How I reduce and fixed my Nearsightedness. My story to 20/20 Vision

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Hello, I’m Jason and I am going to share with you guys how I started to cure my myopia. This post consists of everything I know from how I found out that my eyesight can be cured, to the period when I ignored the information, and applied them one step at a time to where I am today.

To go straight to the point, what I did to reduce my myopia are the following.

  1. Know your correct eye grade
  2. Reduced Prescription
  3. Active Focusing
  4. Print Pushing
  5. Reading a Lot
  6. Carrots

Everything else I’ve tried did not work. To know more about them, continue reading my story and the article. 🙂

I am a blogger that wants to share a lot to people, especially when talking about self improvement. I’ve started this website because of that. Do also note that I already know that I can cure my myopia a long time ago but too lazy to do it. I was able to get away from that rot. That’s why you will see that I don’t really have every picture for you. Another is I just started my blog a few months ago. I did not even know that I could share these techniques to the world. If you are interested in some more of my articles, feel free to browse my site. I would also like to advice you to check my 1 week social media detox challenge article since reducing screen time is a big catalyst in improving your eyesight.

My Story and How My Myopia Started

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So to tell my story on how I got myopia in the first place, when I was about 13 yrs old, I got my first eye glasses. Well it was from a checkup since I’ve been complaining that I can’t see the board on school clearly. However, I hated it.

Well to be honest with you. At first, I love having those glasses! I was able to see clearly. I was able to read car plates from far away, but that did not last.

A few months after, I was prescribed a higher grade which I think was -1.25 diopters for both eyes. I started to hate that I can’t do anything without my glasses. Also, I don’t look great with glasses. Never have I ever heard people tell me that I look with glasses on, they always say that I look better without it.

I just dream of having a perfect vision. However, things get worse and worse. From -1.25, I got -1.75 in 1 year. When I got to college, my eye grade is already -2.50.

So I said, enough is enough. I told the optometrist to help me with this and how can I cure my nearsightedness. I guess you already know their answer.

It is pure genetics. They said. They also told me not to force my eye and to use glasses all the time. They said it would help my eye deal with UV rays or something. I forgot the type of lens they gave me but it gives a green glow (you can’t blame me for that, I wear only contact lenses now). They even advised me to get those fancy transition lens that switch to shades when the sun is up. They say that UV rays is one of the reason for my Myopia.

They said that it would be forever. I am going to wear these glasses forever! I can’t do anything about it since my dad is also myopic. My mom doesn’t wear glasses btw. However, if it is genetics, I just accepted that fact until my eye grade turned to -3.25.

Those maybe one of the most depressing moments of my life. Imaging I have to wear eye glasses everyday for the rest of my life.

As I got really annoyed with these glasses, remember when they told you that it really hurts a little while using a new pair of glasses? Spoiler alert, that is most of the time the reason why your myopia gets worse and worst. In fact, they have a SCIENTIFIC TERM for that. Lens induced Myopia.

Anyway, so I started to do what an ordinary millennial will do when we got a query, we check the internet for answers. That’s where I learned about these stuff. Not on one website but on multiple ones. Already feeling lucky that you will get all of these in one article? 🙂 No problem!

Why I decided to write this Article

When I get to a conversation with people and I say that I got my myopia from -3.25 to -2.00, people are always asking how did I do it and if they can also do it.

Of course, I can’t tell them everything because if I do, all the time for our conversation is very precious. I am a very busy person and that is because I focused on self improvement. Ever since I quit video games, I started to focus on myself. If you are interested in knowing how I started improving myself by quitting video games, or you just realized that video game addiction is linked to myopia since you are always looking at screens. Maybe you want a reboot and check my tips in this article: Quitting games

So by writing this, I can just direct them to the article I wrote. Another is just imagine how many people are ignorant of this fact? They believe that this is 100% due to their genetics, and no lifestyle change can remove those eye glasses which is a pain to wear all the time. Trust me, I still know how that feels. And I feel that it is one of the reason you might be checking this article out.

I did not reduced my Myopia to 20/20 yet, but I already reduced it by a significant amount. So amazing right? That’s why I want to share this with everybody.

