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Our Novato Optometrist Can Help You Heal Your Vision By Healing Your Mind

The unique behavior we use to operate our eyes and vision system, although mostly unconscious, has a dramatic effect on what we see, how much we see, how clearly we see, and how we move our bodies. Visual behavior affects how we think, what we think, how clearly we think, and how we "move" or act in our relationships and in our lives. Visual behavior not only affects how we see and how we think, but how we feel. The first step in transforming your eyesight, healing your vision, and improving how you think and feel is to understand these visual behavior patterns. Dr Larry Jebrock can help you in this transformation. 
 
Visual behavior can be partially defined as how the eyes reach (move and focus), grasp (converge and sustain), and finally, release the object of regard. Are the eye movements full, smooth, rhythmic and flowing or are they jerky, spastic or erratic? Do both eyes focus in the same place or are they in two different places, confusing the brain? Do the eyes compulsively grasp too tightly, turn in too much, and overly narrow one’s attention? Or do the eyes want to let go (give up and wander), making it difficult to start a new activity or stay on task. Slow focusing, jerky eyes reflect a mind that is out of synchrony. Smooth, fast, integrated, and flexible eyes reflect a well balanced mind ready to act appropriately and swiftly.
 
If one eye is stronger than the other or if there is difficulty with the eyes teaming together, suppression of vision may result. Suppression is a condition whereby perfectly healthy eyes block out what they see to "protect" us from disorganization, discomfort or distress. The problem is that improper, untimely or excessive suppression can be dangerous to our health and safety and prevent us from forming a well grounded reality since we are not really seeing all of what is "there." Suppression also can result in loss of binocular vision and depth perception. Do we now appreciate the magnificence of depth in our viewing or are our perceptions rather flat? Do colors appear vibrant and rich? Do our eyes welcome light or do we feel a need to squint, close down or block the light out with dark lenses?
 
How do our eyes relate to the rest of our body? Do the eyes lead, with the hands, feet, and the rest of the body gracefully following, or do we have trouble coordinating what we see with how we move, think and feel? Do we look only on the surface or can we see deeply? Can we shift back and forth appropriately or is our focus so narrow that we lose sight of the whole picture? These visual behaviors affect our daily lives in many ways. Are we object oriented (noticing what is around us) or do we spend most of our time daydreaming?
 
Another aspect of our visual behavior, called eidetics, is a type of "seeing" that occurs even when the eyelids are closed. Eidetic images are spontaneous visual images that can be observed in present time as if watching a movie inside our mind. Some people are highly aware of these images and see them vividly, while others who have difficulty can be trained to develop this skill. Being more aware of our "inner vision" allows us to know ourselves better since the images (pictures in our mind) we hold, consciously or unconsciously, deeply affect how we feel and what we think. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to have negative feelings without specific images and thoughts accompanying these feelings.
 
For example, temporarily bring up a feeling of anger or jealousy and notice which images and/or thoughts come to mind. Now, as you bring to mind a positive feeling, such as peacefulness or calmness, notice these images and thoughts. Another step in transforming your eyesight and healing your vision is to remind yourself when you feel distressed, pained or hopeless, that is NOT a permanent incurable condition, but rather a temporary state of negative seeing and thinking that can be favorably modified.
 
How well do we see ourselves, seeing what is true, including the parts we may not like? What images are we suppressing so that our defenses can remain intact? How well do we see our bodies and what image do we have of our health and vitality? In what manner do we visualize our mothers, our fathers, and other significant people? How far along are we in distilling and separating the image of ourselves from the images conveyed to us through these relationships? Restoring eyesight and healing vision emphasizes training to sharpen that edge where seeing inside meets seeing outside.
 
To learn more, contact our Novato optometrist. Dr Larry Jebrock also provides vision therapy for residents of San Rafael and Santa Rosa.