Hi guys – long-time lurker on the FB page, thought I’d better show my face here and say hi !
My story is massively long, so I’ll try and summarise it here as best I can – hope to be able to share the full version one day !
I first got glasses at school ~1989. It was cool – my friends had glasses, and now so did I ! Actually, I forget what they were, but roughly -1.75’s
By around 2001 I was wearing contacts, and I’d saved up just over £1,200, which was enough to get Lasik on one eye at that time. I was planning to try and save the same again and then go for both eyes together, and get the clear vision that I so desperately wanted. Around this time I was at a friend’s birthday and mentioned my plan, and my friend told me that someone they knew had read a book about improving your eyesight.
BOOM – this was the start of my journey ! I’d never heard of the idea before, but I was intrigued !
Anyway, I bought lots of books, ebooks, even went on a 2-day course in London, I read as much as I could – It was all the usual Bates stuff, along with loads of biology about the eye and a mix of diet and vitamins etc. Not one of these books talked about changing vision habits, and most never talked about measuring improvement. By this time I’d stopped wearing glasses, except for driving, and it was sending me crazy. I couldn’t see very well (couldn’t make out faces, couldn’t read the screen in meetings at work, couldn’t enjoy the view on holiday etc etc), but I knew that glasses would make my vision worse (I don’t think I understood how, at this point).
I was fed up of not seeing improvements (luckily the odd clear flash now and then proved to me that my eyes weren’t broken … but I just couldn’t maintain the clarity for more than a few seconds !). I decided to take some action – what I was doing wasn’t working – I hit YouTube and went in search of the next “method”. I didn’t realise that I would stumble upon the only “method” I should have been using all this time !!
So, this was April 2019 – I got the 7-day email guide, understood active focus straight away, but I didn’t follow the steps properly. Yes, I said it, I didn’t follow the steps !! I am definitely the worst advert for EM ! The thing was, I really wasn’t wearing any glasses (years back I’d ordered some really weak ones to get me through being able to drive, but that was it) – and all the advice on EM was geared towards people who were wearing full strength glasses / contacts. You know, reduce your prescription by a ¼ dioptre, or whatever – I couldn’t face going back to wearing “strong” glasses (it was a mental hurdle I’d created !), and as a result I didn’t make much, if any progress.
Cut to mid-2020, stuck at home during lockdown, and I finally saw the light, and am pleased to say I’m now making progress. I put it down to 2 things I heard recently, and they really helped me. I can’t remember where I heard the first one, so apologies for no credit to the owner :
Go for the highest strength of lens that you can, that still allows active focus. (I was trying to do it with really weak lenses, and it wasn’t working). I’ve fixed this.
Jake’s interview with Nick (the guy that takes his dog to work, and stares at the mountains on his break – so cool !). Nick said that he spent evenings reading the subtitles on the TV – this really helped me, as it showed me the level of AF needed for improvement. Previously I’d been staring at the trees in the distance and thinking “hey, this is going to help”, but there’s no substitute for actually clearing up text, since it’s either clear or it’s not.
So now I’m wearing -0.75 lenses, able to see 20/20 with AF, and am on track to reduce to -0.50’s around January time. I’m enjoying being able to see again, and noticing the gains that I’m making. I’d hoped for 20/20 in 2020, but I guess it’ll be 2021 now. That’s fine with me !
Oh my word, I can’t believe this was the short version – I’m so sorry guys, but thanks for reading to the end !!