Thursday night: I practiced open focus for about 25 minutes. I started at 10/200 and progressed to 10/50 by the end. I could almost read 10/40; I correctly read 2 out of 5 letters on the 40 line.
Monday afternoon: I practiced open focus for about 25 minutes. I began reading at 10/100 and read 10/40 near the end- I was able to correctly read 4 out of 5 letters on the 40 line. Furthermore, while I was not able to read the letters on lines lower than 40, I was able to correctly count the number of letters on them. The 30 line had 6 letters, the 25 line had 7 letters, and the 20 line had 8 letters. I know that counting the letters does not pass a line, but this proved to me that I was at least able to distinguish the individual shapes of the letters; any improvement past seeing the shape of a letter would have to be a clearer image of the letter. I think I was able to see the individual letters on those lines because of centralization.
An additional note: I found that when I breathed only through my nose, as opposed to inhaling through my nose and exhaling through my mouth, I was able to relax more and see letters on the 40 line better. This goes against descriptions I have read of breathing exercises from yoga or recommended by natural doctors which support the latter technique for the purpose of relaxation. I’m not really sure what to get out of this observation other than the fact that nasal breathing is the most relaxing for me. ❓
Also, the person who has commented on some of my posts and other vision bloggers’ posts called helenacampbell has recently started a blog. The link is listed in my Blogroll as Helena’s Blog.