Hey there! Very new to this forum, and really appreciated reading all the individual success stories. I thought I’d contribute and start my own eye diary, if not for others, but for my own sake in convincing myself I haven’t placebo-d my eyes into improving.
Some personal history
Really enjoyed playing video games and reading books since I was a kid. Would spend hours upon hours sitting in front of the computer during the day, and reading at bedtime. When I was like 9 or 10, I was out with my family and they were trying to make out what some signage in the distant said, and I didn’t even realise there were words on the sign. My parents took me to get my eyes checked, and I have worn glasses since. Originally I would only wear glasses to look at the board at school, but one day an optometrist told me to wear glasses while on the computer as well, to avoid eye strain (which I never suffered from in the first place). Of course this was what really helped advance the decline of my eye health. Still, I consider myself lucky, given my relatively low diopter measurement compared to others.
How I found Endmyopia
Fast forward to the start of this year. I’ve moved out of home and got myself a shared apartment. In my last year of university, and looking forward to eventually getting a job in a field relevant to my study. I start thinking about what long term improvements I could make to my life starting now, so that eventually a Future Andrew will be very thankful to present me. By chance I’m curious as to what the internet has to say about improving eyesight, and I stumble about Jake’s videos.
I put on my cynicism helmet immediately. What I had been led to believe was that eyes were very fragile things. That bad eyesight was purely genetic, and any environmental factors only served to slow down or speed up the progress of myopia. The bold claims that Jake was throwing around, combined with his dislike for optometry, made me wary. I investigated what the rest of the internet had to say about his theories. Despite my scepticism, I couldn’t for the life of me find concrete proof that he was wrong.
90% of people seemed to just claim it was untrue without discussion on how.
5% or so were people that had tried applying what Endmyopia talks about, and had gotten results.
The last 5% were intelligent responses that acknowledged the results, but attributed it to blur adaption, or other biological processes that weren’t “actually” reversing myopia.
Regardless I wasn’t able to find a single response that “debunked” the theories. Moreover it seemed like attempting to follow the Steiner stairway to stellar sight wouldn’t do any damage to my eyesight; worst case scenario I remain myopic - best case scenario I improve my eyesight.
What captivated my interest the most was that, if the core principles of Endmyopia were true, I really shouldn’t be wearing my glasses up close. I realised it would be equivalent to something ridiculous like someone with good eyesight doing closeup from 5cm away.
From the start of this year, I stopped using glasses for any and all up close work. Soon after doing this, I noticed that my eyes would no longer be bloodshot after spending hours on the computer. This gave me hope that I was at least not damaging my eyes further.
Around March I went to the optometrist for the first time in a few years, and at the end of my appointment I asked if they could give me glasses with reduced prescription as I was getting headaches for up-close work (a cheeky lie, I was fortunate enough that bloodshot eyes were my only nuisance). She told me “No need! You’re prescription is down from last visit. You must’ve been over-prescribed”. Obviously I hadn’t been over-prescribed for years without noticing. I thanked her, and got my new, lower diopter glasses. I had asked what my prescription was and what it was now, but unfortunately I barely remembered. I was just so focused on how this Endmyopia thing might have some credit to it. What I did remember was that there was a small difference between my eyes, and my old glasses were -2.75, with my new pair at -2.50. Which eye it was, I have no idea.
Beginning my journey
I was pretty ecstatic after that. It was only a small change, it gave me a lot of hope - and more importantly it gave me motivation to take the whole concept more seriously. I started searching for academic papers on myopia. Even while aware of my own confirmation bias, I still only found papers that confirmed the hypothesis that myopia is not strictly genetic; that it can be caused by environmental factors, and maybe possibly, with enough pixie dust, it can be reversed by environmental factors.
All the meanwhile, I’m watching more of Jake’s youtube videos. I’m not a podcast kind of guy, but the podcast/interviews with people that have successfully reduced/eliminated their myopia gave me a lot of hope and resources on how I could go about the same journey.
I made the bold choice of ordering a pair of -2.25s online. I was debating whether to get -2.50s instead (I was still uncertain of which eye was -2.50, and if it was my better eye, that would’ve meant I was reducing from -2.75 to -2.25 in one jump), however I had spent so many weeks consuming Endmyopia media, that by the time I got around to actually ordering glasses, the current glasses were feeling too strong. The -2.25s were much more comfortable, and for the first time I had the tiniest amount of blur challenge. Despite being pretty terrible at active focus, I was able to clear up the blur very easily during daytime.
Where I am now
Almost all the blur challenge of the -2.25s are gone now. I have ordered a pair of -2.00s from Zenni, and it should arrive in two weeks (ages, I know! I think I need to start using the Aussie site that Gem uses). While I wait for them to arrive, I think I’ll give some time for my worse eye to catch up. Reading some of the testimonials here I realised I might’ve been naive to assume that my eyes would magically balance to the exact same diopter. Turns out that my right eye is a bit worse. I’m unsure of if I should do anything special to compensate. I think I’ll just let my eyes do their thing, and see what happens. Good news is my -2.00s will arrive just in time for a week long trip with plenty of opportunity to get good eyesight habits in.
Sorry for the wall of text haha. Just wanted to document the important parts of my journey. I’ll post update replies with every decrement, and hopefully I’ll get to celebrate that magic 0 diopter update with you guys eventually.
TLDR: Started with around -2.75, and am about to get on -2.00s. Unsure of if I should take any steps to deal with my slight difference in eyesight between both eyes. Looking forward to future updates