The optic nerve has a direct synapse on the reticular activating system, which in turn regulates arousal and consciousness. Dr. Huberman explains that this connection results in a unique relationship between visual habits and states of mind: visual focus on a single object produces a distinct psychophysiological state as opposed to letting the eyes rest on landscape. Allowing the eyes to saccade over a landscape allows the nervous system to tone down arousal.
Jake Steiner shared an observation in a recent youtube post that people who wear glasses change the position of the head, rather than move the eyes around, to visually take in an environment.
I hypothesize the following interaction - wearing glasses causes a longterm shift towards perpetual low-grade arousal, and deprives us of the psychophysiological release that vision would otherwise cue. A simple piece of curved glass causing profound and persistent changes in our mental and cognitive habits.
All my life, I assumed so much of my personality was due to some genetic innate thing… (and yes, my DNA reveals some pretty weird mental and psychological predispositions; like anybody else, I have to assume) this realization separates me from something I thought was PART of me, a certain cognitive-mental-psychophysiological profile / default state, giving me distance from it.
So besides improving my myopia, I’m playing more with saccadic eye movements, and they feel… so unnatural. For now. How beautiful though that a journey to improve my myopia ties into the toughest nut to crack - how to change WHO you are…