I think my son has discovered AF. I am starting a new thread so that i can track the progress.
A couple of times before today, I put one word on my laptop screen (black text on white background)(because a page full of words was distracting him from the activity), put it at a blur challenge distance from him and asked him to ease into the word. After about 10 seconds of looking at it, he would widen his eyes in excitement and give a running commentary on how it got clearer and how 5 seconds later it got back to being blurry again. (Honestly, I initially thought he was just performing for me to get me off his back.)
We used +1.5D glasses for this. (For his myopia history please scroll to the bottom)
Today we tried it again, and then moved on to reading an entire page while he held on to the focus. By the end of an hour, (he said) he could AF continuously. One time i asked him if he was doing AF or if the book was already too clear, and he said he wasnt sure. (But i also kind of tired him out by constantly asking him if he was getting a blur challenge). After that when i asked him to explain to me what he understood by AF, he gave me a very detailed and animated overview of what myopia is and why it happens. Including how ‘when you wear distance vision glasses to look at close stuff like screens, its the worst thing to do to your eyes’.
Things we have been doing in the past 6 months
Never wore the prescription glasses.
I bought a reduced prescription which he wore for a few days for a few hours in the evening when going out for a walk. He sometimes wears them when watching TV now. (Now i can tell him to AF on the subtitles like everyone else!)
Him and I go out bicycling about 3-4 days a week. No outdoor playtime otherwise because Pandemic.
Recently started doing some eye exercises like moving eye balls around the periphery. Not doing it everyday though.
Eating carrots regularly. This step may be the least effective but its the easiest to get done. Just cut them and leave them on the table and they are consumed in no time.
Regulating screen time remains a HUGE challenge still. He can be kept away from screens all day but that requires an active and ongoing involvement from me. So every now and then there are a couple of days of heavy screen use.
Last cm measurement was Lefteye/Righteye - 56/98 cm
His optometrist given prescription in Feb’2020 was -1.5/-0.5 (L/R)
His cm measurement in Aug’2020 was 60/100 cm