Thank you for having me on the forum! My 7 year old boy recently got diagnosed with -1.25 on both eyes. I have been looking for non-invasive and natural ways to get his prescription to 0. When I was 16 years old I started seeing double vision due to excessive reading. My mom asked me to do eye exercises and take breaks to look far away. The double vision auto-resolved and I never had to wear glasses. So I have seen first-hand that with a low prescription it is possible to reverse myopia.
The optometrist that checked my kid’s eyes also sells glasses. She recommended Atropine with glasses or Ortho-K. I have found another OD who doesn’t sell glasses and offers vision therapy. I am getting my child re-examined again this week and will check what his diagnosis is and what options he would have to offer.
I have read articles and seen some videos however would be very helpful if I could be directed to a concise summary of what I need to do for my child. Should I buy the guide? Should I take the course? If some parents who have done similar research could please point me in the right direction it would be very helpful!
When I ask him to look at distant objects he tells me he sees double vision and sometimes blurry. He is also seeing some floaters (transparent and gray) however the optometrist didn’t find anything concerning in this area.
Some questions I have and things I will be doing -
- Home self-measurement frequently using the centimeter reading
- Could someone point me to a link on how to measure using the snellen chart?
- I believe the myopia is a result of too much screen time since his schooling was on computer as well. I have completely stopped ipad and phone screens, however even this year he would be doing his school online via computer. It would be great if someone could suggest what is a good viewing distance from the computer screen and any other dos-and-donts. I will make sure there is enough natural light near the desk. How often should he take breaks from the screen and for how long?
- What eye exercises are effective in addition to active focus? How frequently should active focus be done?
- Should he wear + diopter lens for computer study? Although the method seems to make sense, I read some book reviews where people said it could result in floaters, cataracts etc. So if anyone has any feedback on this would be good to know.
- Started eye vitamins, making sure he is hydrated and following good sleep schedule. Limiting TV time to 15 mins morning and 15 mins evening. Added carrot juice to his routine.
- I also put some cold water pads on his eyes before he sleeps to relax his eye muscles. Are there any other techniques to relax eye muscles?
- Any information on floaters? How to avoid, reduce floaters?
Sorry for the very long post and lot of questions. It would be great to get some replies and information.