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How google has helped me confirm a new scientific breakthrough

I've made at least two major scientific breakthroughs in my life related to human health – in the case of RSI and eyestrain. In both these, doctors ENTIRELY failed, books ENTIRELY failed, academic journals ENTIRELY failed. I found the answers through intensive thought, careful analysis, and experimentation. The typical scientific method.

My eyestrain recovery process that started a few months ago is underway. I'm still recovering. Much better but a lot of improvement yet to be achieved. I do about 1-2 hours of eye exercises each day (while walking/ in the gym/ in my bed when I wake up or before sleeping, in the bus, etc.). The range of exercises I have invented is quite vast, and maybe I'll document them later. It is one of the hardest things to stretch and exercise muscles behind the eyeball that are totally invisible and which the hand can't reach; but it can be done.

But one thing kept bothering me. Although my symptoms had felt exactly the same in both sides of the temple (deep, intense headache, pain, etc.), my left eye has taken far longer to recover.

I can't describe the sensations exactly (that will take half an hour of writing, and many paragraphs!), but basically the left eye has been more sore, more tight, more difficult to heal than the right eye.

So now I have an 80 per cent healed right eye and 50 per cent healed left eye – even though I do the same exercises for both eyes. That must have some scientific reason.

Today I thought of a possible explanation. My hypothesis was that one eye must somehow be more involved in seeing things than the other eye. Just like one arm is more active than the other.

If this hypothesis was true, it would mean that my right eye was dominant and therefore the left eye's muscles were weaker, which made it work harder to see the computer screen. [Sorry, in an earlier version of this post, posted just a few minutes earlier, I accidentally inverted the logic! This one, now, is the correct logic.]

Interesting hypothesis, but I had never come across this concept of eye dominance before.

So how about googling this! I did so, and lo and behold! I've found tens of references to eye dominance. Please check them out yourself.

Eye dominance discussions on the internet are, however, primarily related to vision problems. Nothing to do with eye strain or eyeball muscles.

Well, that means I'm now the first in the world to have a hypothesis (PLUS at least one case study to confirm it) that eye dominance is related to the way eyeball muscles work at the back of the eyes, and that the non-dominant eye is more likely to be strained through computer use.

The main thing is that now I have an added eye exercise. I can now rest the left eye for longer than the right eye (by covering it while reading the computer screen, for instance – which is precisely what I'm doing as I type this, with the left eye covered by a paper). That should make the recovery process much faster.

I'm almost certain that this discovery is valid, and this solution equally valid. But I'll let google decide. It has a way of bringing up valid results to the top of search results.

Science has now been largely democratised. More useful information regarding health matters is found on google than in any medical textbook. Patient's questions/ answers on google/ open discussions – all these have made the task of finding existing truth much easier, and also of confirming new patient-led scientific discoveries.

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Sanjeev Sabhlok

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6 thoughts on “How google has helped me confirm a new scientific breakthrough
  1. Lillian Jimenez

    Hi Sanjeev,

    Your blog post on eye strain has blown my mind. Too long too explain, and you have already done a good enough job at that part anyway, but I have whatever same, bizarre, undiagnosable eye strain disorder you have. Seen the best of the best at UCLA Jules Stein Institute, they are useless.

    I have had a lot of the same thoughts, analysis, and experimentation you describe so well, and had all this time before seeing your blog had a sinking sense of, “am I just crazy? This stuff seems kinda out there.” But you have stumbled upon this stuff to even a greater and more developed degree than have I, so obviously I am not.

    Allow me to add an additional element to your theory by asking: “Are you right handed?”
    I ask because my physical therapist confirmed to me a while back that yes, one eye is typically dominant just like an arm. My left eye is weaker in just the ways you describe, and this has led me to wonder if it is a result of being right handed. Because my right eye performs the more visually complex and attentionally-intensive tasks, my theory is that this causes the right eye to become stronger and more dominant.

    Most people are right-handed anyway so if you are as well it doesn’t do much to confirm my theory. But if you are LEFT-handed, it would be much more interesting as it would completely disprove my theory.

    Thanks so much and keep up the awesome.


  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    I had forgotten this issue and haven’t paid much attention, being engrossed in trying to further relieve the residual tightness in eye, cheek and nose muscles. But yes, my left eye are is still worse than my right eye area. 

    I’m right handed.

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