I get the impression the more I read other people’s experiences the less I’m sure about what’s AF and how it’s supposed to feel like. It seems like people’s experiences and descriptions of it vary a lot and in the end I’m not even sure we’re all talking about the same thing? Maybe there are different types of AF? So I wanted to ask those if you who have mastered it a few questions.
The thing is, recently I had gotten the impression I had finally managed to do AF and I was so happy, but I’m not sure anymore. I was in a park in broad daylight, and I tried to clear a TINY amount of blur off a panel with historical explanations. It seemed to work. It didn’t feel automatic, relaxed and/or passive, as some people have described here, but rather I felt a slight tension in my face (my eye? It was just the right one, which is my weaker eye) and my body in general, as if I was trying to “compress” my whole body into myself. It’s a difficult thing to explain. I definitely wasn’t squinting, in any case. I also felt like, in a way, I was pulling the text to the left corner of my eye. In any case the amount of blur was so small I’m not even that sure I was clearing something and maybe I was fooling myself… Is it dramatic and clearly noticeable?
As for the effort required to do AF, the way some people talk about it, it seems like something your eyes do by themselves just by RELAXING, without any conscious, specific effort on your part. But if I relax my eyes they rather go even blurrier… So, is AF a passive thing that happens without your control or something you do turn on at will?
Another thing I don’t understand is the amount of “clearable” blur or its distance from you when you master AF. If I understand it correctly, you can only clear small amounts of blur. In order for the blur to be small, you cannot be too far from the letters you’re clearing (I’m a low myopic so my limit would be about a bit further than my arm’s length more or less), so in theory this wouldn’t allow you to have sudden 20/20 distance vision, right? But I read about people here clearing trees in the horizon and such… Besides, there’s also this mantra which is constantly mentioned here and in EM that you need to use distance vision to improve instant vision. Does that mean there’s some sort of long distance AF, or maybe they just mean doing AF for distant things with your normalized lenses on?
Another question: some people seem to describe it as a slow process, yet for others it seems to happen in an instant and upon command. I have had the experience of staring at a slightly blurry word for a LONG time and eventually it seems to get a bit less blurry. But it’s a extremely slow thing and something that doesn’t seem feasible or useful when walking or doing anything that’s not sitting down and staring - and I’m not sure that’s AF anyway.
Lastly, I’ve read about people using light dots, such as those of a TV on standby mode, to practice AF and claiming it’s the easiest way to know for sure if you’re doing AF right, but I’ve read others suggesting it’s not the best option and better to just do it once in a while. Does that mean it’s harmful or something?
I think that’s all I can think of right now. Sorry for the long post and hope you can help me a bit!