What is strabismus?
Strabismus is a condition of the eyes that prevents them from looking at the same point and moving with the same ease. The effect of strabismus is that the brain automatically cancels the information that it receives from one of the eyes, and difficulties of coordination may occur in time because the situation becomes more serious. Below is the photo of Andre Filipe Teixeira Marques, suffering from severe strabismus.
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How can you check in less than 5 minutes if you suffer from strabismus with the help of a person?
Ask this person to stand right in front of you, 1 m away, while looking straight into your eyes. If there is a significant height difference, then you should both sit. Raise and stretch your hand and arm with your thumb up, perfectly perpendicular to the floor, oriented towards the area between the eyes of your exercise partner. With your eyes looking straight at the thumb of your lifted hand, slowly move your thumb closer and farther from the tip of your nose, 5-7 times, and then to the center of your forehead, 5-7 times. When your thumb touches your nose/the upper part of your forehead, your arm is bent up to its maximum, and when it is at the maximum distance, the arm is outstretched up to its maximum.
In this exercise, you look at your finger, and your partner looks into your eyes. The exercise must be done slowly, but without a stop so one can note the movements of the eye muscles. In the end, your exercise partner (the observer) will tell you if your eyes moved at the same rate, in the same direction, and if the movement was smooth or jerky. If your eyes did not stare at your finger simultaneously, or the angle in which they moved was different, or the movements of one of the eyes were jerky, then it means that you suffer from strabismus.
What to do if you suffer from strabismus
If you suffer from strabismus, print the Tibetan wheel (a drawing) that you can find at http://is.gd/vQdFAY or at http://is.gd/GHAsKN on an A4 sheet and stick it on the wall/door so that the center of the Tibetan wheel would be precisely at the height of your nose. Come max. 2-3 cm away from the Tibetan wheel.
Stand straight in front of the sheet of paper, with your nose 3 cm away from it and with your eyes covering all extremities, with the related “thorns”, clockwise, from top to bottom, starting with “12 o’clock”. Do this using the Tibetan wheel 2-3 times every morning, and you will synchronize your eyes, preventing them from looking in different directions, one from the other.
The exercise may cause uneasiness in your eyes, especially in one of the eyes; this happens because the muscles need to be trained in a specific direction (right, left, up, down, or diagonally). The recommendation is to insist on covering with your eyes the points on the extremities of the Tibetan wheel precisely in the direction in which you feel this uneasiness. In time, it will disappear.
If you do this exercise at least once a day, depending on the seriousness of the strabismus, it can be healed in 2-4 weeks. After that, the exercise is worth being done further to prevent strabismus’s reoccurrence, but in principle, once healed, strabismus does not reoccur unless after a maximum of a couple of years.
I learned this exercise during a course called Vision Training delivered in Romania by an expert called Leo Angart (www.vision-training.com) for people who want to heal their eyesight problems (short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism, strabismus, and the like) without wearing glasses, contact lenses or having surgeries done. He has also published a book, Improve Your Eyesight Naturally. Apart from that, if you are still interested in this topic, I can also recommend other works and sources.
Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant 2016-present Translation by Cristiana Brezeanu of the article “Cum să scapi de strabism, “published initially in Romanian on the 4th of January 2015 on Discerne. Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant, all rights reserved
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