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Basically, I have been thinking a lot about eye sight lately.
It seems logical that the eyes, at least as in regards to our evolution, generally should have evolved for a moving focus on a big variety of distances, just as the rest of our tissues are made for a variety of movements through full ROM.
Is there then any reason why the muscles and connective tissue that relates to the eye would be different from lets say, the muscles and connective tissue of the hip? I know of course that they are different things at different places with different functions, but in general, would not fixing ones focus on the same distance for a long time, cause a eye condition at other distances, similar to the fact that sitting makes it difficult to extend the hips?
Following this line of thinking, would it not be possible to start to affect a condition like myopia, by addressing the musculature around the eye that, theoretically have been adapted to the position of inhibition (reading distance) and therefore become less and less able to adapt to other modes of focus.
Searching the seven internet seas for information about this, most of the very vague and not exactly reliable sources I came across, pointed towards a book by W.H Bates
Despite the horrendous website i found it on – http://www.visionsofjoy.org/download.htm
I decided to take a look.
Then general take seems to be that Bates contributes most of the eye conditions he sees to what he refer to as “strain”.
His concept of curing eye conditions then, are various techniques to “relax the eye”.
The main treatment being prescribed is “palming” where the eyes are covered by the palm of the hand for extended periods of time, coupled with deliberate focus of relaxing the eyes.
Being a bit inpatient and having other things to do in life, I decided to try a partial palming with a sort of pirate patch covering one eye completely but still allowing the eye to be open, only seeing black.
After about fifteen, twenty minutes, taking off the patch provides quite an amazing visual experience. (FIRST, shade the eye not to get immediate light into the engorged pupil)
The field of visions seems to be largely expanded, the focus is sharper and taking a look in the mirror, the eye that has been covered is significantly different from the other. The eyebrow is higher, the eye more open and the covered half of the face has a notably “softer” appearance.
The Bates method seems after a look at Wikipedia, to have been widely discarded as quackery and non-science, but i am still curious about what the hell this is all about.