The vacation series is another tool you can use to add unexpected change which will help overcome habituation (which slows down eyesight improvement).
It is titled this way for several reasons. First, it is intended as a temporary type of exercise, used for the amount of time you might be taking a vacation. There is no need or benefit to do this every day, 365 days a year. Second, it has a different close-up / strain / stimulus ratio than your regular day-to-day life. Since the Web program has to make some concessions in order to apply to a wide range of myopia cases, we are assuming here that your regular life means 6+ hours per day of close-up, and limited outdoor / natural light distance focus time.
You might well be on vacation, to do this part of the program. If you aren’t, you would still want at least a few days per week to follow it, and even then, you will get only a reduced benefit. Ideal is if you have two weeks (or more even), to follow this routine. The more closely, the better!
Some more assumptions:
I spent years refining this particular approach. Feel free to play around with it, but the closer you follow along, at least for the first round (first ‘vacation’), the better. You will want to experience my best case scenario before potentially experimenting (if you must).
The assumptions above are in place to remove a lot of the direct and indirect strain that holds on your ciliary muscle and reduces the potential benefit of your stimulus work (focus pushing and focus pulling). In this type of ideal scenario, you can actually reduce myopia quite rapidly, as I’ve seen in the past with clients who were retired or on extended leave of absence. Strain comes in many forms, we should not underestimate emotional stress, and the benefits of outdoor time and exercise. Of course this is all advanced practice – you could just push focus, get good breaks from close-up, and continually improve your vision. This particular routine is for you, if you have been doing all that and want that extra push of noticeable improvement.
For Part 1, let’s look at the morning portion of your day:
We start, with no glasses.
Keep in mind the assumptions. If you are above -3D, this may not be ideal for you. If you are in one-on-one, drop me an e-mail for modifications. If you are in +Therapist, post your details and question in the forum.
It’s the same as the ‘no glasses for 20 minutes in the morning’ as the core program suggests, except, longer. Take a walk to your breakfast place, pulling some focus. You did not use any corrective lenses at all, today so far. Enjoy breakfast, make sure you are outdoors, get some full spectrum U.V. lighting up your surroundings, enjoy looking at everything around you.
Work from close, to middle distance, to far distance. Make it fun, enjoy the eyesight improvement you already conquered. Appreciate what you can see. Try a bit of active focus, but without the sense of ‘have to do this’. Just, enjoy.
Two hours of this is ideal. A walk, after a light breakfast. No glasses. Work all three distance ranges.
Let’s look at what’s going on:
You have the most relaxed ciliary in the morning, for a short time. There is a big psychological aspect at play here, that makes it necessary to do this several days in a row (two weeks would be fantastic), to modify the subconscious expectation of impending eye strain. There is a tension that is ‘ready to jump’, your physiology, conditioned for lots of close-up soon after waking, is dreading this, prepared for it. It will take several days to change this subconscious expectation.
So every day, it’s no correction, enjoying the three distance ranges in a relaxed fashion, no close-up for several hours.
Your active focus range will increase. It may indeed take as long as a week, ten days, or even longer, but you very likely will find a subjective (we are not doing Snellen or any other ‘work’ type of exercise at this point) improvement. Looking at tree leaves, fence posts, restaurant name boards, you will notice that you are getting a comfortable amount of sharpness, and receding blur.
As you might be noting by now, a vacation is indeed the perfect setting to do this. You don’t need it to improve, but it’s like athletes going to the mountains for altitude training – it’s that extra, that bit of work that touches on the strain aspects for which relief eludes us in regular day to day life.
Also, the enjoyment part is key. You know how I always end posts and installments … “enjoy”. It is what your eyesight should be for, to such a larger extent than most of us actually use it for. Enjoying vision, our surroundings, seeing friends, family, art, nature. It is easier to do this, when work is not on your mind, when your eyes are not primed to watch morning rush traffic, when it’s not about reading news, logging into your e-mail. As much as it sounds vague, that emotional expectation is often necessary to get to the next level of vision improvement.
Having already had multiple reductions in prescription, the Vacation Series should be a goal for you. Take some time and find out exactly how much of a boost you can get from this approach.
Next, we will talk about the second part of your vacation day.
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