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Eye floaters in alternative ophthalmology

From Floco Tausin

"Mouches volantes" or "mosquito vision" is the name for different types of vitreous opacity. In the following I use it to refer exclusively to the transparent, isolated and clearly contrasted points and threads that move in our field of vision in bright light conditions. In several articles and a spiritual narrative, I have both worked out the medical view of this phenomenon and described the ecstatic-spiritually significant findings of the seers about the teacher Nestor, who lives in the Swiss Emmental, with regard to this phenomenon: Mouches floaters are harmless and insignificant vitreous opacities, they say Ophthalmologists. Eye floaters are the first appearances of an all-filling luminous structure of consciousness, say the seers. What does modern alternative ophthalmology actually say about the floaters? Can it provide a holistic explanation that satisfies mind and emotion alike? And how is this view to be assessed from the spiritual perspective?

The most common, harmless type of floaters: Clearly contrasted, transparent, moving with the eye. Source: FT

Alternative ophthalmology

As "alternative ophthalmology" (in English "natural eyesight improvement" or "natural vision correction") I refer to all approaches that assume that the eyesight is part of the mental (spiritual) and physical health of the person and therefore through holistic ( or "natural") exercises and therapies can be maintained or improved. In this border area of ​​medicine, there are academically trained ophthalmologists and optometrists, but more often holistic therapists from a wide variety of health areas who specialize in the eyes and vision. Alternative ophthalmology thus includes areas such as color and light therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, autogenic training, psychology, naturopathic methods, nutritional practices, (eye) acupuncture, relaxation therapy, ergonomics, systemic eye therapy or constellations, etc. The field of alternative ophthalmology has been around for a hundred years increasingly structured and organized, even if the title “eye trainer” or “eye trainer” is not yet a legally protected term and not a state-recognized training path. Prospective vision trainers are trained by teachers who are already practicing, often on the basis of one or more well-known vision therapies, for example by William H. Bates, Janet Goodrich, Roberto Kaplan, John Boel and others. They are organized in associations and networks and impart their knowledge and theirs Findings mainly in workshops and conferences such as the "International Conference for Holistic Vision", as well as through publications of articles in magazines. The programs of the alternative vision trainers are based on observations, not on scientific research. Scientific methods have not yet been able to provide any evidence that alternative vision training would have an objectively measurable benefit; they are therefore not recognized by the ophthalmologists.

A typical exercise in many visual schools: palming.
Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Batespalming.png&filetimestamp=20081010070341 and FT

Mouches floaters from the perspective of holistic vision teachers

William Bates

William Horatio Bates (1860-1931) is considered to be the father of most visual schools that seek to improve their patients' vision using alternative methods. Bates was an American ophthalmologist who dealt with the ametropia of the population at the beginning of the 20th century. According to his observation, the refraction of the eyesight and thus the ability to see is dynamic in both normal and ametropia. He also found that the mental state of the patient had an influence on visual acuity: the more relaxed and attentive a person, the better his vision; Bored or tense patients, on the other hand, were more likely to have ametropia. Bates was of the opinion that both physiological and psychological states had an effect on the tension or tension in the eye muscles; According to his theory, however, it is not the ciliary muscles, which regulate the lens, that determine the focus, but the six muscles around the eyeball; these would determine the shape of the eyeball, including its length, which affects the focal point of the light rays and thus the visual acuity. Logically, Bates spoke out against wearing glasses, because they would fix the eyes at a certain distance and reduce their flexibility. Instead, he developed simple exercises for the eyes such as "swinging", "sunbathing" or "palming", which strengthen and relax the eye muscles and thereby correct the ametropia. With his views, Bates contradicted the established ophthalmology based on medical-scientific knowledge, which describes ametropia as an irrevocable disproportion between the lens and the length of the eyeball due to refractive errors and corrects it with glasses (today also with contact lenses or lasers). Since the effectiveness of his method has not yet been scientifically proven, it is rejected by most ophthalmologists, although there are many positive testimonials.

