Will this guide answer all of my questions about myopia and how to end it once and for all?
No, it won’t.
What is the purpose of this guide then?
It will help you start and progress on your journey back to 20/20 eyesight.
How will it help?
It will give you milestones for the journey and tips on how to find more information about them. Please note that it’s a guide for a DIY method, you won’t get a full blueprint here.
But I just want to know how to improve my eyesight, please tell me what to do!
OK, all you have to do is:
- Make sure to have no eye strain (differential for close-up and good habits)
- Find active focus
- Make sure to always have some blur (normalized and good habits and reducing when needed)
- Challenge the blur with active focus all the time
- Continue until 20/20
That’s all. Of course the devil is in the details, but honestly, it is that simple (hence this guide’s title).
So that’s all I need to know?
Not really. Again, there is nothing else to do, but there is a lot to tell about those five points. It’s actually so much that it cannot be written into one simple guide, but you should use the available resources: the “7 Day E-mails”, the Endmyopia.org website, Endmyopia Facebook group, Jake Steiner’s YouTube channel, Endmyopia Le Meow forum, videos from other people who reduced or eliminated myopia, Search the web, and last but certainly not least: common sense.
How should I start?
By reading the “7 Day E-mails” (they can be found on Endmyopia website). Those e-mails contain all information you need to start your journey, so make sure you understand everything that is explained in those emails. If you don’t understand something, try to search the Endmyopia site about the part that’s unclear.
Do I have to wait 7 days to get all of them?
Yes. That may sound like a lot of time, but if you are not patient enough to wait for them, you will not be patient enough for this myopia reversal method. It’s not a quick fix, you won’t get 20/20 vision in a few days or weeks. Most likely the journey will last for years depending on how high your myopia is. On the bright side though, the results you achieve via this method will last.
Does this method have a solid scientific base?
The “7 Day E-mails” covers this largely, almost all of those emails contains some science section to back the information up, so read them carefully. If you are curious about the science and you still have some questions, the Endmyopia website has information on the main page. It’s also available as the “Science” section accessible from the top menu. If you still have questions, then use expression from those previous sources and search the web, but even more importantly: pubmed and google scholar.
Main topics about the Endmyopia method
The third day of the “7 Day E-mails” covers it. Also it’s a good habit to print out and put up a Snellen chart somewhere in your home or office. You can download charts from the Endmyopia site, or you can find others on the web. It won’t give you exact diopters, but it will serve as a good reference.
The fifth and sixth day of the “7 Day E-mails” covers this topic.
So I should use differential for close-up, but what about distance?
You should use your current prescription for now. Don’t go on without your glasses! Looking at nothing but blur does nothing good for your eyes, it may even make your vision worse (search for “blur adaptation” on Endmyopia).
The seventh day of the “7 Day E-mails” explains this, more or less. This is the most important part of the journey, but unfortunately it’s just as easy to teach as how to wiggle their ears. Which means that you may have already found it, but you just don’t know how it’s beneficial for your eyesight. But it can also be quite a challenge to learn this skill. It’s really simple to do after you realize how to do it, but cannot be explained in a direct and tangible way. The 7th day e-mail has a link for resources about active focus, make sure you check all of them if you have problems with finding it. If you still can’t get it, search the site, the Facebook group and this forum about it. There is a ton of discussion going on about this topic.
Some points to consider about active focus:
- Ciliary spasm makes it hard, if not impossible to master Actice Focus. Until you eliminate ciliary muscle spasm with proper differential glasses and good habits you may have no chance at all in finding Active Focus (if you don’t know what “ciliary spasm” means, use the search option on the website).
- Active focus should not be uncomfortable at all. You may find methods to make the blur clear up which result in muscle strain, eye strain, minor or major headaches, but those are either not active focus, or you are doing something unnecessary. You don’t have sensory nerves in your ciliary muscle, so you won’t feel it contracting nor relaxing. Also no voluntary muscle movement or hard blinking is required for active focus to work. If you can only clear blur with those approaches, you have not found active focus yet, so try more and read up. Don’t try harder, but practice more.
