A ballad of how someone yet unbearded casually decided to get an autorefractometer reading after walking past an optic shop and got this:
Previous measurement from about a year ago -
Immediately got a funny feeling with a mix of ‘wow! gotta brag to every stranger on the street asap’ and a less exciting ‘duh, of course I know my vision got better - I see out of these eyes myself!’.
All in all:
0.5D improvement in spherical from -3.25 to -2.75
0.5D improvement in cylinder from -0.5 to none
I do feel like 0.25D of the spherical improvement was simply due to a ciliary spasm release. And I never had any cylinder in my lenses to begin with, but had about 0.25D to 0.5D of cylinder at every autorefractometer measurement for 7 years prior to that.
Despite my previous measurement being a year old already, this vision improvement journey hasn’t really started until January 2021, since 2020 turned out to be a rough year for my eyes with temporarily losing about 80% of the visual fields as well as an ability to focus at any distance whatsoever, getting severe double vision, and some other aftermath of my increased intracranial pressure. Thankfully, most of these issues have slowly resolved.
What I did:
Calmness seems to be the ultimate active focus trigger for me, as was learning to listen to my body in general. Despite being at -2.75, I can comfortably walk outside without glasses and a lot of times get 20/40 to 20/30 clarity for 5-10 minutes at a time - basically any time I calm down enough or get my blood pumping through exercise. Even more amazing than clarity is how three-dimensional everything looks like in these moments - a breathtaking experience. The only problem is that it causes so much tear fluid that I have to carry tissues!
Those eyeballs of mine still protest even against a correction of -2.00 that gives me about 20/60 clarity without AF. My AF is often strong and persistent enough to give me better clarity without them, so they’re mostly collecting dust now. I also had to play around finding good frames, since many shapes distort periphery and lead to strain. Thankfully I found some nice ones and bought 3 pairs of them already,each for a differential reduction.
My sincere appreciation for reading til the end! I’m always happy to discuss my and others’ interesting findings and journeys and anything.
Do let me know if you have any ideas or questions in mind!