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Understand the psychological bases of your myopia - nearsightedness

FAQ n. 36. Power Vision System - I’m a myope, –6 and –7 D and 1.25 astigmatism per each eye. Shouldn’t I let the muscles that are responsible for adjustment go? I feel as if I have blocked them. I think that using body-building methods, which worked well in your case, wouldn’t be useful for me. Perhaps they could even be dangerous. My eyes see as they like and they can’t be manipulated like biceps muscles.

When training to visualize an object, I’m not able to keep it still and fixed in my mind: it goes away, escapes, runs around my mind, and doesn’t let itself be observed in all its details. The same thing happens with my myopia. Whatever I do, it’s as if it were completely useless, as if it were to pay for my impatient ego, which has always been looking to cancel my unconscious part and all the processes in my body.

Please, in your opinion, how could I improve my visualization, speaking in psychological terms? What do you think about my relationship with my mental images and how could I, gently, lead them to fixation?

- Answers David De Angelis

You do not need to understand the psychological bases of your myopia, nor the reasons for your impatient ego, to be able to myopic people improve your ability of focusing. In your case, just being willing to understand could be a symbol and the proof of a much too analytic personality—“brain type”—that is characteristic of myopic people who tend to “make a concept” of everything. Despite very strong psychological components that are hidden behind every visual and bodily process (as proved in psychosomatic medicine), it isn’t the most important thing. You don’t need to psychoanalyze yourself to resolve or lessen your problem.

You don’t have to analyze the image in front of your eyes so as to see it; the only thing you have to do is to simply let the image pass through your eyes. You must work on visual rehabilitation very hard, train and do the exercises, without having psychotherapy.

A normal capability of focusing requests “dynamic relaxation” of the extrinsic ocular muscles, and (as you say) “you should let them go.” But how to do it and how to let them relax from chronic tension, which blocks their natural capability of “saccadic vibrating” and “central fixation/centralization”? A famous school proposes more or less specific exercises of “relaxation.” From my long, personal experience and in my opinion, simple muscular relaxation isn’t enough to alleviate completely the chronic muscular tension of an overcontracted muscle. It is necessary to restore the physiological muscular qualities like strength and flexibility.

In such a sense, you can train doing the exercises of pure muscular work like active static stretching: simple, but very efficacious exercises for decreasing muscular tension and for better centralization.

In this first phase of pure muscular work (you don’t have togo to the gym to do the exercises), you must work with suitable retinal defocus, with or without lenses on (suitable means that the level of defocus must be calculated on the basis of your own refractive error).

Little by little, as long as your sight is being improved (if you do the exercises constantly and with perseverance), all that’s psychological and beyond your myopia will be gradually restored. Then you will probably see that your capability of visualizing is getting better, as well as your memory, and (as it happened to me) also your dealing with people. Additionally, you will trust in life and in the power of self-healing much more.

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