A couple days ago I read several of the Stories from the Clinic articles and some of the Better Eyesight magazine articles. The articles and anecdotes were very interesting and motivating. One of the common recommendations for a variety of myopia patients was to palm several times throughout the day when away from the clinic. Either Bates or his assistant Emily often taught the patients how to palm during their visits, and then told them to practice it several times every day.
However, the patients weren’t just instructed to cover their eyes. Rather, they were told to imagine something pleasant, shift on a letter they had just seen from the chart, or just talk about interesting subjects with the doctor. The patients were not supposed to over-focus on the imagined object, but just think about it in a relaxed manner. These additional instructions to the palming were meant to further reduce the mental strain of the patients.
With this knowledge that palming should not usually be practiced by itself, I tried palming for a few minutes while shifting (in my mind) to different parts of a capital “M” I had seen on my computer screen. When I opened my eyes, the letters on the screen were definitely clearer for a few seconds. I used this form of palming multiple times yesterday so that I could try to keep my mental strain reduced. Also, I tried a few times (with less success) to just remember the relaxed feeling of when I opened my eyes after palming since Emily had mentioned that that practice helped her to keep clear sight even after a stressful day. I think that as I use the palming/imagination technique more often, I will be better able to remember how relaxed it makes me feel.
Palming has not been consistently successful in the past for clearing up my vision. It mostly relaxed my body and, I thought, my mind but did little to improve my visual acuity. However, it seems that perhaps I was just not adding the mental components of imagination or memory. I will continue to palm several times throughout the day while using my imagination so that I can reduce and prevent the mental strain that is hindering my clear eyesight.