William H. Bates

Bates on floaters

In his book “The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment without Glasses” (1919; reissued in 1981 under the title: “Better eyesight without glasses”), Bates lists the floaters as one of several visual ones Illusions. Visual illusions occur in people with both poor and normal vision. For people with normal vision, however, they are a sign of relaxation, for those with ametropia, on the other hand, a sign of tension. In the case of ametropia, the mind or spirit would not only distort the objects of vision (for example with regard to color, size, shape, number and location), but also imagine phenomena that do not exist at all. Bates also counts the floaters among these objects that do not actually exist. In the 23rd chapter with the title "Floating Specks: Their Cause and Cure", Bates describes the "Muscae volitantes", "flying flies" or "floating specks" as dark dots or white bubbles and, in rare cases, all rainbow-colored dots that would move very quickly in winding paths - with this description it is unclear whether Bates really only refers to the occasional movable floaters or whether he also counts the "blue field entoptic phenomenon" (asterisks, spinning waves) among the flying mosquitos. He then names some of the explanations for floaters that were common at the beginning of the 20th century, e.g. disorders of the circulatory system, digestion, kidney function and even the mind; Precisely because of the observation that many mentally ill floaters had floaters, these points and threads were sometimes considered symptoms of incipient mental illness - a view that has been held in a milder form in psychology to this day. Then Bates mentions some case studies. They all show that people can suffer a lot from floaters, but that their eyes are always in order and that the dots and threads can be made to disappear with the exercises of the Bates Method.

Although the floaters are a phenomenon of "mental tension" for Bates, he admits that even people with normal vision can see these points and threads. He explains this with the fact that the normal sighted eye is not always normal sighted. Especially in situations in which the dots and threads are very clear, e.g. when looking at a light surface or against the sun, the eyes would tense up. For Bates, floaters show themselves in situations of tension, both of the eye muscles and of the mind.

Mouches floaters in today's alternative visual schools

The Bates Method has become the starting point for many of the vision therapies that have emerged over the past 80 years. Staff and students of Bates (Emily Bates, Margaret Darst Corbett, R. S. Agarwal and others) continued to teach his method and added aspects such as nutrition and breathing. Many later vision teachers lacked vitality in Bates' sober exercises. In order to integrate more holistic consciousness processes, they combined Bates und theory and exercises with other health systems, for example with psychotherapeutic approaches by Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen, or with Far Eastern practices and healing systems such as yoga, meditation and traditional Chinese medicine.

In contrast to Bates, today's vision therapists who use such systems seem to deal only sparsely with floaters. In any case, this is my impression from an email survey of 315 holistic vision teachers from all over the world, of which 13 responded. First of all it was noticed that their personal experiences with the phenomenon were not very pronounced or did not exist at all. In addition, there is largely a lack of awareness of the different types of floaters; only in one case was a distinction made between “floaters” (mostly used as an umbrella term for all mouches volantes) and “muscae volitantes” (harmless cloudiness). Where the dots and threads were explained, the respondents used, in some cases, older medical concepts, citing cell debris, deposits and residues from embryonic development processes. However, the holistic vision teachers' point of view with regard to floaters basically agrees with the medical point of view: MV is a disorder that needs to be got rid of if possible. Now, within this perspective, there are two tendencies that determine the therapeutic approach: If floaters are seen more as a physiological phenomenon, a cleansing nutritional practice is used. On the website of the well-known optometrist Marc Grossman, for example, a diet is recommended that prescribes vegetable proteins, whole grain products, lots of vegetables (except nightshade plants such as tomatoes and eggplants) and less salt, sugar and fat. If, on the other hand, psychological states (stress, etc.) are the cause of the floaters, the use of different relaxation techniques and the ordering of relationship patterns is recommended. Many vision teachers integrate both the cleansing and the consciousness-transforming approach into their therapy for floaters.

