Andrea Bell
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Okay, so today I’m sitting on my front porch, just slightly farther than the 3m distance from my Snellen chart. Ambient outdoor light is good, and as I relax and gently look at my eye chart, inviting my eyes to see it more clearly…I can tell that my eyes are indeed starting to do active focus. It clears up, kinda wobbles, clears up again, etc.

A few questions:

1. So there’s basically near active focus and distance active focus. I’m guessing I need to continue growing my capacity to do both, and everything in between. Does it matter which one I start with? My eyes seem to like distance active focus better. Have you seen people build that, and then transfer that skill to close up like text?

1a. And the reliable capacity to do active focus grows stronger with time and practice?

2. If I understand active focus correctly, the EYES are more active whereas the human is more passive. And the sequence is something like this: Relax, look at something around the blur horizon, gently want to see it more clearly, without forcing it…and wait for my cortex to actively clear up the bit of blur. Don’t stare at the blurry thing (that creates tension), just gently move eyes around and gently want/wait for the blur to clear up. Is that how it works for most people?

3. Difference between distance active focus and clear flash: Clear flashes just kinda happen, whereas active focus has some intent: “I’d like to look at this thing, I’m really curious about this thing.” Also, clear flashes tend to happen without lenses, whereas active focus tends to happen through normalized (or differentials if it’s during close up work). Both are useful, going in the right direction……and perhaps active focus is more useful because that’s really what we want to restore: our eyes’ ability to look at something and deliberately clear it up when we want to see it correctly. Is that correct? Am I missing anything here?

4. Is the long term effect of active focus kinda like a good year in the stock market? What I mean is like this: It’s blurry, you clear it up, it’s blurry, you clear it up…… like a line with thousands of these little peaks and valleys. Then when it stays clear, then you scoot the stimulus back just a hair…so there’s these little peaks and valleys rather than a straight line upwards “Voila, it’s perfect!” But then over time, these little pushes and pulls of focus, drag your *average* baseline “up”, that is, away from myopia and towards clearer vision.

Is that it?