How To Troubleshoot Your Progress

The Web Program for myopia rehabilitation has to fit many different types of people.  Because of this, it is bound to be less than completely perfectly tailored for almost everybody (but likewise, quite effective nonetheless […]

Jake Steiner

Oct 25,2013 · 2 min read

The Web Program for myopia rehabilitation has to fit many different types of people.  Because of this, it is bound to be less than completely perfectly tailored for almost everybody (but likewise, quite effective nonetheless for almost anyone).

Still, you may find yourself wanting to see more results, like some of the ones highlighted in the customer experience section of the blog.  While much of it does boil down to following at least the core program (first 30 installments) to the letter, there are sometimes ways to adjust the process to your case for better results.

Or, sometimes there are even cases, like this post in the forum:

Well, it isn’t exactly good. My eyes don’t seem to be improving at all so far even thou I think I am doing all the things I’m supposed to be doing :(

(Forum thread here.)

What is missing here, of course, is enough information to help troubleshoot.  I recommend a forum signature that includes your prescription, current and starting out, and maybe even some centimeter and Snellen results.  It helps get a quick glance at your case.

Beyond that, a summary of your log (as described in that post, even if short, always keep a log) is important to help me understand the rate of your progression, time spent on improvements, and your condition when you first started.  

With all that collected data, we can look at your habits:

  • Sufficient quantity and time of close-up breaks?
  • Proper maximum distance maintained while working up-close?
  • Enough outdoor time?
  • Proper understanding of active focus?
  • Stimulus challenging prescriptions?

With these questions, and sometimes a little further probing, we will almost always find where more improvements can be had.  It is almost a certainty that your vision will improve, when following the program – if you experience slow or lacking improvement, a closer look at all the variables is quite likely to help us isolate what might be holding you back.

Or of course, we might find indicators of what activities might help further accelerate your improvement.  

For an excellent example of a detailed review, take a look at this post excerpt from Ruth Ann:

Since October 10, at 20 feet without glasses, outside in the sunlight, I have consistently read the Snellen chart as follows:
Right 20/13
Left 20/25
Both 20/13

I’m still having double vision in the distance, and the left eye is slow to focus.

I also checked to see how much I am improving at night in artificial light.

On August 23, first full day of my original full distance prescription, which was R -4.0, L -7.25 I read the Snellen at 20 feet with this prescription at night in artificial light as follows:
Right 20/25
Left 20/40
Both 20/25

On September 11, with my first differential prescription which was R -2.25, L -5.5, I read the Snellen at 20 feet with this prescription at night in artificial light as follows:
Right 20/50
Left 20/50
Both 20/40

This evening, October 24, with the above prescription of R -2.25, L -5.5, I read the Snellen at 20 feet at night in artificial light as follows:
Right 20/25
Left 20/40
Both 20/20

I’m really happy that I can now see so much better outside in the sunlight. It’s really fun to go on walks and enjoy seeing into the distance. And I’m especially glad to see improvement in artificial light. With the right and both eyes together, I am seeing better in artificial light with the differential prescription than I did with the original full distance prescription when I first received it. The left eye has also improved in artificial light from 20/40 with -7.25 to 20/40 with -5.5. This represents a 1.75 diopter improvement in artificial light in the past two months.

The original forum thread is here.  With that level of detail, we can quickly assess if you are progressing as well as possible.  And of course in this case, Ruth Ann is perfectly on track.  You should be setting yourself a similar expectation, as long as you are intent on putting in the necessary time (and small habit changes), to make it possible.

For further motivation, browse some of the recent client experiences posted in the forum, that I save for you in the customer experience section.

Enjoy!

Alex discussing myopic child

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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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