Eyesight involves consciousness


Below is a letter written by Patricia Carrington Ph.D. of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Piscataway, NJ. It lays out some interesting concepts about the way we have been taught to think about our eyes and eyesight.

In a book written many years ago, the then Director of the General Electric Company’s Lighting Research Laboratory, Dr. Matthew Luckiesh, asked his readers to imagine what would happen if “crippled” eyes “could be transformed into crippled legs.” His comments were: “If this (transformation) happened, what a heartrending parade we would witness on a busy street! Nearly every other person would go limping by. Many would be on crutches and some in wheelchairs.” He was at that time referring to the widespread use of eyeglasses (now we would add to this the even more widespread use of contact lenses) on a PERMANENT basis, as usually being the sole treatment for eyesight problems. Many years later, that is still, regrettably, the case.

If it is legs that are crippled, however, doctors typically refuse to let their patients rely just on crutches. They regard the use of crutches as a necessary temporary strategy, and while paying attention to external conditions, they do their best to improve the internal conditions of the defective limbs, so that nature is allowed to do its work of healing.

If respect for the power of natural healing is applied to our limbs, why is a similar respect for the recuperative powers of the human body not applied to defective eyesight? This question is not generally asked by the medical establishment which, until now, has simply taken it for granted that defective eyesight is incurable and inevitable with age, and this is in spite of the eye’s demonstrably close relationship with the mind and the emotions. It is not generally assumed that eyesight can return to normalcy through improvement within the mind-body sphere, and you yourself may unwittingly have adopted this point of view, as do most people.

This book therefore presents a radically new approach to defective vision and for this reason requires somewhat of a leap of faith. To change one’s eyesight by behavioral means (i.e. EFT in this case) seems impossible in terms of what we have been told countless times. Yet the fact is that psychological experiments have determined that the act of seeing involves consciousness and that in fact our perceptions and our emotions are intrinsically linked.

Patricia Carrington Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Professor
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, NJ

This letter introduces the EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for vision improvement programme by Carol Look that we brought to your attention this month. This is one of the techniques that we can use to overcome the inner tension that hinders good eyesight.

To check out the EFT programme for vision improvement click here.

Every obstacle in your progress (in any endeavour) is a message from your body (and eyes) asking for attention to a particular process that it needs you to go through, a particular blockage it needs you to learn about and let go of. Each time you do this you will move to a new level of emotional and physical well-being. But like an onion there are many layers to us, and we have to explore ourselves in many ways and from different angles to really get there.

I seem to have found that to individually develop, and improve our relationships and our lives, we are asked to do the things that are most difficult to us personally, no matter that another person might find the same task easy.

This idea can actually give us encouragement….if we can find someone who has an easy time with something we find really hard, we can learn about their perspective on it and perhaps find ways to adopt some of those ways of looking at it – making our own process go a little bit easier.

What is your area of resistance? Is it the act of doing the physical vision activities and actually letting yourself relax into it, the processes of going through the various strength transition glasses, or the need to give some attention to your emotions? For everyone there will be the easy parts and the parts we resist when making changes in our lives and our eyesight. This is another reason why it’s good to explore a variety of techniques to find those that suit you.

When looking at our emotions it’s sometimes good just to do what we can to relieve the pressure, without having to explore the origins in depth and detail. EFT is very useful for this.

Other times it may be necessary to look at our lives and our past to discover the source of our tensions and fears. To become consciously aware of our emotional and mental coping mechanisms and how they may be holding us back, in order to be able to fully choose to let them go. This type of work is discussed in our Personal Eyesight Training Kit. (Look out for the digital version coming soon!)

Changing the way we see does involve changing some of the ways we think and experience our emotions, and this is a big job. Seeing well involves not just our consciousness, but also becoming more conscious, about our physical and mental habits, about what effect our emotions are having on a daily basis, about how we perceive many things. When you are embarking on your vision improvement programme, do keep finding many different ways of supporting and nurturing yourself through this courageous undertaking!


  1. Julia Sich says

    HI Carina,
    thank you for your article and for the Pat Carrington article – I had never heard it put like that before i.e. that we wouldn’t be ‘allowed’ to keep using crutches for our legs but no one questions the use of glasses. I am continuing with the vision improvement. I find I end up doing the same exercises namely a series of warm ups including cross crawl and some switch on touch for health things and then the near far swing. Sometimes i do the feather swing. I also am since May eating raw food and having lots of green smoothies and feel extremely well with lots of energy. I am slowly seeing a change in my eyesight. I have for so long wanted improvement that it has to come. I have just started going through Carol Look’s EFT vision improvement before I do your exercises. I have started them before but they didn’t alone make a huge difference. I believe I am in a different place emotionally so the onion layers are getting peeled and clear vision is emerging. Thanks for your programme I love listening to you leading the exercises. I find your voice soothing and grounded and gentle!

  2. Julia Sich says

    Hi again Carina, another thought. Have you considered a monthly group session for those doing the course? Or some kind of support or social network so that I could be in touch with others doing the course. I feel like an island and it is sometimes hard to keep up motivation. I do but it would be nice to travel along with others sharing the journey. That is why I enjoy getting your newsletter. Julia wearing my pinhole glasses.

  3. Inger Lorsignol says

    This is so true, I always told the ophthalmologists that they are putting yet another , better, stronger crutch in front of my eyes, with the last one that will be even harder to eliminate. Each time they just looked at me as if I had just no idea! Doctors can be so arrogant, or say : ignorant?

  4. Madelaine vd Merwe says

    I work at a school for learners with visual impairment. For years I have tried to collect info on how emotion influences vision after seeing different results in a childs VA on different occasions. Thank you so much for providing a light in the darkness with all the relevant articles I receive on a regular basis, and the support I can pay forward.

  5. says

    Hi Julia,
    Thanks for your comments, I am really happy to hear that you are enjoying the activities, and continuing with your progress. A support group is a great idea and I will see how we might be able to implement this.

  6. says

    Hi Inger,
    Sometimes its hard for doctors to overcome their early training, which may often have been restrictive in its viewpoint. Fortunately we are finding that many medical practitioners are more understanding of the need for a holistic approach, and that the eyes are not separate from the whole person.

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