Introduction 2016-09-07T18:03:55+00:00
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  • Adam
    Student
    Post count: 4
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    Hello everyone

    I think that about 5 months into the Back to 20/20, it’s high time to finally say hello : )

    I am 34 years old and have had myopia for around 25 years now. It started with -1D at primary school and has progressed over years all the way to -6 / -7 D. I was always very unhappy about being shortsighted. I know quite a lot of people also wearing glasses, but they don’t really seem very much concerned. Me, I hated it from the very beginning and nothing has changed till now : ) What might be interesting is that I am not a new-comer to ‘natural’ methods for myopia reversal. In fact, I have started doing eye-exercises 12 or 13 years ago. Unfortunately, with no reduction of shortsightedness achieved. When I first began, the concept of natural myopia correction was really uncommon in Poland, where I live. By pure luck I discovered courses organised here by a doctor from Lithuania, who claimed to teach exercises giving back sharp eyesight. At that time, I had no idea whatsoever about such things. It was a discovery! Now of course I know that he simply taught us few exercises proposed by Bates, like palming, eye rotations and also a specific exercise for ciliary muscle. I started doing the exercises with great motivation and actually had some improvement of vision, but after first reduction of contact lenses (I took 0.5 D less), I simply wouldn’t progress anymore. Then eyesight even got worse. To give you a full story of these 13 years would take way too long and is not really relevant. Long story short : I kept digging, searched all info I could find on natural eyesight correction , tried new and new exercises, had some improvements, then lost them, but all this time I kept trying. Even with no visible results, I just never lost hope that my eyesight can be fixed. Or maybe it is not fair to say that I had no results, as for the last 10 years my myopia has not progresses much (I think 1D, plus some more astigmatism), not bad considering my all-day at computer work. Also, not to be ignored – after discovering eye-exercises, I knew for sure that laser surgery is a ‘solution’ to be avoided at all cost.

    Early 2016 I have found out about Back to 20/20 while searching about text pushing approach. After some hesitation I enrolled in the program in March. The price made me consider a bit, but after seeing success stories, I decided it’s worth trying. After few months, I still think so. I have not yet made a big reduction in prescription, but my starting point was slightly different. Rather than overprescribed, I had an under prescription. My glasses (-5/-6 D) were actually at times feeling too weak even for laptop work. Contact lenses, same strength, sometimes felt really fine, but quite often my vision was definitely way too blurry in them. Once I started to apply Jake’s habit building, things got better. Glasses became sharper than needed for computer work. In fact, on sunny days, I could see 20/20 on Snellen with them. So recently I changed them to -4.75/-5.75. Same for contact lenses, I switched to 0.25 weaker, as the previous ones felt like 20/20 most of the time. Basically from defense I switched to attack mode on myopia : ) I am aware that after 25 years of shortsightedness, it will take lots of time to motivate eyes to improve significantly. But I am prepared for it. I am also very happy about my initial improvement, it is about 0.5 D on both eyes so far. What I find really remarkable about Jake’s approach is the habit building idea. I absolutely agree with it, no other way. Before, after a hard day, quite often I would skip eye exercises or do them really late in the evening, feeling depressed about no results. Now, what a change – active focus turns my day at office with laptop into all-day exercise, which I truly enjoy. How cool is that, huh? Thanks Jake for building Backto20/20, I’ll stay in touch on the forum, hopefully to report nice progress.
    Adam

  • Jake S.
    Bearded Sage
    Post count: 2322

    Hi Adam!

    Yes, high time to say hello. 😉 Great determination, making it past Bates exercises and still looking! A lot of people give up after eye exercises (which is why I sometimes get frustrated how popular they are online).

    Habits, indeed. Stimulus, not living in blur (but rather having that blur horizon accessible), a little bit of a log, keeping up with about 0.25 diopter reductions every 3-4 months. You’re making good progress from what you’re describing, I’m very happy that we’re able to put all of your ongoing motivation to some good use.

    Do let us know how progress goes!

    Show off your centimeter improvements! (and make it easier for me to help answer your questions) Add cm results to your log (current or past dates), make sure the "show log" button is checked, and that's it! Your progress will show in your forum signature.

    [{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"86","right":"86","both":"88"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"76","right":"78","both":"82"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"80","right":"82","both":"83"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"84","right":"84","both":"84"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"88","right":"89","both":"91"},{"date":"2016-05-19","left":"95","right":"95","both":"95"},{"date":"2016-05-19","left":"115","right":"115","both":"120"},{"date":"2016-05-30","left":"170","right":"170","both":"175"}]
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  • Adam
    Student
    Post count: 4

    Hi
    After 2 months of using new differential glasses, I am starting to consider another reduction by 0.25 D. I use them for laptop work at office and at home. There are days when they feel already “locked in” – comfortable working distance of around 55-60 cm and quite often clear flashes of 20/20 sharpness (when I look outside – I take my sight off the screen very often).
    For the normalised, from 3 months I use contact lenses, which are reduced 0.25 D compared to what I wore before starting the programme. On a sunny day I can clear 20/20 on Snellen, outdoor, with them. But in less than ideal conditions (indoor, evening) astigmatism related blur remains annoying. In glasses, I have +1.0 cylinder, but I wear contact lenses without astigmatism correction (tried few times special ones with cylinders, but they were very uncomfortable). So I plan now to spend more time on astigmatism practice proposed in one of installments. Also more time for peripheral awareness, i have a feeling it also has good impact.
    Will update my profile with cm measurements soon.

