Hey all, here to report my gainz.
Its been exactly 6 months since I started EM. First reading on the app was done the day before I went to the optometrist. I started at -5, -5 with astigmatism of -2.00 and -1.75.
Today (yet to be confirmed by optometrist) I am closer to low -3.00, -3.00 and no noticeable astigmatism.
6 months ago I couldn’t even read my phone without glasses. Today I am typing this 30cm from the screen without glasses.
Things I have learned along the way:
Your eyesight is not a fixed number!!
as you can see on the chart above, it is not a straight line progress. Some days you will feel like you cant see sh*t, some days you will feel like you have Supervision. This is part of the process, instead of a fixed number, it is more like a progress RANGE. It will always fluctuate, but you need to TRUST YOUR BODY to do its job. Which brings us to the next point:
TRUST YOUR BODY
Your body works in mysterious ways, no one really fully understands how it works or why it does, so don’t let your mind worry about it. Learning about EM and getting reduced diopter glasses is the most you can do to help your body(eyes) do its repairing. The rest you need to leave it to your body to heal. I can’t stress this enough, especially on days where you feel like you can’t see sh*t (and there will be those days, maybe even weeks) please just trust your body.
Jake and many people have mentioned this before, but here it is again. Generally on periods where there are less sunlight (cloudy days, rainy season) I see less and make little progress. But when the sun is shining bright, there is good improvement and my eyes feel better too. How it works is again mysterious and magical, no one understands the sun and how it affects your body, you can read all about it in science journals I’m sure, but that is not going to help your body repair itself faster, it just happens and its great. Speaking of light, I used to HATE sunlight and bright lights and love sitting in the dark (I think it has something to do with my high astigmatism that makes you hate lights), but since starting EM and as my eyes started improving, I have been loving light more and more.
Note: Due to busy schedules and weather conditions I am not always able to get 2 hours or more sunlight daily as per recommended by others, On average I try to sit outside and stare into the distance (bare eyes) with my coffee every morning for about 20-30mins, shifting focus between close and far object every few minutes, be wary of peripherals etc. I also try to keep my room and workspace well lit, open windows to let as much sun in, occasionally staring outside for few minutes in between work breaks. Bringing us to the last point, (the one you guys only care about)
Maybe Jake or someone else will call me blasphemous here, I don’t have Normalized glasses. Due to the recent pandemic I have very little reason to drive or go outside or need for clear distance vision. So I just got Differentials. I use them for work hours only, then take them off when doing stuff around the house.
At home, I have stuck eye charts around the house, this has provided me a good constant reference point for my vision, 6 months ago I stood at the doorway and could not even make out the letters in the eye chart, Today, I can see the biggest letter its just a little blurry.
Sticking eye charts around the house also gives me a place where i can stare into for a few moments if i feel like my ciliary muscles is cramping up.
TLDR: I used differentials only during work hours, keep room well lit, stare outside occasionally, stare at eye charts occasionally, eat well(sugar is bad for you), most importantly don’t let your mind worry about your body. Thank you for reading.