- I measured a few times my myopia + astigmatism and confirmed my eyesight.
- Got the history of all of my prescriptions & compared them
- Have read every article I could find on myopia & astigmatism, where to buy glasses, the materials, what causes myopia, and the science behind it
- Have watched a lot of videos on Jake’s Channel and people who improved their eyesight talking about end myopia on youtube
So right now, as Jake recommended, I’m coming with all the details, the knowledge and the right questions (I guess) before starting my journey.
I tried to upload all of my prescription that I’ve put in order but it seems like beginners can’t do that. To make it short, I started without any astigmatism and at R -1.00 L -1.25 and I a now at
R: Sph -1.75 Cyl -0.50 105° / L: Sph -1.50 Cyl -1.00 70°
I measured it myself and got the same results. Here is a link to see my “prescription” evolution :
Here is my situation:
I’ve been wearing glasses daily for more than 6 years and used to keep them for close-up work also. (don’t beat me please, I didn’t know what it was doing to my poor eyes)
I started getting some info, reading books on how to stop and cure myopia for a few months now and I’ve stopped wearing glasses for most of the time as I’m mainly doing close up stuff, or going for a run almost every day for 1h and sometimes walking or doing activities for a whole day when it’s sunny and when possible, this without my glasses.
Since I stopped wearing glasses, my eyes started to feel more relaxed after a week I’d say.
DISTANCE VISION: I have a lot of clear flashes when I’m going for a run and some when I’m a passenger in a car (still without my glasses.) These flashes get longer with time I’d say. It’s been one month and I feel like I can clear up things on demand when I’m running, even on a rainy day. I can see a lot of things clear at distance but the small details like plate numbers and number on road panels are difficult to read as I experience double vision (maybe due to astigmatism?). But it happened 3x when some panels quite far from me became readable perfectly clear for a few seconds, after blinking, it got back to almost perfect clarity but with double vision, and then I Blinked and it got blurry again.
CLOSE UP: When I’m doing close-up work, I see perfectly clear at 60cm on a sunny day and perfectly clear at 57-58cm on a moody day. I try to stay at 65 cm from the screen to practice active focus and I can do it. It feels like the screen is getting closer to me. I would say that it is easier to do active focus on demand for close-up work. I can’t really do it when running, it comes very often but I don’t control it and when I blink, it disappear and get blurry again.
DAILY LIFESTYLE FOR MY EYES: I spend between 3 to 6 hours daily in front of my computer reading pdfs or working. But, I try to go out for at least 1h every day even if it’s raining. When it’s sunny, I would go for some outside activities the whole day If I can. I try to spend as much time as possible outside when it’s sunny. Even taking my laptop with me outside to work in a park or close to the lake (If it’s too hot, I’ll jump in the water and get back to my work lol).
HABITS I STARTED TO TAKE: I try to take a break of 20-30’ after 3hours of the screen and I’ve set up (with an app called « time out ») a break of 20sec every 15’ and a break of 5’ every 40’ when I’m in front of my computer.
I also started to practice my peripheral vision awareness, blink more (naturally and not force it but mainly noticing that I didn’t blink that often) and try to practice active focus as much as I can.
REGARDING LENSES: I used to wear full prescription lenses without astigmatism correction for a long time (especially when doing physical activities) and getting rid of astigmatism on my lenses, if I remember well, it was perfectly ok for me. I tried some lenses with my astigmatism correction but I hated it. It wasn’t feeling great.
REGARDING ASTIGMATISM: My left and right eyes are quite the opposite in terms of the axis. When I watch an astigmatism chart with both eyes, it’s not noticeable that much. (see my axis) → they look like this R: \ L: / - seems like they complete each other.
Now that you have the main pieces of information about where I’m coming from and what my lifestyle is regarding my eyes, here are my questions:
1. Differentials: I guess, with what I’ve read, watched, and told you (also taking into account my prescriptions) I don’t need close-up glasses. Am I right? I prefer to ask before starting as I don’t want to take everything I’ve read for granted and I might have missed an important post about it. I thought about plus lenses but after having read some article, I don’t think it is a good idea.
2. Regarding the normalized glasses: Taking into account that I’ve almost read all the things I could find on the website I came to 4 choices but can’t choose one and want to make sure that it makes sense.
For reminder, here is my full prescription : R: Sph -1.75 Cyl -0.50 105° / L: Sph -1.50 Cyl -1.00 70°
Here are my options :
a. Right eye : -1.25 sph / drop astigmatism - left eye : -1:25 / drop astigmatism
(trying to equalize as I only have 0.25 diopters difference and it’s been progressing this way for years and also because I have low myopia. I read about eye dominance so maybe it’s not necessary.)
b. Right eye : -1.50 sph / drop astigmatism - left eye : -1:25 / drop astigmatism
c. Right eye : -1.25 sph / Cyl -0.50 same axis - left eye : -1:25 / Cyl -1.00 same axis
d. Right eye : -1.50 sph / Cyl -0.50 same axis- left eye : -1:25 / Cyl -1.00 same axis
I’ve read that we should first reduce sph and don’t reduce astigmatism at the same time and keep it but I also read some article on the blog telling to drop 0.5 diopters of astigmatism (equal to 0.25 of sph) and also read an article saying to drop completely astigmatism if -1.00 or below. I really don’t wanna mess up and start on the right track, that’s why I’m giving that many details. I’ve also read on the blog an article mentioning someone with low myopia who dropped completely astigmatism too at the beginning and it went quite well.
With your experience and knowledge and taking into account what I said in my post, what would be the wiser pair of normalized to start with, in your opinion guys? It’s not a diopter question but more of a « should I drop astigmatism or not? And should I try to equalize as my myopia has evolved this way and it’s still low? Please, If I didn’t ask my question correctly, let me know. I want to respect the rules as much as possible.
3. Small detail: One of my friends got a pair of glasses a few ago and the offer said that he could get a second pair for free for a friend, so I got a pair:
R : -0.75sph NO CYL / -0.75 sph NO CYL
I got them for free and at that time I was reading a book telling me to get glasses with one diopters dropped for sph and also drop the astigmatism correction if it was less than 1.5. By the way, these glasses give me a 5-6/10 visual acuity. (20/40) I read that we should aim for a 0.25 diopter reduction and sometimes a bit more for equalizing and challenging the eyes (approximately 20/30). Should i keep them for later or may I even start with them? I prefer to ask as I already have them. I just wore them for driving and sometimes at night.
ps: a lot of videos have been changed for private on youtube, especially the Pro topic ones, I would have watched them so if you feel like I’ve missed anything please let me know, I would be glad to listen to you guys.
Thanks Jake and all the community for what you’ve done, the science-based articles got me hooked AF, and seeing such a community gave me hope!!!