Hi There, let me introduce myself.
I’m currently 43 years old and I live in Germany. I have a typical myopia history, had my first glasses around age 3 because doctors thought everybody needs to be corrected to 20/15 from age Kindergarten, later reading too many books, playing on the computer as soon as they became cheap enough for a wider audience (my first PC was a x486, circa 1990), and of course I also hated sports.
I went to university and got a Diplom in physics, all the time my myopia increased until it reached around 9 diopters.
After university, I got fed up with all this and stopped going to the optometrist. I found some books about eye excercises and Bates and experimented a little with stuff like that but apart from temporary small improvements, it didn’t work. I was even desperate enough to read a very sketchy book by some guy who thinks myopia should be healed spiritually (I think he was called Lieberman), but I didn’t believe a word he said (except perhaps his observation that myopia seems to get better after taking off glasses for a while, but at -9 this probably is a bit too drastic)
For some reason, I had the gut feeling that using some sort of under-correction might be a good idea, so I bought myself some cheap glasses with about 1 diopter less. Unfortunately, I also left out the astigmatism correction which I now know was a bad idea. At least my myopia didn’t get any worse, also partly due to my brother who talked me into triathlon. I started going outside more to train for running and cycling and I had no progression for about 10 years.
Then we had our first child. Triathlon training slipped more and more and at some point, I more or less gave up on it.
Then, an even bigger disaster struck - my company gave me a smartphone. I started using it to learn Chinese whenever I was waiting for something, sometimes even when walking. Not surprisingly, my eyes started to get worse again.
Being so close to -10 and with the prospect of eyes getting worse again, I started to search the internet, to find out if anyone has a record of improving vision with a method that sounded halfway scientific.
I ended up finding several sources, actually. I found Endmyopia. I found Todd Becker’s blog. I found Cliff Hayes’ “No BS guide to vision improvement”. I found the myopia manual. So there was scientific evidence that vision improvement may indeed be possible.
Today, I try to go outdoor more (kids are also growing bigger and I hope we can do more stuff like riding the bicyles). I take breaks from work at least every three hours to go for a walk outside.
Unfortunately, I still have some residual double vision from my own attempts at vision improvement before finding Endmyopia, so I don’t have any progress to report at this point, but I sure hope that this will change with time. I surely don’t want to be stuck at -9 (or more) forever.
I don’t have any online resources of my own, but there are two resources from other people I also liked a lot (besides Endmyopia, of course):
Todd Becker’s blog
(Especially his talk “Myopia - a modern yet reversible disease” which can also be found on youtube)
Todd also managed to get rid of his glasses (not high myopia, but still…) and he advocates a method similar to Endmyopia with regards to the idea of using mild defocus and active focus for stimulus.
The myopia manual
This is an interesting resource, it was written by a German physicist whose children became myopic even though there was no history of myopia in the family. He started gathering all scientific information he could find and put the results into a whopping 390-page PDF. A lot of science stuff, but really interesting, because I can find support for many principles of Endmyopia there, and it is a totally independent resouce, no connection to optometry, medicine or anybody else selling something. I hope someday I can find the time to read the whole thing thoroughly.
All for now, excited to be here!