So I feel like I should try to give an explanation about what has happened.
When I was 14 I needed glasses, a very small amount of myopia. I had 0.5 diopters in my right eye and 20/20 vision in my other eye. I remember when I was 14 yr I eventually found endmyopia ( when I was 14 the site was not as direct as it is now, it was mostly Jake Steiner’s youtube channel). I did manage to understand some key concepts after watching many videos and reading on the site, and here is what I remember.
1.Do not wear glasses when doing close up work
2.Learn how to Active focus
3.Do not completely stop wearing glasses or you’ll experience “blur adaptation” and your visual cortex will not have any reference to help “clear “ your vision
Well guess what happened, 14yr old me just stopped altogether wearing glasses. I eventually did reach blur adaptation and I kinda “gave up”. I say it in quotation marks because I still did active focus in one eye and I was always clinging on to the hope that eventually I would reach 20/20 in my 0.5 diopter eye. However it was extremely hard, I had to actively focus on one eye closing the other one, and that in most cases was not practical.
The good thing is that I never wore my glasses for close-ups, never, by the time I learned about the fact it had only been a week since I was given my first pair of glasses. I developed an extremely conscious habit of never wearing glasses for close up. So I thought that there was no possible way my myopia increased
But here is my problem. I am 19 years old now, and I just went to the optometrist today after 5 years of not being there since my first eye test. My myopia has increased in both eyes. I have 0.75 diopters in my left eye (the one that previously had 20/20) and my right eye now has 1.5 diopters.
I understand that the reason why we don’t use glasses when we’re doing close up is to prevent myopia-induced axial elongation. But since I have never worn glasses for close up how come it has increased? In theory should I not have pseudomyopia? As in, the length of my eyes is fine. Is it just that my ciliary muscle is “stuck” in “close up mode”?
With my new diagnostic, I really want to press my foot on the pedal and get back to 20/20. Since I am no longer 14 I feel that this time I will take a much more intelligent approach to get there. This time I am willing to wear my glasses and make measurement logs and actually engaged on the site and forum. But I am desperate for this answer. If this is just a product of ciliary muscle spam and do I actually have pseudomyopia instead of induced axial elongation will this mean that I have it “relatively easy”? I know that for my high myopia readers it is easy to reduce your first diopter but the last 1.0 diopter is a pain
I appreciate the time taken to read and respond, thank you