Eye strain.  It’s what put you on the path to myopia in the first place.

It’s insidious because you’re eyes are like the slow boiled frog.  You don’t notice the eye strain as it’s been building up over the years.  You were doing really fun things (computer games, books) or really challenging things (school tests or job assignments) and before you knew it, your eyes were already strain habituated.  

And also you probably had pseudo-, or near-induced transient myopia.  

BackTo20/20, the elusive Jake-myopia-reversal-program, has the handy aspect of giving you everything that you need, when you need it.

The blog, less so.  With the blog you actually have to do a lot more reading up front, figure out all the pieces, get the full picture, and then start taking action.  It’s the DIY version, the build-your-own model airplane, the assemble-it-yourself furniture. 

Part of what you want to assemble, is eye strain awareness.

The way to do that is to introduce short term breaks from close-up, frequently.  Let’s say 20 minutes, take a five minute break.  Do it every 20 minutes.  Productive for work?  Not so much.  But after a few days of this, after the tenth break, you’ll feel how you really, really don’t want to stare at that screen again.

From the forum:


Yes, you did indeed just not notice.  Strain was definitely there.

Strain awareness building.  This is but one of the many genius sub-plots in what amounts to a brilliant approach to natural myopia control, that you can do yourself.  

Once you’re properly strain aware again, you go for longer breaks, but more targeted breaks.  Pulling focus, using the appropriate lenses for distance vision (as far as you need, remember, not more), using focus challenge, make the break productive for both strain reduction and useful stimulus.

You can easily enough DIY this.  Or for the already-assembled version, BackTo20/20 is absolutely useful.