Active Focus is an essential part of EndMyopia. It can be described as conscious relaxation of the ciliary muscle. It results in clearer vision, and provides stimulus to improve eyesight in the long-term. It's probably the largest stumbling block in beginning to improve your eyesight.
Active Focus tends to elude newcomers who try to find it for the first time. You should expect to spend quite some time to find it yourself. The experienced EndMyopian is likely to tell the newcomer with delight that it works, how it clears up their vision and the long term gains they have made. The newcomer will listen on, maybe intrigued, but still will doubt the existence of it completely, until they experience it for themselves. In that sense, finding Active Focus is a little like taking the red pill.
How it works
Active Focus attempts to push the distant vision of the eyes slightly further. However, as accommodation is an involuntary process, achieving Active Focus is not straight forward. While it is easy to move the skeletal muscles of your body, it is not possible to control the ciliary muscles in the same way. However, by careful manipulation of the blur horizon, it is possible to encourage the eyes to push slightly harder to achieve focus. This extra push is what Active Focus is about.
In order to do this successfully, it is important to introduce appropriate amount of blur challenge to the eyes. This can be accomplished by the use of normalized and differential glasses. As opposed to full correction glasses where everything is always sharp, normalized and differential glasses provide convenient access to a blur horizon. This blur horizon allows for the practice of Active Focus. Again, the blur challenge should not be so much that it is too difficult for the eyes and not so little that it is unnoticeable.
Implementing Active Focus
If you feel strained by doing active focus, you can and should take a break.
Active focus is a distance vision activity. Practicing active focus should not be viewed as an exercise activity. It should be incorporated to your daily lives so that it becomes habitual. With proper use of normalized and differential glasses, opportunities to do active focus throughout your day are everywhere. By turning it into a habit, blur challenges are automatically cleared, thus eliminating the need to "put in effort" to improve. Taking frequent breaks from near visual work to do active focus is critical in preventing ciliary spasm and the worsening of myopia. With consistent practice of active focus, it is estimated that myopia will reverse at a rate of 0.25 diopters every 3 months.
Active Focus in small words
- Look at something that is only a little blurry. Make it not blurry.
- Active Focus = Paying attention, that's all. Active Focus =/= Change from Blur to clarity. The latter is a possible but likely outcome of the former.
- Steiner, Jake. "What is Active Focus". Endmyopia. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- Vasudevan, Balamurali; Ciuffreda, Kenneth (2009). "Accommodative Training to Reduce Nearwork-Induced Transient Myopia". Optometry and Vision Science. 86 (11): 1287–1294. doi:10.1097/OPX.0b013e3181bb44cf. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- Steiner, Jake. "Active Focus: The Link List (+ Video Explainer)". Endmyopia. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- Steiner, Jake. "Minimum Daily Active Focus Time? (PRO TOPIC)". YouTube. Retrieved 11 June 2020.