So fine people, as someone who likes to hear himself talk you don’t see me talking too much about my own EM journey these days.
The reason I’m not very vocal about my progress is because there is very little to report, well, actually there is.
So let’s recap for a moment. In the summer of 2018 I switched from -1.25 normalized to -1.0 glasses. My journey up until that point is to be found in my video: My EM journey video - Laurens
At that time I was able to see up to 20/20 on occasion with my bare eyes. -1.0 made total sense. Fall and winter came, big regression like @Varakari described in his extensive post about the winter solstice. I should’ve switched back to -1.25 during those months, but I’m stubborn, so I didn’t. Learn from this fellow kittens. If the blur/misaligned vision challenge is too much, go back up, you will just make it harder on yourself!
I reduced too quickly and the lesser light really got to me. Moving on, the start of this year I was still wearing a cheap -1.0 pair of glasses. So I figured, why not get a great and completely made for me pair of -0.75 glasses? I thought they’d be good to have for lesser light/night time for the coming years. You can see the whole post about that here: https://community.endmyopia.org/t/laurens-final-pair-of/4562?u=laurens
At first, spring of this year, it looked like those -0.75 glasses were doing their job. But nothing had really changed. I bit the bullet eventually and this summer I switched back to -1.0 contacts. I’ve been using contacts for reducing since I started, some + glasses over them for close-up work. This worked well for me up until -1.25. So I decided to continue that line of success I had in 2018. I’m wearing these contact for about 4-5 months now and finally I can say that these contacts are now the correct normalized for me. Giving me a nice challenge whilst looking around and in the distance.
So what’s the take away here and what’s the plan?
The plan is to keep using these -1.0 contacts until they start to bother me and provide me with nothing but clarity during the day. In line with what @MattE does in his journey and what he explains in his videos.
Then it’s onto -0.75 contacts, with +1.0 glasses for close-up. Yes, you read that right, a tiny bit of + lens therapy for me there. Once those are all in the clear, it’ll become plano for intermediate and distance and +0.5 glasses for close up (my dental work primarily). Keep that up till I’m natural 20/20 during the day.
And the take away then?
Yes, my dear precious fellow kittens, the take away is: I struggled 1.25-1.5 year to get -1.0 to become good normalized. Don’t be as foolish as I was. Go back up a quarter diopter and give your eyes a solvable challenge instead of something too hard to overcome.
The beautiful (imo) -0.75 glasses will be my “peak prescription/correction” for the time being, until of course I’m really done with -1.0.
Now 2019 is really a year where I really didn’t progress that much, or did I? For the last three weeks I drive away from home and back home in almost complete darkness. These -1.0 contacts give me (especially if I´m well rested) pretty good vision in the dark, which was really unexpected. When I’m looking through my +1.0 glasses (for close-up) at work I’m able to see text about 2 meters away clear up for me. More complex objects come into focus more easily these days too. My eyes are starting to respond to my persistence it seems. You’ll hear back from me of course when I’ve got something worthwhile to share again. I am pleased that this course of action is starting to yield some results.
To be fair, this is not reflected in my CM measurements at all, but that is of no real consequence. I have a nice a solvable challenge for distance, 20/40 by default with these contacts and with 0.0 correction (-1.0 combined with +1.0) I’m getting better vision for distance, slow but steady.