My name is Denise Skidmore, and I’m starting around -16D. (I’ll get my exact prescription in two weeks.)
I’ve been wearing glasses… Well about 3.5 decades. Putting on glasses when I wake up is as automatic to me as putting shoes on when you go out the door is to you.
I don’t put my shoes on every time I go out the door. This isn’t my first attempt at self experimentation and unconventional self treatment. In 2008 I weaned myself off corrective shoes. Cured some foot issues I’d had, and reduced my ”fibromyalgia” pain down to one bad joint I’d apparently been compensating badly for.
I’m a DIYer in many other fields, I’m a hobby farmer, seamstress, 18th century food reenactor, 17th century clothing reenactor. My interests are too diverse to keep up with any intensively over long periods, but I dig pretty deep when I start something new.
So about 20 years ago I made a bargain with my husband that if he ever did something about his broken teeth, I’d look into LASIK. So a few months ago he went to a seminar and I was obligated to do the same.
The seminar didn’t really have any good news for those worse than -10, but the follow up consultation was free and they said there were other options to discuss. At the follow-up, they recommended implanted lenses plus LASIK (because neither procedure was strong enough alone) to the tune of $13,000. I’m a nerd, I have a well paid nerdy job, but I also have this money pit nerdy farm and just last year bought myself a new tractor and hubby a new car and the dental work hubby needs isn’t cheap either. It has to be the no brainier right choice before I make that kind of investment and trust my eyes to a surgeon.
So I started researching. I’m a nerd, I read medical papers for a living and for fun. My research is a bit more obsessive than most folks. I did a little self experimentation. What I’ve discovered so far:
- Refractive eye surgery does nothing to help eye length, eye pressure, or any of the associated risks for further eye problems.
- Refractive surgery will not stop myopia progression and under conventional treatment will need to be repeated or supplemented with glasses in time.
- At my prescription strength, the lens distortion effects may be the majority of my issues with my current lenses. I only see clearly through the very center of the lens, and everything is very small even so.
- At 41 I’m at high risk for lens hardening and will need bifocals soon.
- Most of the qualitative benefits of implanted lenses can be obtained with contact lenses.
- Retraining my eyes or at least stopping progression may be possible.
So those first three points make research on the last three points a priority for me.
I’ve identified 300+ research paper titles of interest so far and I’m beginning to read them. Folk on the Facebook page thought I should come here and share that work, I’ll post more when I have something. I’ve only gone through a few papers so far.
I’m a very cautious and skeptical person, I want to take this slowly. At the doc appointment I have next I want to discuss contacts and having different lenses for reading and driving. Wearing plus and minus lenses together will only add to total distortion effects, so I am looking at near work contacts with driving glasses over. If I can’t get that combo in my conventionally determined strength, I’ll do two pairs of glasses. I’m going to wear those for 3 months and let my brain and eyes adjust before dialing down my diopters. I’ll give it 6 months to a year to show progress. (In baby chick studies it took 24 hours to show some progress, being an adult that isn’t going cold turkey, I expect slower progress.) If I can go the contacts route I’ll be buying new lenses regularly anyway, so no extra trouble to change strength with each box.
The doc I’m seeing about possible eye surgery is an inventor and researcher, not just a surgeon, so I’m going to try to recruit him in on this. If I can get a vision screening and eye depth measurement every 3 months during the experiment, we’ll have a lot more solid data to go on.
sigh I’m too new to make more than 3 posts to my own thread, so inserting here…
My snellen chart arrived today. I can read most of the 20/25 line, and make several mistakes at 20/20, so I’m conventionally corrected approximately right. It is way overcorrected for near vision, and well over the NY legal driving limit of 20/40.