• Friday, October 15th, 2010

This blog post will start a small series of discussion on the topic of common issues that arise for students in the process of improving their vision.  We begin with some points that came up on a phone call with a Personal Eyesight Training Kit student, and move on to discuss some of the topics that arose in our Support Conference calls with further PET students.  It’s interesting to note that these students have had marked improvement in their eyesight since starting the Kit, and yet even once these changes start to occur our ability to ‘get in our own way’ still remains. It’s a fascinating thing we humans do!

As you will know, improving your eyesight naturally is not a ‘quick fix’ – it’s a process of finding ways to incorporate vision activities into your routine, working with the lifestyle factors that affect your vision (ie; how you use your eyes for various daily activities, how you deal with stress, what you eat on a regular basis, etc. )

It also becomes a process of self-discovery, as students learn the ways in which the parts of themselves that want to ‘stay the same’ work to sabotage their movement towards clarity.

Thanks to Jo, the student who brought me back to revisit some of these topics, as we start off on a list of ‘how to avoid improving your eyesight’.

First we must be able to really acknowledge that there is always a part of us that doesn’t want us to change. It feels safe with things the way they are. Let’s call this part of us ‘The Keeper’.  The Keeper may feel that if we succeed at seeing things clearly we may see things that will hurt or endanger us.  After all, this is one of the reasons we developed blur in the first place, to keep out of our awareness the things out there we don’t want to know about. To keep the world at a distance. This was especially important when we were young, and may not have had many personal resources at our disposal.  For this reason, over the years The Keeper may have become really practiced at helping us avoid things that will bring change in the way we think, behave, feel and see.

However, in order to grow and develop in life we must be able to change. This applies strongly to eyesight but I am sure you can see how it bears on many areas of life. The ability to change how we operate is imperative if we want to improve ourselves and our lives in any way, at any time.  Below are a few ways that The Keeper can strive to maintain the status quo. The methods of The Keeper can be obvious or subtle, but be aware that the more clued in you are to its strategies the more subtle they are likely to become.

Remember that The Keeper is doing this job out of love for you.  When you are ready to overcome these strategies the most important tool in your hand is reassurance.  Reassure your Keeper that you can return to clear eyesight and still stay safe. If fact you may become even safer, both physically and emotionally, when you can see the world clearly. Ask your Keeper what ways can be used to stay emotionally safe OTHER than having blurred vision.  It’s all a part of the process.

Falling Asleep! There can be many reasons why you may find yourself falling asleep while doing your vision activities, and I have to admit, the point is that you get nice and relaxed during that time, having soothing music playing and so on.  But if you find yourself regularly falling asleep while doing vision games, even if you are getting plenty of rest, you might want to look deeper at this.

Sleep is a manifestation of unconsciousness. Of course we do need our regular times of unconsciousness to rest and recover, to heal and rejuvenate.  But when unconsciousness jumps on us during daily activities this can be a sign of avoidance.  Is your Keeper knocking you out when you start to make progress with your vision games? Unconsciousness is very seductive, and dropping you into this emotional space of ‘knowing nothing’ is an excellent way of avoiding progress with your vision.

Do your best to make sure you are getting enough sleep. Stay awake by doing your vision games standing up, using more lively music, getting outdoors into the fresh air, sipping cool water at intervals. If you have other suggestions send them to us to share with other students.

Over Researching! Are you waiting until you have ‘enough information’ before really dedicating yourself to regular vision games, even though you may have books and tapes and cds and more piling up on every surface?

Myopes really tend to want to do things perfectly, and being fully informed can help us to avoid mistakes in what we are doing.  However sometimes we can take this too far.  If you have information about vision games you can do today, are you still waiting until you have more information before you do anything? Ask yourself if the need to collect more and more resources is a way of avoiding what you have to use right now.

Your style of learning may have an impact on this. If you are a listener and only have a book to use, having the material in audio format (like the Personal Eyesight Training Kit) may make the difference between regular use and leaving it on the shelf.  But no matter what you have, you can start to do one or two little things right now, and still acquire more information and resources as you proceed. The results of those little steps may even help you motivate you to get more involved.

Next time……

No Time! “I can’t do my vision games now, I don’t have 30 minutes to spend on this….”

Should haves! “I should have done this when I was 18….”

The Plateau! “I have reduced my prescription by quite a lot but now I seem to be stuck….”

And more!

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3 Responses

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    Marc 

    THANKS CARINA!!!! pure GOLD.

    I find myself more psychologically blocked from improving my eyes than physically. I know if I just sit down and practice and palm for at least an hour a day things will get better for me but some part of me just DOESN’T WANT TO SEE …. this blog post really helped me out!

    <3

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    Ed 

    Hello Carina,

    Well, I was surprised reading your articles. Being myopic with a lot of traumas and loving observation accompanied with philosophy I figured out most of these things about the keeper and how our vision has been/is impacted by our lives. Nice to find a like minded person :)

    I am now at around -2.25 and -2.50 with astigmatism and was curious about improving my vision with exercises, but it’s so difficult for me while fighting a battle to survive. What do you think about reading glasses ADD for myopes and the Myopter device itself? These techniques are new to me and would love to receive your opinion. I have lots of close work, and stress. Thank you.

  3. Hi Ed,
    I’m glad the article was useful for you. I asked my consultant optometrist Bryan Smith, O.D. (Brisbane) about the use of reading lenses for close work for myopes, as this is an optometric technique. He indicated that in cases where the distance blur is caused by a spasm/tension in the ciliary body, rather than elongation of the eyeball, this is a method used to help this area relax.
    At first glance it looks like the Myopter device works on a similar principle, but am not really familiar with it. For information on both these concepts, and to clarify the type of your myopia, I do suggest consulting a behavioral optometrist.
    Bryan also mentioned the way in which some of those who do extensive amounts of close work can tend to develop distance blur as a kind of ‘maladaption’ of the visual system to the conditions it is most used for. I hope you can find ways of balancing your close work and relaxing your visual system.

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