Hi, Im Jake Steiner.
20 years ago I began a journey to reverse my -5.00 diopter myopia. It took a great deal of experimenting and trial and error to apply theoretical concepts found in clinical journals and peer reviewed studies, though I eventually managed get back my natural 20/20 eyesight.
Over the years I cataloged the many tools, resources, and experiences that made my myopia recovery a reality. Much of it exists now as part of this resource to help and share and connect with fellow myopes, so that more of us could our get natural eyesight back. More about my own antics a bit further on – but first let’s talk a bit about endmyopia® and a few things you may want to know before diving in.
Endmyopia.org is established as an “open source” resource to offer myopes the opportunity to explore science, vision biology, and optics that affect their eyesight.
We advocate an evidence based approach to understand myopia and methods to control it.
Using endmyopia tools, a large number of myopes* have reported significant reductions in diopter dependence with many even achieving natural 20/20 eyesight.
These first hand experiences counter much of the established dogma propagated by retail lens sales advocates. Our approach also raises much (appropriate) skepticism among those not familiar with the biology and studies relevant to myopia.
This is in no small parts because preciously few destinations exist online today that explore myopia as a refractive state rather than some mysterious genetic or indeed any type of medical condition**. Little is available to the general public to point their interest towards the otherwise obscure clinical science, research studies, and extensive published findings discussing the causality and development of human myopia.
The most commonly repeated mainstream concept claims that your myopia is genetic, that nothing about it is known, and that nothing can be done about it.
Why is this one-sided narrative so prevalent?
Sadly today’s narrative about myopia is largely controlled by a 100 billion dollar industry with the express aim of selling lenses to their customer base. There exists a vast chasm between the retail sales interest and clinical science in this arena. For anyone looking to explore answers about their visual acuity deficit, the overwhelming consensus created by for-profit interest is – that nothing can be done (besides of course buying more lenses at shockingly inflated prices).
The obvious problem here is that information that is profitable to any given group, tends to spread.
We want to change the one-sided nature of the narrative. We want expose the sales strategy and the glasses trap.
The discussion here on endmyopia centers around the biological reality that myopia is simply a refractive state. A state that is affected by the individual’s environment and vision habits, as well as ‘treatment’ of any existing myopia via minus lenses. Our position is that myopia can very simply be prevented (and possibly even reversed) through stimulus and habits. This is a highly unprofitable premise and consequently unpopular with the retail lens sales establishment.
There is nothing to buy, or sell, or services to render via this narrative. Consequently, no financial benefit is created which would spread this alternate take on myopia as a ‘condition’ facing an increasing part of humanity.
And despite all of this, the endmyopia community continues to grow.
What makes endmyopia special?
Endmyopia is among the first resources of its kind to reach a large (and growing) audience.
Here’s more reality that we have to consider:
Clinical studies are boring.
People are busy.
Lenses offer an immediate fix, even if causality remains murky.
Alternate approaches so far have primarily centered around eye exercises, which have largely proven ineffective.
Endmyopia has taken the novel (and somewhat controversial) approach of combining science, biology, and clinical research with an emotional and human aspect – to create an engaging narrative while looking for actual solutions to the myopia problem.
On this site you will find a lot of clinical studies, research, and dissection of vision biology, stimulus, and results of practical approaches of managing myopia. This can easily become a dense and boring topic lost on much of a general audience. Countering the dry nature of clinical data and biology is the somewhat divisive and frequently emotionally charged character of the narrator of these subjects – Jake Steiner.
Jake directs the narrative and engages the reader with emotional context. Endmyopia is not only science and research and mechanistic data, but also very clearly part of a human experience (and all the many failings that go along with it).
Having reversed his own -5.00 diopter myopia, Jake tends to pull few punches when faced with the optometry dogma along with discussing actionable strategies for myopia control.
“Love it or hate it”, Jake says. “As long as it’s not indifference. Indifference is myopia.”
Endmyopia now engages a large community of tens of thousands of myopes reducing their lens dependence, a free member forum, a rapidly growing Facebook group, a YouTube channel with millions of watch minutes, and this site with many millions of reader sessions. While far from an unmitigated success against the mainstream narrative of an ‘incurable genetic condition’, endmyopia continues making inroads on established industry dogma.
Getting more people to discover Google Scholar, the power of instant access to millions of pieces of clinical research, of access to many thousands of fellow myopes improving their eyesight, all is part of the collective adventure of endmyopia.
This introduction, to add some context to what may be your possibly first encounter of Jake Steiner – and his many rants and missives here.
Curious about the Cliff Notes of what makes endmyopia work? Here’s a summary created by members of our forum:
And here, a quick animated 2 minute video on how I reversed my myopia:
Let’s meet Jake Steiner
Let’s get this one out of the way: Jake is not opposed to stirring up controversy.
And certainly Jake doesn’t mind a fight (with retail optometry, in this context).
Jake also much enjoys to debate clinical studies.
Most of all, Jakes loves the outdoors, travel, and all sorts of ill-fated adventures like paragliding, kitesurfing, flying questionable home built aircraft, and other “fruits of life” (as you may find him referring to things likely best left off the Internet). Jake often lives in his fully off-grid jungle home, surrounded by everything from dissident militia and active malaria threat, to giant black scorpions, fist size spiders, and deadly poisonous snakes (this scenario, fueling the hopes of retail optometry for his impending demise).
Helping endmyopia remain free of advertising and bias is Jake’s financial independence; as both trader in finance as well as prolific investor in a number of business ventures. And while endmyopia does offer a paid ‘mentored course’, all of the information you need to take action is available entirely for free.
Much effort continues to be invested by Jake as well as the community to improve the free resources and give more people the opportunity to find endmyopia, and ultimately end their own myopia.
And for things more personal, explore Jake’s own ‘about’ page.
*While we can not attest to the validity of any individual experience, the body of evidence suggests that natural myopia control could indeed be a realistic avenue to control and stop this problem. We present these findings and experiences, along with relevant biological facts and clinical studies. The ultimate burden of proof does rest with the individual, as we do not guarantee outcome or claim some unheralded breakthrough nor any type of treatment.
**We explore myopia as a refractive state. Not an error, and certainly not an illness or medical condition. We explore scientific ideas here, not medical ones. Any advice and suggestions provided by Jake or @endmyopia is 100% unlicensed, unsanctioned, un-endorsed by the optometry establishment – because we discuss science and not medicine Everything we discuss is also highly experimental, and you should absolutely always seek a sanctioned opinion if you are experiencing health issues or medical concerns. Lens use specific comments are for discussion only, and should not be considered medical advice, nor any of other suggestions provided herein. Depending on your local laws you may need to consult a local optometrist for prescriptions and medical advice. When driving, or any activity requiring full 20/20 vision, you should always wear your glasses that provide the full correction necessary for the task. If you have symptoms that might require medical attention, please visit an ophthalmologist or hospital!