Do You Really Need Reading Glasses?

Jake Steiner’s Program To Reduce Your Presbyopia Lens Dependence*

*current a beta program in the BackTo20/20 series

*available for ranges from +0.50 D To +3.00 D only

Hi I’m Jake Steiner,  creator of endmyopia, a resource regularly read by over 1.2 million readers, and mentor to many tens of thousands myopes all over the world.  No fancy titles or certificates,  I’m here to guide you based of all the tends of thousands of combined experiments, experiences, and successes reducing lens dependence. 

For well over a decade I’ve been working on understanding human eyes.  No illnesses, no medical conditions, but the ability to see clearly at a distance had become a big part of my life.  

Having had -5 diopters of myopia myself, and having reversed it, and having created a huge following in the process turned my life into a bit of the ‘accidental eye’ guru for a very large group of people.  

I’ll spare you the re-telling of my life story here, though.  You’re here for presbyopia.

So let’s talk about presbyopia.

As you obviously already know, presbyopia is an age-correlated experience.  

The lens in the eye (which is responsible for focus) hardens.  As it does, the focusing muscle in your eye has a harder time shaping the lens for close-up vision.  The end result of this is that you gradually begin seeing less clearly up-close.  

There’s nothing that can inherently be done to prevent the hardening of the lens, at least nothing that I was ever able to find on Google Scholar and any published, peer reviewed science.  And if you already know me, you know that despite all the musings about the magnanimously imaginary guru beard, I am a bit of a fanboy of clinical science.  The world of unicorn farming eye drops and supplements and eye exercise isn’t my thing, and based on many years and many more people’s experiences, it seems that we are indeed better off with science than unicorn farming.

Because none of the pills, drops, or exercises really work.  Besides separating you from your money, that is.

Let me be super, extra clear with you right from the start:

I’m not offering any cures here.  I’m not aware of something effective to reverse the effects of aging or to magically change the flexibility of the lens in your eye.

And although I continue to insist that I only help with myopia (not presbyopia), I get asked dozens of times every single week, to assist readers of endmyopia with presbyopia.  And I always say the same thing:  I can barely keep up with the DIY myopia resources, the hundreds of e-mails a day, the 10,000+ member Faceboook group, the Le Meow forum, and the BackTo20/20 for Myopia program.  

It never stops, the questions.  And truth be told I do know how to help you reduce presbyopia lens dependence.  It’s not all that complicated, and on the side I’ve helped quite a few friends and readers with their presbyopia.

So, ok.  But before we get on with it, let’s talk about lens dependence.

Reducing Lens Dependence

There’s no known scientific way to reverse the aging of our eye’s lens.

But having to depend on reading glasses for your close-up is another story altogether.  Yes, we’re all getting older every day.  But a lot of age related things that the medical establishment loves to attack with “prescriptions” and the unicorn Internet farmers will superberry potions, can actually be addressed to some degree.  

I have a good friend who is in his 70’s, who is an avid kite surfer.  

(if you aren’t familiar, look up some kitesurfing videos on Youtube, totally worth it)

He isn’t some miracle of genetics, either.  He started in his 60’s, from scratch.  Yes it took a while to get into a sport mostly for guys in their 20’s, something that’s pretty physically challenging.  But he did it, because he wanted to delay his physical aging – with the most fun possible options that he could find.

Hopefully you’re nodding your head a bit, here.  Because we can get older without having to grumble and shuffle our way to the couch.

Biology is a funny animal.

Use it or lose it, they say.  Your body not only tries to conserve energy, not maintaining muscle you don’t use and such, but it is also aging and with that the “lose it” part gets more noticeable.

And so when you get the first bit of blur up-close, the optometrist gets all excited and sells you some reading glasses.

And reading glasses are a great money maker.

The retail optometry establishment loves it.

First they get you for myopia, and then later on they get you for presbyopia as well.

My kite surfing friend could be getting old and frail, sitting on a couch, thinking about being 70-something.  But he’s not.  He said to himself, hey.  If I’m going to have a good life at this point, I need to start appreciating my body, as well as challenging it.  Instead of giving in to every ache and pain and thought of being lazy and worrying about “what if”, I need to fight back.

Retail optometry doesn’t like this idea, at all.

