What is Double Vision?
Double vision (also known as Diplopia) is a condition of distorted or doubled vision. It occurs due to the confusion of light as it enters the cornea.
The corneas primary function is to focus light as it enters the eye to create a clear and accurate image of the scene in which the looker sees. It is largely caused by the corneas shape becoming distorted or warped. This can be the result of eye strain, nasty eye infections or cataracts.
So seeing as the main issue is from the misshaped cornea, exercises that aid the restoration of the eyeballs original, round shape would naturally be the best known treatment for this issue. Eye glasses are a means of aiding vision, but often times they do not attack the root of the problem, merely provide short term relief.
Dr. William Bates
Dr. William Bates, founder of the famous Bates Method was an eye doctor from the late 18th Century. The Bates method is a widely proven, alternative treatment that aims at recovering vision and eye health by restoring the eyeball to its original shape and using various exercises to strengthen the eyes most necessary muscles. It has been by millions of people around the world, including esteemed writer, Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World and The Art of Seeing. Aldous Huxley suffered from extremely blurry vision, to the point of near blindness, he claims to have cures his sight by coming into contact with the teachings of Dr. Williams Bates. He then went on to write several books and live a normal life with massively improved sight.
In Dr. Bates esteemed theory, he points out that there are six muscles surrounding the eyeball, which serve the purpose of fixation and movement, allowing the eye to move up and down and from side to side so that we can look around. These muscles are very susceptible to being overworked and often, because of eye strain, they put an overload of tension on the eye ball, causing its shape to becoming abnormal.
This series of exercises aims at relieving tension to help the eye resume to its original shape.
The first exercise involves some focus of the ability to be aware of one’s body.
You first need to calm your mind to be able to identify the current feeling around your eyes. Most people will find that they usually carry quite a lot of tension in this area, especially if they suffer from eye problems. So take a moment to close your eyes, away from all sound and get an actual feel for the area around your eyes and the eyes themselves. If you can feel any tension here, focus on relaxing all of the muscles. This will take pressure off the muscles and with contours practice allow the shape to resolve itself.
- Focusing Through Relaxation
Now that you have learned to relax, try the same exercise but with your eyes open. Try to focus on this both close up and far away without letting your eye muscles tense up again in their usual way. You are trying to break the mental habit patterns of eye strain.
This is originally a Tai Chi technique. As you hold your thumb out in front of your face at arm’s length, you try to keep you attention on your thumb as you swing your upper body from side to side. Your spine should be erect as to avoid any injury.
This exercise helps the entire body to relax, including the neck and shoulders and promotes seeing in the right way along with getting your eyes used to quickly moving surroundings.
Simply use your palms to covers both of your eyes; this gives them a chance to dwell in utter darkness, giving them a chance to naturally recover without any light interference.
Sunning involves closing your eyes whilst outside on an overcast day as you face up to the sky, allowing your muscles to get used to the presence of light in a safe way.
Moving your eyes up and down, left to right and in circular motions is a good way of both strengthening and relieving tension from the muscles.
This should be practiced while maintaining the relaxation stated as stated above.
You can check out from many different sources online about the Bates Method for Improving Vision.
You can also check out the book by author Aldous Huxley The Art of Seeing which illustrates his journey to success while using this method.