Like other folks in the forum, I think I reduced too fast. Now I’m starting to see the light.
My last prescription before coming into EM (about 3 years ago) was OD: -2.25/-0.5 cyl, OS: -2.75/no cyl. When I first started I dropped down to -1.75 in both eyes for far vision. So I dropped the astigmatism, equalized both eyes and reduced a whole dioptre all in one reduction! I know Jake seriously warns against making so many changes in one go. Clearly my enthusiasm was clouding my thinking.
Honestly though, it seemed like a good idea at the time. It was amazing to feel the ciliary spasm release for the first time. And I was pretty generous with my cm measurements. So it really looked like -1.75 D was where I needed to be: start with -2.75, take off 0.75 for the ciliary release and another 0.25 as my first reduction. Oh, and equalize the two eyes because, well 0.25 difference is really basically nothing. I wore my -1.75 D for a few months and then even made another reduction, down to -1.50 D.
The upshot is that I haven’t made much progress in 2+ years. I can function with -1.75 D but it’s a stretch, especially in low light. The -1.75 should really have been my computer glasses. I’ve been dealing with a lot of eye strain since. It gets worse in my weaker eye (the left) and especially when doing computer work. It seems that with close-up and precision work even a tiny L-R difference can add eye strain.
I had my eyes checked last year and got a prescription OD: -2.00/-0.25 cyl, OS: -2.25/-0.5 cyl. So there’s some improvement but not much. I figure most of it is probably from ciliary spasm release. On the other hand, when I go back to my old glasses they really feel too strong now. There is zero blur to the horizon and I feel my eyes locking up.
So I need to go back to the drawing board and reassess. I definitely don’t want to be over-prescribed, but I also need to listen to my eyes and respect where they’re at right now. I don’t want to force ‘improvements’ that are not really there. It seems clear thinking and mindfulness trumps enthusiasm here.
For folks who have been through this mistake in your journey, I’m curious about your experience.