- Active focus is normal behavior for the eye. It’s not like lifting weights, but more like breathing or walking. It should feel natural. Also to look afar, your ciliary muscle has to relax, not contract. The more stressed you are, the less well rested your are, the harder you try, the more you will struggle to find it. It will just makes it more difficult (if not impossible) to get there. Just relax, don’t try to force anything. In other words, use active focus to relax into focus, and not force your vision into clarity.
How to continue?
So I’m not really getting this Active Focus, can we continue with the next step?
Active Focus is the main and only method to improve your eyesight using Endmyopia. Everything else are just tools to enable you to get to Active Focus. Your eyes won’t improve because you wear reduced glasses, they will only improve because you use Active Focus. So make sure to find it and find it correctly. If you reduce your prescription and just stare into the blur without active focus, you aren’t providing any good stimulus. You could even get blur adaptation, which will just make your journey much harder later on.
So you have differential glasses and found active focus. Now you have to wait. Your body (both your eyes and your mind) have to adapt to the changes that were made and this takes time. You should wait 4-6 weeks between diopter changes. Furthermore, when ciliary spasm releases, your eyes may improve drastically depending on how over-prescribed you were. If you get normalized before this waiting period is through you may find that they are already too strong to be of use.
What should I do in those 4-6 weeks?
Live your life! This doesn’t mean that you should forget about Endmyopia, but this is for sure the greatest thing about this method. You don’t have to actively deal with it to improve your eyes. What you need is good habits:
- Using differentials for close-up (at the edge of blur, to make sure that you don’t develop ciliary spasm)
- When you see something blurred, try to clear it up using Active Focus. Not as an exercise, but as you go about living your life.
- Measure your eyes a few times every week using the centimeter calculator.
If you are curious about Endmyopia and the teachings, by all means browse the website (it has loads of content that is very interesting), but there may be things you don’t understand yet until you get your normalized, and you may come across advanced topics which are not a concern at this point.
Your first normalized correction
The main purpose of ones normalized correction is to have a bit of blur challenge in the distance while still being able to maintain your normal life. You should take your full prescription and remove some corrective strength from it. How much is that “some”? That is the big question and it’s not easy to answer because it varies from person to person.
Because of these varying personal circumstances and diopter differences there is no set rule which can be used to determine what your normalized correction should be. There is a lot of information about it on the Endmyopia site, also on the Facebook group and in this forum. Search those resources and gather as much information as you can. You may have to guess a little. Even if you make a mistake, it’ll be much easier to make adjustments, because you have some reference from that point on.
For ones normalized reduction it is advised to make the change after you wake up. Don’t switch your old normalized for a reduced one during the day. If you curious why that is, search the EM website for: “Zero diopter reset”.
Once you get your first normalized, enjoy the Active Focus opportunities in the distance. You should always have a bit blur far away, which provides you with a challenge and an opportunity to clear it up. Don’t think of this as an exercise, but whenever you see something blurry, try to clear it up for a moment. After that go about your business again.
When to reduce?
You have differentials sorted, found active focus, got your first normalized and already used these corrections for a while. Again, you should wait 4-6 weeks to let your biology adapt. After that you can reduce your differentials. You should alternate reducing differentials and normalized: reduce differentials - 4-6 weeks - reduce normalized - 4-6 weeks - differentials again - 4-6 weeks - normalized again, etc.
Reducing differentials is often easier, because you can adjust your close-up distances. Generally speaking, if you have hard time acquiring an ergonomically comfortable distance for close-up while being at the edge of blur, it’s time to reduce. If the reduced differentials would result in too much blur up close, it’s better to wait a bit more.
For your normalized you should reduce when you don’t have enough blur challenge in the distance. The main goal with normalized is to have blur challenge that is solvable.
Again, the Endmyopia website has a lot of information about it. Use the search function.
Edit: I came up with a bit more precise ruleset about reductions here:
🎥 OCULAR DOMINANCE: Why Your Eyes Each Don't See The Same o_0
Still note that it’s fallible and not all case is covered (see Jake’s comment below the linked comment). But I think so far it’s the most exact ruleset about reduction in the Endmyopia domain.
