Hi all, I’ve personally experimented and managed to ditch my own astigmatism prescription of around CYL 2.0 to 2.25 for both eyes altogether from my glasses and reduced my diopters quite significantly by around SPH 1.25 to 2.75 but haven’t printed and tested my eyesight on eye chart. It’s not totally clear clear but functional for me currently and comfortable.
My elder son turning 10 years old this year has also started myopia glasses SPH -2.00 but I dropped his CYL as it was not high. We put him on glasses since beginning of last year as he complained he could not see the whiteboard in the classroom. Initially he was also just using pinhole glasses from 7 to 8 years old as his myopia was only around SPH -1.00. He’s currently using bifocal lenses where there is a line and the bottom portion is SPH +1.50 from the upper portion of the lens, which will help reduce eyestrain when he’s doing close work in the classroom as I cannot expect him to be putting on his glasses when looking at the whiteboard and then removing his glasses when doing near work coz I know he just will not go through this trouble. I’ve noticed that his myopia seems to have worsened and I really need to start helping him.
My biggest difficulty and dilemma is with my younger son. He has high astigmatism in both eyes as tested by optometrist CYL 2.50 to 3.00. It’s not lens-induced as he was never on glasses. Plus he actually has SPH +0.50 to +1.00 in both eyes too. He was tested to be having this since around 5 years old but we didn’t want to put him on glasses as he was still functioning well and didn’t complain of inability to see.
Now that he’s turning 8 years old this year and school-going, sometimes he cannot quite see the whiteboard in the classroom and we also start noticing him squinting his eyes when he cannot see. I’m pretty hesitant to put him on glasses but am considering perhaps just SPH -1.25 which is half of his CYL. But it doesn’t seem right coz he has SPH +0.50 to +1.00. So the optician keeps telling me to give him full astigmatism glasses together with his SPH plus degrees.
My other alternative is just to let him wear pinhole glasses when he needs them in the classroom. Or does he actually need SPH + differential glasses when doing near work? Will getting him plus degrees cause his SPH + to become worse? Or I can also get him the same bifocal glasses where the below portion is SPH +1.50 from the top portion of his glasses?
Currently I use centimetre measurement and will be printing the 3m eye charts to monitor their progress.
Would appreciate any advice here as I can’t seem to find similar topic here in this forum. Many thanks!