As we all know, it can be frustrating to see actual gains with EM. A quarter diopter change, which can take months to achieve, looks almost like the original prescription, and can be hard as heck to accurately measure. Sometimes I need need a reminder of how far I have actually come.
Recently I spent a fair bit of effort to determine my actual baseline prescription (e.g. no active focus, no ciliary spasm). I’ve determined that I’ve improved about 1.5 diopters in a year and a half, about a third of the way to 20/20. Everything still looks very blurry!
My daughter has a pair of +1.5 readers, which we use to ensure she never gets on the myopia train. Just for fun, I decided to try them on. It turns out, my current eyes with those glasses are approximately what my naked eyes were when I started.
Oh my gosh what a difference! When I alternate to wearing them/taking them off, it’s obvious how far I’ve come. The difference is dramatic and striking, especially looking outdoors. 1.5D is HUGE. Sure I still can’t see all that well naked eye down in the low 3’s, but what an improvement.
If you’ve gained over a diopter and have access to a pair of readers (e.g. +1D or more), give it a go. It’s pretty neat seeing how dramatic the improvement looks!