Hi everyone - my name is Julia. I’m in my late 30s, living in Seattle in the US. I’ve worn glasses/contacts since… I’m not sure when? Probably since age 9 or 10. My current Rx (last exam was 2017) is OD -2.75 and OS -1.50, and has been similar give or take .25 diopter for the last decade.
To be honest I never really minded wearing glasses. All of my family and most of my friends did, so it seemed totally normal, and even desirable in a weird way. My myopia was low enough that I often didn’t have to bother with glasses for reading (still don’t). I did have some terrible experiences with optometrists though, most memorably when I was 13 or so and the OD insisted that somehow suddenly I was nearsighted in one eye. I couldn’t see at all with the glasses he prescribed but he refused to change my Rx. I think I simply didn’t wear the glasses for the next year, which was probably for the best in retrospect
Recently though I’ve started to have problems focusing up close when wearing glasses/contacts, although without them my near vision is fine. Perhaps early presbyopia and/or being overprescribed? I started wondering whether there was a way to to just improve my vision so I didn’t have to worry about constantly taking glasses on and off to do near work, or eventually get bifocals (gah). After a lot of googling and reading a couple of Bates-y books from the library, I came across Endmyopia a few weeks ago. Admittedly I ignored EM the first few times it appeared my searches But after I finally dived in the results reports were persuasive, and the process seemed logical and low risk. For now I’ve done the 7-day emails, started measuring my cms, read through most of the wiki (thank you wiki creators!), and ordered my 1st differentials.
My average cms are R 39 L 66, but I was astonished to find that my morning measurements (before any near work) are about .25 diopter lower than my midday/pm average. That alone has convinced me that my vision isn’t static and there’s room for improvement, at least within that margin. Joining this forum is mostly my way of keeping myself accountable and commit to coming back in a few months and report on any progress (or lack of progress). Nice to meet you all!