A new eye care has been born. A growing group of consumers visiting Optometrists and Ophthalmologists are now looking toward the future, whereby in the year 2020 eye prevention, like dental hygiene, is part of eye treatment plans. The legitimacy of Psychosomatic medicine in Germany offers a truly Holistic approach to make eye prevention a reality. In this video skype sharing, Dr Roberto Kaplan talks about the development of this fascinating approach to eye and vision challenges.
The human eye is designed to manage two packages of incoming light. A very focused bundle of light strikes a central point in the retina, the Macular of the eye. The information stored in this light is extracted for building thinking and an understanding of what we are looking at.
On the other hand, the scattered light strikes the retina, which covers a large surface area of the back of the eye. The information in this light is used for sensing, seeing and feeling the context of what we are looking at. Our perceptions through this feeling and seeing are usually based on non-clarity.
In this video, you have an opportunity to experience these two forms of perceiving.
We were given two eyes. Most of us take this fact for granted. There is a strong assumption that if both eyes are open, then we are looking through both. This may not be true. Certain measurements show that 65 percent of persons lack the full integration potential of simultaneously looking through both eyes. Let’s explore why do we have two eyes and is there a deeper meaning than science provides.
Did you know that looking through both eyes follows a developmental sequence? At birth, there is much less coordination between the eyes than at 12 months. The process of two eye integration, called binocularity, continues through the first six years and maybe even beyond.
Also, were you aware that certain life experiences, like stress, emotional ‘woundedness’ and conditioning can result in a partial suppression of looking through one eye? It appears that a breakdown in binocularity can be considered a protection of certain perceptions. Since the primary role of the brain is to protect us, it makes total sense when we perceive a situation that is difficult to manage, the brain can help by partially blocking out some of the view. This internal process can be measured with precision using clinical tools.
One such instrument is in a stereoscopic device, with a target named the Van Orden Star.
While looking into the instrument, the left eye sees the left side and visa versa. The test is to choose similar patterns and then with a pen stylus draw the lines until they appear to meet. The top diagram is a relatively good binocularity with some instability. The lines ideally meet at the horizontal position at the 0 point, and the same for both eyes.
This tool is great since it reveals the double process of vision, that is central looking and peripheral seeing. The foundation for binocularity. In the bottom drawing it is clear that the level of binocularity is way less. This person has a strabismus, a crossed eye. The left turning in more. In her projection view, she saw exactly what the top person saw, except her result is very different.
It is one thing to analyse this information in a strictly visual science manner. That is the person on the bottom would probably benefit from vision therapy, and then they would better see through both eyes and the drawing would also improve. On the other hand, if greater binocularity is possible, and it happens, what inner shift in perception would be necessary? If a suppression of one eye and/or a turning of the eye is a survival strategy, then wouldn’t it be prudent to find out the cause of the suppression and combine this approach with vision therapy?
Another way of looking at this situation is to ask the question, what will the person see, and have to face, when they are looking through both eyes? What aspects of their life would they see that they may have previously denied or avoided? Are they emotionally strong enough to face the pending changes as they enter into the depth of seeing with higher levels of binocularity?
Consider this for a moment. Is it possible that our two eyes give us the possibility to enter into greater and greater depths within ourselves. That through experience, we discover our potential for wisdom. To have a view of life that is less materialistic based and more connected to the very essence of our spirit.
It is much easier to deny the truth of what we are looking at than face it. In Visual science we call this a suppression. If we feel uncomfortable with what we are looking at, that is, we cannot understand, then we have a central suppression. If our feelings are affected, that is, we do not know what is being seen, then we have a peripheral suppression.
Turning a blind eye from the brain is an innate survival strategy. It is the basic function of the brain. Consciousness is facing what we are looking at and seeing. It is being present in awareness. This is our task. To be human is to evolve our consciousness to such a degree that we face our challenges and problems. We look, we work out a logical strategy. We see possibilities that feel correct and make sense. In doing so, we build a set of experiences that advance our wisdom for living.
There is a difference between looking and seeing. These are two very different ways or styles for using the eyes to access vision. When these two parts are not balanced, visual problems may develop. Looking and seeing are visual styles. They correlate to different personality characteristics. Their individual source of activation are in specific parts of the brain.
The first way to use the eyes is looking; looking refers to visual acuity. When clear vision is focused on the fovea centralis it produces a sharp image filled with specific details. People who tend to view the world this way, may not always be aware of the big picture, because they get lost in the details. The personal characteristics of the ‘looker’ often tend to be of a more intellectual, precise, introverted individual.
Nearsightedness is a practiced form of looking; it disengages our feelings and our connection to what is happening outside. The over-looker focuses his or her attention on developing a rational, logical, and analytical way of perceiving the world. Looking generally leads to a ’doing’ of one’s life, with a focus on accomplishment and achievement – getting things done.
Using vision in this more foveal (or looking) fashion tends to trigger hemisphere locations of the brain that performs more logical functions such as mathematics. Analytical, logical, and linear thinking ‘looker’ tends to be more objective. There are other hemispheric locations of the brain associated with feeling, creativity, artistic/musical endeavours associated with ‘seeing’ perceptions
The myopic personality seems to be more logically-brained. Research comparing personality types of myopic individuals with others has been conducted. Findings are in agreement, suggesting that myopic individuals tend to be more introverted than their hyperopic counterparts.
The second way to use the eyes is by seeing. Seeing involves particular-brain functions. A ‘seer,’ is someone who may have trouble staying focused on one task at a time and may seem ‘spacey.’ This individual is more ‘retinal’ instead of ‘foveal’, because light entering the eye is less focused on the fovea, and instead spreads out onto the peripheral areas of the retina. (Recall that the peripheral retina has far fewer cones making vision focused here less acute).
Seeing is creative and involves being. Seeing is related to intuition, creativity, sensing, and involves emotions. Farsighted people may tend to have the characteristics of a seeing ‘brained’ person, as they use their eyes to see rather than look. To see is to have feelings about what we are perceiving, not merely to register the presence or absence of an object or person. A balanced integration of these two styles of using the eyes, looking and seeing, is ideal and can be considered Conscious Seeing.
Nearsightedness can be related to a fear of seeing. Quite often this fear is related to an uncertainty about the future. Is this a fear of seeing the outside? This fear could also be fear of seeing something about one’s self. When our perceptions are strongly linked to survival events of the past, the fear of the past situation repeating itself can blind us to what we are perceiving in the current moment.
Greater wholeness and fuller awareness involves an integration of the many seen and unseen aspects of the self. As you grow toward consciousness you develop a sense of who you are – your ‘Soul driven’ self. The experience and acceptance of your inherent nature and all your life experiences, including your emotional history can be accomplished by learning to simultaneously mastering seeing and looking. Also, to accomplish this equally through both eyes at the same time.
The avoidance or denial of some aspect of the self is likely to have some impact on the individual, whether it is solely psychological or is physical in its manifestation . When you deny your soul’s perception, your own eyes will reveal this refusal to see in very physical terms. The eye discloses valuable invisible information, not just about conditions such as hypertension and cardiovascular dysfunction, but about the brain, mind, and human consciousness itself.
Gaining self-awareness requires some effort and willingness on the part of the seeker. To have real vision is to be conscious of the moments when we lose the integration of looking and seeing. Ultimately seeing is the frame around what we are looking at. The frame adds the feeling to what we are understanding. Seeing is the heart-felt perception of our thinking.