I’ve haven’t used my Snellen chart since my last post, and have been mostly focusing on how I use my vision throughout the day. However, my default vision has seemed to improve since I stopped testing it with the chart.
A major thing that I’ve been trying to do (and is very difficult with glasses on) is to see with my central and peripheral vision at the same time. This reminded me of Jacob Liberman, who was able to see clearly through the use of open focus. It seems that his normal vision was too focused on the center of his visual field. So, when he relaxed and saw with all parts of his visual field, he was able to see clearly in the center. I haven’t read his book recently, so I’m not sure if he attributed the cause of his myopia to the center-focused vision (pretty much tunnel vision) or the other way. Anyway, I seem to have the same problem as Liberman had. So, I’ve been trying to see with all parts of my visual field, the edges of my peripheral vision to the center, and have had much success with it. I especially notice this with reading words at the edge of the blur zone; when I use an open focus way of seeing, the words at the center are seen clearer.
Another way I’ve thought about this cause/symptom of my myopic condition is that currently I am doing central fixation. However, to have clear vision I only need to have central fixation. The difference between the two (myopic/emmetropic) is that the former uses central fixation as a focused action (a verb) while the latter has central fixation as a way of seeing (a noun). This is a difference that I’ve seen Robert from the Effortless Vision website describe, but now I have experienced the difference for myself. For a practical example, I’ve observed lately that when I use the computer, read, watch T.V., or do any other relatively close-distance activity, I am only aware of what I am directly looking at in the center; I would only see the computer/television screen and none of the desk or walls or objects around the computer/television. In order to change this, when I use the computer or watch televison now, I try to also notice the rest of the room beyond and in front of the screen. This is a change for me since I can tell that previously I pretty much turned off my peripheral vision when I did those activities.
While I look around with the open focus state of seeing the entire visual field at once, I am not trying to see everything clearly. I just notice everything within my area of vision and realize (mentally) that the very center is the clearest.
Since my problem (and solution 🙂 ) seem to match Liberman’s, I think I just need to do what he did to clear his vision. He practiced open focus every day for longer periods of time until it became the dominant way of seeing for him. That (along with long swinging since it also helps me) will be my current technique for improving my vision. 8)