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Visualization, or practice with imagination

Introduction

The work of imagination can have a large impact on our mind and body. Each visualization technique makes our visual system work and changes the eye accommodation. These techniques will help us not only to relax the eyes more, but also improve the power and acuity of sight. These exercises should be preferably performed during palming when our eyes are in the state of dynamic relaxation.

Below we present several examples of visualization, which you can use or create your own on their basis.

Exercise W1. Ship sailing out

  1. Sit comfortably in the armchair, relax, close your eyes.
  2. Imagine that you are standing on the landing pier of a port in front of the moored large passenger ship.
    On several decks you are seeing passengers talking, children running back and forth, tables laid in the bar. Some are standing looking at the land, while others stroll through the decks. Slowly, the large ship sets sail and you are seeing less and less details on the decks. The windows and human silhouettes are smaller and smaller. You can see that the ship is surrounded by more and more area covered by the sea. The sun is shining. The ship gradually moves further away. It is getting smaller and smaller and you can see only few details. Finally, the ship is so far away that becomes a small dot on the horizon.
  3. Now, try to reverse the course of events and let the ship sail slowly from far away towards you, becoming bigger and bigger. Little by little, you begin to see more and more details on the decks, recognize the people and different parts of the ship. Increase gradually the coming of the ship until it reaches the port you are standing next to.
  4. Go through the moving away and coming of the ship in your mind several times. Slowly make this process faster. Each time, the ship has to reach the horizon line and become a merely visible, small dot.
  5. Continuing to imagine the ship sailing away and coming nearer, try to observe how the visualization affects your eyes and their movement. This exercise, though done with the eyes closed, has an excellent effect on the muscles and refraction of the eyeball. It is also a very good form of relaxation.
  6. Duration: 2 minutes. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
    Alternative exercises: W2, W3 Eye strain: low

Exercise W2. Runners on the track

  1. Sit comfortably in the armchair, relax, close your eyes.
  2. Imagine that you are standing at the start line of the race on the large ellipse-shaped track.
    In the race participate several athletes whom you can watch at the start/finish line. Try to look at them closely and see as much details in their outfit or behavior as possible. Now, imagine that the race begins and you are watching how the runners are running even further, moving away from you and across the elliptic track. As the runners are moving away, you can see less and less details and finally, they become merely small dots in the farthest location from you.
  3. Now, the athletes running on the track begin to gradually come nearer to the finish line and you. You can see more and more details of the runners, their outfits, miming, behavior. They slowly come nearer and nearer and finally reach the finish line you are standing next to.
  4. Go through the moving away and coming nearer of the runners in your mind several times. Slowly make this process faster. You can diversify the visualization by, for example, adding hurdles.
  5. During this exercise, try to watch how visualization affects your eyes and their movement. This exercise, though done with the eyes closed, has an excellent effect on the muscles and refraction of the eyeball. It is also a very good form of relaxation.
  6. Duration: 2 minutes. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
    Alternative exercises: W1, W3 Eye strain: low

Exercise W3. Flexible disc

This exercise allows to get an idea how strong and continuous are the movements of muscles during the cycle of visualizing the motion of object. Though the eyes are closed and “do not see”, all their muscles responsible for refraction and accommodation function in a proper manner while staying in the state of dynamic relaxation.
  1. Imagine that you are holding a flexible rubber disc which can be bent so that when clenched, it easily adopts the shape of an ellipse, and returns to its former oval shape when we release the pressure.
  2. Visualize that you are pressing the sides of the disc with the index finger and thumb to form a vertically positioned ellipse. Look at this ellipse for a moment, release the hand and allow the disc to return to its former shape. Repeat the steps 5-10 times.
  3. Now, move the thumb and index finger from the sides of the disc to its top and bottom. Imagine that you are pressing the disc which changes its shape into a horizontally positioned ellipse. Repeat the steps 5-10 times.
  4. Imagine each time that your hand presses the disc (it is very important during the exercise).
  5. Duration: 2 minutes. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
    Alternative exercises: W1, W2 Eye strain: low

Exercise W4. Drawing mandala with your nose

Excellent effects can be achieved by mental drawing of miscellaneous figures with your nose (preferably, the mandalas). It can be the figure of a violin key, sign of eternity or spiral. You can also use the figures of letters, words or your own signature. During the exercise, you can make gentle movements with your head trying to imagine your nose as a large pen that draws the selected figures.

Although this exercise may seem funny and childish, it is actually very effective in the method of reeducation of vision.

Duration: 1 minute. Repetitions: 2-4 times per day
Alternative exercises: W1, W2, W3 Eye strain: low

 
 
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