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: