Still haven’t found active focus yet, that I can tell.
Judging from the loss of visual acuity from looking at a snellen chart, it seems like my vision is more sensitive to different types of screen time.
Playing video games leads to more noticeable loss of visual acuity than just using the computer (emails, writing, etc.). Today, I got this lost visual acuity back after I stopped playing video games and went to take a shower and eat dinner.
Interestingly, the loss of visual acuity is more pronounced in my left eye.
EDIT and UPDATE: OK, weirdly enough, I was able to clear up the 40 ft line on the Snellen chart (PECFD) to some degree in my right eye: maybe from worse than Blur 0 to Blur 1, as described in Mohan’s post.
This happens somewhat randomly after I stare at the Snellen and blink multiple times.
I get some double vision, with additional letters appearing below and to the right of the dominant ones (I think? kind of hard to tell).
This is using the weaker pair of glasses:
R: -4.75 Sph x -0.25 Cyl x 135 Axis
L: -4.75 Sph x -0.25 Cyl x 85 Axis
BORING DETAILS FOR MY BENEFIT:
I was sitting in my basement around midnight, when it was dark outside, under yellow-ish artificial lighting, around 22 ft away from the Snellen. I had been using the computer throughout the day, trying to take my 20-20-20 breaks. I had played videogames on my computer in the evening, but did not play any more after I showered. I did use the computer and my smartphone though.
I had plenty of carbs for breakfast/lunch/dinner, but less protein than usual. I didn’t workout, but I took a 1 hour walk in the afternoon.
I wasn’t paying attention to my extraocular muscles, and I’m not able to produce the clarity on demand if I focus on a cue of any sort. I’m able to hold the clarity by keeping my eyes open and not blinking, but I usually lose it after I blink. It returns after a seemingly random number of additional blinks.
I’m unable to make the letters appear significantly blurrier even if I try to (by attempting to focus my eyes differently with the intention of blurring my vision), as long as I hold my eyes open and don’t blink (although maybe I subconsciously hold back from focusing differently b/c I’m subconsciously afraid of losing the clarity?)
I don’t feel any distinct ASMR sensation in my eyes (like NottNott’s experience), nor do I feel like I’m looking out of the back of my eyes (like Gemily Mez’s experience). No stinging sensations or tearing in my eyes at all during the whole process.
I didn’t have dry eyes, or excessive tear film, when experiencing this.
After performing this on the weaker pair of glasses, I don’t get any additional clarity when wearing my prescribed pair of glasses; neither binocular nor monocular (right eye only) vision looks any clearer. Nor do I get any additional clarity without glasses, or just looking normally with my weaker pair of glasses on.
I was able to do this just now. Previously, when I had tried the same thing (covering my left eye while looking at Snellen with right eye, using the same glasses), I hadn’t been able to clear it up to that degree.
Active Focus Questionnaire (from this thread) for my record. I will contribute to the thread if I become certain that this actually active focus, and not a red herring:
- Is it something you trigger willingly? As in, is it something you do have control over, or do you just blink and blink until it finally, randomly happens?
I just blink and blink until it finally, randomly happens
- If you indeed “do” something willingly, would you say it’s a physical or mental action?
Physical. I’m not able to will it into happening, nor do I feel any mental strain
- If it’s a physical thing, how would you describe it?
I blink, and what was blurry suddenly becomes clearer, with no noticeable transition time.
- Does the ambient light make it easier, harder or even possible at all? (I find I can clear things more easily in broad daylight or in bright, artificial white lights. Grayish o blueish light conditions are definitely the worst and I basically cannot clear anything in such conditions).
Only experienced it once under artificial lights at night.
- Does your personal state (as in, being tired or not, having slept well or not, etc) influence wheter you can pull it off or not?
I feel not too tired right now. I got ~ 7 hours of sleep last night, and I’ve been awake for ~ 15 hours today.
- Does AF clear everything to a crystal clear image for you? Or just makes things somewhat clearer? (For me it’s sometimes one, sometimes the other).
Just somewhat clearer. I was wearing glasses while experiencing this, as well, so uncorrected it would be even blurrier.
- Do clear flashes happen at random moments or specifically when you are AF’ing? I sometimes, when doing the thing I do, get perfect vision, but I’m not sure that’s a clear flash.
I’ve never had a clear flash (bringing me to perfect vision before).
- For how long can you sustain the clear vision? Me, once I blink again, it’s gone.
For as long as I don’t blink, it seems.
- Do you do it with both eyes at the same time? Just one and then the other? This might sound weird but whatever I do, I find I can only do it with my right eye. (For context, the last time I measured them, I had OS: -0’25 SPH, -0.75 CYL // OD: -0,75 SPH. So, I had worse vision in my right eye, but apparently no astigmatism there, whereas my left eye has very little myopia but a bit of vertical astigmatism, and I find I cannot clear astigmatism no matter what I do. Therefore, normally I have better vision on my left eye, but when I manage to make a fully clear image with my right eye, funnily enough I get better vision on my right eye for a few seconds).
I’ve only been able to do this with my right eye while covering up my left eye.
FINAL UPDATE FOR THE NIGHT:
I’ve been able to achieve the clarity maybe 4-5 times using the same method as described above.