters on the 40 line, so I’m positive I passed that line. 8) I am hoping that in future practice sessions I will continue to read the 40 line and, equally important to me, be able to read lines lower than the 200 line at the beginning.
Another thought, in the past my outdoor visual acuity has been twice as good as my indoor visual acuity. I haven’t done an outdoor measurement in a while, but if my past experiences are still true, I would be able to see 20/40 outside! That would be amazing since there are only three more lines on my chart (30, 25, 20) from the 40 line to the 20 line.
Also, I have a new idea about my starting number for the Snellen chart practices (10/200). When I practice open focus and am able to see the 50 line or the 40 line, I attribute the clearer vision to the deeply relaxed state of my mind and body. However, this near complete relaxation is not the normal state of my body during daily life. I do try to stay relaxed throughout the day, but I guess my normal level of relaxation is only good enough for 10/200 visual acuity. While I believe that I could be even more calm in my mind and body during normal tasks, I think that another (bigger?) influence on the starting measurement is the fact that I still wear glasses during part of the day. While I cannot drive (legally or safely) my car without glasses, I’m not required to wear them for anything else. With the exception of reading the projector screen/board in my classes at school, I realistically think that I would be able to fuction fine without them otherwise. Therefore, especially since I am on my winter break, I am going to try to only wear my glasses for driving. This will benefit me in two ways: I will be forced to maintain an even more relaxed state of my mind and body throughout the day, and my eyes will not need to adjust to the prescription of my glasses nearly as much. I hope this goes well. 😐