How to reduce?
Generally speaking you should reduce 0.25 diopters after your initial reduction. Your mileage may vary, but it’s really rare that reducing more at once is beneficial. Again, the goal for differential glasses is to have the edge of blur at ergonomic distance for close-up, and the goal for normalized is to have a nice blur challenge far away. You should stick to those principles.
It should also be noted that if you have astigmatism and/or larger than 0.25 diopter difference between your eyes, you should start reducing your prescription complexity sooner or later. Do not do this on your first reduction, you should get the hang of that first. If it’s unclear how to proceed, search the EM website.
As you reduce and improve your may encounter some double/misaligned vision. It’s normal during the journey (especially once you get to lower diopters). Usually you can clear them just by staring at something that isn’t lined up properly (not too hard, not too long, don’t strain your eyes). It may take longer to get it to line up by default. Search the Endmyopia site, the facebook group or this forum for more information if you have problem tackling it.
The main difference is that you can do without your differential glasses. You may have never even needed differentials if you started out with low myopia. This is a great thing, because you can spend more time practicing without glasses. Good habits are also much more important, because you loose the edge of blur up close. From this point if you do too much close-up, your ciliary muscle can spasm again, which makes active focus hard if not impossible. Do make sure to develop good close-up habits if you don’t have them already. For good habits and more information on low myopia search the Endmyopia site.
Also if you still have high astigmatism and/or larger differences between your eyes than 0.25 diopters, you should start reducing those difference. Search for “high myopia with astigmatism”, “prescription complexity”, “ocular dominance”, “patching” and “diopter gap”. Based on other peoples experience it’s much easier to reduce complexity while both of your eyes are in need of correction. It’s much harder to do after one of your eyes achieves 20/20 vision.
What happens if you get stuck somewhere on your journey? For example, your eyesight is not improving, or it’s improving a bit slowly? Do know that 0.25 diopters reduction every 3-4 months is normal. Are you just simply uncertain about a topic? As mentioned in the beginning, there are a ton of resources to utilize: the website, the Facebook group, YouTube videos, this forum. You should check those out and search them. There are a lot of people who are on the same journey and whatever your problem may be, most likely someone else already dealt with something similar. Be it high myopia, too big of a diopter difference, high astigmatism, low myopia, when to reduce, where to buy glasses, double vision, not improving etc… Most likely you will find the information you need about your problem. If you searched everything and still cannot find anything that helps you out: Ask a well spelled out question in the Facebook group or here in this forum. There is a good chance that someone has a solution or can point you in the right direction to tackle this issue you might be having.
If you have problems with how to search for more information or you have language problems, one of our community member has written an excellent guide about these: (“New to English? New to the internet” section from here: https://community.endmyopia.org/t/rough-guide-to-myopia-reversal-template/5559/52)
This guide helps, but I feel it only really covers the basics. Is there a guide for the later part of the journey too?
No, and rightly so. As was mentioned in the beginning, while this method is essentially simple, there are a lot of variables. Especially if you take personal, physical and lifestyle differences into account. It is essential that you search for more information after you started this journey. Be an active member of the community, check for new posts and videos on the Endmyopia site and from other community members. Eventually you will get more familiar with the advanced topics, most likely even before they become relevant for your.own journey.
This guide is fine, but honestly I would rather pay to someone who could lead me through this journey and I wouldn’t have to find out everything for myself.
In that case, we have good news. Jake Steiner has a sort of personally coached, structured program for getting you back to 20/20. After the 7 Day emails you will get more information about it. In this program you get a structured approach along with personal help from Jake if you encounter any problems.
There are also other more detailed courses on the Endmyopia website for sell. Check them, they may help your journey.
I’m a bit confused now. This program contains the information I need to reach 20/20 eyesight, and it cannot be accessed from free resources?
This is certainly not the case. Everything you need is available for free. The paid program only gives you a structured approach, so you don’t have to search the site, the Facebook group, this forum, etc. for the information required. You will also get personal time from Jake if you have any questions. But every bit of information and every answer can be found in the free resources too. You just have to search for it, experiment a bit and use common sense.