Less Than Perfect Vision

Sketch of Lorraine trying to take eye exam under less than ideal conditionsI’ve reached that time in life of active denial.

Bi-focals are in my future, but I’ll do what I can to stave off the inevitable.

For the past couple of weeks, the cats wait patiently atop my stomach in the morning while I go through eye exercises laying in bed.

If you think your hamstrings are tight, give your eyeballs a workout.

The only thing that keeps me going is feeling the stress release and openness afterwards.

When you think about it, why should eye muscles be any different than other ones?


The eye exercises take me back to the early 2000’s.

After reading “Take Off Your Glasses And See,” I worked on reducing my prescription with a local optometrist listed in the book.

I’ve worn glasses since the age of 6 and every year the astigmatism grew worse.

Condensed lens and thick frames could only do so much to hide the Coke bottle bottoms.

Tossing my glasses away might not happen, but any decrease would be an improvement.


I learned a lot about how we see.

Both through our eyes and our thoughts.


The first exam was very different.

I didn’t hear a lot of “which is better – number 1 or 2? This or that?”

Instead I was told to breathe, relax and don’t look at the letters.



Turns out … stress, focus, strain and fatigue work in direct opposition to seeing well.

Think back to your last eye exam.

Were you sitting back and relaxed in the chair, given all the time in the world to decide what option looked better?

Did you see letters in words that provided context or meaning, or did you have a random set of letters in a row?

Was your chest tight from holding your breath, or were you taking slow, deep breaths?

Did you engage your peripheral vision or were you staring intently at each letter?

Were you getting a headache and feeling tired from the contrast of black on white?


Traditional eye exams are geared around achieving the crispest edges of individual letters in high contrast situations as a sign of clarity.

When was the last time that situation appeared in life?


The next time you’re driving and find yourself leaning forward and squinting to see a sign, try this:

sit back, open up your chest, take a deep breath, soften your eyes, and look just beneath the letters.

Allow yourself to see what’s there instead of trying to read.

You’ll be surprised at what happens to your vision.


The same principles hold true for life.

When you find yourself not knowing what to do, step back, take a deep breath (or twelve) to relax, soften your expectations, and look around or in between things.

Allow yourself to see what’s there instead of trying to force something to make sense.

Clarity in both eye exams and life comes from taking in context, what’s appearing around the edges and keeping relaxed.



Let’s leave seeing through your thoughts until next week.


Let me know if you try the different techniques for seeing more clearly.

Or if you’ve had experiences with what you see changing based on how you were feeling at the time.


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Not quite a crazy cat lady (yet?) – Lorraine’s insatiable curiosity of life leads her to explore, question and push beyond the box. A self-professed “left-brained creative big picture idea” type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing possibility everywhere and in everyone, and is a moth-to-flame for being part of making that possibility come true.

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