Get Perspective on Your Vision Improvement

You did the Vision Improvement Program.  Your eyesight has been improving.  You got that first diopter or two of your vision back.  But it has been some time, and motivation is waning.   How do […]

Jake Steiner

Dec 29,2013 · 3 min read

You did the Vision Improvement Program.  Your eyesight has been improving.  You got that first diopter or two of your vision back.  But it has been some time, and motivation is waning.  

How do you keep from getting complacent?

So much of ongoing eyesight improvement depends on motivation.

Important note:  If you want to get started improving your own eyesight, I offer a number of courses, including options for one-on-one support with me personally.  Check out the courses page for what’s currently available to help your eyeballs.

Sure, it is fairly easy to stop progressive myopia, by following just the basics of the #endmyopia Method.  Limiting close-up, getting breaks, not using a full prescription while focused up-close, it is not a difficult prospect.

But to keep improving your vision, takes a bit of work.

Pushing focus while working up-close, pulling focus while you are outdoors.  Leaving the comforts of the full prescription, trading it for the next lower prescription, every time you reach 20/25 on the Snellen.  Never stopping at your current improvement level, pressing on for more.  That requires motivation.

And where do we find this motivation?

In another post we talk about the importance of keeping a log.

From that, you can look back at the raw numbers.   Your prescription strength, a year ago.  Your centimeter results, your Snellen results.  That provides a good, empirical basis to keep you going.

But does that really provide all the potential motivation we can get?

We can do better than that, for motivation!

This applies only if you already improved a diopter or more.  

This really is my favorite way to get some “retrospective”, and get clients feel excited and motivated.   I used to do this quite a lot, back in the office days.  And you can do it too, since it is very simple:

Rather than just numbers, you can re-experience your past, poorer vision.

This is very motivating, since seeing all that extra blur you used to live with, and then removing that blur in an instant, can put you back into the right frame of mind to keep pushing for even better eyesight.

And how do you do it?

It is really so simple:  Plus Lenses

The plus lens goes in the opposite direction of your regular distance glasses, the minus lens.  The plus lens is basically just reading glasses.  Reading glasses which incidentally, can be bought for just a few Euros (or dollars) in most convenience stores.  So this experiment, aside from being very effective, is also inexpensive.

Let’s say you improved one diopter so far.  

Get a pair of +1 reading glasses.  Put them on.  What you are seeing now, is how your vision used to be, before you put in the time and effort to improve your eyesight.  

It is quite a bit blurrier, you will see!

Walk around with that +1 for a bit.  Even if you are still at -3.00 or -4.00, that extra diopter you removed from your myopia, does make a difference.  

Likewise, if you improved two, three, or more diopters, try the equivalent in plus lenses.

The results tell volumes, and are far more impactful than just the numbers on your log (which also, you will want to be keeping of course).  And especially if you are very low myopia already, putting on a +2 will have a really noteworthy impact on your vision.  The ‘wow’ factor there, of experiencing how much poorer your eyesight used to be, really helps to spur on motivation.

Of course you might already have plus lenses if your myopia is less than -2.  

But if you are higher myopia, and have not yet tried this #endmyopia trick of experiencing your old, worse eyesight, give this one a try.  It is an entirely worthwhile experience.




Jake Steiner

Reformed stock trader. Kite surfer, pilot, vagabond. Father. And of course - the last of the living, imaginarily bearded eye gurus.

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