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The desire to see and perceive something we are interested in causes stress both in the mind and organ of sight, which largely impairs the process of vision. It is easy to see here the analogy to the process of recalling facts or events. As long as we exert our mind and try to recall something, our efforts are futile. But when the effort of our mind is drawn away and we do not sweat our brows, suddenly after giving it up we remind ourselves the thing that we considered impossible to recall.

The situation is alike with the vision.

Swinging (rocking)

The techniques designed to convince the users of the seeming motion of the objects from the external world and feel the state of immobilization of the eye were named by Dr. Bates as “swinging”. They help to understand the nature of motion, which allows to relax the eyes and body. In this way, we rest and relax our mind allowing the eyes to look rather than see.

Exercise B1. Short swinging

Choose two objects in the visual field, preferably some smaller (these can be, for example, a window frame, tree located away or part of a block of flats). One object should be located near, and the other far away.
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  1. Stand in a wide stride about 1 m in front of a window, lower your arms and shoulders, relax the neck and begin to swing your body changing the balance rhythmically from one leg to another. The head stays still in relation to the arms and is engaged with them in a joint movement similar to a clock pendulum.
  2. We look straight ahead not trying to see clearly neither the near nor far object. We try to relax – to look but not see.
  3. Notice that when leaning right, the near object (frame) moves to the left against the distanced object (for example, a tree). In the case of a movement to the right it is the opposite – the near object seems to move to the right in relation to the distanced one.
  4. After about 10 leans, we close our eyes and imaging the seeming motion of objects, continue to swing the body. Then, we open the eyes and observe the motion of objects. After several leans, we close the eyes again and while swinging, observe the seeming motion of the near object through the eyes of imagination.

Duration: 2 minutes. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
Alternative exercises: B2, B3 Eye strain: low

Exercise B2. Pencil swinging

Pencil swinging is a type of short swinging that can be practiced in small rooms, for example, in the sitting position. In this swinging type, the near object may be, for example, a pencil or finger.
  1. Hold a pencil or finger in the vertical position about 15 cm before the nose.
  2. Looking at the far object, swing the head from one side to another, observing the seeming motion of a pencil on the background of the objects located farther (for example, a painting on the wall).
  3. Close the eyes periodically and continue the seeming movement in imagination. When opening the eyes you can look alternately at a pencil and the objects located farther, trying to observe each time the motion of a pencil.
  4. Duration: 2 minutes. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
    Alternative exercises: B1, B3 Eye strain: low

Exercise B3. Long swinging

  1. Stand in a small stride and keeping the hands on your hips, make full turns with your hips, trunk and head.
  2. When you turn left, the weight moves to the left foot, and the right heel is slightly raised with your right foot touching the ground with its front (feet).
  3. When you turn right, the weight moves to the right foot, and the left heel is slightly raised with your left foot touching the ground with its front (feet).
  4. You start the movement with your eyes, then continue with your trunk, hips and the whole body. As you begin to move, the sight remains still but the eyes can blink comfortably.
  5. You should not be concerned with any objects that are presenting to you in the visual field as it moves. The eyes should track the circle and let the images pass not attempting to see what is currently moving.
  6. Duration: 2 minutes. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
    Alternative exercises: B2, B3 Eye strain: low

Exercise B4. Flash practice

The "flash" is a method to learn and use in practice the unconscious vision, as well as improve the sight activity. The recognition and whole analytic work of the mind during this exercise is largely limited and inactive, while the organ of vision is more aware than the recognizing mind. In the case of the acquired visual defect, a short and quick look with quick and free blinking in the state of dynamic sight relaxation, without the involvement of the recognizing mind, allows to identify and render the normally seen objects.

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  1. The exercise requires several domino cubes or a pack of playing cards. We choose a random card or domino cube and look at it from the distance of pulled hand for less than a second blinking freely.
  2. Conceal the eyes and try to guess how many dots are on a domino cube (or what card was chosen).
  3. Repeat the steps for the next cubes (cards) mastering the flash technique.

Duration: 2 minutes. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
Alternative exercises: Eye strain: low

Exercise B5. Analytic vision

budowla z cegiełek Without movement there is no vision. The immobilization of the eyeball and organ of sight entails goggling, carelessness, watery and dim sight, and inability to see normally. The proper process of vision consists of minimal and permanent eye movement. During a careful observation of an object, people with normal sight maintain the eyes in such a position that these are able to move constantly from one point of this object to another with minimum effort and unconsciously.

The analytic vision exercise presented below is designed for you to acquire the minimum and constant eye movement. At first, these will be conscious actions, but with time your sight will learn to use this skill automatically and unconsciously.

  1. When looking at, for example, a building, try to draw with your eyes the external contour of a building, across the gutter, roof and ground.
  2. Then, turn your sight to its windows, door, banister, roof. Try to “draw” with the sight the external edges of these elements. Choose such shapes that are abundant or, for example, are symmetrical, to arouse interest in your sight. Move quickly from one element to another, choosing different types and directions of eye movement. Do not try to see these parts of a building acutely.
  3. Blink freely to ensure that your eyes have proper moistening and temporary rest.
  4. When you finish the cycle of looking analytically at the parts of a building, try to look at a building as a whole. Does it seem clearer now to you?
  5. The analytic vision techniques should be used in any place to any objects, people, letters in a book. Try to reaccustom your eyes to the correct vision with no effort and stress. After some time, your eyes will use these techniques unconsciously making micro-movements when looking at the objects in the state of dynamic relaxation. This exercise is aimed to help your eyes learn to look freely and with no effort, instead of goggling still at the objects under permanent stress
  6. To diversify and support the techniques of analytic vision, we advise to read the chapter on central fixation.

    Duration: 2 minutes. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
    Alternative exercises: Eye strain: low

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