A more purifying, phytotherapeutic treatment, for example, pursues the aforementioned Marc Grossman, doctor of optometrist, acupuncture and co-author of the Magic Eye book "Magic Eye, Beyond 3D", which has been converted into vision therapy. His website "Natural Eye Care" comes up with a phalanx of tinctures, oils, capsules, homeopathic beads and eye drops for the complementary treatment of the annoying "protein heaps" or "cell debris" in the vitreous humor. The influence comes mainly from Chinese medicine and homeopathy. Most of these numerous herbal and root formulas are also used for other eye ailments; The “Floater Homeopathic Pellets”, a homeopathic remedy that is supposed to support the body in relieving MV, are specifically designed to combat floaters. An appropriate diet is also recommended, as well as yoga, tai chi, meditation, prayers and walks in the great outdoors to reduce stress.

On the other hand, Roberto Kaplan and Martin Brofman are working towards the transformation of consciousness. The well-known holistic ophthalmologist and author Roberto Kaplan defines “conscious vision” as the interaction of the physiological eye with the brain and spirit. Eye diseases can often be understood as a disruption of this cooperation. In this case, these visual disturbances have a message - Kaplan draws on concepts from traditional indigenous and shamanic societies: Illnesses can be understood as a “small death”, as an anticipation of our ultimate physical death. The treatment of an illness is to be understood as dealing with death. And this includes a profound change in lifestyle, e.g. reducing speed (in body and mind), health-promoting behavior, conscious handling of the imperfections of life, more attention and fulfillment in everyday life, etc. Kaplan lists a number of them in one article of questions about different eye symptoms, the answers to which should decide whether the cause is more physiological or spiritual. Mouches floaters are also listed, here you should ask: “Are there imperfections in your life that need your attention? Is your life too fast and too busy? Are there areas in your life that you are hostile to? Do you deal adequately with stress? ”If more than half of the questions are answered with“ yes ”, then the illness is also caused by psychological factors. At Kaplan, eye floaters are therefore seen as visual disturbances, which are often caused by mental / emotional conditions and can be cured by changing lifestyle.

Similar, but more specific, argues Martin Brofman, author of "Improve your Vision" and founder of the Switzerland-based Brofman Foundation, which is dedicated to the progress of holistic healing. Part of the Foundation's program is a “A Vision Workshop” in the tradition of a Bates focused on psychology: A person's view should be understood as a metaphor for their state of consciousness - eye floaters as a visual disorder are thus also a disorder of consciousness. Specifically, Brofman associates the dots and threads with excessive striving for control: People who want to control their emotions too much, for example, create tension (bates) in their consciousness. The remedy for floaters is therefore (psychological) letting go, achieved through relaxation and meditation techniques. Since this approach integrates the change in consciousness processes and behavioral patterns, it ultimately aims at the transformation of the whole personality.


Meditate to remove spheres and threads - or to create them? “Meditation” by Art visionnaire narratif

This picture is based on the picture Meditation_1.jpg from the free media database Wikimedia Commons and is under the GNU Free Documentation License. The author of the picture is Art visionnaire narratif.

Spirituality and Alternative Ophthalmology

Holistic vision training, which makes the success of your therapies more dependent on the lifestyle of the patient and on physical and mental exercises than on products, can definitely become important for spirituality. Because here the boundaries between physical performance, mental abilities and spirituality are fluid - some vision therapies integrate these aspects to different extents. So it is not surprising that many traditionally spiritual practices have found their way into alternative vision training and holistic vision therapies. They can be very obvious, for example in the case of the book "Yoga for the Eyes" by Bates' student Agarwal, or where meditation or fasting is recommended against ametropia. But they can also be more hidden, as for example in Janet Goodrich's program, which is supposed to promote creativity and self-confidence in addition to better visual acuity. It could even “expand into a spiritual adventure if you expand your vision into other dimensions, from purely physical vision to more spiritual, from external vision to internal vision.” In fact, it integrates exercises such as visualization, concentration on one point, squint types, etc. how they have been used in various spiritual traditions to increase awareness and expand perception.

