You think you know how to do something after being around for nearly a month now. I was wrong. So far I’ve been able to get modest active focus, generally by looking at something for a while with a fair few blinks. Go back to your job where you’re behind a till for nearly eight hours a day though, with plenty of lulls with nobody to serve and millions of price tags and text to look at, and you’re going to refine your technique fast.
This is how I’ve really ‘found’ active focus. The analogy is tuning a television, there’s plenty of directions and inputs you can give to your eye to induce it into AF, and I’m beginning to think this gets a lot easier the more I’ll practice it. I like this method as I can describe exactly what I’m doing in words too.
If you’re looking at something that’s blurry, the key idea is momentum. You want to see that blurry object? Well, there’s only two directions ways in which the cilliary muscle can change your vision, and usually we want to accommodate more for things further away (for myopia). I’ve found by doing something that ever so slightly improves my distance vision ever so slightly, my eyes begin moving towards accomodating that specific thing I’m trying to see.
’Squinting’: the better term would be eye tension. Close your eyes the tiniest bit and make the text the tiniest bit clearer. Maybe repeat a bit. There’s subtlety to how you’re supposed to do this.
’Eyebrow pumping’: silly name but exactly what it sounds like. Move your eyebrow up and down. My best guess for why this is effective is that you’re engaging one muscle close to the eye so the body feels more confident about engaging a less voluntary one. No clue, but I’ve found this technique helpful.
Blinking: If it’s blurry, a blink will reset the palette of what you’re trying to look at and perhaps reset the eyes focus on the object to where momentum begins to build again toward accommodating the further away object.
Staring: Sometimes a stare is all you need.
Okay, so back to being all ‘we don’t know how to really do active focus, get experimenting’. The trick is to do all four of these techniques, with different strengths to each one. A bit of tension, a stare, maybe pump the eyebrow a little. You get to experiment with the magnitude of each action.
I’ve found I can active focus in higher levels of blue using this wacky technique than just ‘looking at something for a long time’, and it feels like my eyes have just came out of an extended gym session. If your eyes feel like that, you can only guess you’re doing active focus right
EDIT: What’s written above isn’t actually Active Focus(!!!), although it does show the experimentation I went through to actually find it. See my up-to-date progress video about why this is wrong: