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    Andrea Bell
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    So I’m nearly one month into the Endmyopia program. My second time, only this time around, I’m doing it really solidly, on a daily basis. I’m feeling really good about that. I also notice that the program has evolved so much from 5-6 years ago—-I feel like it’s really clicking with me on a deep level. Thank you!

    So far, I’m definitely feeling that things are getting better:

    * My AM centimeter measurement seems to have stabilized around 17cm, sometimes even 17.5. Up from 14-15 cm. I got a “really happy” measurement of 18cm last week after sitting at a coffee house and looking into the distance for 30-40 minutes. (I actually enjoy this practice; I learned it in my Bates work. I enjoy exploring my visual field and honestly really enjoy the relaxation time. I like doing it with and without lenses—and my eyes also seem to really enjoy both ways.)

    * It’s now rare for my eyes to ache.
    * I think my floaters have reduced considerably.
    * The super blurry spot in my left eye (produced a few years ago by binges of nighttime one eye phone scrolling when I couldn’t sleep)—I believe that’s improving.
    * My eyes just generally are feeling happier.

    As I’m going along trying to dial things in, I have a few more questions.

    1. Differential:
    My optometrist is Bates friendly. I don’t think she’s heard of Endmyopia (yet).

    Last year she prescribed me -7.5L, -7.25R plus 0.75 cylinder both eyes, for my full prescription. Remembering this program, I asked her for a reduced prescription for closeup work and explained the diopter bubble. She prescribed me a -4.75 differential, both eyes, with the -0.75 cylinder. That was about a diopter too low, and I was feeling the strain all year during closeup work.

    So after posting here and receiving your encouragement, I went ahead and switched to a -5.75 diopter, no astigmatism differential (same for both eyes). I had this pair of glasses from Zenni from when I was doing Bates work.
    That’s a lot better; but I’m guessing my left eye is still about 0.25 diopters weaker than my right. I’m not sure of that, as it seems to be evening out with this program. It might be less than 0.25 D weaker, but it’s still weaker than the right. (Never, never, never look at the phone in the dark in the middle of the night with one eye!) Also, I notice that on the rare occasions I now get eye strain, it’s predominantly on my right eye.

    I’m feeling like this -5.75 differential is okay, but that it still may be producing a little strain—like I need to get it dialed in a little better.

    My annual eye appointment with her is in just over a week.
    So my tentative plan is to wait and see what her current full prescription is for me, especially the diopter difference between the two eyes, and what the cylinder is. And then update my differentials accordingly. Perhaps ordering something new from Zenni that’s pretty close to what I have but perhaps with more balance between the eyes—depending on how she measures me.

    Does that sound like a good plan?

    2. Presbyopia:
    I noticed last year that my eye doctor also diagnosed me with presbyopia, although with this high a degree of myopia I hadn’t even ever noticed it. Then when I saw that diagnosis, I tried to look at closer things and I did notice they were blurrier than they used to be, but still not bad at all.
    Today I measured my presbyopia: blur begins at about 11 cm from my eyes. If I’m not mistaken it seems to have improved somewhat.
    So my question is: do I need to factor this into my differential? Or can I just satisfy myself with making a habit of trying to clear up the blur around 10.5cm?

    3. Video editing:
    I haven’t been doing any video editing since earlier this year, in an effort to avoid eye strain. That means my YouTube channel has been completely dead in the water.

    Encouraged by my progress here, I started editing a new video this past Sunday and Monday. I also switched to a new editing program (LumaFusion for iPad). I was told LumaFusion was much easier to use than iMovie; and my eyes overall seem to really prefer the iPad over the MacBook screen, which has always been a strain to read and type on. However, this change meant a smaller screen, closer work than on a MacBook, and also having to hunt around for things and learn a new program. I was taking a lot more breaks than I used to, every 20-30 minutes.

    Well, my eyes totally crashed.
    Sunday video recording and brief editing seemed okay, since I wasn’t working and I had a lot of outdoor time.
    On Monday, I resumed working with LumaFusion, in good indoor light (near a large window) and then I resumed my usual work duties (some in person meetings, some Zoom meetings and brief documentation, like 5 minutes or less after each appointment). But on Monday, another change I made was that I also turned on the fluorescent lighting in my back office, in an attempt to make it brighter than it had been with two not-as-bright full spectrum bulbs. However this meant a lower quality of light, even though there was more light.

    So then by the end of the day on Monday, I’d had to see my last (Zoom) client without any glasses at all—-my eyes just wouldn’t stand them. The main symptom was sharp pain in those big muscles on top of the eyeballs. By the time I got home Monday night my eyes were yelling at me how tired they were—but my contractor was still there and I couldn’t rest yet; I had to deal with him.