Before I start writing this article, here are some of the things I want you to know:

First, I will be 100% Honest with you guys. This Article will impart even my failures in reducing my Myopia. I might also offend people by saying that the method they are doing did not work for me. So I’m sorry in advance.

Second, I have no ways to prove that I reduced my myopia except with sharing the result of the test I’ve discovered which will be shared below. But I hands on swear that what I say I true and correct to the best of my abilities.

Third, these things are the product of my research. What I did, learned, applied in my journey to reduce my myopia. As of this writing, my prescription is -1.75 diopters which is a very big achievement in my opinion.

Fourth, this Article is far from perfect. So I urge you to feel free to ask in the comment section below which is a great help for you and me. I can answer your question and make this article better to help more people.

Fifth, there are lots of information in this article that might take you days to fully grasp all of the concepts, principle and practices. I suggest you bookmark this page or save this website’s link for future references.

Sixth, this will be a very long article so if you only want the treatment part without knowing the principles in reducing myopia and what it is, you can just to the How I started Treating Myopia section. BUT, I suggest that you read everything so you know what you are doing.

Last, I am just one guy trying to explain everything. While it is true that I’ve finished my Bachelor’s degree on Medical Technology, I am still not an optometrist. However, I tried to explain everything as clear and accurate as I could.

With those in mind, let us start

Why I wanted to Cure m Myopia

Why I wanted to Cure my Myopia

As I said in my story above, I hated how I can’t survive a day without those glasses. Also, I look a lot better without it.

I started using contact lenses but it is quite a hassle since you need to apply and remove in everyday, there are lots of infections scares out there with the use of these lenses. However, I’m still using contact lenses right now to improve my eyesight, more on it later.

But the ultimate reason for me wanting to reverse my myopia is that I just dream of a day where I can just jump on my bed, enjoy nature, traveling without having to worry about glasses anymore. Can you feel what I’m feeling when I say that dream? Just imagine the day you go lens free and enjoy the world as we see it from our 20/20 vision.

That’s right! That’s my ultimate reason. I want to enjoy life without those glasses. Plus, traveling will be a lot easier. I also hate it when moist start accumulating on my glasses. Driving with glasses. It makes me feel that my eyes tire easily. I know I’m not the only one out here, am I right?

And I think you also hate it. I know that’s the reason why you’ve cheeked this article. Don’t worry I’m not wasting your time. I know you’ve been reading a lot now. I promise you that what you will get from here is truly worth it.

SHOW AND PROVE TO ME THAT YOU HAVE THE WILL TO CURE YOUR EYES!

What Exactly is Myopia

What exactly is Myopia?

If you ask an optometrist, they would say that the cause of your myopia is the elongation of your eyeball.

They are absolutely right about that.

When your eye elongates, images started to get blurry since you can’t fully focus the image to your retina.

So why did your eyeball suddenly become elongated? They just blame it into genetics. Like how they explained it to me.

HOWEVER, not me since I am going to introduce you to the root cause of your myopia.

I present you, ciliary spasm.

What is that Ciliary spasm?

Ciliary Spasm

Did you see the ciliary muscle on that eye anatomy above? Remember that it is a muscle and muscles sometimes have spasms.

These muscles hold your lens and forms them to help you see clearly. When they spasm, it decreases the quality of image you see. Can you guess what that is? There is a scientific term for that. It is called Pseudomyopia.

Yup, as in Pseudo (Fake), Myopia (Nearsightedness). So Fake Myopia, Why fake? More on it later.

Why are your glasses Screwing you over?

Do you remember when I told you in my story when I complained that I can’t see the board in the classroom. Thus, I had my first pair of glasses?

That is because growing up, I was addicted to video games. As you already know, I already quit video games. I shared the link to my article on that here. But what happened is that the reason for ciliary spasm is continuous near work. I’m not working but I’ve been looking at screens all night, reading books at school. All near work. Thus, my ciliary muscles did have those spasms.

Now, since your local optometrist did not explained this to you. Surprised? Me either. They gave me glasses as a treatment for my FAKE myopia.

