Nate’s Progress: -6.75 to -3.25

Nate posts in the forum: A quick question about when to decrease normalized prescription. I started with a prescription of -6.75. I heard about myopia rehab at gettingstronger, and did it on my own for […]

Jake Steiner

Nov 12,2014 · 2 min read

Nate posts in the forum:

quotes-blueA quick question about when to decrease normalized prescription.

I started with a prescription of -6.75. I heard about myopia rehab at gettingstronger, and did it on my own for about 2 years. At the start of this year I had a trip to the optometrist, and was told that my fully corrected prescription was -4.75. I started the year with a normalized prescription of -4.25. This year I’ve slowly worked my way down to -3.25, trying to make an adjustment of .25 diopters every 2-3 months.

I can currently read the 20/20 line with my -3.25 lenses. It is initially blurry, but I can “pull” it into focus without too much effort. It’s pretty clear once I pull it into focus, but their is a residual “haze”, that I can’t resolve. I also find that I can’t really drive at night with my current glasses-I need to go up a notch or two.

My question is: have I pushed too far? Is there danger in making an adjustment before my eyes are ready, that will slow my progress? Which line should I be able to read with the normalized lenses, and even more important, how clear should that line be?

Nate has been after his goal aggressively and consistently, pushing that blur distance as his eyesight continues to improve.  It’s a challenging course of action and one has to give Nate due credit for his efforts.  You could just as well take a relaxed approach and just push your prescription a little bit – but then you aren’t dramatically cutting prescription dependence the way Nate has been experiencing.

So much of what you want out of your eyesight experience just boils down to the focal plane.  Do you want to challenge yourself a little, and get small, consistent improvements?  Or do you want to push hard, and get the most out of your biological ability to recover distance vision?

Only you can answer that for yourself.  Meanwhile I’m here to continue to provide you the tools for whichever experience you prefer.

As for Nate’s question, whether he is being too aggressive in reducing prescriptions, see the full forum thread.

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