I haven’t been posting much lately because I haven’t been doing much formal vision work. I try to use good vision habits when my glasses are off, but I’ve been wearing my glasses much more than I should have to watch T.V., movies, play video games, etc. 😦 I know this is harmful for my eyes, so I am making a conscious effort to wear my glasses as little as possible now.
Something I’ve been thinking about, especially after reading Sorrisi’s latest posts, is that I should just focus on what I do that makes my eyesight better/worse rather than what I’ve read that Bates says I should do. In the end, I’m sure these two things will be the same in principle, but Bates may have worded his ideas in a way that I don’t completely understand yet. For example, I am able to centralize my eyes on some fine details, but I figured this out from my own experience and not Bates’ description of central fixation.
I’m not putting down Bates’ work at all or saying that he is a bad writer, I’m just saying that he might have worded his ideas differently than I would have. The only way I can truly figure out the basic principles of clear vision is to experince them myself. Once I’ve done this, I’m sure the things that help me would match up with Bates’ thinking.
As a start, I’ve been using my computer today without any glasses. I’m surprised at how far I can away I can read words on the screen. I probably shouldn’t be surprised because it is about the same distance as I could read before, but I think wearing my glasses all the time lowered my expectations of how clear my vision could be.
Anyway, I’ll start using my Snellen chart at least once every day, I’ll be aware of what increases/lowers my visual acuity, and I’ll be more patient with my eyesight. As a final note, doing these things does not mean I can’t watch T.V. or play video games anymore, it just means that I will have to use better vision habits and let my eyes adjust at their own speed. I’ll writes posts more often to record my experiences, results, and ideas.