I started measuring my vision daily in August, after reading tons of EM blog posts to figure out what I was doing. I didn’t trust my official prescription, especially for astigmatism, and had switched from my current prescribed glasses to an older unknown strength pair when I realized I didn’t have an astigmatism until I wore those glasses long enough to adjust to them. They distorted the ground when I got them, but someone talked me out of returning them, because neither of us understood what was going on.
Anyway, about the experiment. In the process of learning to measure my own vision, and reading tons of blog posts (while practicing active focus on them), I realized that I could probably figure out how to force my ciliary muscle to relax. I used a progressive relaxation meditation technique, and sure enough, I became fully aware of the feeling of strain and got it to release. It hurt. It hurt that night, and the next morning, and I was hyper-sensitive to strain for a couple of days before it calmed down. I continued to release my eye strain each night, and it kept getting easier. I also saw a quarter diopter improvement after the first couple of days doing this, and I hadn’t finished my first week of measuring, and I had a noticeable improvement in my eyes’ speed in adjusting to the dark. Very exciting! I was pretty sure there was more built up strain in my eyes that I hadn’t released yet, too.
Then I kind of fell off the wagon of doing any of this stuff for a couple of weeks, my differential glasses got lost, and with everything going on, I lost focus and willpower. I wanted to start again, so this past week, I started doing my bed time eye relaxation again. I feel like I got much deeper into the strain this time, and releasing the layers of strain I’d done before remained easier. It was painful to even look at my phone at all while my eyes adjusted this time. What I didn’t do was any active focus until my eyes calmed down.
So, does releasing the ciliary spasm without using active focus improve your vision clarity? It didn’t for me, my brain needs the active focus to recalibrate.