My name is Dirk, 41 years old, from Germany. I am wearing glasses since I was 12 or 13 years old.
My last “official” prescription from 2020 is
R: -5.0 -0.25
L: -5.5 -0.25
In 2013 it was even stronger at
R: -5.25 -0.25
L: -6.0 -0.25
I was strongly overcorrected then, but luckily my eyes did not get worse from these glasses.
I’m seeing floaters since a was a teenager, and throughout my tweenties and thirties there were periods where I have seen a lot of bright “flashes” regularly in my left eye, which can be a sign of retinal detachment. I went to the eye doctor, but at least he said that my eyes look healthy. But it gave me a lot of worries over the years. Also, as you all probably expect, no one told me that I could do something to improve my eyes.
In June this year, I was on vacation at the sea for some days. Shortly before that, I decided to start my Endmyopia journey. So I used the vacation to do as much distance vision as I could and avoid all screens and books. I measured my eyesight frequently, so I was fairly certain how far I could see when my ciliary muscles were relaxed. It was about 20cm for my right and 19cm for my left eye, so my glasses were not too bad.
Back home I ordered cheap (20€) differentials with R: -3.75 L: -4.25 (no cylinder) on the internet. I tried them for two days, while working on the computer, but they gave me headaches (I now suspect the PD is too small, maybe that’s why).
Then I went to my local optometrist. I told him, that I want to improve my eyes and if he would support me. He immediately said yes. I did not expect that at all I explained to him, that I want two pairs of glasses, one for close-up and one for distance vision and both should give me a little bit of blur.
He measured my eyes and his result was -5.0 with -0.25 cyl. for both eyes. What a nice suprise that my eyes have equalized themselves just in time We reduced the diopters and I tried differentials and normalized glasses with his lens kit.
I bought both glasses from him (using old frames, replacing the old strong lenses), paying about 220€ for both. This is quite expensive I know, but I hope that he will give me better prices when I buy the next pairs and he sees, that I am serious about this.
So now I have -4.5 -0.25 for both eyes for my normalized glasses and -3.75 (no cyl.) for my differentials.
I am wearing the glasses now for about two weeks. There were a lot of sunny days, and I spent as much time outside as possible. In good daylight, I still can read the 20/15 line without problems, which is a little surprising to me. With a full prescription I was more or less able to read the 1.6 line at the optometrist, which is I believe a 20/12.5 line on a Snellen chart, so my vision is generally pretty good (with glasses). Maybe I should have gone lower with the normalized, maybe -4.25, or just no cylinders? At least I can see blur in great distance, but then it is hard for me to do active focus.
At least in lower light conditions the weaker lenses become much more noticable. Now I am wondering if I should get glasses that are 0.25 dpt weaker soon, because I can see so good with these glasses in good light.
I know that people tend to reduce too much. But my feeling is that -4.25 and no cylinder is good, since I can see 20/15 with my current -4.5 -0.25 normalized. I will talk to my optometrist about this this week.
Have a nice day everyone