After over a year with no optometrist visits, I finally -hesitantly- made an appointment. I was CERTAIN my optometrist would not be supportive of my EM journey and was worried that I would leave with the same highhhh prescription. Hoping to avoid any awkwardness, I decided to simply go through the routine eye check without mentioning anything about it, and lean on my Zennis again when I got home,
Well, that went out the window when we discovered that my eyes had gone from -5 & -5.25 to -4.5 & 4.75. YAY! I started my eye journey about a year ago but dabbled in Bates, wayyyy low normalized, etc., so it was really great to find out that I’ve made some measurable progress, despite my early haphazard approach
But just as exciting was my eye doctor’s reaction. As I slowly admitted to things like lower-powered computer glasses and lowered normalized she got more and more animated, telling me that I was doing the best thing for my eyes. When I described how I could sometimes see distant objects perfectly clear if I gave it time and relaxed, she told me that I was likely an ‘over focuser’ as a child and never should have gotten glasses in the first place! Best of all, she said she’s part of a growing movement in the optometry world that is fighting back against myopia by working on intervention strategies for children showing myopic tendencies, including mild plus lenses and improved eye habits. WHO KNEW!? I was beyond thrilled to hear about this progress.
She also mentioned something I found especially interesting. She said that in many parts of Asia, when children start developing myopia, they use eye drops at night that induce dilation. I can’t remember the name of the stuff, but I’ve had it during eye exams myself and clearly (ha) remember the intense blur they induced. Basically, they force ciliary muscle relaxation overnight in an effort to prevent ciliary spasm. Does everyone else know about this? Am I just late to the party?!
Anywayyyy. I couldn’t wait to share all the news. I don’t post much but browsing this forum keeps me motivated and educated. Thanks all!