Quick Measurements and Specificity

Two Sunday nights ago: I did many long swings and noticed the “shifty eyes” effect again; 5/80 to 5/40.

All of the following measurements were made over the course of about 5 minutes each with just breathing fully, blinking lightly, and relaxing my body:

Monday morning: 5/80 to 5/40.

Monday night: 5/63 to 5/40.  I also did some long swinging.

Tuesday morning: 3/50 to 3/30.

Tuesday night: 3/50 to 3/30.

Wednesday morning: 10/100 to 10/62.

Wednesday night: 10/200 to 10/50.  I also did some acupressure points to help relax my face and eyes (these points were found in Leo Angart’s book).

Thursday morning: 10/100 to 10/50.

Thursday night: 10/100 to 10/50.

First, I wanted to apologize if writing my posts in this format (a long list of measurements) is more irritating or not as helpful as my previous posts.  I’ve been busy with school and do not get to use my computer as often.

I’ve started trying to do my measurements in the above form for about two weeks now- I take a quick measurement in the morning and another one at night each day.  I think in the long run these quick measurements will be the most beneficial to my vision because of the principle of specificity I have learned about in many of my classes.  This principle says that a certain type of training will produce results for mainly one closely related activity.  For example, the most helpful training for a marathon runner (to increase his/her time) would be to run long distances; doing sprinting intervals wouldn’t have as much direct effect on the goal.  Another example would be someone training for free throws (to improve accuracy) in basketball.  While practicing halfcourt shots and layups might have a small, positive effect toward this goal, practicing free throw shots from different positions would improve the person’s accuracy (for free throw shots) the most.  Even though I have gotten the best visual acuity readings with Snellen sessions lasting at or over 20 minutes, this is not specific to how I will use my vision in daily life.  For tasks in the real world, my eyes need to adjust their focus in less than a second in order to be practical.   Therefore, it only makes sense to me that the majority of my vision improvement work should consist of very brief sessions where my eyes need to relax as much as possible in the short time allotted.

However, one shouldn’t train only with the exact activity that needs to be improved, other exercises can be included as supplementation.  So, I will still try to include longer sessions (over 5 minutes) on occasion in order to teach my mind/body/eyes how to reach the deeper levels of relaxation that are necessary for clear vision.

As a further observation, my default vision (without glasses) seems to be slightly clearer now.  I am able to see a little more detail in distant objects, and I can read books maybe about 1 inch further from my eyes.  These aren’t major increases, but they are slightly better than how clearly I saw a few weeks ago.

Lastly, as I typed out the above measurements, I noticed that I had a better reading after massaging acupressure points on my face (on Wednesday night). 😐 The measurement on this night started worse than the morning measurement, but it still ended better. 8) I’ll try to use the acupressure points in some future sessions in order to relax my face and eyes.


2 thoughts on “Quick Measurements and Specificity

  1. sorrisi says:

    Hi Mark,

    I’m just catching up with your results. This looks great!!! I really enjoyed reading this post, it is very thoughtful and has a different perspective than I would have thought of for practicing twice per day. I’m learning a lot from the different perspective that you have to the Bates method!

    Keep it up! I’m so glad to hear that you are noticiing small changes in clarity to your everyday eyesight – a small positive change every week adds up to a lot after a year!


  2. mark825 says:


    I’ve learned a lot lately from your posts as well. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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