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There are a few recurring themes with kittehs getting started with getting that lens monkey off their back (or … nose).

The most recurring one is, newbies reducing too many diopters all at once.

I get five billion e-mails and messages, all asking this same question.  Hey, Jake.  Is it ok if I reduce my diopters by … half?  Hey Jake, I’m -5. How about if I go to -3.  Would that be ok, Jake?  Hmmm?  What do you think Jake?  Plzzz help, bro.  Plzzz.  Reply now plzzz.  I’m -10 should I stop wearing glasses?

Jake?  Jack?  Are you there?  Hellooooooo?

This is why one day you’ll find your favorite eye guru’s remains splattered all over the side of the mountain.  Just like Chinese water torture, the first drop is no big deal.

But five billion drops of hey-Jack-plzzz, later ….

You get the point.  Don’t be one of those newbies.  Learn about diopters first, and realize that reducing means reducing your distance to blur.  The lower the number (from your actual needed focal plane change), the closer the blur is to you.

Understanding this means you understand that you only want to reduce a little bit.  Reduce too much and you kill productive active focus habits you’ve been building.  Reduce too much and you stumble around your world, confused and unsure.

Reduce the right amount.  In video format:

Look at that glorious guru beard, though!

Hopefully this reaches you, before you Jack-plzzz me.  

Also while you’re already here, let’s throw in a quick improvement report.  Because we got them like that, plentiful enough to gratuitously add to any and all blog posts.  The force is strong with the darling kitteh readers of this bloglet.

Here’s Melissa:

That’s right.  Confusing messages for the newbies.

Newbies be like, so what are you saying, Jake.  Melissa is down 2 diopters in three months.  So why can’t I I just go down two diopters, too?

Shush.  Follow the advice the guru magnanimously shares.  

Once you got active focus and understand how diopters affect your vision, once you got the right habits and right approach, maybe you can be like Melissa.  Skip the steps though, think you know better than thousands of students over the course of a decade, and end up finding out the hard way what happens.


Go forth and make all the 20/20 gains!