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There has been a most interesting discussion on Quora, on the subject of whether myopia can be cured.

Get the scoop and link here.

Here’s the breakdown:  Free vs. Paid Vision Improvement

Here’s why (full article):   Glasses are super dangerous.

The whole answer, skipping learning things the hard way, is here.

(In particular for high myopes, these considerations.)

The tradeoff with glasses over contact lenses (for close-up use) is: 

1) Cost (you’re going through a lot of lenses coming down from high myopia, and some people prefer higher index which is also more expensive).

2) Field of vision and image quality. Less of an issue for close-up, but you are going to get less visual quality from a high diopter lens than a high diopter contact lens (in most cases, though you can get somewhat closer with some very high quality, high index lenses).

3) Convenience. You can easily get some replacement contact lenses, experiment with them for reduced diopters. You can easily put a plus lens over contacts for immediate close-up and not carrying two pairs of glasses.

All in all though, I often suggest going with glasses. High diopter contact lenses are thicker, less gas permeable, and tend to cause more corneal abrasion. They disrupt tear fluid. While it always depends on the individual, it’s important to be aware of and consider all of these factors. 

Here’s the whole breakdown of what’s real, and what might be faked:

You should learn about all the measuring tools available, to fully understand your eyesight and myopia.  

Then once you know how to do centimeter, and eye charts, how to leverage outdoor landmarks, the benefit of test lens kits, and tricks like plus lenses over contacts – then you’ll want to adapt these tools for your own myopia degree and needs.

If you have high myopia, you should read this full post, discussing measuring tools:

Low myopia, especially the gap between -1.5 diopters and no-glasses, is a big, big topic.  Here’s an excellent summary of things to try, issues to avoid, and generally leveling your expectations:

This is important, you don’t want to start monkeying around with lots of focal planes.  Here, read this full article:

If you ended up on this question, you probably already noticed there’s no ‘buy’ link anywhere on the site.

You may have also noticed that I often repeat that everything you need to fix your eyes yourself, is entirely freely available in the blog (and the e-mail series).   That’s no ploy.  Yes, everything is all in the blog, see the how-to guides and reader stories, our Facebook group is also full of reader and student stories (well worth joining there as well, also free of course).

But anyway.  You want to buy BackTo20/20?

Currently there is no guaranteed way to do so.  The reason for all this hiding of BackTo20/20 from the general and casual reader public is that I’m still providing personal support, unlimited for all students there, via the support forum.  Since I try to limit my daily time to around three hours for endmyopia, I only have limited time to do personal support.   

And that’s why, no publicly available sales of BackTo20/20 (for now).

There are 10 invites that go out every month, to those who are most likely to benefit from the program.  How do I know who should get them?  That’s based on how you use this site, what you read, how closely you’re paying attention.  Most likely if 1) you spent enough time researching here and 2) I have invites, you probably will get one.

I’m not very interested in heavily commercializing this resource for now.  BackTo20/20 gives me a way to refine a structured approach, it’s also the basis of our current study for natural myopia control (the largest ever conducted), collecting participant data all along the way.    

(The other, shorter answer is that you can subscribe to the e-mail course, do it in its entirety, you’ll get an invite at the end of it, if any are available – at that point you’ll already know if the DIY, free way is enough for you, or if you want a structured, Jake-supported approach instead)

No money?  No BackTo20/20 invite?  Or just general everything-for-nothing, freeloader type?  It’s all good!

Lots and lots and lots of student readers improve their eyesight, 100% for free:

Yes and .. sort of.  

Read my full disclaimer and experience going from -5D to 20/20, in this post talking about ciliary muscle induced astigmatism – and my approach to trials vs. theoretical science: 

No, 20/20 is definitely not equal to perfect eyesight.

The entire premise, the eye chart, the way your visual acuity is measured, is actually a very, very rough approximation of your eyesight.  It’s “good enough” for the mainstream to “prescribe” you lenses, but you should be aware that it’s about as scientifically representative of your vision as a stick figure is of your real person.

Toshiki recently offered a very apt summary of eye chart testing, in the forum:

20/20 is just an 1861 approximation of the average visual acuity of a human. Today we know that for adolescents and young adults (up to say 35) it’s nothing unusual to have 20/10 and better vision. It’s just unusual for optometrists/ophthalmologists to actually find 20/10 or better, because…

…the optometrist’s setup with rather poor lighting tends to cut off anything better than 20/15,
…the small distances between symbols that you have for high acuity lines lead to an effect called crowding, which makes anything smaller than 20/15 hard to recognize even for those with 20/8 vision, and finally
…most eye charts stop at 20/13, which is probably a good thing, because otherwise a lot more young folks would be (jay-)walking on the streets staring at their smartphones 15cm in front of their eyes while wearing glasses that give them ants-from-outer-space vision.

