My slow but steady Endmyopia journey so far
I started on an Endmyopia-inspired journey approx two and a half years ago. An optician had just diagnosed me for -4.50 diopters on both eyes, another .25 setback, as had been the storyline for two decennia. Slow and seemingly inevitable decline. The brainwave “is there no other way?” led to fortunate discovery of the Endmyopia website and this great forum, and inspiration was born.
In april 2019 my first differentials (-2.25) and normalized at -3.75 were purchased from the online optician charlytemple.nl (I’m in the Netherlands). I was fanatically recording my own measurements which fluctuated between -4.00 and -3.50 for the first few months. I stepped down normalized to -3.50 in July 2019, further down to -3.25 in Nov 2019 and then I slowed down. Almost a year later, in Oct 2020, I stepped down to -3.00 and also lowered my differentials to -2.00. My progress seemed to have stalled, I was hardly recording self-measurements anymore and all the pandemic-related events were crowding out most attention for my em-journey. For the next year, I’ve been doggedly wearing the -3.00 glasses but straining a lot, and losing hope that my eyes were still progressing. Night-time driving had me reaching back for my -3.25 set. I mostly thought I’d run out of steam.
Then last month, I had a measurement taklen by an opthalmologist. He measured me between 3.00 and -3.25 with a small cylinder. (-.25 in both eyes). This reminded me that in the past, I’ve been corrected for a small cylinder on and off. I’ve bought a pair of glasses at -3.00 with the cylinder corrected and I see very sharply with them. This has encouraged me a lot, confirming that despite the slow progress of the past year, I have in fact made real progress from seing comfortably with -4.25 glasses (my last pair before the EM journey started) to seeing comfortably with a -3.00 pair. I’m now determined to continue on to -2.00 as the next milestone.
I have learnt a few small lessons through this process, probably all familiar here:
- I may have stalled a bit because of two reasons: First of all, the -3.00 glasses I bought from the cheap online optician Charly Temple probably didn’t sit on my head in an optimal way. The poor fit caused the lenses to be tilted upwards too much, probably somewhat reducing their effectivity and making it more frustrating for me to look through this pair. And all that time I was thinking “-3.00 is just a step too far for my eyes”.
- I think the small cylinder might have also made a bit of difference, but I wasn’t aware of it, possibly because my last few pairs from before my EM journey didn’t correct the cylinder but may have slightly overcorrected the diopters.
- I should have been more disciplined about continuing self-measurement after my initial 6-month enthousiasm, as this might have helped to keep me encouraged
- Most people I’ve shared this story with think I’m a little bit odd, exceptions do exist
- It’s slightly inconvenient to always be undercorrected and I started longing for crystal clear sight, especially when outdoors in a bright starry night, spotting birds, etc. I wonder if we should reward ourselves with slightly stronger normalized now and then, just to stay in touch with what it’s like to not always have to do activefocus to see things sharply.
That’s it. Thanks everyone for being part of this great resource and thank you Jake for inspiring people to brave the different path.