Thursday, May 2, 2019

An Email About Vision Improvement

I emailed an interested friend a few days ago about vision improvement. I wanted to give him a good starting point in his journey towards reduced myopia (nearsightedness). Here is that email:

Hi, Friend.

Endmyopia is the system I use. It's about using the right prescriptions at the right times, using reduced prescriptions, and following good vision habits. It also helps to understand how nearsightedness begins and worsens. There might be some conflicting opinions on that, but the Endmyopia explanations have worked for me.
As for my history, my full-strength prescription was -6.50/-7.75 when I started this in December 2017. Now my full-strength prescription is almost down to -4.00/-5.25. And that includes 6 months where I had the wrong prescription and didn't improve at all. So I'm happy with the results so far.
Here are some thoughts and links to get started:

1) In essence, you get a reduced prescription for up close (they call that pair of glasses "differentials") and a reduced prescription for distance (they call that pair of glasses "normalized.") I use the up-close glasses mostly for computer screens. If I'm reading, I just hold the book really close with no glasses. But that probably is overkill. The important thing is to not do up-close work with your distance glasses on. That's what causes vision to worsen in the first place.

2) Print off a Snellen chart and tape it to a wall in a well-lit room. I use this one because it only needs to be 10 feet away: https://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-test/snellen-chart.pdf. It's good to check your vision every week or two to see how things are progressing. You can also use this chart to help you figure out your reduced prescription. The Endmyopia method encourages a different measuring technique, which measures vision in terms of cm up-close, but that is apparently more useful for people with low-myopia. The Snellen has worked better for me.

3) Looking at things up close for long periods of time, say 3 hours, without breaks, causes your ciliary muscle to tighten up and stay tight. It's supposed to relax when looking far away. So taking good breaks every 2 or 3 hours will eventually let your ciliary muscle start relaxing again, and that will give you a good boost in your vision pretty quickly, I think somewhere in the 30 to 90 day timeframe.

4) After that quick boost, the gains will come by looking through reduced prescriptions and making an effort to focus on things that are slightly blurry. It's odd, but you can really learn to focus on things that are a bit blurry. In this program, they call that "active focus." Supposedly, all this active focusing is what causes your eyeball to start shortening from front to back, undoing the lengthening that came from looking through prescriptions that were too strong.

5) https://endmyopia.org - That's the main web site. As blogs go, it's mediocre, I think. It's got lots of posts, but most of the posts are relatively short. Still, there's some good reading on there. I'd also advise signing-up for the 7-day email course that advertised at the bottom of that site. At the end of the 7 days, it might invite you to pay money to get personal support from the main guy Jake Steiner, but it's unnecessary. As he says himself, all the information is available for free, and you can always ask questions in the Facebook group or the free forum, and either the community or Jake himself will answer you.

6) https://www.facebook.com/groups/endmyopia - The facebook group. It's got too many people in it now. Used to be just experienced participants who were always happy to help. They're still there, but there's a ton more people who don't know anything except how to ask for a quick fix.

7) https://community.endmyopia.org/login - The free forum. I don't know how this works these days. You used to have to take a vision quiz to get in. Jake was trying to keep out the non-serious people.

8) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU6mJr16huk - Jake's getting started guide. His whole YouTube channel is awesome. I think he hits just about all the related topics in his videos, and I've learned a ton from it. Sometimes when I start slacking, I'll spend some time watching his videos to get inspired again.

That's about it. It's a long process, but like I've heard Jake say, you can either spend the next 10 years with your vision getting slightly worse each year or with your vision getting slightly better each year. And if this really does cause the eyeball to shorten, it lessens the chances of retinal detachment and other scary eye problems.

Stay in touch. I'm somewhat of an expert now. I can help with most things.

Thanks.
Steve