    • Jake S.
      Bearded Sage
      Post count: 2322

      Nice update, Adam!

      I often suggest to just go with binocular spherical reductions for higher myopia, since every reduction takes a similar amount of time – and you get the most perceived win from reducing spherical.

      But when you have one set of correction (contact lenses) without astigmatism, and one with (glasses), you may be slowing progress. Same relative focal planes throughout all lenses is the ideal scenario.

      Definitely update your centimeter log too, so we can spot whether improvements are coming like they should! 🙂

      Show off your centimeter improvements! (and make it easier for me to help answer your questions) Add cm results to your log (current or past dates), make sure the "show log" button is checked, and that's it! Your progress will show in your forum signature.

      [{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"86","right":"86","both":"88"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"76","right":"78","both":"82"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"80","right":"82","both":"83"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"84","right":"84","both":"84"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"88","right":"89","both":"91"},{"date":"2016-05-19","left":"95","right":"95","both":"95"},{"date":"2016-05-19","left":"115","right":"115","both":"120"},{"date":"2016-05-30","left":"170","right":"170","both":"175"}]
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  • Adam
    Student
    Post count: 4

    Finally updated the centimeter logs. Not much progress to talk about so far. However I can report that from 2 weeks I’m using my second differential description, reduced 0.5D vs the one before starting rehab. It already feels comfortable for laptop work, sharp vision at 50cm and clear flashes up to 55-60cm, especially in the morning with fresh eyes. Active focus working often. So this is a first tangible improvement. I still remember that 1 year ago I was anxious about my glasses being at times too weak for laptop work.

    About normalised description, I did take seriosuly your advice about having same cylinder in both normalised and differential. I purchased contacts with cylinder, but again, they really don’t work for me. Very uncomfortable, it distrubs active focus. So right now I use more of my original glasses as normalised, they are 0.5D stronger than differentials. And for sport, I keep my contacts without cylinder. On a sunny day, I notice active focus regularly.

    Not sure why my centimeter readings are not improving. Might be not enough outdoor time, only during weekends I get a lot of this. Anyway, I stick to the programme, and review previous sessions to make sure I include all needed habits.

    • Jake S.
      Bearded Sage
      Post count: 2322

      Adam,

      Clear flashes, a strong sign of improving vision. Do you have any logs of changes with glasses and eye chart? Where are you at now with the original glasses and eye chart?

      Show off your centimeter improvements! (and make it easier for me to help answer your questions) Add cm results to your log (current or past dates), make sure the "show log" button is checked, and that's it! Your progress will show in your forum signature.

      [{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"86","right":"86","both":"88"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"76","right":"78","both":"82"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"80","right":"82","both":"83"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"84","right":"84","both":"84"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"88","right":"89","both":"91"},{"date":"2016-05-19","left":"95","right":"95","both":"95"},{"date":"2016-05-19","left":"115","right":"115","both":"120"},{"date":"2016-05-30","left":"170","right":"170","both":"175"}]
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  • Adam
    Student
    Post count: 4

    Jake,
    Yes, I keep log of snellen results also. For my original glasses, I have started measurements in June 2016. Indoor with good light, it was 20/50 – 20/40. In same conditions, last check I made few days ago was 20/30.

    • Jake S.
      Bearded Sage
      Post count: 2322

      Might be better without astigmatism for close-up (if you’re still using cylinder there). Easy way to test is with plus glasses over the no cylinder contact lenses. 🙂

      Very nice Snellen progress. I recommend logs of measurements with at least cm and eye chart exactly for this reason, as you won’t always see improvements on just of them all the time.

      Show off your centimeter improvements! (and make it easier for me to help answer your questions) Add cm results to your log (current or past dates), make sure the "show log" button is checked, and that's it! Your progress will show in your forum signature.

      [{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"70","right":"72","both":"76"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"86","right":"86","both":"88"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"76","right":"78","both":"82"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"80","right":"82","both":"83"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"84","right":"84","both":"84"},{"date":"2016-03-28","left":"88","right":"89","both":"91"},{"date":"2016-05-19","left":"95","right":"95","both":"95"},{"date":"2016-05-19","left":"115","right":"115","both":"120"},{"date":"2016-05-30","left":"170","right":"170","both":"175"}]
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