Just about exactly one year ago, Val posted this progress report in the support forum:
I just got back from the optometrist, and my eyes are still dilated, but here’s some good news.
My prescription for distance vision, corrected to 20/15, no longer has any astigmatism, and the difference in the eyes is down to only -0.25 diopters. I knew that from my cm reading, but my snellen suggested my normalized of -8.00L -7.75R was pretty damn equal in each eye. It turns out that my Zenni normalized was actually more like a -8.25L -7.75R, according to her measurements. Oh well. The close up differential was measured to be exactly right at -5.75 in each eye.
She then had me try to read 20/20 and 20/15 in my normalized, and apparently I got enough right at the 20/20 line to pass. In my old driving pair, I could easily see 20/15.
after doing 1 and 2 or 3 or 4 about 10 times, she said I don’t have any astigmatism, and every time she put it in, I rejected it and preferred the straight spherical. Woot! Her final prescription, that she would give any one else is:
This compares to my normalized -8.25L -7.75R (as she measured on her machine). Not bad. Maybe it’s time to weaken my normalized 0.25…
She also prescribed me a computer pair, just 0.75 weaker in each eye: -7.75L -7.50R. I’m obviously not gonna use that one as my differential, but probably halfway between that and my existing pair
I’m excited that I’m officially back to where I was in 2009 or 2010. I kinda cheated by fasting, and pull focusing a lot before stepping into the office, but it’s all good.
That was good progress.
Val remembers to give us another update, with another forum post just yesterday in the forum:
Slightly late 1 year update. I’m down almost 2 diopters, but that takes into account the rapid improvement early on. I’ve been wearing -6 for normalized, -5 for the computer for about 5 weeks and I think it’s almost time for another step down. I just did the math and it’ll cost me ~$300 in glasses to get all the way down to 0 diopters. Not bad.
I’m really happy with my progress and my confidence of getting back to 20/20 is still increasing. When I signed up I thought I’d have a 10% chance at perfect vision. 2 months later ~50%, 6 months: 95%, and now I’m probably at 98 or 99% certain. The reductions just keep coming 🙂
Beautifully done. (full thread here if you have forum access)
It’s often difficult to get long term progress update posts. When you’re settled in with predictable ongoing improvement, you may be less motivated to stop what you’re doing and post an update. Lots of readers really do appreciate them though – so if you’ve been making those 20/20 gains for a while now, stop in and share (e-mail, or Facebook, or forum, any which way).