Hi all, Gwen here from Ireland.
Like many of you, I was prescribed glasses as a child (about 7 or 8, I think) because I was struggling to see the blackboard at school. I was an avid reader and grew up in a house with very poor natural light. In retrospect, temporary myopia leading to a glasses prescription was almost inevitable.
And so began a swift progression of increasingly higher prescriptions. I started wearing contacts when I was 12 and wore them almost every day until I was about 30, at which point they were beginning to irritate my eyes and I switched back to glasses most of the time.
I horribly abused my eyes for years without realising it. My life has been very centered around screens and books (academic research, and then freelance writing and editing work), and I wore high-prescription contacts and glasses all the time.
My prescription seemed to stabilise eventually, and the last time I got new glasses (2017), I ended up at:
R: - 12.5 SPH -0.5 CYL @ 65
L: -13.5 SPH -1.0 CYL @ 95
Last year, during the first lockdown, the floaters in my left eye got markedly worse and my eyes were becoming very uncomfortable in front of the computer screen. However, I did nothing about it…telling myself I would see an optician when everything settled down.
Then, last September, after another day of ‘not feeling right’, a dark spot suddenly appeared in the vision of my left eye. It was scary - I was on my own up a hillside in the middle of nowhere and thought it was a dreaded retinal detachment.
After a visit to eye casualty, it turned out to be a haemorrhage caused by a PVD (hence the increased floaters). Not catastrophic, but not great either. The dark spot has faded, but the floaters are as annoying as ever. In follow-up visits to the hospital, I have asked several different ophthalmologists whether I can make any lifestyle or prescription changes to help my eyes, and have been met with a definite ‘no’ each time. The first person who saw me said that my eye issues were age-related…I’m in my early 30s!
I came across EndMyopia about a month before the PVD while googling ‘eye floaters’, but at the time I was sceptical and it didn’t quite click with me. After that incident, I went back to take a closer look. However, I found it very difficult to look at screens for quite a while, and I had to seriously limit my daily screen time and work in short 20-30 minute bursts with long breaks. Ironically, while this was the best thing for my eye to recover, it meant that it took me a long time to get through blog posts etc.
After reading the email series, I signed up for the Rough Guide, and gradually started making my way through it. The logic behind it made perfect sense, and I was so relieved to think that there might be a way to at least stop putting pressure on my eyes and prevent them from getting worse.
I’ve had a few setbacks and have made newbie mistakes, and I spent money on several attempts at first differentials that were not quite right, but I’ve finally got to the point where I’m confident that I can help my eyes to improve.
I’ll save details for other posts, but thank you so much to Jake and everyone here. EndMyopia has handed me a lifeline. In September, I was convinced this was the beginning of a decline into inevitable visual impairment, or even blindness. Now, I’m sure there’s another way to tackle my high myopia. It’s wonderful that so many people have taken the time to experiment, record and share what works.
Thank you. <3