Given these facs, I don’t see why getting better than 20/20 vision should require any lenses at all. On good days and with decent lighting, I am now at 20/16 without correction (only left eye, right is still 20/32…20/50).

Consider too that many jurisdictions require 20/40 vision for driver’s license exams to be passed without corrective lenses.  And if you’re curious, print an eye chart online and compare your vision in shaded outdoor light to results you get with indoor lighting.  You might notice dramatic differences!

So what’s 20/20?  

20/20 is a barn door.  It’ll do, as far as determining a ballpark for your eyesight, and a means to figure out how much lens correction will give you the clearest possible vision.  Consider this, the tool used by optometry, and it’s vaguest accuracy, before ‘blindly’ trusting the mainstream lens sales with your eyesight.

This question, falls into a bit of a (definitely) advanced topic.  Read the entire explainer here:

Pro topic, this.

So you have more than one diopter of cylinder correction in your glasses.  

You figured out that for close-up you don’t want to be wearing full minus (bravo!), and now you wonder what to do about that astigmatism.  You read me state that less than 1 diopter, you can often just eliminate, for close-up glasses.  But what about if you have more than 1 diopter?

Read this blog post:

You’ve read the over-hyped, over-quoted ‘study’.  “Outdoor time delays myopia onset in children”

In fact, if you know even the basics of human eye biology and how myopia happens, you’re not falling for that clickbait nonsense, ignoring basic causality (myopia onset is delayed in children not because of the magic qualities of outside, but because … there are no screens outside – duh).  

But outdoor time does hold the key to improving vision.  That’s a bit of a longer topic, look at the full article here:

Natural myopia control is still very much on the experimental side of things.

Nonetheless, there are lot of licensed professionals interested in more holistic ways of dealing with myopia, than endless lens prescriptions, invasive and dangerous laser surgeries, or poisonous substances (atropine, etc).

You can find a behavioural optometrist who is likely interested in alternatives to above.

There is also individuals like Despina, our own contributing licensed optometrist, who find natural myopia control to be an effective tool to protect their eyesight (of course nothing here on the site is licensed or medical advice, or officially endorsed by the mainstream).  

We also get quite a few doctors and health care professionals interested in our method.  Take a look here:

Stuck on a plateau, were doing great for a while but now no longer improving your eyesight?  Check out this brilliant update from Jon.  Super worthwhile.

We don’t currently have a good way to save these kind of epic forum posts separately, so they end up floating down the river of stories and updates.  (and that’s why I stuck it here in the FAQ, apologies to those browsing here without forum access)

If you are stuck on a plateau and aren’t improving, Jon’s post is fully of exactly the juicy bits to get you thinking, troubleshooting, find your way out of the sticky plateau.  

If you look at the student progress reports on improving eyesight, you probably noticed that some improve much faster than others. 

Here’s why:

Lots of mainstream parrot “journalists” have recently quoted a Chinese study, claiming a causal relationship between outdoor time and myopia.

Unfortunately (or is that, unsurprisingly), they’re wrong.   Don’t listen to people not smart enough to make the distinction between correlation and causality.  Instead, read this actual explanation of what’s going on with outdoor time and myopia:

A 2007 NCBI published study shows a strong positive correlation between restricted peripheral vision, and myopia onset.

Jake though, has reservations.  More on all that, here:

A totally advanced question, for students who made it past blur, and are working on resolving double vision images (visual cortex activity, vs. in-eye activity).  

The text too is here.  And really any similar large font/small font combo will work (like billboards are sometimes awesome).

A quick and simple way to test your eye strain is key to keeping your eyes healthy.  

While it may take a little creative doing at first, if you know the way to test eye strain, you’re already halfway to better vision health.  

Here’s a great post on how to create a work setup that allows you to test for eye strain easily.

Or as you may ask, can the human eyeball grow shorter, reversing axial elongation caused myopia?

The optometrist says no.  But optometry science seems to think it’s possible (and have demonstrated it in a number of species with human-like eyes):

Short answer:  You have the wrong prescription!

But, you say, the optometrist says I’ll get used to it.  Still, your headache isn’t imaginary, and you didn’t have it before you put on those glasses.  What does that tell us?  The optometrist is, simply, wrong!

I’ll show you how you can measure your own eyesight, and explain exactly what causes the headaches, in this post: