I actually joined this forum a year ago, never made my introduction though but I’m sure it’s not too late to say hi.
I started at -2.75 both eyes at around 10/11 years old. I had started being shortsighted just a few years before that but I was too scared to tell anyone so I just squinted my way through primary school until I finally had the courage to tell someone. It was definitely too much computer gaming and YouTube that got me this way, I had been 20/20 prior my fascination for games.
Two or so years later I stayed the same and then I then upped to -3.00 dioptres, this is where I found EndMyopia and understood a little about my eyes. My 13 year old self, never really took it seriously enough and only implemented one good habit (taking off my glasses of for close up work like reading and phone usage).
I avoided the optometrist for two years for some reason (I was on a annual recall) and only went two years later, and here I am, 15 years old with -4.50 diopters on both eyes and -0.25 astigmatism. Panicked. I knew my eyes had gotten worse as - 3.00 glasses weren’t giving me 20/20 anymore, but didn’t expect a whole diopter and a half.
So hello. Here I am. I’ve been placed on a 6 month recall (opticians appointment every 6 months) and I’m determined to drop 0.25 or more or at the very least stay the same by my next appointment. I don’t want to get any worse, otherwise, going like this, not to be dramatic or anything but I’ll be blind by 20.
That’s that. Hello I guess. Any words of advice or encouragement you can give to a determined teenager feel very free!