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(Re-)Calibration of the Myopic/Nearsighted Visual System
#1
Okay, so by now most members here should know that I believe most nearsightedness is caused by the varying instillation methods, timing, and types of neonatal eye antibiotics and their incorrect or omitted follow-up procedures, starting with misinformation or the lack of information about them to the parent(s).

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There are many known constants regarding them:
1. They have been mandatory for all births in all U.S. hospitals since the mid-1930s.
2. They are always instilled anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes after birth.
3. They are always instilled one eye at a time, with some seconds or more interval between first and second eye.
4. The second eye has to be manually pried open because the newborn instinctively squeezes both eyes shut when the first eye is treated.
5. Prior to 1960 the type of antibiotic used near-universally was a drop of 1% solution (liquid) of silver nitrate, a caustic (burning) product, whose known physical effects last anywhere from 12 to 72 hours.
6. Since 1960 the type of antibiotic is near-universally an ointment suspension of erythromycin (or other similar antibiotic, although silver nitrate is still allowable in some places, such as the District of Columbia), a non-caustic product whose known physical effects last anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour.

I believe it is the unknown or unacknowledged effects which eventually (or even immediately) can cause nearsightedness or visual fixation at the nearpoint to develop in otherwise normal individuals who are nevertheless susceptible to myopia. (Susceptibility being a product of various environmental factors.)

Based on preliminary interviews with two dozen myopes from a wide range of backgrounds and locations, I believe there is an unacknowledged and significant difference in the myopic experience between those myopes born before 1960 and those born after 1960. I.e., most of those born pre-1960 have no memory of having had clear distance eyesight before lenses, and had thought their blurry distance eyesight was normal; most of those born post-1960 have clear memories of having had clear distance eyesight, which became unpreventably blurry.

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It is also a known fact that the incidence of nearsightedness in the so-called civilized population has been unexplainably increasing for the past 80 years, and the average measure of nearsightedness has become progressively worse.

Having connected those fact-dots with other little-known facts (such as that pre-adult myopes who wear their prescribed lenses constantly will near-universally develop a dominant worse eye; that their degree of myopia will increase year after year until some limit is reached; normal sighted individuals develop a dominant better eye; myopes who wear their lenses as little as possible retain better-eye dominance), what remains is to devise a programmed method of counteracting the acquired myopia.

Luckily, we have the ground-breaking work of once-reknowned opthalmolgist Dr. William H. Bates as a foundation. Unfortunately, Dr. Bates' work preceded the mandatory use of neonatal eye antibiotics, and therefore will often need to be adjusted to account for those effects, which Dr. Bates would have been necessarily unaware of.

I believe in most cases the solution will be a Batesian approach which re-calibrates an individual's visual system, by means of the various Bates Methods and calibrating improvements to those methods. I believe this because I have been doing so with my own visual system, nearsighted since birth.
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#2
The Bates Methods are great for beginning the tuning of the visual system. But fine-tuning the system will require calibration methods.

Calibration of the visual system:
1. This is analagous to a two-camera 3-dimensional system.
2. Both cameras must be aligned on the same axes, and point at the same object/area.
3. When rotating, the cameras must stay in alignment, rotate at the same speed, and remain pointed at the same object/area.
3. There is some tolerance for deviation, but outside of that tolerance the 'computer' is not able to process double images, and so will reject the weaker signal. This will eventually result in one camera becoming overdominant and thus overused and subject to image degradation (though probably not as much as the weaker camera.)

Analagously, how are a vehicle's headlamps aligned? One method is to pull up in front of a wall or garage door, put the lights on, and visually check that they are aligned. If not, there are adjustments that can be made to the lamp housings.

Mirror Work
But for a two-eyeball system, the best method for checking alignment is probably to stand in front of a mirror, open the eyelids/brows/orbits, and make head adjustments until each eye looks the same - pupils on the same axis line, same reflection point above the pupils, etc. When they seem aligned on those two points, practice rotating the head/eyes along the horizontal axis. Check that the ears look aligned as well.

After you can quickly get the eyes and pupils aligned and equalized with the visible glare points, you are ready to perform the various Bates Methods.

At any other place away from the mirror, point your face and eyes forward at some object or area, holding the eyes open and in the aligned position you saw in the mirror.

Now rotate your head to the left or right, keeping the eyes pointed at the center. Relax, breathe, and let the eyes follow the head, pointing to the left or right where the face is pointed. Take a quick look, then hold that position and point your eyes back at the center again, looking at the original object/area. Then relax and let the head follow the eyes, rotating back to center. Do this method both to the left and then to the right.

As the eyes become better aligned, the image(s) will sharpen, unify and become stereoscopic/3dimensional.

Once the eyes have been calibrated (aligned and synchronized) the Bates Methods will work much better to reverse the nearpoint fixation.
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