May 19th

Eye Exercises  ⁄  Take Aim At The Bird’s Eye

I have received many emails with additional questions about how to fix your eyesight on the black circle. Anyway, a detailed description of this theme is useful.

Fixing your eyesight on the visual target means keeping your eyesight inside the circle. In other words, it should not stray beyond the circle. For myopic people, it is not a problem to concentrate your eyesight on the target for a short time. The real problem is keeping focus for a long time because they lose the target quickly. For example, when my myopic patients are doing the eye exercises “vergence without accommodation” for the first time, they lose the target after 2-3 seconds. They explain their loss of target because they switch their mind to other thoughts.

To develop perfect focus, you need more practice. In order to help with visual concentration, I want to show you a short video called “Aim of Arjuna”. This episode tells the story of the archer Arjuna from the ancient Indian epic “Mahabharata”. I love this episode, because it is really great example of excellent visual skill with mental focusing and eye fixation.

Aim of Arjuna

When the archer Arjuna takes aim at the bird’s eye, he is using static central fixation.

Guru Drona asks him, “What do you see Arjuna?”

Arjuna answers, “Eye of the bird…, and eye of the bird only”.

His answer suggests that his line of sight (or his visual axis) connects the center of his fovea and the bird’s eye. So the image of the bird’s eye is located precisely on the foveola. The area of active vision is very small, so he doesn’t see anything except the bird’s eye. The angle of active vision is very sharp. Thus we can guess that Arjuna was sharp-sighted with excellent visual focusing.

Pay attention as well to the earlier part of the episode:

Guru Drona asks, “Duryodhana, what do you see?”

Duryodhana answers, “The bird, its base and some clouds, Guru”.

His answer means that in his case the area of active vision is large and the angle of active vision is wide.

I would bet that Duryodhana was slightly myopic.

Static central fixation is effective, but very difficult in practice. On the contrary, dynamic central fixation is more useful because this movement of eye is more natural than immobility. In brief, the dynamic fixation method is the sum of visual concentration, fixation, and eye movement for better vision.

When you are focusing your sight on the black circle, you should limit the area of active vision to an area smaller than the black circle — dot-size is best — and keep moving inside. Don’t move outside the circle. In this way, your sight is moving in a circle like a ball on a pool table, and the traces of movement create an impression of cross-hatching like at animated image below.


The picture below shows eye movements when a person is scanning a portrait.


Do you want to be sharp-sighted? You should take aim at the bird’s eye!

Get rid of myopia naturally!

Dr. Arkadiy Davydov

8 Responses

  1. mark socoski:

    27.01.2012 at 09:35 #

    Mr. Dr A. I have worked the Bates method to a point. Seven or eight weeks to be exact. Your method is teaching me fusion, of which, I thought was impossible.
    I have been myopic for over 35 years. Your method should earn you the nobel prize! The best to you and great health! Thanks forever for what you taught us for free!!! Many Many Many more thanks. Youre the best of the best!
    your student forever

  2. Doc:

    27.01.2012 at 12:49 #

    Mark, thank you sincerely!

  3. mark socoski:

    11.02.2012 at 09:41 #

    I need a bit of help. I’m 1.5- diopters. I found 2.0 a very bit heavy. My problem is mainly fusion. My left eye seems to be the problem. Tell me how to overcome it if you can. I can tell you, I had never seen so clear when I was at the aprox 55mm in my outward distasnce. Thank God for slightly smaller version! Need a bit of help.


  4. Doc:

    13.02.2012 at 10:20 #

    Mark, re-read the articles ‘Myopia and Binocular Vision Development’, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and ‘Controlling the Visual Axes‘. I hope it helps.

  5. Eye exercises for best vision:

    05.04.2014 at 13:13 #

    […] limit your eye movements to an area about the size of a thumbnail at arm’s length (remember Aim of Arjuna and foveal fixation on the black circle) and then you will never lose the […]

  6. Rey:

    17.07.2015 at 23:39 #


    I have myopia, -11 in my left eye and -9 in my right, and have been wearing glasses since I was 5 years old. I am now 21. What are the best exercises for me to improve my eyesight? Thank you in advance,

  7. Doc:

    27.07.2015 at 22:23 #

    Rey, all exercises with the fusion in divergence

  8. Rey:

    31.07.2015 at 02:51 #

    Thank you

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