Clear vision requires light to pass unobstructed through the cornea and lens, and focus precisely on the retina. For the light to focus precisely on the retina, the six extraocular muscles that control eyeball movement must be relaxed. Emotional, mental, or physical stress tenses the extraocular muscles which can change the shape of the eyeball and cause the image to focus in front of or behind the retina.
This figure shows a simplified eyeball anatomy including the superior rectus and inferior rectus extraocular muscles. Consult an anatomy book for a more detailed anatomy and explanation, and the names and locations of the other four extraocular muscles.
Nearsight is when the eye focuses the incoming image in front of the retina, and farsight is when the eye focuses the incoming image behind the retina.
Corrective lenses for nearsight and farsight make images strike precisely on the retina in spite of the amount of tension in the extraocular muscles. By learning to relax when you see, you can relax your eye muscles and let light strike precisely on the retina without corrective lenses or laser surgery.
Relaxation is the key to improving vision because the normal state of the senses is at rest. Your eyesight is best when your sense of sight is completely relaxed. Tense eye muscles put the mind into a mental stare, and when the mind is in a mental stare, the eye muscles cannot relax. The relaxation and vision building techniques presented in this book both relax the eye muscles and break the mental stare to clear blurred vision.
The first step to relaxation is to accept your vision for the way it is now. Take off your glasses and pay attention to details. Notice what you do see; not what you do not see. Be aware of images flowing through your eyes and into your mind. Do not judge the images as blurry or clear, but just let them flow into your mind without effort. After doing this for awhile, you might find that no matter what your current vision is, you actually see quite a lot already!
Accepting your vision for the way it is also means accepting the fact that you do not see the same level of detail at every distance. It is common for people toblur their vision by straining to see the same level of detail in an object far away that they would see in it if it were up close.
One afternoon in 1988 I was sitting at my dining room table with two friends discussing these exciting new ideas in vision improvement.
One of my friends is extremely nearsighted with astigmatism and I asked him to take off his glasses. We talked about the techniques and I had him take a few deep breaths, massage his face around his eyes, blink, and accept his vision for how it is right now without glasses. As we all continued to talk about the relationship between relaxation and vision, he must have been listening very carefully because he suddenly exclaimed that he had experienced a flash of clear vision and then everything went blurry again, but not nearly as blurry as it was when he first removed his glasses.