Why is it fake? simple. The reason why I can’t see clearly is because it is ciliary spasm, not the elongation of my eyeball.

Now that they’ve given me those glasses that they thought I would wear for the rest of my life, those glasses is what caused me to have myopia in the first place. Now, I don’t have pseudomyopia but a real myopia. Lens induced myopia it is.

Now, let me tell you how this happens.

Remember when you have an optometrist check? Dark room, small letters, try to read the smallest letter?

Here is my question for you to answer, you do realize that you can see better when the sun is up compared to a dark room?

Exactly! Sun light is good for your eyes. I really wonder why they made those transition lenses. Hmmm.

Note: Do not look directly in the sun. While sunlight is good for your eyesight, looking at it directly is too much to handle for your eyes. Everything that is too much is bad. Always Remember that rule.

Anyway, the sunlight is great as its light can make clearer images to your eyes.

Now, imagine getting a full correction for a dark room and you started using those glasses outside while the sun is out?

You see where I’m going? You are being over prescribed. Imagine how stressed your eyes have become because of that. Since you are over prescribed, the eye has to compensate by increasing your myopia since it is really stressed out from that glasses.

That’s why I was prescribed a low prescription when I was 13, then got to -2.25 in college, then -3.25 soon after graduating.

Now, do you realize now why you need to wear glasses everyday? I felt that pain when I found out about this stuff.

So Do I need to throw away my Glasses?

Not necessarily. Well based on my research, it depends. Once you get an eye grade that only needs -0.5 diopters, you may freely remove your glass and do the techniques I’m going to show you further in this article.

However, for most of us, we should NOT throw away our glasses immediately.

There is a thing called blur adaptation. Which means that your brain has already adapted to the extent of your myopia.

Is it bad? DEFINITELY! If you brain thinks that your blurry eyesight is normal, there won’t be any improvements anymore.You should let your brain know that your eyes need to be see clearly.

If I’m not going to throw away my glasses, should I change my prescription.

For most of us, we need to change or rather reduce our prescription. Don’t worry. The step by step procedure in choosing the right reduction on your prescription will be taught later in the article.

For now, just know that removing your glasses immediately is not a good option. Also,  reducing your prescription by a large extent is also not a wise choice.

What are the Options Available for Myopia Treatment?

1. Glasses

These are by far the fastest, most convenient way to treat your myopia. Also, this is the number one reason why our eyesight gets worse and worse. If you do not know why, just check the myopia portion above.

However, there is a way of using your glasses or contact lens to improve your vision again. Do not ditch this immediately.

Along the speed and convenience glasses can give you lies some disadvantage. First, you will get reliant on it. Which means that you need to wear it forever. I always dreamed of a life without the need of glasses.

Second, those steam on the glass is annoying!

Third, you can’t really swim with them. Especially for a person who loves traveling a lot, this is a pain.

Fourth, it is hard to sleep on sleep overs with glasses. Basically you have to place them somewhere you could find them immediately. If not, then good luck the next day doing hide and seek.

Fifth, higher prescription are really heavy and always cause discomfort for your nose.

I could pile on more but I hope you get my point. Maybe you really hate it to.

Pro tip: This will be a long journey to recover your eyesight. It would be a big help if you use this hatred of yours for eye glasses. This is the reason why I’m still pressing on TBH.

However, I am counting on your extreme desire to live without the need for glasses. That’s why I’m preaching how it sucks.

If you really really hate glasses, you could also treat your myopia with contact lenses. More on it later.

2. Laser or LASIK Surgery

Alright, you still want a faster route. Then you can try LASIK eye surgery.

While it will bring your vision back to 20/20, it is not a great choice. If it is, I’ve already gotten one. But hear me out here.

Lasik is when a laser reshape your cornea for it to act like a permanent lens for your eyes.

With that comes a lot disadvantage,

First, it is so expensive!

Second, only 96% of patients get success in regaining their 20/20 eyesight. The 4%? Wasted money.

