Good day to y’all,
I began my journey back in 2019, almost 2 years ago now, when my original prescription was L -3.50, R -3.75. I had been over corrected like the rest of us it seems. It makes sense too, think about this: I went to the eye-glasses merchant (the optometerist) after 9 hours of working in front of a computer and was put into a room with the lights out to check my eye sight. Perhaps these merchants are onto something though, let me explain…
When I began testing my eye-sight for myself and buying glasses from eyebuydirect in 2019, I was measuring my eyes in bright sunlight and in the morning before my eyes were fatigued. This caused me to buy lenses for distance vision and PC work that were -ideally- to be used in ideal conditions. The reality is there are many cloudy days, even with frequent breaks from the PC (I use pomodoros to take a 5 min break every 25 min), really bad lighting in my office, etc. I am almost never in an ideal setting is what I am saying. Therefore I experience slightly too much blur it seems and I inch forward to work my active focus. I’ve always made fun of the glasses merchants for measuring us in less than ideal scenarios but perhaps they are on to something, haha.
Because of my initial measurements being so optimistic, I’ve had to continually take a step back before going forward again. I would say I have successfully reduced comfortable to -2.5 in each eye, which I am very, very happy with. At the end of the day though, with a high level of eye fatigue and poor lighting, I can measure my eyes with the EM app and I’m at -3 and -3.25, which is a pretty wild swing.
After 2 years of this I’d say I’ve built some really good habits but it took some time! I always wear PC glasses on the PC. I reduce screen time a lot, especially on the weekends. I never wear glasses when looking at my phone and I try to not use my phone much. I take frequent breaks at work. I even began eating organ meats because they have the highest amount of vitamin A out there (no carrots for me). The frustration then is that I am truly only at -2.5 in both eyes pretty much. This is in ideal conditions and also at night, so I feel good about this number.
I believe my issues initially were trying to build the habits in the first place, then under correcting too quickly. I dropped down .25 at first but it was too easy, so I dropped even more. I’ve tried to go down to -2 in both but that’s way too blurry and even -2.25 in both eyes is not safe at night, really. I have a pair of L -2, R -2.25 lenses that I have used a lot but they really only work when I am outside in the sun. The thing is though, I have been using those for that purpose for an entire year - I need to keep the process going down!
Perhaps one thing stalling my progress though and that I’d like some feedback on is active focus. I understand it and I have experienced it many times. When I am WFH my favorite thing to do is do long-distance AF on my neighbor’s house numbers while I sit on my patio and get some sun. However, I can only seem to do AF when I am doing it at a distance with my differentials OR when I have no glasses on and I am print-pushing. So I clear things up pretty decently in the distance and when reading books. But… most of my day is spent on the PC! I am having a lot of trouble here I think and since I spend 7 to 9 hours a day or more on the PC, I think this may be where my progress is being stifled.
There is some blur when on the PC but it never really clears up. The only thing I can do are 1. deal with the slight blur, which really just makes me subconsciously scoot my neck forward into a bad posture, and 2. move my monitor slightly closer, but then I don’t think I can do AF there because it’s already too clear. I guess option 3. would be to go up another .25 diopter? Perhaps I am not understanding or doing something wrong. My PC glasses are -1.5 in both eyes (perhaps I need it staggered since my right eye is slightly worse still than my left). I came to -1.5 through a formula and I did it based on my monitor being almost 80cm away. At one point when I was WFH 100% my monitor was closer so I dropped down to L -1, R -1.25 and that was going pretty well then.
Back to what I originally said though, I start the day and the PC glasses feel ok but after 1-2 hours on the PC it feels too blurry. Maybe the font is too small or thin and makes it difficult for me to do AF on? I think it’s mostly due to eye fatigue and I am using -1.5 which was measured for more ideal conditions. One thing I did do (the observation) was buy a therapy light. I put it right in front of me and look like a weirdo at work, but it improves my vision by ~.1 to .2 diopeters, which really helps. Even with that I don’t feel like I am getting a ton of AF on the PC. And you can’t use it after 2 PM or so really or you risk messing up your sleep pattern, apparently. Two things I am grateful for at my job though are my monitor with adjustable arm + moving height desk, and also being on the 30th floor, I can see for miles, which is a nice way to relax the eyes.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading my novella. I love the EM philosophy and community. I just wish I had progressed at a more normal rate over the last 2 years, but it’s been a lot of learning and experimenting.
Thoughts: Optometrists might be right to measure your vision in poor conditions since you’ll be in those conditions often it seems. You should also reduce slower in order to avoid having to go backwards like I am doing.
Observations: Therapy lights help get more light into your eyes and improve indoor vision a lot, but don’t use them past 2PM or you risk messing up your circadian rhythm.
Frustration: Having only made about 1 year of progress in the 2 years I’ve been actively doing this. (Note: I’ve been going pretty hard on EM for almost the whole 2 years, but there were definitely months where I didn’t try as much or do AF often, but still practiced basic good habits around screens for example).