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Looking for healing hyperopia

FAQ n. 31. Power Vision System - I’ve been doing the exercises for over a year and half, looking for healing hyperopia in my left eye, blindfolding my right eye, and carrying out “slow” rotations with my left eye, as you recommended. I’ve got some positive results, but I don’t knowhow much my hyperopia has decreased (I started with about 4 diopters). Unfortunately, lately I haven’t noticed the same improvements as before. Shall I ever be able to eliminate my problem completely and have 20/20 sight? If I blindfold my right eye so as to make the left one work more, why do I need a lens to “worsen” my focusing?

Since there’s already a defect, I believe that the eye should try, by itself, to focus an image correctly until getting back to normal 20/20. That’s the reason I’m not able to understand what the lens is needed for, since it makes the image even more out of focus.

As for “the flashes of clear vision” you talk about, I have had just two of them, usually at night, and later on, I noticed a clear improvement. It happened some time ago and now—nothing, as if everything stopped, just a few, slight “stretching” feelings after doing rotations or after reading.

What does it mean? Has my eye reached its limit? Is there, perhaps, a problem in my brain, the part that is devoted to vision?

- Answers David De Angelis

Since you are a hyperope, you must get your eye used to working at nearer and nearer distance. It’s a very slow and gradual process, but it’s sure and safe.

For example, if today you can read clearly at a 20-inch distance with your left eye (the right one is blindfolded), you must work on shortening this distance with time (reading at shorter and shorter distances).

When you are able to read at about a 4-inch distance, you can wear negative lenses so as to create an overload of fogging, which is suitable to achieve the adaptation.

In short:

1. Take a book.

2. Bring it closer till creating fogging.

3. Blink softly till you have a slight feeling of focusing.

4. Overcome this point of fogging/focusing, which creates an adaptation of your visual system. In your case, if you were once able to focus at the 20-inch distance, and now you read and focus at 12 inches, it means that your visual defect has decreased, since your eye has got used to the imposed visual conditions.

Retinal defocus is an optical stimulus that is artificially driven bylenses so as to ensure the adaptation of focusing. There are two different kinds of defocus: myopic and hyperopic. For myopic defocus for decreasing myopia (focal image is formed in front of the retina): Use positive lenses! Myopic defocus makes the eye become myopic instantaneously with positive lenses so as to ensure a certain decrease of overaccommodation. Hyperopic defocus, used for decreasing hyperopia (focal image is formed behind the retina), will use a negative lens. It allows us to increase the accommodation gradually with consequent decreasing of the hyperopia itself.

If you carry out the exercises of ocular stretching and gradually increase defocus, the adaptation and improvements will follow. The periods without improvements exist, and this is normal.

In such periods you must go on doing the exercises (especially increasing/ensuring defocus/fogging and adjusting). When you get to a critical point of imperceptible improvements, your focusing ability will undergo an adaptation, transient at the beginning, but later on, it will become steady.

Scientific studies in animals have proved the effects of retinal defocus on changing your refractive status. The animals, which were subjected to different kinds and levels of defocus, demonstrated the eye’s adaptation toward either myopia or hyperopia.

When you stop training your eyes with defocus (specific for your refractive error), you will also stop having any improvement. If a hyperope goes on doing the exercises of hyperopic defocus, correctly and continuously, he is even likely to develop the opposite error—myopia. On the other hand, a myope who is trained with myopic defocus theoretically could develop hyperopia unless he stops training at the moment when he reaches the emmetropic state. The rule is to use the state of retinal defocus till you reach the awaited level of adjustment (therefore the improvement).

The eyes, as well as the sight, are influenced by your emotional and mental state. It is a very interesting and important issue, since working on our eyes, we also intervene over the blocks and emotional processes that are at the base of the defect itself. The relation between refractive errors and some kinds of characters is well known: a myope is mostly an introverted person, as if he were closed into his own world of narrow vision, within the limits of ability to focus.

A hyperope, on the contrary, is a person who turns his attention “outside,” as if there were a danger to avoid—his sight and his inner world are directed toward the distance. There are as many kinds of characters as there are people: we could say that the character represents a kind of “imprinting” that reveals itself through the eyes. Psychotherapeutic techniques, like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and EMT (Eye Movement Technique) work on ocular movements so as to resolve emotional conditions and trauma that influence the patient. Here, we can see the direct connection between the eyes, brain, and sight. According to the same neurolinguistic planing, different parts of the eyes have a certain, direct influence on the brain: looking up toward the left stimulates some parts of the brain in a completely different way from when looking down toward the right.

It’s interesting that by working on our sight we can influence and modify our own capability of inner perception as well as dealing with the surrounding world.

Different levels of refraction can make us able to either move away from the surrounding world (though fogging) or to embrace it with our sight—and also with our emotions. Body, mind, and soul are the mirrors that reflect our own light into one single mix—which represents the person with all his characteristics. So, we can state that the techniques of working on the eyes have avery strong component for transforming the person. The eyes are the filters for our surrounding world: change them and your perception will be changed, as well as your being and capability of dealing with others.

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