Ciliary Lock-Up

The ciliary muscle contracts and releases to focus the lens and when it locks up or spasms, it doesn’t move the lens. When it is contracted or tight, the lens in your eyes becomes rounded or bubbled, and this allows you to focus on things sharply close up. When the ciliary is relaxed the lens flattens and you can see sharply for things that are far away. When it gets stuck contracted, it only allows us to see near but won’t relax to see far.

To understand what a ciliary lock is, make a tight fist with one of your hands and hold it tight for 5-10 minutes, or basically as long as you can. When you can no longer hold it as tight as you can, try to open your hand. You’ll find that it is hard to open your hand all the way at first. It will be tight and hurt. You may even have to flex open and close a few times before you can open it all the way. After a while, the muscles in your hand will be relaxed and you can then open your hand all the way with no issues.

This is essentially the same thing that happens in a ciliary lock. Now imagine this muscle being locked for however long you’ve worn glasses; 1 year, 5 years, 10 years or more? In my case, it was over 35 years of having a tight fist or rather ciliary muscle.

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  1. Hello Mark,

    I sent you a message in the comments section below one of your videos yesterday, but that tab wasn’t working tonight, so couldn’t see if you replied or not, and can’t seem to find the right video now.

    I may have answered the question by watching one of your other videos just now about How to Activate Active Focus for End Myopia students, or the Rocking method for those in the Bates Method.

    The question was if you understood what ‘Pulling’ Active Focus in End Myopia means? I looked at Jake Steiner’s 6 links, and most of his 5 videos, about Active Focus, but didn’t get his meaning at all.

    I was able to understand the ‘Pushing’ Active Focus after reading Jake’s links, but a lot of that was due to watching two of your videos a couple nights ago (Thanks!), which explained triangulation/peripheral.

    I won’t get into a long story, but I have a cataract in my left eye giving me ‘cloudy’ vision for about 15 years, so my brain has ignored my left eye this whole time. I got a new pair of glasses about two months ago and the optometrist gave me ‘full correction’ for my left eye (-6.50) and a reduced prescription for my right eye (-5.00), as I’m 56 years old and have presbyopia too (going to get weaker glasses for reading).

    Anyway, I did the Active Focus lesson for ‘Pushing’ and it worked pretty much perfectly.

    I did a swinging thing with my Chromebook (a blur for me is maybe 12 to 14 inches away), and spent maybe 20 minutes working on the exercise, but towards the end I was seeing the text on my computer perfectly at a distance of 24 inches, for about 5-10 minutes I’d say, completely relaxed ciliary muscle in my right eye.

    The key was looking directly at the screen, while simultaneously looking at the lamp and chair to my left, and the painting to my right. It was simply miraculous! My eyes didn’t tear at all either. Things were blurry in the beginning (shouldn’t see clear more than 9-10 inches away), but simply swinging back and forth my Chromebook got things clearer pretty quickly,…then went further back to normal reading distance (24 “)…and surprised isn’t the right word to describe the perfect clarity and constancy at 24 inches!

    I should add that I don’t remember the first book I read as a kid, but do remember the first time my ciliary muscles locked up, it was two weeks after spending all my time in bed watching TV, getting my meals in bed at home, not being allowed to move my neck at all, and only allowed to go to the bathroom. I had a near death bike accident on the first Saturday morning in early Nov. 1968, was kept up for two solid days/nights after it by my parents, then taken to our family doctor on Monday morning, then taken back to him after the two weeks at home,…then sent back to 1st grade with a strict old-style Nun in our Catholic school,…where we were all told to print the capital letter A over and over again in class.

    I wasn’t able to do any near work after this head injury to the top of my forehead and the left side at the base of my neck, so when I tried to see the blue lines in my Composition book, and I knew they were there, I freaked out due to all the blurriness as I tried to see those lines, then the severe muscle spasms, then the Crocodile tears, and finally the Nun coming over to demand an answer as to why I wasn’t doing the class assignment, and I for some reason also couldn’t speak at all in response,…so she freaked out and started yelling at me, think she thought I was misbehaving at the time on purpose.

    I didn’t get my first pair of glasses until 4th grade after I was caught cheating on the annual eye exam with two of my buddies feeding me the answers (letters), so the teacher caught us. I stayed back in 1st grade and had to repeat the grade, but I’d say my vision went bad after this traumatic accident and incident.

    I’m guessing that I’ve been reading at about 10 to 15 inches away from me since that incident, so until last night, I was unable to see anything at a normal reading range of 24 inches,…then Voila!

    Anyway, thanks again for all the great videos and clear explanations on how to get better vision! I’m quite sure that noticing my peripheral vision on the left and right sides, while looking at the letters on my computer directly in front of me, is exactly why the ciliary muscle in my right eye relaxed,…so I could see text clearly at a completely unprecedented distance of 24 inches. I was in total shock of 1. the clarity, 2. the fact that the clarity lasted for 5-10 minutes without any blur, and 3. no ciliary muscle tension at all.


    1. Congrats on the clarity! Now you get what I’ve been experiencing. I’m going to have a video posted the middle of this week about Active focus. In short, personally I’m no longer calling it active focus because I believe focusing is nothing we have control over. It’s Automatic Focus when you give your eyes the proper conditions. It comes in two parts: Noticing the peripheral and noticing movement between two or more objects. People doing EM get the first part of subconsciously noticing the peripheral and receive some improvement but many stall in progress because they aren’t noticing movement between objects as they move. Both parts are needed for the ciliary to completely relax and then boom, you get perfect clarity. Since I have put both noticing the peripheral and movement I have never had any stalled progress. I have had constant small bits of improvement each week. I’m now more than confident this is reason why I progressed so fast.

      Keep up the good work and keep me posted on your progress!

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