Pro Topic: One Eye Improves Quickly, The Other Does Not (Why?)

You’re working on your eyesight.  Things are going well. Except, not really.  You got one eye improving like a champ, and the other is lagging.  It’s making you a little nutty, and you wish you […]

Jake Steiner

Jan 07,2018 · 3 min read

You’re working on your eyesight.  Things are going well.

Except, not really.  You got one eye improving like a champ, and the other is lagging.  It’s making you a little nutty, and you wish you knew what is going on.  If this is the case for you, read on!

This is a scenario that comes up every so often, that warrants a bit of an entry in the freeloader blog guides section.

Because of course and fortunately you have your trusty eye guru to uh-splain exactly what’s going on, help you make sense of the unruly biology sticking out of your eye socket.  

Very professional intro Jake, you’re thinking sarcastically.

When you are a wily sage, you can afford a little eccentricity.  Also naturally it’s largely the beard that contributes the mischief.

Here’s the scenario, as described well by Matt in the support forum:

Like pulling a donkey up a hill indeed.

Of course first mistake, making too many focal plane changes.

But that you already knew.  The funky part here is why Matt’s left eye doesn’t want to cooperate.  It’s also the eye with all the cylinder and way more diopters.  

So here’s what’s going on there, my response to Matt’s question in the forum:


For proper detective work, get your ‘prescription’ history.  

That usually tells us exactly what’s going on since all that myopia, refractive state change, is usually simply lens induced.

And we talk a lot about ocular dominance.  Here, here, and here.  And lots more places if you go search the blog.  It’s a topic highlighting quite well how the mainstream just doesn’t know what in the f**k they’re doing.  Imagine getting a trainer at the gym and he gives you a bigger weight for your dominant / stronger arm, and a lesser weight for your weaker arm.

You’d think that’s obviously beyond retarded and clearly going to go very wrong in the long run.  Well, same for the eyes with in this case more ‘help’ for the ‘weaker’ eye (except nobody in optometry seemingly has the brains to realize this is a patently dumb idea).

Let’s not rant here, though.

Hopefully my above forum explanation makes some sense.  Either there’s a pre-existing issue which your ‘prescription’ history will show.  Or it’s simply monkeying with the diopter ratio that eventually go your visual cortex to write off the eye that appeared to be slowly spiraling out of refractive state control.  Like a pilot shutting down an plane engine that’s no longer working, your brain eventually goes, yup this thing is defective.  Can’t trust the signal.

And how does your favorite eye guru know this?

Because he’s brilliant.  Born with a sage beard that can intuit these things.  Gurus are born unto the world every so often, to guide our collective light towards the end of the tunnel.

Bullshit Jake, you’re thinking.

Spend enough time and see enough scenarios and the big picture starts to emerge.  No otherworldly explanation required.

And whatever.  When you realize what’s going on, and you stop pulling the donkey up the hill, start appreciating that your brain is just trying to respond to what’s going on, then things start to make sense.  And your vision starts improving.  You just need to give it time, respond with stimulus that respects what happened in the past, and is targeted to undo the damage done by previous focal plane changes.  

Be kind to yourself.  There is no donkey.  Nudge the spherical. Nudge the cylinder.  Slowly, separately, with good active focus practice.  It’ll all go back to working properly as it should.




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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