I don’t actually know when my start date was, but I’ve been calling it April 1, 2014 because I know it was spring time five years ago. April 1 is about right. Thus, here’s my five year progress update:
After 5 years, I’m still going, but looking toward the finish line. As I’ve written, I started at -5.00 in my right eye, -4.00 in my left, plus about a diopter of astigmatism each. I reduced too aggressively, and hit that plateau in 2017. I broke through it in 2019. According to the 0.75 diopters per year rate of progress, I should just be switching down to -0.75 from -1.00 now. Imagine this - I’m able to read the 20/20 line in good light with the -1.00 now.
I’m still on the intermittent glasses wearing concept. I think this it what it will be until the end. At this point, though, I rarely wear those -0.75 lenses for more than 30 minutes or an hour. They start to get uncomfortable and I’m happier going without at this point.
I’m continuing to get clear flashes, often in one eye at a time. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to it, and I get them in both my dominant and non-dominant eye.
One interesting experience I’m having. Now and again, I’ll be looking at text that I can’t quite get into focus. Somehow, I will “know” what it says, which I will confirm by moving closer to the text. I’m hoping this is a sign of good things to come (say, that my brain is perceiving the text clearly, but it’s taking time to feed that clear image to my mind).
I also recently dreamed that I had 20/20 vision. I was walking around my parent’s house, with great clarity, and then I walked outside to check on an eyechart and read straight down to 20/20. It would seem that my “inner mind” knows what 20/20 looks like…
5 years – don’t know how all this will turn out over the next year, but little bit by little bit, I am moving closer to being glasses free. Hopefully, spring and lots of outdoor time will get me over the hump and out of the glasses for good by time next year.
I’m planning a few videos to update on my progress and to share more about my work routine and how I have structured my time to keep myself from getting into ciliary spasm territory.