After writing so much in off-topic threads I feel like I should contribute a bit on the EndMyopia side of things. I’ve been reluctant to share my story because I haven’t been following the rules very well, but I’ve found so much encouragement in reading or hearing about others’ improvements that I feel a sense of duty to give back in the same way.
To give a bit of background information: My myopia began when I started devouring books around age 8. I remember hiding several books in and around my bed, so that when my parents came to take one away from me at night, I would still have a selection available to me which I would then read under the covers with a weak lamp, so that they wouldn’t see the light shining through under my door. The only thing that probably saved me from becoming severely myopic is that I was spending a lot of time outdoors, particularly hiking and skiing.
My parents are both myopic, as were many of the people I knew and respected. So when I got glasses, it was almost like an initiation. I was told it was genetic, practically an inevitability. Glasses were linked to being smart and academic, which I wanted to be. My first pair was at -1.25, and I remember being amazed when I was able to see leaves on trees! Overall, I was happy to have them. The only thing I didn’t like was wearing glasses while skiing, because they fog up under goggles or cause pressure points with the helmet, so I also got some daily contacts around age 12, just for when I was skiing.
Over the years I progressed to wearing contacts almost exclusively, mainly for vanity reasons, incrementally going up to -3.00 on both eyes. I got the OK from my optician for wearing each pair of monthly contacts for 30 days and night straight, which I would often do without issues, practically forgetting that I even had myopia. This went well for many years, but in February 2020, my eyes suddenly became very irritated, burning and red, nothing like I’d ever had. I got quite worried and removed the contacts for a few days, but didn’t want to wear my glasses, because I had gotten so used to not wearing them. I remembered that I had heard of that Bates method thing that was meant to give 20/20 vision naturally, so I started googling again and somehow ended up on EndMyopia.
I probably read a few dozen of the articles, signed up for the email list and by the time I got all those emails, there was barely anything in there that I hadn’t read yet. So I ordered a pair of normalized glasses, trying a -1.5 to see how far I could go on my first reduction. However, I ordered them from China in March 2020, so when COVID really hit, my parcel got stuck. Since I was indoors most of the time anyway and I could just about manage without any correction, I decided just not wear glasses and wing it. It was definitely uncomfortable at times, especially watching TV (about 3m away), and I’d sometimes trip over things on the ground, but I could just about manage. Soon I struggled to even tolerate wearing my -3.0 glasses at all.
Initially I was crouched very closely to my laptop screen to see (about 30-35cm or less). Now I can comfortably work at 60cm with some blur, which allows me to practice clearing up the image as I work. This however is with the brightness set quite high, it is noticeably more uncomfortable with the brightness all the way down, which is how I used to like it when being near my eyes.
I won’t provide a record of how my progress went, because whilst I have some measurements, I don’t trust that I always used the same criteria for judging where the edge of blur lies. Also, my vision can vary so dramatically over time that I’d need much more data points to make any sense.
What I do know now is that with a pair of old -2.25 glasses, I now see perfectly under most conditions, and the -2.5 glasses that I got for comparison offer no noticeable improvement.
To summarize what EndMyopia steps I followed or didn’t:
- I have been spending very little time outside
- I spend about 13 hours a day working on my laptop
- I do spend about half my days working in front of a window where I can look at things 20m in the distance, and I do often look up, clearing up as much blur as I can
- I am very aware of blur on text while I’m working, and work to clear it up wherever I see it
- I never got differentials, but went straight to normalized
My improvements are likely not as fast as they could have been had I done everything right. But I’m glad that even with my very laid back approach I have been able to revert my vision to the state that it was last in 10 years ago.
I wouldn’t recommend anyone else to go cold turkey on -3.0, because I’m pretty sure I have some serious blur adaptation. So my next step is to get some appropriate normalized glasses to get re-aquainted with the level of clarity that I would really like.
Overall this really isn’t the fastest or most impressive success story, but I’m just pleased with the improvements so far and looking forward to continuing in this direction at whatever speed is compatible with the realities of my current life.