They want you to go, ehhhh I’m old now.  So I’ll buy some glasses and slowly ease myself into being totally dependent on all these mooching sellers of things.  Scr*w it, I don’t care.

But fact is, in over 15 years of help tens of thousands of myopes reduce their lens dependence, I have not once encountered a single individual who started to need glasses for presbyopia.

And our readers and fellow recovering myopes range in age from teens to those in their 80’s and even 90’s.  

Doesn’t matter the age, I’m not hearing of presbyopia becoming a thing requiring reading glass use.

Just one example out of thousands.

This all a long detour to say, I can help you reduce your dependence on reading glasses.

You’ll still have a lens that’s less flexible than your 20 year old self.  There’s no cure here.  But getting older is one thing, needing reading glasses to be able to see who is calling, a totally different issue.  And this issue I believe we can address – together.

Note I say “I believe”.  Because here’s the big caveat:

This is an experimental program.

This isn’t like BackTo20/20 for Myopia where you encounter all kinds of data on common improvement rates, guarantees (as much as that’s biologically possible) of expected results, and me generally being very confident in every detail of the approach.

BackTo20/20 for Myopia, the mentored myopia program, has been tested, tweaked, and improved for a decade.

But this program, reducing presbyopia lens dependence, is brand new.

We’re at the beginning of the road of tests and tweaks and ongoing improvements.  And while I have pretty good roadmap (I think) based on dealing with some presbyopia issues with some members in the BackTo20/20 program (who have myopia and presbyopia), I’m asking you here to realize that this isn’t going to be (as) perfect – not anywhere close to the BackTo20/20 for Myopia program.

Though if you have presbyopia and wanted a guided program, I think this is a pretty good starting point.

Let’s look at what you will get with the program:

Self Assessment of Presbyopia

Much like we do with myopia, we’ll look at how much diopter dependence you currently actually have.  We’ll compare this to your lens wear and look at how to best adjust your diopter needs.  Presbyopia may increase if you wear too much plus correction, though at the same time using not enough plus may lead to unnecessary headaches and discomfort.

First step in reducing lens dependence is having a baseline.  One that you can establish yourself, without the need to go to the retail optic shop every time, with the “upsell” attempts and general lack of detailed insights that usually entails.

So first, we’ll dial in a good starting point that you can monitor yourself.

Next, we’ll look at your current habits that may not be ideal for your close-up vision.

Improving Close-Up Environments

Poorly lit rooms, screen / page distance, the use of progressive lenses, and a host of other factors can contribute to a less than great experience in your close-up time.  

And these factors compound on top of your already existing presbyopia challenges.

As part of the program we’ll assess your current habit and environment and look at what we can tweak to improve close-up vision habits. Basically the opposite of treating everything with “prescriptions”, we look at how we can level the playing field and optimize your chances for reducing your presbyopia.

> A Roadmap For Reducing Diopters

Once we have a good assessment of both your existing diopter needs and tweaked your close-up environment to best case, we’ll start addressing those pesky reading glasses in earnest.

The jury is still out on an overarching figure of expected reduction rate (unlike BackTo20/20, where I can tell you exactly what to expect).  However, as you likely already know less diopters means that you are closer to be able to use uncorrected close-up vision for a number of task (reading labels at the grocery store, a quick peak at the phone, looking over a quick news article, checking a recipe, etc).  Our goal is to get you to reduce your need for reading glasses, progressively.  

We’ll start with your baseline (as figured out above) and then look at making the first small plus diopter reduction.  We’ll then chart your progress with that reduction and determine when we’ll be able to again reduce those plus diopters.

Stimulus To Reduce Presbyopia

Just like BackTo20/20 has many lessons discussing specific habits and focusing activities to reduce myopia, I have a number of effective (and efficient) techniques to get you the most out of the core concept of ‘active focus’ to reduce your presbyopia.

We won’t be doing exercises (because that’s annoying) but rather addressing habits with small tweaks to introduce consistent and persistent stimulus.

This isn’t all that much different from myopia, in many respects.  

You’re likely wearing more plus diopters than you need right now, while your close-up environment is probably not ideal, and you have no plan or approach to address any of it.  We’re systematically going to take apart the problem into the simplest components, and address each part with a structured approach.

