Hi! I’m Georg from Germany, a fanatic asker of why-questions who never liked being myopic.
Yea, I’ve been on here for about three weeks without introducing myself… better late than never?
My story begins in second grade, when, lo and behold, I got glasses. Being a curious child, I asked the eye doctor whether the glasses would make things worse over time. Of course they said no, I should wear them all the time, and didn’t care to give me a real explanation.
Fast forward to when I was maybe 22 years old, and not for the first time, my prescription was stepped up. This time, L -3, R -2.75. It was always the same, no explanation, and a not too long after new glasses, my distance vision turned bad again! I became so disgruntled that I stayed away from optometrists for over eight years, despite degraded distance vision. It was bad, but I didn’t know better. And then, this March, my glasses were beginning to break down. I went to an optometrist and got a prescription of:
L: -4, Cyl -0.25; R: -3.5, Cyl -0.25. (with symmetrical oblique astigmatism axes.)
That was it for me. Minus four? Astigmatism?! I did not get such glasses. Instead, I started researching and soon found three extremely surprising things:
- Todd Becker’s talk on print pushing and hormetism
- The four eyes of my brother and me were all calibrated to our computer screens, after taking glasses into account.
- Vision improvement stories online shared a common thread of side effects concerning double vision, astigmatism, or possibly higher-order errors, at a level of consistency that was unlikely to be fake.
This stuff was getting way too strange to ignore. I started tweaking my screen distance and getting into print pushing. There wasn’t much of a starting boost, but still, something happened. I asked my optometrist for regular autorefractor measurements; they agreed to run it over my eyes every three weeks.
The next few months, I struggled with figuring out how to best go about improvement. Knowing the scale of it all, I trusted nobody anymore, so everything had to be validated the hard way. I started ordering ever more glasses to experiment with, and combed the internet for any and all data I could find. Starting from Gettingstronger, I found Endmyopia, C.G. Hayes’s No BS Guide, Plus Lens Therapy, Inner Blindness and mainstream Bates, Nathan Oxenfield’s fork of the Bates method (that combines it with reduced lens methods), and a whole lot of individual stories.
I read or watched every lead I found.
On Forums, scanned all the posts. On Youtube, all the comments. On Reddit, read everything and sent some PMs to get more answers. I even started poking random people on unrelated Discord channels whether they could give me eye stories. Eventually, I homed in on some more, very interesing sources, like Forrest’s theory on astigmatism, and Frank Schaeffel’s long history of animal studies. And, of course, Endmyopia and its vast collection of improvement reports.
Over time, I became more convinced that the Reduced Lens Method is where it’s at. Many bits on Endmyopia check out with theory, much unlike the claims of competing groups like the modern Bates stuff. Also, Jake’s improvement prediction of 0.25 D every 3-4 months fits the slope of my improvement so far.
My current best-guess spherical estimate: L: -3.4; R: -3.1 (These are to horizon. Optometrist now prescribes L -3.25, R -3 with -0.25 cylinder each.)
For readers who are like me and always want more details: I’ve written this monstrous reddit post on myopia improvement, which also has plots for my measurements so far.
To be honest, I’m furious about optometry and what it did to me. Almost all my life, I had to deal with myopia and glasses, and hated it. The increasing undercorrection with my last “official” glasses kept pushing me toward being a shut-in, because many outdoor activities just aren’t as fun if you can’t see properly. But since I suspected that more “correction” would make it worse, I thought I just had to bear it.
Not anymore! I can now enjoy outdoor activities much more, since I now understand that it’s fine to use reasonably strong glasses outside if I use different computer glasses. So even if my total improvement so far isn’t too big, my improvement in quality of life is huge!
I got onto this forum in a slightly unorthodox way. Being a DIY maniac, I never actually did the 7-day e-mail course. Jake posted a link to Le Test somewhere, which led me here – I guessed it would be okay, since the link was officially public and I’d gone through the majority of Endmyopia posts and videos at this point.
So, yea, that’s my story so far. I want to dive even deeper into the research, so I’m trying to get biometric eye data and scientific contacts (Edit: as in, scientists to talk to, not fancy contact lenses ). Also, I’ve gotten some friends interested in trying to improve and applying tight measurement standards. Let’s see how it goes!