Third, reshaping your cornea means that it will get thinner. This makes up to tons of cases where their eyes become very sensitive. Thus eye irritation would be your lifetime problem. (This became the result of someone I know that went through the surgery. Also, the reason why I don’t want to risk it.) Just imagine needing eye drops and wearing shades every time to prevent your eyes from irritation.

Fourth, other side effects include: increase sensitivity to glare, seeing halos, difficulty driving at night, fluctuating vision and dry eyes.

Source: www.webmd.com

If you want to live with them the rest of your life, or you are just the risk taker, then you are free to go through the surgery. The results are fast anyway.

Bates Method

3. Bates Method (I’ve used this but Failed)

The reason why it took me a long time to figure out the correct way to improve my vision is because I’ve used this method for a long time expecting results.

While there are cases when you will have a sudden clear flashes (eyesight), but it is not permanent. I want something that will make my eyesight 20/20 all the time. Not on random occasions.

The bates method was proposed on 1891 by an opthalmologist names William Bates.

To make things simple simple, he proposed that the reason for myopia which is the elongation of your eyeball is from the weakening of the muscles that surround your eye. ( See picture above.)

While that is true for your posture, it is not the same for your eye.

So to solve this, he proposed palming which is a way to relax your surrounding eye muscles for a while.

Note: There are people saying that palming reduced their myopia for a short while. This is TRUE because one of the muscles that is relaxed with the palming process is your ciliary muscles (Study how myopia works above.) Remember that one of the cause of your myopia is ciliary spasm, so he got that right.

So do you need to do palming everyday? No. There is another way of relaxing your ciliary muscles which I use and it worked a lot better for me since the bates method gave me no result.

Another thing he got right is that sunlight is great for your eyesight which I already explained why above.

Of course, if Bates proposed that the surrounding muscle is the enemy, then there are also eye exercises which is the next one.

4. Eye Exercises (I’ve also used this but Failed)

Eye yoga, Bates method, Magic 10 minutes daily eye exercise for clear eyesight.

Nobody got time to do them everyday. Plus, it doesn’t work. I’m sorry if I offended some people who use this. But it simply didn’t worked for me.

As I said, the problem is not the surrounding muscle. It is the ciliary spasm (Pseudomyopia) which later became lens induced myopia due to your use of over-prescribed glasses.

Plus, putting a time of the day to do this exercise is tedious. No Offense 😛

5. Carrot Juice ( Also Failed )

I also tried to gulp down and chew tons of carrots.

While it is good for the eyes, with some people swearing that improve their eyesight. Well not for me. While this is a factor in improving your eyesight,  you need the right habits which I learned more about after I gulped down tons of carrots for a few months.

What’s great though is my skin became smooth and glowing because of the crazy amount of vitamin A I was consuming that time.

P.S. I know someone who swore that carrot juice fixed his eyesight. So I tried it, and I still am but not the same amount as before. I am quite lazy to go to the grocery every time. Combine this with the right habits of hormesis and you will get your 20/20!

6. Hormesis (What I’ve Used)

Finally! Something that worked wonders for me.

For starters, hormesis is placing some stress on your body in order to improve their function.

It is just like putting some weights to get more muscles.

While currently, your eyes may be weak, by doing hormesis, which is basically training your eyes to look farther away, it signals your eyes that it needs to be stronger. Thus, lower prescription in the long run.

However, do not push it too much.

As with stress, too much stress can cause more harm than good.

It is like putting some 110 lbs/50kg or barbel on your first day at the gym. Imagine the disaster that might cause.

Start small and gradual. Do not worry, I am going to teach you how I do hormesis later. You just need to know that this is the only thing that worked for me.

Now can you see why blur adaptation,(which is discussed above) is the one of the worse things you could do for your eyesight? If your brain thinks that your myopia is normal, then it is over. We need to always tell your eyes and brain that you need clearer eyesight. That’s how hormesis work.

Know the best part is? It is completely free!

Why I chose the Natural Way by Hormesis?

As I mentioned the reasons above, it is simple.

The side effects of laser eye surgery and the reliance on these glasses just doesn’t feel right for me. One thing I know through the years is that my body is not an idiot.

It can maintain balance in our body like control sugar levels which justifies intermittent fasting, it can increase our muscle strength if we give it the right stimuli, and it can reverse our myopia or presbyopia with the right stimuli.

