Hey kittehs! My name is Sam and I think this stuff makes too much sense. Stop it bearded guru.
— About Me —
I live in New Mexico, USA where we get a lovely 270+ days of sunny blue skies per year… looking forward to some outdoor gainz!
I got glasses when I was younger and it JUST HAPPENED to coincide with my newly formed habit of playing computer games for long hours. Fortunately I didn’t go back to the optometrist as often as I should have (or so they say) which meant my myopia didn’t run away. I was prescribed stronger glasses in high school but by that time I had shed my habit of spending long hours at the computer so my myopia didn’t get worse after that. Also probably not a coincidence: my starting focal length is about the distance from my eyes to the computer screen ~42cm, that’s a perfect adaptation to the environment I put my eyes in.
— My Reductions —
I’ve had about 14 years of glasses wearing, that’s probably enough.
Here are the stats:
Last Prescription/Starting Point (worn for since 2014):
R -2.50 (-0.75 25deg)
L -2.00 (-0.75 180deg)
The guru tells the noobs not to start with astigmatism reduction. Since my spherical is only in the -2 range I decided to do it anyway … for science.
I wanted to reduce cylindrical correction for both normalized and differential plane at the same time, but to limit the change in focal plane to only one at a time I decided to wait a week before beginning to use differentials.
On April 22, 2019 (30 days ago) I began wearing the following normalized pair:
R -2.50 no cyl
L -2.00 no cyl
And then 7 days later (21 days ago) I introduced these differentials for computer work:
R -1.25 no cyl
L -0.75 no cyl
— The Gainz —
I’m happy to report gainz!! For the first 10 days I felt somewhat disoriented but the situation gradually improved. After adding differentials at the 7 day mark it seemed to improve quite rapidly, probably from relieving my ciliary strain. By week two the normalized glasses felt natural on my face, except that I still had directional blur and ghosting (from astigmatism). I have been practicing resolving double vision according to the guide… mostly by staring at high contrast things like power lines and text for up to a minute. Subjectively, it seems my vision has been improving over the last few weeks. There have been a few days where I wake up and notice a new and unusual clarity that I didn’t have the day before. This is exciting!
I find it hard to measure my improvement. Since the blur is directional I can see almost perfectly along one axis which allows me to read with normalized the snellen chart down to 20/20 indoors with good light, despite the blur. I look forward to spherical reductions where it will be easier to quantify the gainzzzz. In the mean time, I have some landmarks that I use to subjectively track my progress.
— Other Stuff —
It was Endmyopia’s approach of identifying the root cause that attracted me to this method! NITM coupled with a positive feedback loop (minus correction) = needing glasses and runaway myopia! It makes perfect sense… the body adapts to stimulus.
I would like to share with you kittehs startingstrength.com! Starting Strength is to the fitness industry as Endmyopia is to optometry. They know how to get people strong and healthy using barbells… all people, any age, every time. Starting Strength is really simple and really hard, that’s why not everyone is doing it. It is the same reason not everyone is doing Endmyopia. People don’t want to think for themselves or do hard things. I think you Kittehs are the type of hardworking and thinking crowd that would embrace it, I have!