SEEING is more than clear LOOKING

SEEING is more than clear LOOKING

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.


Two eyes for seeing deeper into ourselves

Two eyes for seeing deeper into ourselves

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.Van Orden sample

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.

Turning a blind eye.

Turning a blind eye.

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.

Conscious Seeing .

Looking and Seeing – Is there a difference?

Looking and Seeing – Is there a difference?

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.

Our Eyes don’t just breakdown….there is a code.

Our Eyes don’t just breakdown….there is a code.
When eye problems are linked in a time period, a pattern appears to emerge. For some persons, one eye difficulty seems to follow another. Secondly, when each occurrence is connected to a life situation, stress factors appear to play a role in the onset of symptoms and problems.  Physical stress is one thing, however, emotional stress needs to be investigated.
In the following patient’s history, one can clearly see that one eye difficulty followed another, until the patient has only little sight left in one eye. This patterned sequence raises a question. Had the patient dealt with the source problem in the beginning, in this case an early onset of a lazy eye and strabismus, would there have been fewer problems in the future?
Another point, does surgery of the eye, on the one hand offer a compensation, and on the other, induce subtle weakness to the tissue? Does this invasion of tissue predispose future problems arising?  Like the situation where doctors are now concerned that radiation is far more likely to kill you than the cancer it is treating.
Another point of interest, is why does one patient show a strabismus on one eye, and the next the other eye? Is there perhaps a reason why there is a lazy view through one eye? Is it possible that this laziness and turning has at its source confusing perceptions?
The patient writes:
“Dear Dr Kaplan
I am 61 years old. Since childhood my left eye has been lazy and corrected with surgery at age 14.  After the surgery, I slowly started to lose the sight in the left eye and now it is only 5%. My right eye sight has always been good without glasses. After age 40, I used reading glasses.  In a few years, my far vision became worse and used progressive lenses for all distances. 
In my mid fifties, I had laser surgery so that I would only have to use reading glasses. A few years later, I was diagnosed with chronic serous choroidopathy in my right eye, and slowly started losing my sight in this eye. It dropped from 75% sight to where it is now 30%. A year ago, I was diagnosed with Glaucoma in both eyes and use drops in both eyes as a treatment.
Now, I have been diagnosed with cataract in the right eye, and an implantation has been recommended. What can I do differently?” 
Suggestions in a case like this:
i) Complete a full investigation of the life stress factors that are still in place.
ii) Have the patient dive into incompletions on emotional situations in their life
iii) Modify their eating and exercise pattern that assists the future self healing of the remaining eye function.
iv) Use complementary methods, such as Energetic EyeHealing, as part of the ongoing vision care program.
When a patient like this is examined at a young age, a thorough case history must investigate emotional mitigating factors related to the eye condition at the time. In this way prevention of future deterioration is possible.

A Blind Man explains how to See and have Vision

A Blind Man explains how to See and have Vision

Our usual perception of blindness is that it is the end of life. Cannot see, can’t live. Can’t work, visions die, and suffering as a victim begins.

Losing our eyesight to conditions like nearsightedness and eye disease is different. There is a medical solution that can return our eyesight to a perception of normality.

With blindness, the non-help from glasses, medications or surgeries opens up the possibility to new perceptions. How to avoid being a victim. Taking responsibility to see from the inside, behind the eyes. To learn the valuable lesson that no matter what is going on with our eyes, our reality of perception is our creation.

Isaac Lidsky is one man who has the right to talk in this manner. In spite of going blind as a teenager, losing his sight to a progressive retinal condition, he has made a fabulous life for himself, perhaps seeing much more than we do as sighted people.

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Helping your Child’s Vision…Naturally!

Helping your Child’s Vision…Naturally!

“Mommy I can’t see the computer or TV clearly.” “My eyes hurt when I read.” Many parents hear these complaints from their children or observe their child’s squinting and straining when playing computer games or reading. As a conscientious parent you take your child to the optometrist or ophthalmologist and you hear the dreaded news from the eye doctor: “Your child needs glasses or a surgery.” You then do what your parents probably did, believe the doctor’s opinion as being the only choice you have, and you get glasses for your child or surrender to a medication or surgical procedure.

If you are prompted to seek out second opinion you might be interested in hearing about a complementary approach you can use to help your child’s vision. As a parent myself, I had concerns about my two son’s eyesight, especially because their mother had a history of nearsightedness and astigmatism.