Despite their closeness to spiritual practices and theories, most holistic eye trainers today have an ambivalent relationship to the subject of floaters and spirituality. They find it difficult to integrate “spirituality” or “wholeness” into their understanding of the points and threads - neither their training nor their experience gives them any clues in this direction. In the context of treatment, however, many alternative approaches require a causal relationship between spirituality and floaters. This can already be seen in Bates: He explains the floaters as an illusion from the ametropia and thus as the result of physical, mental or spiritual tension; With a little practice, you can create all of these illusions yourself. This basically opens up the possibility that the points and threads can be brought about by the intended “tension” or concentration in the context of spiritual exercises.And exactly this corresponds to my experience: The concentration on floaters makes the dots and threads appear smaller and clearer; a healthy lifestyle with light vegetarian food and gentle movement exercises ensures more flow of energy and attentive awareness, which in turn make the floaters appear clearer and brighter; deep ecstatic relaxation, which occurs as a reaction to the great tension in yoga or dancing, causes a sudden enlargement and the lighting up of the points and threads.

The two types of floaters in the transition from relaxed to concentrated state. Source: FT.

Ironically, spiritual practices are traditionally used in alternative ophthalmology to weaken floaters, while the same or similar practices are used in ecstatic spiritual systems to reinforce points and threads (and other entoptic phenomena) - as in some shamanic and tantric traditions. The cause of this are of course the different explanations of the floaters and ultimately the different worldviews that feed these explanations. The interesting question, however, is whether, despite this obvious contradiction, both sides can be right - after all, success reports are available on both sides.

An attempt to explain it is as follows: The common denominator of both alternative ophthalmology and ecstatic-visionary spirituality is the physical and mental "tension" that leads to the appearance of floaters. The difference lies in the question of the context in which this tension occurs and how it is evaluated. Bates and many of his successors speak of an unconscious tension caused by a wrong way of life; the phenomena caused by this are rated accordingly negatively, including the floaters. From the point of view of ecstatic-visionary spirituality, the appearance of floaters (and other entoptic phenomena) is related to any kind of tension that increases the intensity in the body, even if it is unconscious and misdirected and negative as psychological or physical discomfort or Illness expresses itself - accordingly, many people report that they often perceive floaters in those phases of life in which they are exposed to great stress or blows of fate. However, the consistent recommendation of many vision therapists to weaken floaters through relaxation exercises and meditation cannot work from a spiritual point of view because the intensity is transformed to a spiritual level, but not reduced; the points and threads could at most be weakened by a permanently consumerist lifestyle, which saps the physical and mental strength and restricts consciousness - which is hardly worth striving for. In addition, the Council of Détente misses the point. Because what is necessary is not simply the release of tension, but the transformation from unconscious tension (tension, nervousness) and unconscious relaxation (letting go, often in connection with consumption) to conscious tension and relaxation. Eye floaters are not weakened and suppressed, but brightened and perceived more clearly. In this situation we perceive our points and threads as a result of the tension and relaxation that increase consciousness and no longer perceive them as disturbing, but as positive, meaningful, even spiritual phenomena.

In this sense, the description of a vision trainer can be understood, according to which a patient gave her floaters name and consciously looked at her. This conscious tension or concentration on the points and threads and their classification in a meaningful system was ultimately the healing relaxation for this woman.


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Floco Tausin

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The name Floco Tausin is a pseudonym. The author studied at the humanities faculty of the University of Bern and deals in theory and practice with the research of subjective visual phenomena in connection with changed states of consciousness and the development of consciousness. In 2004 he published the mystical story "Mouches Volantes" about the teachings of the seer Nestor, who lives in the Swiss Emmental, and the spiritual meaning of the floaters.

Information on the book: "Mouches Volantes - The light structure of consciousness", Leuchtstruktur Verlag (Bern) 2004, paperback, 388 pages, 27.50 € / 39.80 CHF, genre: fiction / mystical narrative.

Already known to the ancient Greeks, regarded by today's ophthalmologists as a harmless vitreous clouding and annoying for many affected: floaters, points and threads that float in our field of vision and become visible in bright light conditions.

The knowledge of a seer living in the Swiss Emmental radically questions today's view: floaters are the first parts of a light structure formed by our consciousness. Entering into this allows the seer to remain conscious beyond death.

Eye floaters: vitreous cloudiness or structure of consciousness? A mystical story about the closest thing in the world.