You gain only temporary, short-term relief to eyestrain unless you learn to practice the relaxation and vision building techniques throughout the day and every day. In addition to practicing the techniques, you have to shift to the new mental state introduced by the techniques to truly and permanently relieve eyestrain and clear your vision. Remember, what you learn is based on what you believe you can learn, and the limitations you feel about improving your vision are purely mental.
While you will probably notice relief almost immediately, it takes about six months to a year to get solid and long-lasting results. Use your glasses only when you need them, and take them off when you do not need them.
- Practice vision building and relaxation techniques for 1/2 hour every day.
- Set aside at least a 1/2 hour every day to practice daily integration.
- Do not make an effort with the techniques. Switch to another technique, and palm, shift, or swing frequently.
- Avoid the mental habits that caused your vision to initially go bad.
- Develop a curious interest in what you see by noticing motion, details, contrasts, color, and shapes and the near and far points.
- Ask yourself where you find it easy to keep an awareness of motion at home or work and where you find it difficult. During these times at home or at work, set aside extra time to practice swinging, shifting, and dodging and keep the memory of the motion going as you perform the activities that make it hard for you to keep an awareness of motion.
- Apply the same approach to centralization.
- Apply the same approach to relaxation.
- Do not test your vision by trying to see things more clearly. Instead, see how well you can maintain an easy manner, notice motion, see one part best, or try to keep the Universal swing going all day long. Testing your vision does not test the technique, it tests what happens when you test.
- Learn to meet life in a relaxed manner instead of taking a mental grip on life. Swing the black dot when you are in a stressful situation.
- Make a record of what causes your eyestrain and find ways to eliminate the problems by making unfavorable conditions more favorable.
Workplace, Computer, and Television Eyestrain
Working at a computer can be very absorbing and create a lot of eyestrain. You tend to concentrate on what is on the screen to the exclusion of all else, focus for long periods at the same distance, and try to take in the entire screen instead of shifting and seeing one part best. You might unconsciously try to make the characters on the screen solid when, in fact, they are flickering. All of these things result in eyestrain, and for many people, the eyestrain is severe.
Television screens can have similar effects to computer screens except you can sit further back, which relieves some of the tendency to become absorbed. Any detail-oriented or high-stress work can cause eyestrain in the ways described above whether or not you work at a computer.
Whenever you work, are at your computer, or watch television, keep the following points in mind:
- Be aware of objects around you while you work.
- Be aware of objects moving in your periphery.
- Take frequent breaks so that you focus your eyes at different distances.
- Practice central fixation on the computer or television screen, or on what you are working on at your desk.
- Remember to dodge and shift while you work.
- Scan the images on your desk or on your computer screen rather than staring into the middle.
- If your chair swivels, turn from side-to-side in your chair to create a short swing. Remember the short swing after you stop turning in your chair.
- Practice short swings when you are on the phone or driving in your car.
- Leave yourself notes to remind you to blink, sun, palm, shift, swing, dodge, see halos, or practice healthy reading habits.
- Decide to focus on one family of techniques for the week. Start with motion because developing a sense of motion is critical to improving your vision. You might as well focus on motion until it is a second nature.