Hafa Adai & Hello Endmyopia community,
My name is Matt - I’ve lived with myopia my whole life. I was born and raised on the island of Saipan (U.S. Commonwealth) and have moved to Hawai’i and Washington State since. At a very young age, I was said to have been looking at objects very closely and going right up to TV screens to see things clearer. At 6 months old, my mom took me to an optometrist and I received my first pair of glasses. Right after, I as taking in everything around me and pointing every which way in amazement. Although I was in awe, this was also the beginning of my glasses dependency.
Fast forward to elementary school, I had a terrible eye accident. Long story short, I was in recess one day about to greet a new student who was pulling down on a rope. This rope had one end tied to a tree and the other tied to a volley ball pole with a tire at the bottom. As I got closer, the new student let go of the rope which flung the pole towards me. One of the little hooks that you hook the net onto flew forward and struck me in my right eye. I was iced up by my teachers, in extreme pain, and was sent home early. We didn’t think much of it until I had a physical exam and realized that my vision was getting darker in my right eye. Upon further inspection, I found out I had a detached retina.
As the years went on, I underwent several surgeries to re-attach my retina in my right eye. They put in an oil bubble which I had to lay facedown as much as I could for at least a year. The doctors also decided to remove the lens in my right eye (to prevent other issues from coming up). My prescription for my left eye progressively became worse over time with each visit to the optometrist pushing for a higher and higher prescription. My right eye eventually had a re-attached retina, but my vision compromised greatly.
By the time I found out about Jake and Endmyopia, I had graduated college (back in 2017). I’ve struggled with the concepts but by now, I’ve finally got a better grasp on what I need to do. My current prescription is -13 diopters, -3.25 cyl and a balance for my right eye (because the trauma endured rendered my right eye to be of little help).
This is my story, thanks for tuning in. I’m happy to join everyone here to understand more about what I can do to help myself reach the best vision I naturally can. If anyone in the WA State / Pacific Northwest area knows of any supportive optometrists or ophthalmologists, please let me know!
Thanks Jake and Endmyopia, I’ve been following the podcasts and I know this has been a blessing for many people. I hope one day to find myself on the podcast with great improvement!!!