In this guide I’d like to get the best tips and tricks you’ve acquired over time summarized. This is useful for newbies wanting to get a jump-start or for some of us who could really use a new challenge to break through a bad plateau, or just if you want to speed things up. In short, what worked best for you? I’ll gather up the most powerful answers I get and alter this first message so people don’t have to scroll/read through them all to get these tips.
Keep in mind, we are not talking about the general teachings: good close-up habits, breaks, AF, enough outdoor time with distance vision, proper correction etc. here. Those fundamentals are not for this thread.
The two most important and useful tricks I employ:
- Clearing up as much license plates, street signs, direction signs as possible whilst driving in my car. Because the speed up’s the challenge it’s a really potent tool and stimulus. Pick something that gives you a blur/double vision challenge and try to clear it up. If it’s too hard, pick something closer or whilst going slower.
- Watch TV with a blur/double vision challenge and active the subtitles. The subtitles change, so you have to get quicker at clearing it up. Do make sure you have enough lighting and the proper correction for this challenge.
Thanks to @JeffK:
- Have a Snellen eyechart across from ones bed to practice clearing up some lines whilst in bed. Good lighting through adjacent windows and perhaps a directional light in the evening/at night are useful for this practice.
- While reading to your kid (if applicable), alternate pages with your spouse and read on the edge of blur, having the audio input from your significant other supplement the clarity you’re trying to achieve. Low myopia or differentials preferred.
- Take enough time between reductions, reducing faster will slow you down later on, patience is key, see his full post for more details.
And recently with this awesome video :
A worthy addition from @itamar:
- Watching TV whilst patching your dominant eye to give the non-dominant more stimulus. Very useful if equalising is necessary for you or if the non-dominant needs to catch up.
- If you read many books, consider the switch to audiobooks. You can even do distance vision while listening.
Thanks to @Tii_Chen we can extent this topic even further:
- Make sure that you always have some differentials close-by (perhaps with an even lower correction/stronger plus lens) to look at your phone or for some reading. Some cheap + glasses over contacts may be useful. Make sure that you are challenging your eyes up close and far away. Having your differentials with you allows you to do that.
- Grab a co-worker and take a break together outside to do some active focus. Having something to share this experience with helps keep you motivated and will make it easier to maintain those good habits.
- Get an e-reader if you like to read and a book stand. This will allow you to read at the end of your dioptre bubble and provide you with a nice challenge up close. See @Tii_Chen post on it here.
What worked best for you? Please share and I’ll edit this post to get everything in one place. Thanks