This will be a quick update even though I have made what I think is significant progress.
I wore my glasses for about an hour on Friday (to give my husband a break from driving), but have not worn them other than that since Tuesday. This time without my glasses has been great and I am surprised at how well I’m getting around. Most of the day I don’t even notice. I have been able to work on the computer, do home repairs, cook, read, watch T.V., and even purchase things in stores without wearing my glasses. When I did put my -4.25 diopter glasses on Friday I was able to see very sharply!
I referred to great progress, and this refers to what happened on Friday. My husband was driving and i was just sitting in the car looking around outside without my glasses on. Then for some reason I decided to pretend like I had Superman’s laser vision (I know this sounds incredibly silly… I’m taking a leap here in sharing this on the internet) and I envisionsed that I had red laser beams coming out both of my eyes and that they terminated in the exact same place miles away. When I did this my eyes began to hurt hadly… not hurt in the traditional sense, but a burning dry sensation that gave me the desire to close my eyes. I decided that this time I would not close my eyes however but simply blink through the pain until it went away (I have had this sensation before with clear flashes). As I did this my vision kept clearing until finally it was perfectly clear! As long as I maintained my mental focus on whatever I was looking at I could see so many clear distant objects as I moved my eyes around! I was able to reproduce this for the rest of the day when looking far away and have been able to do it this weekend as well.
I can now feel when my eyes and mental focus come together and I believe I have finally experienced central fixation!!! The thing I need to work on now is doing this for nearer distances, for some reason I haven’t been able to do this repeatedly for near objects. Sometimes I can get it to work for a little while.
After thinking about this for a few days I think I have an idea of what is going on. I believe that I have not been focusing both of my eyes at the same central point while maintinaing a relaxed mind with deep breathing. When I first discovered this technique I became very tense and had to start breathing deeply or I would lose the mental and visual focus. The sensation is almost like my eyes are physically turning in toward each other slightly.
This is all very new to me, but I will keep posting as I learn more about what is happening with my vision. I do not think it is a coincidence that this occurred after a few days without wearing glasses. I think I finally gave my eyes a real chance at relaxing and the time in the car allowed me to experiment with my sight at very far distances. Our brains are incredibly intelligent and I believe with time, especially without wearing glasses, the feedback from our visual system works with our brains to relearn how to see. It’s a natural thing for us all to be able to do, we have just been on “crutches” (i.e. wearing glasses) for so long that we have not had to use our eyes in the natural way.