What does Phillip mean when he says of Timothy, "His eyes were becoming mine," in Theodore Taylor's The Cay?

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By the end of the fourth chapter in Theodore Taylor's The Cay, Phillip awakens with his head no longer hurting but his vision growing hazy. He awakens another time to find he has gone completely blind. After a moment of hysteria, he falls asleep again and awakens in the fifth chapter calmer and aware that he must now rely on his sense of sound and Timothy's own eyes to know what's going on around him. Towards the middle of the chapter, when Phillip comments that Timothy's "eyes were becoming mine," he means that he is opening up to Timothy enough that he can ask Timothy what he sees and rely on...

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