Hoping for a little help/feedback here, possibly from someone with experience. In the past week alone we have had at least 4 different people in the the facebook group asking how/if they can proceed with numbers like -6,7,8,9 in one eye and .25, .5 in the other. I would like to create a wiki page to route them too with suggestions how to approach the method from their decidedly unique positions. My biggest problems being 1. I don’t even know what to title it 2. I am seriously not qualified to write it…
Just the same here is my first stab:
If you are here, chances are that you have 1 diopter or less of correction in one eye while have 4 diopters or more in the other. This goes beyond the typical case of over compensated ocular dominance (redlink), though it may have begun that way. If this condition has been present since birth it is probable that there are limits to how much the EndMyopia method can help you but you won’t know what they are unless you try. If the condition is accompanied by a convergence (redlink) issue keep in mind this method only deals with refractive state (redlink). If this gap happened more recently take inventory of how you are using your eyes to create this one sided stimulus, this will be important to address as you proceed.
How to proceed
You will need to learn the method, and just like anyone else you will need to tailor it to your own specific correction needs. If you have not already start with the 7 Day email series. Once you have done that you can get very serious about exploring the additional resources available to you. Your process will proceed much the same as anyone else using the EndMyopia method, except that you will be focusing on that one weaker eye. Your differentials (redlink) will probably be plano (zero correction) on one side and properly set for the weaker eye so that it can engage in the stimulus.
You will need to incorporate patching (redlink), probably more frequently than is typically recommended. However, make sure you are being mindful to “listen” to your eyes. The visual cortex doesn’t typically like over zealous patching; so in between sessions you can try this student’s tag-in method (Tag-In Method - YouTube) to re-engage that weaker eye.
After the standard 4-6 weeks with differentials you will want to get normalized (redlink) but in your case you will have to make exceptions to the typical (equalization) approach in that you will have many monocular (single eye) reductions in a row throughout the process. It is even more important as you proceed to not reduce too soon or too much. You will likely find that your improvements will come slower than the typical student of EndMyopia; it is not uncommon for monocular reductions to take longer than binocular reductions. It is also not uncommon in monocular reductions to need to step back to the previous correction for a few weeks from time to time to help reset the clarity reference and avoid blur adaptation.
See Also: Blur Adaptation "
So, that is what I have so far. I would be glad for: title suggestions, feedback, success stories, and if anyone knows of EM articles that address this in anyway to add as references that would be great too.