May 29th

Eye Exercises  ⁄  Focusing Eyesight

Myopic (Nearsighted) people try to see all visual objects at once. In my work, I measure the visual acuity of my patients using an eye chart. There is an appreciable difference between well-seeing and nearsighted persons. The well-seeing person scrutinizes every letter at first, tunes up his vision, and then names the letters. The myopic person tries to see all the letters at once and often says, “I can not see anything.” Surprisingly, when I offer to let them look at each isolated letter, lots of patients can read even the smallest letters in the bottom row. The skill of visually focusing is an important part of good vision. In this lesson, I will tell you how to do it.

Lesson 7 – Focusing Eyesight

I hope that you have done the exercises with your visual target many times and that you can fix your gaze on the black circle. Now we will develop the advanced skill of fixing the gaze on a visual object. Look at the beautiful butterfly in the picture below, staying one meter removed from the monitor. There are many ways to look at this picture. For example, you can look at the whole picture at once with a wandering glance.


Now try to do it another way. Separate out the butterfly contour. Don’t tear your sight from the butterfly contour. Shade the butterfly with your sight as you did with the black circle. In the picture below, I have marked out the butterfly in color so that you can imagine the contour more easily.


Now make the visual field smaller. Separate a quarter of the butterfly’s wings as shown in the picture below. Gaze at it with shade movements inside the contour. Pay attention to your eye movements and make sure they are short and your eyes work easily. Reduced visual objects are thus seen better.


Finally, separate the eyespot contour on the butterfly’s wing and gaze at it. It is not necessary to move your sight from the eyespot, as it is seen well when your sight is fixed.


Return to the first picture, and try to perform all the same manipulations with your eyesight but now by looking at the full-color picture. Look consistently at the wing’s quarters. Separate a contour of the wing’s quarter, shade it with your sight, and then pass to the other quarter. Then consistently look at all six eyespots. Play with the size of the visual field, make it smaller and bigger. Do not rush; be attentive and accurate!


Finally, focus your gaze on the blue point at the center of the upper left eyespot. You will notice that your eyes make small frequent movements. These are the micromovements (tremor, drift and microsaccades) I told you about in the last Physiology article.

When you master this exercise, try to develop the skill of focusing your eyesight on the different objects. Use the following sequence of actions:

1. Choose the visual object.

2. Fix your gaze on it.

3. Separate the contour.

4. Shade the object.

Look at different visual objects sequentially. Little by little, it will become your habit. In this way, your eyes get tired less but see better.

Take care of your eyes. Get rid of myopia the natural way.

Dr. Arkadiy Davydov.

9 Responses

  1. Mat:

    29.06.2009 at 21:59 #

    Dear Doc, I need some help with lesson 7.
    It says there:
    Now try to do it another way. Separate out the butterfly contour. Don’t tear your sight from the butterfly contour. Shade the butterfly with your sight as you did with the black circle.


    Now make the visual field smaller. Separate a quarter of the butterfly’s wings as shown in the picture below. Gaze at it with shade movements inside the contour



  2. Doc:

    06.07.2009 at 22:56 #

    Hi, Mat.

    Shade movements are movements of central fixation point.
    Imagine that you put a pencil (your eyesight) on the picture and move it inside the picture contour, as if you shade the picture.
    I will post the diagram with shade movements soon.

  3. Nick:

    30.11.2012 at 19:42 #

    Hi doctor!
    I tried the above exercise and it looks like I have troubles maintaining my gaze on a little atea of the butterfly. My eyes are watering and I feel like In need to move my eyes from it. I kinda feel a extra-ocular muscles tremor. Hows that possible cuz I print out the butterfly and I put it as far can see? I thought that the eyes are in relaxation mode when someone is gazing at a far object?

    Please help

  4. Doc:

    30.11.2012 at 21:38 #

    Nick, I guess you have medium or high myopia, haven’t you? Don’t worry, it’s normal at the beginning. Your eyes are not yet accustomed to the new visual skill. I suggest you warm-up before and relaxation massage after any eye exercises. Be patient and don’t give up.

  5. Nick:

    02.12.2012 at 21:57 #

    Hi doctor,

    My prescription says -2,5 OD and -1,5 OS. Not sure if that is medium myopia. One thing is certain with any type of minus lenses I can’t see the 20/30 and 20/20 lines. A lot of doctors told me that is hereditary but I refuse to believe that.

    In your opinion doctor, do you think that this focusing exercise will help me to regain my visual acuity as well or those two things are completely different? Sorry for these silly question but I looked over your site but I couldn’t find any topic about visual acuity skills.

    Thanks a lot doctor!

  6. Doc:

    02.12.2012 at 22:46 #

    Nick, yes that is low myopia. The corrected vision not better than 20/40 means amblyopia or an inner eye disorder: maybe partial opacity of cornea, lens or vitreous humor, maybe retinopathy, maybe disorder of visual pathways (optic nerve, optic tract, optic radiation) or visual cortex, etc. In any case using dynamic fixation exercises you can improve your visual skill that leads to better visual acuity. Please read my articles Less Area of Active Vision Means Better Eyesight and Take Aim At The Bird’s Eye. Next try the pointed bifixation using dynamic divergence and dynamic convergence exercises with warm-up before and relaxation massage after.

  7. Alpha:

    17.04.2014 at 03:44 #

    when you say shade that object i get that my focus is supposed to stay instead the object i am looking at.

    however. What are the inide shade movements like are talking about “jumping from spot to spot” inside the image or is it more like smooth pursuit movements

    what kind of movement style are we aiming for when shading the object?

  8. Alpha:

    29.04.2014 at 10:59 #

    Hi Doc, What do we need to do physically with our eyes at
    step 3 and 4?

    3. Separate the contour.

    4. Shade the object.

  9. Dario:

    24.06.2014 at 19:54 #

    Dear Doctor,

    Could you explain better what you mean exactly with “shade the object” ?

    If I have understood correctly, “shade” movements are exactly the same as “cross-hatche” the black circle, but I am not sure of it. Could you clarify ?

    Thank you & Best Regards,

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