I found this space because of the youtube rabbithole - from a video on healing through hypnosis, to Todd Becker’s lecture on myopia, to Jake’s videos. I am 45 and got glasses 39 years ago. I wore RGP contacts for 30 years and only recently have realized it was possible to reverse myopia. I am very grateful to Jake and this community for support.
I’ve been using -9.75 OD and -9 OS correction for quite some time. Not only am I high myope, In 2016 I was diagnosed with “Coats Disease” in my left eye. I was receiving laser to make sealed scars in swollen retinal capillaries that were leaking plasma into my eye/retina. The pathology is idiopathic and the laser treatments were not addressing root cause. I had my last laser treatment 9 months ago - I lost central vision in that eye after it. I believe my body had had enough. This is when I started to explore how I could heal myself of Coats. Epigenetics, meditation, reducing systemic inflammation, etc. This journey has fortunately lead me to endmyopia. I can stop believing that my eyes are “bad”. I will take control of what I can, so that my retinas are not stressed, overly curved, etc. I have only my right eye right now with which to do active focus, and I don’t know how this affects things. I’m trying not to overanalyze that bit.
I have met an optometrist that does “vision therapy”. She doesn’t sell glasses. She has agreed to help me with lower prescriptions. She is halfway support. She doesn’t seem to think I will make much progress with myopia reversal. She thinks me getting to -7 is as far as I will likely ever go. She didn’t talk to me about active focus as a habit. She gave me a near/far focusing exercise, which I am not inclined to do. I am wearing my first set of differentials now for 2 weeks. -8.5 OD and -7.5 OS. I figured that out because I wore different plus lenses over my old glasses around her office until I could see blur at 60 cm, but not at 55 cm.
I am waiting, as Jake suggests, to choose new normailzed after 6 weeks of my first differentials. I seem to be forgetting a lot to do active focus in close up. My kids are helping me with this - they say, Move farther away! - when the book or screen is comfortably close. I would like advice on choosing normalized diopters - I figure -9.5 OD and -8.5 OS would be a good place to start. Jake has made his video on this exclusive so I’ll be trying to find answers here I guess.
Looking at screens is painful for my left eye and it’s many retinal scars. I try not to read or write much online anymore. This makes it hard for me to want to spend time learning in this format.
I used to be very outdoorsy and then I became a bookkeeper. I’ve ditched that job and am looking forward to a being outdoorsy again with my kids for all kinds of health.
Thanks for reading. I am inspired by Jake and all of you.