Does your method work well for strabismus.Should the rotations in stretching be slow or fast?
FAQ n. 23. Power Vision System - I have some questions on the exercises:
a. Does your method work well for strabismus (esotropia orexotropia)?
b. Should the rotations in stretching be slow or fast? For how long a time am I supposed to hold onto a certain position in stretching without rotations?
c. In the advanced training program, does “twice” (in the exercises) mean that I must put my eyes in a certain position two times?d. Dioptric power between my left and right eye is 1.5 grades (0.50 and 2.00). I’ve found out that my better eye views for the “bad” one and that the latter is getting lazy. Since I think it’s hard to bring both eyes to the same visual acuity, do I run any risk of having one of my eyes idle, which would become lazy with time and consequently would bring about ocular defect worsening? As for training for focusing—could it be carried out with only one eye(the lazy one), covering the other?
e. I read about a guy whose myopia was very high, but he decided not to wear lenses and his sight improved (despite your statement there’s no adapting without fogging). What do you think about this story? If I gave up everything, became a farmer, and did no exercises, wouldn’t my sight improve? Then if I went on a mountain to view the landscape, wouldn’t my ocular acuity improve?
- Answers David De Angelis
The system works well for focusing and, above all, it works completely. The exercises provide high ocular coordination and a gradual restoration of focusing.
I’ve tested the system by myself and I’ve had great results—I’ve defeated my myopia. Therefore the system surely works well also for hyperopes, considering that the means of intervening are the same: increasing the ocular ability of placing the image on the most sensitive retinal part—the central fovea—together with the clever use of training lenses.
a. As for your strabismus, I can’t guarantee its complete healing since I don’t have complete evidence or proof. It does not mean that the system couldn’t work for decreasing the strabismus gradually: including better oculomotor muscle functioning(extrinsic ocular muscles) together with resultant better focusing that are likely to bring about astigmatism decreasing, at least indirectly. But I can’t guarantee it. It’s up to you—the reader—to prove and confirm such a hypothesis, trusting and practicing in the method.
b. The speed in doing the exercises of ocular stretching should be slow and controlled. Such kind of stretching is called “active static stretching.” Ocular muscles’ lengthening and stretching happens, in a certain portion of visual range, by means of agonist (contracting) muscle and its antagonistic (lengthening/extending) muscle. Every muscle could be both agonist and antagonist, depending on a movement it’s carrying out at that very moment.
When you look down, some of your ocular muscles are agonist, and the others, which are placed in the opposite ocular section, are antagonist. In the opposite case, when you look down, the exact opposite thing will occur. This “stretching out” is caused by shortening and contracting the opposite muscle (strengthening); therefore the muscles are to be contracted with a certain intensity.
Use rotations and slow, controlled “pointing,” focusing on those parts of visual field where it’s harder to carry them out and where we feel a “block” or a trough movement (such phenomenon proves the importance and the need for restoring exact local muscular symmetry to bring about more precise pointing and focusing).
c. I meant full rotations—the entire turn each one: two rotations with your eyes opened and two with closed eyes. The purpose is a kind of “warming up” for your ocular muscles so as to make them ready for further exercises. Training protocols depict the standard way. You are allowed to adjust them to your own needs. For example, if in one part of your ocular range you notice double vision, which reveals muscular asymmetry, you must stay in that very portion of visual range. The training routine in PVS is aimed at creating possible ways of working with higher and higher intensity. A period of time is needed for whatever kind of training you carry out, so that you can do it easily—even at the advanced level.
d. Your fear is reasonable. The difference in focusing ability between your two eyes tends to prevail for the “better” eye’s vision. The final result is that your brain tends to use the perception of the more healthy eye, gradually making lazy and worsening the less capable one.
A solution exists: to first train the eye that suffers from a greater visual defect—by blindfolding your “better” eye. Your ability in focusing will gradually improve with this procedure—and little by little, each will become equal to the other eye’s focus. Only at that point can you train both your eyes together at the same time.
Such a procedure is aimed at avoiding suppression of the“ worse” eye and consequently the possibility of its becoming lazy. However, you’ll have great advantages and positive results from this work.
e. Many famous and important authors (like Aldous Huxley and William Bates) have proved to themselves and their patients a better focusing ability.
All that has been proved about sight clearing after giving up the wearing of corrective lenses can’t focus and living “in the open air” isn’t a secret, and it is proven in many studies on near-point stress (due to overaccommodation) and behavioural reasons for myopia. The seminal study carried out with Eskimo families was by Francis A. Young (1969), titled “The Transmission of Refractive Errors within Eskimos Families.” The fogging during the exercises of focusing with the lenses on must be light, otherwise our brain would consider focusing an impossible duty and consequently wouldn’t even try to do it. I’m referring to the phenomenon of blur-driven accommodation. It’s true that when you are outdoors and have less near-point stress (overaccommodation), your sight (refractive status) will get better. This has nothing to do with the importance of the training stimulus that must be imposed on the visual system and it is needed to achieve focusing system adaptation. Both living in the open air and slight fogging are needed to induce a “positive” adaptation of focusing system and resultant distance vision clearing.
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