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Ted's vision blog
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Just to qualify, this is all speculation. I haven't improved my vision that much to have faith in these ideas. They are just theories right now, but they seem right to me at the moment.

Are all eye shifts reactionary? I mean they must happen for a purpose other than to shift the eye itself. So I think you could say there is a reason behind every infinitesimal shift that people do, whether that reason was motivated by a natural, correct thing like a sincere curiosity to see something not in the central vision, or whether it was motivated by tension/anxiety of some sort. Now conscious shifting, I used to think, was not the way to go. But, c'mon. You gotta be reasonable here. People choose where they want to look, people with normal and poor vision do it. I think it's a combination of sensing something of curiosity in the periphery and then a split second decision that might be kinda-choice, kinda-involuntary, (I'm thinking it's some kind of mixture) in which something decides to move the eyes to that new location. Why didn't you shift somewhere else? Why did you shift there, but not to this other object that was also interesting in periphery?

I think it goes wrong when there is something that strikes interest, and you have a desire to shift your eyes there, but something holds you back from shifting. Could be fear of making eye contact, fear or BREAKING eye contact, fear of moving, etc. On the other hand, you could find yourself in the situation where you forced a shift, but there was no good reason to look at that object. It was more of an avoidance thing, like if you see someone at the end of the hall, and you both make eye contact 100 feet away. Some of those glances the next few seconds might be an avoidance type glance in which you had no interest in seeing what you actually looked towards. Rather, you were more interested in NOT seeing something (i.e. not making weird, prolonged eye contact or something) Why did you do that? Did you just feel like you needed to shift somewhere? You weren't even that interested in shifting where you did. So there's some confusion here.

Two days ago I started out by trying to practice "seeing the point not regarded, worse," one of Bates' techniques. I was shifting between spots of two letters, noting that the previous one was seen worse. That worked fine, but it was distracting trying to focus on two images at once. So I just started looking at one point. I would look slightly to the side of the point, note that it wasn't as easy to see, and then I would shift directly on the point, and note how much easier it was to really see the thing. I would take my gaze to the side at varying distances with varying results. There was a specific distance I liked at which I could still see my point in my periphery, but I could definitely tell that it was not as visible as when I looked directly at it. If I looked further away than that distance, I couldn't hardly see my point in my periphery, so it was a kind of "out of sight, out of mind" thing. I wasn't as involved. And if my side gaze was too close to my point, then I couldn't quite tell what I was really looking at, or where my central vision was. So I think finding the right distance to shift away from the point of interest in this practice, is important.

So anyways, that worked pretty well, and I had a little bit of clearing up. Then later that day, while I was out and about, I sort of evolved this idea into something else. I began practicing noticing an object in my periphery that seemed interesting, and shifting directly to that point. So I was really using my periphery here, and actually observing through my periphery, sort of waiting for the most interesting object to emerge, then I would shift to it to REALLY see it. Now I had to go pretty darn slow, my attention just wasn't that fast in finding an interest, and then shifting to it. I'm kinda thinking this goes back to when Bates says that at first he had patients shifting slowly, and that too fast of a shift could be a strain. Maybe I can slowly integrate this process until it becomes a good habit?

One thing I want to add is that I have been trying this shifting thing at lots of distances, and to nearby points, or something very far away. I think the basics of it is the same, though. And this kinda ties back into when I talked about shifts being reactionary. There is a motivator or a reason why you shift to where you do.
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