    Tuesday was similarly bad. (Today being Wednesday, and they’re much improved today after a lot of rest.) I’ve previously had this exact same upper eye muscle strain-pain before, notably when I tried screwing around too much with different focal planes. But then, before I began this program, I noticed that those muscles used to be perpetually minorly strained, but numbed out. Well, after a month of doing this program—-the eye strain is no longer numbed out. Yay!

    So my question is, should I be avoiding video editing for now?
    I was thinking of giving it a week to fully recover, and then perhaps going back to the program on the MacBook which I know pretty well, and which has a bigger screen; and just working outdoors on my shaded porch. And only working on weekends, when I don’t have much other closeup work demands.

    Thank you for your thoughts!
    I’m really encouraged by my progress so far, at just over 3 weeks in.

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    • Andrea Bell
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      P.S. I’d posted a profile picture, as requested, but for some reason I’m not seeing it here. I’ll try to amend that now. Please know that if there isn’t one, I’m trying.

    • Andrea Bell
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      Turns out, I’ve successfully added a profile pic on the community forum, but I can’t find where to upload a profile pic here, on this forum. I’m not even finding it under “Edit Profile”—I can edit the typed info, but not upload a photo. Nothing happens when I click on the grey generic human form that suggests there’s no photo yet. I’m sorry about that! I’ll continue trying to figure out how to upload, open to suggestions!

    • Jake S.
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      Make sure the optometrist tells you the current diopters in front of your eyes so you can evaluate what you see on the chart, with some context.

      If they’ll also let you use a test lens kit to see in real space afterwards, all the better.

      Be sensitive to their business model. They can’t take up too much time per person without losing money. Do support their business and be sensitive to their time. 🙂

      Otherwise there will be only ‘bad’ optometrists left.

      Yes, diopter gap between distance and close up should be between 1 to 1.5 diopters. Not less not more.

      I don’t recommend iPads for anything besides casual content consuming. For doing work the setup promotes too much proximity to a small screen. Unless you get the huge ipad and an external keyboard / mouse.

      Don’t worry about the photo here, this forum is buggy. Just glad it works at all. 🙂

    • Andrea Bell
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      Well, the current diopters in front of my eyes *are* my normalized.

      Remember, I’d previously started this program—so I already knew not to go around wearing “the big guns” for everything. That’s how I ended up *already having* a differential (-5.75) and normalized (-6.75) when I first started (again) almost a month ago.

      Currently I really only wear my full prescription for driving, and I don’t drive very often/far.

      My current normalized is at -6.75 both eyes, with -0.75 cylinder correction (both eyes).
      With that, I can see the 20/20 line on the 3m Snellen chart, outdoor shaded on my porch. That 20/20 line is mildly blurry but quite visible.

      I’m thinking to order another set of lenses for the normalized—-same diopters but without the cylinder correction. For most of what I use them for I don’t have quite enough blur: I can see 100% crisp during the daytime. BUT, BUT, I’m not doing that just yet, changes are slow, and I want to get my differentials dialed in a little better first. So for now, leaving the current normalized alone. Is this a good strategy?

      If you were me, what would you be doing about the video editing?
      I really don’t want my eyes to crash like they did earlier this week. (But I have a video final project due, and my YouTube channel is languishing…)

    • Jake S.
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      Current diopters, as far as what they have dialed in while having you look at an eye chart during the exam.

      You do need a blur horizon in normalized in order to do active focus. Without that, don’t expect much improvement. It’s the most key stimulus in this whole approach.

      Video editing … small doses, large screen, good distance, blur horizon, check eye chart before and after.

    • Andrea Bell
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      Okay, I’m going to come away from my upcoming eye exam with a clear understanding of all of her prescription recommendations.

      Interesting thing about my current normalized:
      Yesterday we had more grey light on my porch. I noticed there was more blur with the normalized than I’d noticed previously.
      Then the cloud cleared, the brighter light came back and the blur cleared up.
      Given that we’re heading into a darker, more grey season in the northern hemisphere, I think I’m going to stick with this normalized for a bit.

      I’ve also figured out something else:
      Since I’d been going around with far too much blur for far too long, and uncertain how to really get my eyes to start correcting it—-I think I unwittingly taught myself to tolerate too much blur. It made me uncomfortable so I turned my awareness away from it.

      So I’m just re-learning what really sharp vision is like. I think that may be why I hadn’t really noticed the slight blur with my current normalized. There is actually some, here and there, if I know where to look for it (instead of avoiding awareness of it).

      For now I’m going to delegate my video editing to my housemate. My eyes are telling me it’s just too much for right now. Also, I know myself. I have this tendency to dive into a project and have difficulty pulling myself away, so, for now, video editing is probably something to return to in the future. But not now.

    • Jake S.
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      Yes, the ‘blur adaption’ premise is real and definitely happens. While being careful not to go overboard with minus, having some time with some really crisp vision is often useful.

      And yes if you get those short winder days, expect progress to ‘hibernate’ a bit as well. Good time to stay with existing diopters and just maximize keeping the existing gains. 🙂

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