I’m a 53 (almost 54) year old female with a history of myopia/glasses since first grade.
I’ve had a long history of trying many eye improvement plans, including Bates, Eyebody (which actually worked at the retreat; but I didn’t find it sustainable in “real life”) and this program. I tried this program 5-6 years ago, but I wasn’t ready for it and didn’t have the internal organization yet to really follow all of the instructions like I needed to, so I just pooped out.
My FULL prescription from eye doctor one year ago was:
-7.5L, -7.25R, and -0.75 of cylinder.
I also noted that she diagnosed me with presbyopia. I don’t really notice it until I try to do the REALLY close up focusing that I used to be able to do.
I have my annual appointment with her in two weeks.
Since I have known better than to use full strength eyeglasses for everything, I’ve been wearing a normalized of -6.75 each eye, with the cylinder correction. This puts me at a slightly blurred 20/20 on the 3m Snellen. (Outdoor, shaded south-facing porch, located in the N hemisphere.)
I’ve tried at -6.5 (each eye) without the cylinder correction, and that’s a bit too blurry for most applications.
My left eye actually used to be the strongest; but several years ago, during a particularly bad bout of stress, I had this terrible habit for when I couldn’t sleep: I would stare at my phone with one eye in the dark….and now that left eye is the weaker eye. ARGH. I’m so bummed with myself that I did that. (Obviously, no more!)
Given that I hadn’t been wearing my full prescription except for driving, I had been feeling scared and bewildered that the myopia had still been slowly increasing. After a few weeks of learning and deeply thinking about my habits here in this program….I think that the driver of that had been eye strain (including from under-correction), and from not being mindful and consistent of my focal planes during closeup work. I think I found these culprits, and am working really hard on stopping them.
I just emailed my doctor and got the numbers on the differential prescription she wrote me (she’s supportive of eye improvement work). I’ve felt my near glasses have been too blurry… and lo and behold, it’s -4.75 both eyes, and it includes the -0.75 cylinder correction. This works for me at a distance of maximum 50 cm (about the full length of my outstretched arm, until the finger pads on my palms).
I guess I’ll just say that trauma therapy really works: this time around I’ve been both willing and able to follow the program really well. I have a daily log, I have the eye chart mounted on my porch. My social media use and screen time is WAY down. I’ve been intaking the lessons faithfully. I’m still occasionally fighting with getting stressed out by work paperwork and just diving in without taking breaks; but even that is WAY down and I’m working on eliminating that. (Yes, the measurements are helping.)
Finding a precise “clear point” blur horizon measurement hasn’t been as easy as it was the last time I had been attempting the program—-I’m guessing that may be due to the slight presbyopia? However I think I’m pretty good at finding the clearest spot.
My eyes are averaging between 16-17cm in the morning.
They had been around 18 cm, but that’s when I was measuring with that meow app, and I have come to perceive that for my eyes, that’s less accurate.
After a paperwork binge one of ‘em went down to 13.5. Yikes.
With all that—-
What should I be doing for normalized and differential?
Thank you so much for your support. I am so very grateful to have rediscovered this program. It makes so much sense, particularly now that I’ve reorganized my brain a bit in the interim and I’m actually able to follow it.
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