The natural way is always the one with minimal to no side effects and cheaper. That’s what I’m always looking for.

How did I learned about Treating my Myopia Naturally

As an adult in this internet era, I did what a normal person who have queries would do. I went up for an internet search.

Of course, that was a few years ago. I think that was 2014 when I started to get serious in finding out how can I fix this.

That time, the bates method and the eye yoga exercises are the famous ways to cure your eyesight.

As for me, I tried doing these exercises for a few months. To make things short. It did not worked out. So I just accepted the fact that I can’t reduce my prescription.

Here are the reasons why I’ve failed that time:

  • The lack of available resource to learn about these things online.
    You are lucky because I already told you what works and what doesn’t. I did not have that luxury before.
  • Doing a 15 minute eye exercises is a pain especially for a college student like me. I got to take up and be at school at 7AM.
    P.S. I am not a morning person those times. Right now I wake up at 4:30 everyday for self improvement. If you want to start to improve yourself and get your life together, may I suggest you to check my article on my 1 day dopamine fast? It really helped me get ready to get that motivation.  I’ve already shared the link .
  • I’m so impatient those times of my life. So I stopped after a few months.
  • I have no ways to see if there are any improvements on my eyesight.
    (Which is why you are lucky again because I am going to teach you how to get your correct eye grade and prescription later in this article.)

So there you go. Why I failed.

However, a few years later. About 2017, I am really desperate  to treat my myopia so I went for another google search on treating my Myopia, this time I am researching more and eliminating some sources that Bates method works (You know why I am eliminating them don’t you? They did not work for me.)

I am so lucky to have stumbled on this video

If you have the time, you can also watch that later. It where I started.

THAT IS THE EYE OPENER FOR ME!

However, I failed again. More on it later.

How I started Treating my Myopia

To continue, I was excited to see that video that I quickly hoped to incorporate them into my habits.

I failed again simply because there is no way to check if I have any improvements.

But basically, what I did to treat my myopia is right. I just do not have the correct way of checking if I’m improving or not. Thus, I lost my motivation.

So how I started?

As the video said, it comes up with active reading on the edge of blur.

Here it is, if you have an eye grade of more than 2.00 diopters (which is 3.25 for me), There is a certain distance where you can read the text but they are a bit blurry.

To explain myself, your vision has 3 edges.

  • Edge of Focus – This is the distance where you can see the crisp clear image or texts when reading. This is usually the distance where you can read conveniently.
  • Edge of Blur – This is the distance where you will see a slight blur. You can still read the texts but it is not comfortable.
  • Edge of Readability – This is where the texts are so blurred that you can’t read it anymore.

Now that you understand what these edges are, the general rule is to read on the Edge of blur.To explain where that is, here is a picture below.

Source: endmyopia.org

Basically, you make it a habit to read on this edge of blur. This will signal your eyes and brain that it needs to get a clearer image. Thus, improving your eyesight.

Note: There may be times that reading too much on the edge of blur will cause some eye strain. That is normal because you are training you eyes to be better and stronger. However, once you felt that. Rest for a while. Like I said, when you start going to a gym, you go do try the light weight before the heavy weights. The important thing is that you are giving the right stress for it to improve.

So basically, I started reading blog, books, subtitles on the edge of blur.  However, that is not enough.

As I said, there is no means of knowing if I’m on the right track. I can’t go to an optometrist because they will just give me the largest prescription they can give. So i got no choice but to make this a habit.

Since there is no means of knowing if I’ve improved, I lost my motivation to continue.

That is not until I learned more .

How I manage to get back on track

This is because I found the website called End Myopia. It is a great website since I learned a lot of things. Plus, the community is nice since you are all in the journey in improving your eyesight. You may check it out. I can tell you that it helped me tons and it is because of what I learned there that I pressed on.

Plus, I learned more about eyesight that I incorporated some more habits with print pushing (reading on the edge of blur). Thus, I got significant results.

It is also a great plus that I can now measure my eye grade and put the correct prescription.