This is something I already have a lot of experience with, and we’ll take all of that insight from myopia, and apply it here to your presbyopia.

A Mentored Approach

Of course this will all work best if I’m around to collect your observations and feedback, and offer suggestions and troubleshooting and ways to further improve for your specific scenario.

This is what made BackTo20/20 so highly effective over the years, and we’ll use this interactive approach again here with presbyopia.

You’ll have access to the member-only support forum, where I check in daily to answer your questions.  We’ll take the time to make sure you’re on the right track, and in the process also continually tweak the individual program sessions to make sure we get the most effective approach to getting out of those annoying reading glasses.

That last bit, the part of me providing hands-on guidance, is of course the key ingredient.

Which of course means that I have to show up, daily, and provide support.  If you follow endmyopia you already know that I like to give away as much as possible for free, DIY style.  I’m happy to do so, especially when an hour of my time translates into many thousands of hours of useful resource for readers and participants.  That works till there’s my one-on-one support involved, so here I have to charge some reasonable amount of money as a trade for my time.

And to be honest, at least in part why I’m getting into this presbyopia program is to raise more money for endmyopia, the destination.

I can’t really afford (without losing money) to hire and pay all the people necessary to make endmyopia a real tool to fight the global myopia ‘epidemic’.  I’m not a PR person or search engine specialist or software developer or have the hours in the day to do outreach to be on podcasts and contributing on other platforms – and the countless other things that need to be done.

So I’m launching this presbyopia program both to help you, and also ultimately be able to help more myopes as well.

And since I live in a literal jungle, off-grid and without any strip clubs or yachts or 12 car garages, you don’t even have to worry that I’ll be using the revenue to satisfy all my many vices and penchants for mischief.

Up the giant mountain to see the local pagoda.

So how much is this going to cost me Jake, you’re thinking.

Since this is basically a ‘beta’ program, I want to both incentivize you to participate (making it relatively inexpensive) but also consider that I may be putting in more time to answer your questions.  

So here’s the middle ground I’ve come up with, for while the program is still in early stages:

Start Improving Now for just

6 Monthly Payments of $83

If you have any questions about the course, e-mail me (jake at endmyopia).

This includes lifetime access and two years support from me, your favorite darling eye guru.

I want you to get the most out of this program, so we get to the same incredible success rate that we’ve enjoyed with BackTo20/20 for Myopia, over the years.  That means great support from me, detailed, structured program sessions, and of course the same no-questions guarantee I offer in the long running BackTo20/20 for Myopia program.

Basically, either you love the program or you just ask me for your money back.  Simple, as with everything you get from me:


I’m putting a lot into this presbyopia program and I want to make sure that you not only get all that content before you fully commit to this — I want to give you 60 days to let it digest, integrate it into your daily life, and make sure this is really working for you.

Try the entire program. 60 days is enough time to get most of the structured approach and then decide. If you don’t LOVE it, I insist that you get 100% of your money back. I’ll even cover the credit card 

processing fees.

It’s simple: Join the program and try it for yourself. If you’re not starting to see a reduction in reading glass diopters in 60 days, I want you to email me. Show me you put in the work, and I’ll give you all your money back.

This guarantee lasts 60 days, which completely covers the core part of the program. That means you can try the ENTIRE core aspect of program and then decide if it’s right for you.

Will my presbyopia program help you throw away your glasses?

Well.  At this point it’s clear that I’m not going to shower you in magnificent promises and fables of youth eternal and golden rainbow unicorns.  I do think we can make some solid progress towards reducing your diopter dependence, and ideally getting you out of those reading glasses altogether.  I do have that fancy 60 day money back guarantee and it’s not like I want to keep your money anyway if you aren’t completely happy with the work we do together.  

And we do have the BackTo20/20 for Myopia program as a precedent that we are able to accomplish very impressive results for a lot of people, and that this resource is easily the #1 online destination for all things seeing clearly.  

Here we go.  No more talk on my part, if you’d like to be part of my presbyopia reduction program, hit the ‘join’ button below.

Start Improving Now for just

6 Monthly Payments of $83

If you have any questions about the course, e-mail me (jake at endmyopia).