Hey there, im shrey, and im starting my EM journey… I’ll just be sharing my vision habits and asking for your advice in this thread…
A Little Background
Im 16 years old, was prescribed -0.5 R and -1.00 L around 2 years ago, since then I’ve done almost 10-12 hours a day of screen time (things are really hectic for students here in india)… Back then, my opthalmologist prescribed me -0.5 R and -0.75 L (-0.25 undercorrection in my left eye)… In the last two years, I stared at a laptop screen for 10-12 hours a day WITH MY GLASSES ON (feel like kicking myself for this now).
Situation Right Now
A month ago, I noticed my outdoor vision was slightly worse, started googling, and found EM. A week ago, I visited my opthalmologist, and my new prescription was -0.5 R -1.25 L, I was surprised as I thought my eyes had gotten much worse. She then checked my old glasses and found that I had actually been using -0.5 R -0.5 L glasses for the last two years instead of the prescribed -0.5 R -0.75 L (which itself had an undercorrection). I called up the store and they then confirmed that they had accidentally given the wrong lens for the left eye. If I lived in the US, I probably could’ve sued them for a lot of money, but no one really cares in india. They however were very apologetic and have offered to make me 3 new glasses for free anytime I want.
1.Currently, I go for a jog in the morning 5:45 AM to 7:15 AM and in the night 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM.
I AF all the time while jogging, and its helping a lot.
2.Screen time is about 6-7 hours, on a laptop which I keep around 60 cm away from my face.
3. I don’t wear my specs during the day at all, except when I’m at school and sitting at the last bench.
4.I don’t wear my specs when im studying on my laptop too, and wear them only during my nightly jog or if my eyes get tired.
6. I sleep around 6 hours during the night, and an hour during the afternoon (I know 8 hours is ideal for a 16 year old, but i dont really feel the need to sleep any more than 7 hours).
Changes in diet
Since 2 months ago, I’ve completed changed my diet, I consume spinach/other green leafy vegetables twice a day and meat/eggs once. I’ve stopped eating any kind of junk food, and have a lot of vegetables.
I know my myopia is on the lower end of spectrum, and im fine without glasses, but I just wanna get rid of them since I stumbled onto EM… Can anyone give me a rough estimate of how long I would take to get back to 20/20 with my current lifestyle?
Were the undercorrected glasses I accidentally got a blessing in disguise? (I cant find any other explanation for my vision deteriorating so slightly with my shi*ty lifestyle for 2 years)
My vision has improved extremely fast in a month, will it keep improving at this rate or will improvement slow down eventually? (I read somewhere that vision improvement is faster in kids)
Does diet actually help with vision? I dont know the answer to this, but my personal experience has been that it helps quite a lot (I have been consuming a vitamin A rich diet)
My opthalmologist told me to wear my glasses all the time, even when studying on the laptop, she said I might develop astigmatism if I didnt do so… Is this true? (She is not the evil type, she’s a family friend, and had given me an undercorrection the last time… I believe she genuinely cares about my vision)
I dont know if this is AF or not, but if I look at a faraway object and just blink hard once, everything clears up immediately, this always happens, i can control it at will… I can hold it for about 10 seconds, then bring clear vision back by blinking again. Is this a sign of improvement?
Should I make any other changes to my lifestyle or adopt any other habits? (I just want to get rid of my specs completely and never need them again)
Could I have pseudomyopia? (I am a bit doubtful about this as I have had myopia for 2 years, is it possible for pseudomyopia to last so long)
How can I decrease the difference between my left and right eye? (My opthal told me patching isn’t very effective at my age, she said its mostly done for small kids with ambylopia, and most people dont benefit from it)
FInally, A huge thanks to Jake for everything!.. A small tip for improvement would be to do more podcasts, they are absolutely amazing and motivate me a lot due to the more personal feel.