As a vision coach, I often hear people make statements about their eyesight which make me cringe. They’ll say “I’m blind without my glasses!” or “Everyone in my family has bad eyes” or “Since my job requires looking at a computer screen all day, I know my eyesight is just going to get worse”. These remarks can remind me of my own mother, when I was a child in thick eyeglasses. She constantly worried about “Nancy’s bad eyes”, making me feel hopeless and defective.
With new clients, I’ll point out how vision varies, with the amount of natural light, your level of fatigue or hunger or thirst or even how happy (or not!) you are to be seeing what you’re seeing. So if vision can momentarily slump when our energy slumps, then rebound when we take a nap or go for a walk in Nature, isn’t it at least theoretically possible that if we take better care of our precious human energy, our vision might keep improving?
When someone is very discouraged about their eyesight, it can be too big of a leap to embrace what feels like a happy-sappy Pollyanna idea of “My vision is getting clearer and more relaxed by the day!”. In that case I may see if the person is willing to accept the possibility of seeing colors more vividly (even though the eye chart shows no change in acuity yet), or seeing a tiny bit better after dark, or softening some of their straining-to-see forehead or squinting wrinkles. Sometimes we’re reluctant to let go of our self-limiting beliefs. Do you tell yourself “I can’t ……” (fill in your personal favorite) related to your vision? What if you could?
When you want to motivate a child to do better, it’s not helpful to belittle him or her — encouragement is needed. Your eyes are the same, and will work hard for you for many years if they feel appreciated, not like they’re a big bother to you, a cross you have to bear. When I can see well in what used to be a difficult situation for me, say driving in the rain, I try to remember to notice this success, not just take it for granted. And my nightly gratitude list often includes mention of something positive about my vision.
When you worry about your vision declining, do you realize you’re actually imagining or visualizing seeing worse? You are carving those pathways in your visual brain deeper, convincing your mind and body “I can’t see that well now, and the blur is likely to keep increasing”. This is not a healing strategy! Why not try imagining seeing better, and being grateful for what you do see pretty well at the moment, even if you’re not completely satisfied with it. And hold some optimism about seeing even better tomorrow.
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Interesting comments Vacheslav. I think the Bates Method can give us some inner peace if we can practice it properly. One of the writers in the Bates magazine (E E Agranove) wrote that when he had had good practice his sense of loneliness seemed to flee away. Bates in his book spoke of one of his patients having a wonderful feeling of comfort and rest with really good practice, it is in the chapter on Central Fixation.
Well when my eye sight was bad, like my teeth, I blamed it on God, Only after finally understanding that it is laziness and believing commercials which are the cause of the problem, then things started turning around for the better! there are spiritual laws, which you are free to break, but if you do, you will have to suffer the consequences! they have always existed, still are, and will always be!
Darrel, thanks for commenting. Dr. Bates wrote about imagining seeing more clearly, to nudge the brain and the eyes toward that. As you said, most people don’t realize that doing the opposite, imagining seeing worse, may be keeping them stuck where they don’t want to be.
A very nice article Nancy, it made me realize just how much our beliefs and expectations can and do affect out vision. It is so ture that worrying about declining sight is actually imaging seeing worse but I hadn’t never thought about it that way before. Very insightful and thank you. Darrel