I am 27 years old and from Germany. I started wearing glasses at the age of 16/17, so for almost 10 years now. Wearing glasses has always bothered me and at the beginning I wore contacts all the time. Then my eyes started to get dryer and at some point I was not able to wear contacts anymore. My prescription got worse over time but fortunately I intuitively refused stronger glasses (I did not know anything about EM back then) at around -4 diopters and my prescription stabilized. I found EM in December 2019 and would like to share with you my gains so far.
Starting Point in December 2019:
Right Eye: -4.0 (Cyl. -0.25)
Left Eye -3.5 (Cyl. -0.25)
I bought my 1st Normalized in February 2020:
Right Eye: -3.25 (No Cyl.)
Left Eye -2.75 (No Cyl.)
But to be honest, I was not really consistent with the EM approach in the beginning. I still had bad habits (up to 5hrs of smartphone use per day). I also stopped wearing glasses at all for a few weeks and tried to AF without glasses. However, I instantly stopped using my distance glasses for close-up, so I avoided hyperopic defocus as soon as I found EM. I did not consciously use my distance vision (or doing pulling focus), but on sunny days I am often outside, biking around or just hanging out with friends. I need to say that it was pretty easy for me to find AF.
Despite my bad habits, I have still made some improvements. When I was seeing 20/30 with my 1st Normalized, I dropped again:
2nd and current Normalized:
Right Eye: -2.75 (No Cyl.)
Left Eye -2.25 (No Cyl.)
Since December 2020 I am taking the EM approach more seriously. I reduced my smartphone screen time to 30min per day. I try to avoid close-up and my laptop stands 80-100cm away. I am doing daily walks (even though it is winter and cloudy all day) and doing pulling focus a lot recently.
Right Eye: -3.25 (No Cyl.) -> 20/20
Left Eye -2.75 (No Cyl.) -> 20/20
Right Eye: -3.00 (No Cyl.) -> 20/25
Left Eye -2.50 (No Cyl.) -> 20/25
Right Eye: -2.75 (No Cyl.) -> 20/40
Left Eye -2.25 (No Cyl.) -> 20/40
I am very motivated to improve my eyes this spring/sommer with good habits and a lot of pulling focus. I also try to clean up my diet and restrict my sugar intake and eat a balanced diet with a lot of veggies.
I will update as soon as I am able to see 20/20 with my 2nd Normalized.