[9/2014 I started improving my myopia.]
11/11/2015 – OD -6.00 Cyl -0.25 @ 035 – OS -6.50 Cyl -0.25 @ 137 (My normalized / night driving self Rx is -5.75, -6.00, no Cyl. That’s still in the realm of seeing fully for safety and my tests with them at the doctor confirmed that they are sufficient for legal, safe driving.)
She also provided a computer Rx (i.e. differential) which is just +1.00 to those values. For computer, as I want the positive stimulus, not just arresting decline, I use another +0.50 more than that differential and she thought that was just fine. I’m using another +0.25 still closer to 0 right now actually.
So a nice reduction in both Sphere and Cylinder with apples-to-apples independent testing. Similar time of day as my other doctor visits too. I’ve skipped Cylinder in all my self prescriptions since it wasn’t much IMO. Now it’s really not much. And a very positive experience in all things, as always with her, including with regard to reducing myopia.
When prescribing for kids, she advises parents to encourage the kids to go without glasses as much as possible, especially and particularly when close up / computer. She’s cautious about sending kids down this rabbit hole.
She also noted a case of an ~8 year old with a -10 glasses Rx who had dropped -2 or -3 diopters rapidly (1 to 3 years IIRC, but I forget that detail). A special type of eye drop was used to modify focusing and have the effect of a reduced strength glasses Rx. After a couple years, the child hadn’t gotten any worse. Just one case, but interesting nonetheless. I do not know if this was also tried on other extreme cases or was part of a small study.
Thanks to Alex, and to Neha, and to Jake, and any others behind the scenes for carrying on this project.
Give Jon a quick thumbs up in the forum, some props for taking the time to share.
I also added a few thoughts in the thread:
Always loving your posts, Jon. Want to be our tech advisor for some tools we’re working on to make tracking more fun / visual / awesome? ?
And true, both of you, Matt and Jon. There is a lot more nuance in the optometry profession than I make it out to be. I love picking fights, I like having a common “enemy”, and I’m generally just a troublemaker. It’s something that I hired others to help fix a bit. There are three optometrists on payroll as we speak, independently verifying my claims and methods, and tasked to make suggestions to tone down my sometimes combative tone. I get optometrists complaining to me all the time that I make it hard for them to take my side. I know … work in progress.
And Jon, awesome, really. Great also that you have a supportive optometrist to give you the independent readings and thumbs up.
A few other interesting things in today’s forum and e-mail collection. First, Rado:
What I say there is … take it easy on those reduction, Rado. Let your eyes catch up, let your brain catch up. Everything in moderation. Still, great work!
And one from Matt in a longer thread on reduction timing:
Aye. The forum, a two way street for sure.
I’m happy to share experiences and suggestions and on the other hand, it keeps me going to get your progress reports, thumbs up, questions, comments, and even pointed criticism and reality checks. Turns out I need the forum and you guys just as much as the other way around. Keep it up!
Housekeeping notes: You know what tomorrow is?
Yes! Amateurishly produced Q&A video time! ;-)