This is my journal; this is my journey.
My introduction briefly describes how I’ve gotten to this point (moderate myopia and moderate/high astigmatism).
This thread is where I’ll post updates (good and bad) regarding my eyesight.
February 1st, 2021
Received first Differentials (standard reduction of 1.50 SPH ONLY)*
OD | -1.75 | -3.25 | 165
OS | -2.00 | -3.50 | 175
I had actually ordered two pairs of differentials from Firmoo; one pair with standard SPH reduction and no change in CYL/AXIS, and another pair with a standard SPH reduction and complete CYL drop (no CYL correction). I had read that CYL correction was less noticeable in close-up so completely dropping it for first differentials would result in negligible blur. Of course, looking back I understand why this mostly applies to low-astigmatics (sigh). I had measured my astigmatism during the 7 day free guide (and thereafter) using the DIY tool which resulted in odd measurements.
I actually still have them so here are some sample numbers:
CYL: -0.25, -0.5, -0.75, -1.25
AXIS: 100, 130, 110, 115, 145, 165
CYL: -0.5, -1.25, -0.75, -1
AXIS: 160, 150, 100, 120, 110
Way off from my subscription (-3.25/165 | -3.5/175). I only ever measured this way (which ultimately served to be useless in my case) which led to the assumption that I was way overcorrected for CYL. Initially, I was thinking of ONLY getting a pair of diffs without CYL correction. I’m so glad I ordered another that kept the full CYL correction because those were the ones my eyeballs would actually tolerate. This, evidently, meant I did need some CYL correction.
As of now, I don’t bother measuring axis since the measurements from my subscription are the most accurate (I found this out when using stenopaeic slit). I do, however, measure CYL two ways. The first way being the spiral method, and the second being stenopaeic slit method. Both of these methods (with very similar measurements) have given me much more satisfying results, even though I get measurements around 1Dcyl less than my subscription.
So what’s up with the diffs?
I needed a new reduction! When I first wore the diffs with no cylinder correction, I was getting major blur challenge (a no-no for my visual cortex). So as soon as I put on the diffs with CYL, I was able to see much clearer. Too clear. I even moved past my ergonomically comfortable distance and it was still really clear; no blur challenge. I decided to wait the minimum 4 weeks before deciding to make any further reductions.
March 11, 2021
I received my
OD | -1.75 | -3.00 | 165
OS | -2.00 | -3.25 | 175
OD | -3.25 | -3.00 | 165
OS | -3.50 | -3.25 | 175
So I reduced 0.25 CYL for my first norms. I didn’t mess with SPH (as it would be too much of a change to tolerate at once) and I didn’t want to drop more than 0.25Dcyl. Though it is not advised (nor do I advise this to anyone) I decided to tackle with CYL first. Since it’s pretty high, I figured by the time I’ve got little to no CYL correction, my journey will be much smoother. Because this was a CYL change, I needed to do the same for my diffs. Nothing else was changed; no SPH change, no equalizing, etc.
Strangely enough, I see no difference with my norms. I can still see the 20/20 line on my snellen its just not crystal clear. The only side effect I noticed is that I feel a bit woozy but I’m sure it’ll go away soon. I was thinking that maybe I could have done a 0.50Dcyl reduction but I definitely would have had a harder time adjusting to it. As for my diffs, I received a pair with nose pads that make the lenses go a bit farther from my eyes than normal. Because of this, I’ve got a bit more noticeable blur challenge in close-up–nothing extreme though.
Another thing I noticed was that my eyes felt “tired” when I adjusted to my new norms and diffs. Mayhaps ciliary spasm was released? :memethinking:
No noticeable improvement in SPH.
Even though it’s pretty wonky looking, there is a noticeable positive trend in CYL, which I really did not expect.
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Since I ordered from firmoo, they gave me a coupon code which apparently only works for new customers. (But hey if you really want a discount, making a new account isn’t that hard.) It’s basically the same price range as Zenni for anyone wondering.
Goals (big goals; small reductions )
As of now, all I’m planning is to get used to these norms and diffs. I know norm changes and diff changes usually aren’t done at the same time, but I figured my first diffs were too overcorrected for close-up use so a reduction was a good choice in my case. I’m planning for my next reduction–when I’m ready, of course–to be a monocular reduction (to equalize SPH) from both my diffs and norms; it sounds like a lot of change at once but this is just what seems right for me. Again, I don’t recommend anyone to follow my path, this is just the way I decided to lay things out.
Thanks for making it this far,
P.S. I realize this was a pretty lengthy read so in the future, I plan on keeping these updates short and to the point. Also, if you guys have any questions about my current state or my intro, feel free to ask. I’d love to hear (well, read) your input!
*Differentials(1) were reduced according to this “prescription”