While researching vision as a Clinical Professor of Optometry, I uncovered some amazing facts about the possibilities of recovery for eyes and vision. I want to share these with you so you and your family might benefit as our family has. My sons are maintaining their clear eyesight and are developing good visual habits.

Like your body’s muscles which can increase function, so your child’s eye muscles, directed from the brain,  can be trained to work efficiently and effortlessly and increase their fitness. The better function and fitness results in sharper eyesight without the dependency upon addictive strong eyeglasses.

Just as you would introduce physical therapy to restore function to an ankle injury, so the eye muscles respond to vision retraining. Even for those children who are already wearing glasses, vision fitness can be enhanced. Imagine the excitement of going back to your eye doctor and getting weaker lenses. This is happening for many people.

Here is what others have seen: (Extracts from letters)

“I was very disappointed when my doctor told me that David would need glasses and surgery in order to correct his wandering and lazy left eye. I just couldn’t imagine this young boy’s eye being cut into. I decided to find another approach to dealing with his problem. A friend told me about this doctor who had cured his own vision problem without surgery, drugs or strong glasses. It took a while to find him, but our first visit convinced me that I was going to use Dr. Roberto Kaplan’s complementary approach. He explained everything in great detail and began teaching David and I how to improve vision using very simple practices. He sent us to a colleague who weakened David’s prescription lenses according to specific directions he gave me. I was told that these glasses were a special vision fitness type and David would only be wearing them for a short period.

The weaker prescription allowed my son to focus, but at the same time, he had to retrain his brain to teach his eye to see more clearly with the weaker lens before left eye. I was amazed how quickly the results happened. After just four weeks of combining patching of his better eye and wearing the vision fitness lenses, George could see five lines better on the special eye chart we were trained to use. Nine months later, he was out of glasses 90% of the time and this past spring he had no trouble seeing the blackboard. Now our training program is oriented towards getting his two eyes to work better together. It is very obvious that no surgery is going to be necessary to alleviate David’s eye problems. I have also noticed an improvement in David’s ability to learn at school. It seems that the way he uses his eyes has brought about better school performance. What a wonderful side benefit I didn’t even expect.”

“I was devastated when my optometrist passed down the verdict that my son would need glasses. I couldn’t understand why he was having trouble seeing details at far distances when there was no nearsightedness in our family. I reluctantly bought him the glasses and to my absolute horror, my son’s eyesight was worse after he wore these new glasses.

How was it possible that glasses that were supposed to “correct” the problem seemed to make his vision worse. I began searching for an alternative way to deal with this problem. I heard about exercises for improving vision and a friend told me about a Dr. Kaplan. She and her husband had been wearing glasses for many years, and through a program of changing their eating habits, specialized practices and relaxation, they had reduced their wearing of glasses by 95%. They were very happy and encouraged me to have a consultation with this doctor.

Dr. Kaplan was very clear that his approach was educational rather than treatments, which suited me well. I wanted to learn how to help my son using natural and safe approaches which also matched our healthy lifestyle. The first thing we did was get Michael a weaker prescription from our optician, and he wore them only for those activities that necessitated clear seeing. Dr. Kaplan’s approach was very methodical. We had monthly phone check-ins by Skype and he taught Michael and I how to relax our eyes, and learn healthy ways to move the eyes to keep them alive and focused.

In between the meetings, he asked us to practice these new visual habits for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. One of the amazing things he showed us was how to assess our own improvements. Using a special training eye-chart, we learned how to see the positive changes through visual biofeedback. Within four weeks we were seeing results.

Michael became so excited that he even recorded his vision fitness findings on a graph. The results continued steadily for the next six months and I am happy to report that Michael is now hardly wearing his glasses and has no trouble seeing the blackboard at school. His performance in sports has improved as a result of his improved vision skills. I am very happy with the service Dr. Kaplan provides and would highly recommend his program.”


Roberto Kaplan O.D., M.Ed., FCOVD is Board certified in Vision Therapy, and the author of Seeing Without Glasses, The Power Behind Your Eyes, Conscious Seeing and Energetic EyeHealing, is a former Professor of Optometry, and can be reached via e-mail at or phone message at (206) 905-1393, or in Europe at +49 (0) 160 218 6160. Website –