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Note: If you haven’t read the About Your Eyes post, please start there first. Much of the below may not make sense until you understand the backstory first!

This post is about how to start be aware of foreground and background peripheral movement. I came across a video that said using a rebounder (small trampoline) can help improve your vision. After looking into it’s no different from some of the exercises I’ve used to improve my own vision. You are essentially becoming aware of foreground and background peripheral movement.

To do this, you need something that is close to you in your foreground and something far away in your background, peripheral view. I have a tree outside of my living room windows that is just past my front porch. I can see a street sign that is across the street through the branches of the tree. I have the rebounder setup by the windows. In the first example below, when I’m looking at the sign and I’m jumping on the rebounder, the tree bounces up and down in my foreground. It seems as if the sign is stationary and the tree is moving in my foreground, peripheral view. Now when looking at the sign and jump up, the tree moves down. When I’m descending down the tree moves up. If I jump side to side the tree moves left when I jump right and moves right when I jump left. 

If you’re on a computer, scroll your mouse wheel or scroll the page up and down to see the effect on the mage below to get a visual of what I mean. If you’re on a mobile device, tap scroll the screen up and down to see the movement of the tree. I stare at the sign for a few bounces and then switch my focus to a branch on the tree in front of the sign.

When I switch my focus to a branch on the tree, now the sign bounces up and down but the direction of the sign movement is the same direction I’m bouncing. So instead of the sign moving down when I bounce up, the sign appears to move up when I bounce up and down when I descend down.  

If you’re on a computer, scroll your mouse wheel or scroll the page up and down to see the effect on the mage below to get a visual of what I mean. If you’re on a mobile device, tap scroll the screen up and down to see the movement of the tree. 

I stare at the sign for a few bounces and then switch my focus to a branch on the tree in front of the sign. Again I’m not directly looking at the sign but I notice the movement in my background peripheral. I do this for a few bounces and switch back to the sign. I do this for 2-3 minutes and stop bouncing.

Stationary Peripheral movement can be noticed up close, at a medium distance and far away. Get into the habit of seeing this movement between objects as you movement your head. I often find myself moving my head in various patterns as I type at my computer just so I can notice the peripheral objects moving. The more you do it, the more natural it will become. This is an essential, good vision habit!

Stationary Peripheral movement can be noticed up close, at a medium distance and far away. Get into the habit of seeing this movement between objects as you movement your head. I often find myself moving my head in various patterns as I type at my computer just so I can notice the peripheral objects moving. The more you do it, the more natural it will become. This is an essential, good vision habit!

After I stop bouncing, I close my eyes for a few seconds and then open them and start looking around for a minute Everything is a bit sharper. I repeat this cycle for 10-15 minutes, and take breaks at a 2-3 minute intervals. I would also do this 10-15 minute drill, 3-4 times throughout the day. After doing this for 10-15 minutes, I notice so much more little movements as turn my head and eyes together. I’m much more aware of movement between foreground objects against background objects. The more you notice this movement whether close or far the sharper you vision will be. 

What if you don’t have a rebounder? Well you don’t need one but you can still do the same thing by doing short squats up and down or rocking side to side. The great thing about this is you can do it anytime, anywhere as long as you have a foreground object and further away background object. 

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