How to Reduce Prescription Lenses

Things I did to Lessen my Myopia for Good

Now that we are on the good part, I have explained the main focus of this method. It is to give some stress to my eyes to tell it to improve.

That is the basic concept, however there are tons of ways to get it to the next level other than print pushing.

So here are the things I did to lessen my Myopia! You’re welcome.

1. Know your Correct Eye Grade

This is the first and one of the most important step.

The reason why I failed twice on this journey is because I have no means of knowing what is my eye grade.

To know your eye grade, here are the things you need.

  • Smart Phone/Computer
  • Internet
  • Measuring tape

You need the centimeter measurement because it will be the one you will use in measuring your eye grade.

I do suggest you use this measuring tape. It is lightweight , cheap and easy to carry so you can check your eye grade anywhere. Here is the link: Cloth Measuring Tape

Now, use this link to measure your eye grade: Measure your eye grade

Just enter the distance you’ve measured from the word Focus to your eyes on the EDGE OF BLUR. Remember to have a separate measurement for each eye.

Here are some of the measurements I have just for example:

05/17
Right: 40cm, Left: 33cm

06/04
Right: 48cm, Left: 46cm

06/09
Right: 48cm, Left:48cm

06/19
Right: 50cm, Left: 50cm

06/28
Right: 52cm, Left: 53cm

07/02
Right:56cm, Left:57cm

With that, with the use of the calculator you can see that I’m currently on -1.75 diopters.

Now, to the next step.

2. Reduced Prescription

Some people over-complicate things when it comes to reduce prescription so here is my rule.

WHATEVER YOUR MEASUREMENT IS ON NUMBER ONE, SUBTRACT 0.50 DIOPTERS.

So for example, my current eye grade is -1.75, I am wearing a -1.25 contact lens. Same with eye glasses.

Basically you reduce your prescription to induce a slight blur. Now that you have a blur, you can finally tell your brain that it still needs to improve via hormesis.

SO if your eye grade it -2.50, start with -2.00. If -4.00, then start with -3.50.

I hope you get what I mean.

Note: Do not drop -1.00 diopters immediately. By now, I’ve explained why blur adaptation is. By dropping your prescription too much, you will start inducing blur adaptation which believe me is a very bad thing to do to your eyes.

Combining this will give you the best amount of hormesis for close up work and looking far away. Just remember to always read on the edge of blur.

3. Active Focusing

Now let’s get to the real fun part.

Once you start reading on the edge of blur, try to force your eyes into reading the text clearly. You will notice that after staring at it for some time, the text will become clearer.

This is called active focusing. This is where you will force your eyes to make your current Edge of blur become the edge of focus. This is the best exercise in my opinion to work on your eye.

Do note that active focusing is not the same as lowering your eyelids so you can see more. Feel the power of your ciliary muscles on the eye working to make the text clearer. I promise you that you would be surprised that your eyes can do that.

4. Print Pushing

Now that we are on the print pushing part, it is simply reading a book, blog or whatever it is on the edge of blur. By now, you already know how to do it.

But there is a problem.

When you reach the eye grade of -1.75 or lower, the edge of blur when reading becomes very far away. Thus it will be harder to read.

You would look like an old man with presbyopia reading a newspaper.

Is there a solution? There is. However, some people recommend it, some people don’t. For me, I’m doing it but I tell you that it strains your eye even more.

Putting up reading glasses will do the trick. They are the reverse of your eye glasses for myopia. In fact, the reading glasses are called PLUS LENSES.

Remember your eye prescription? It is always on the negative (-) diopters. Now, if you add some plus lenses. It would feel like you’ve gained some more myopia.

In short, negative diopters reduce your myopia, positive lenses increases it while you wear them.

This will make you read on a closer range, which is quite easier rather than stretching your arms just to read a book.

So if you have low myopia, you can switch to plus lenses to reduce the distance of the edge of blur. This way, you can start print pushing again.

5. Reading a lot

Now, when I read a book, I read on the edge of blur. When I check out a site, I am always on the edge of blur.

Reading a lot gives more stress to signal your eyes that it needs to improve more.

However, do not ever do it. There is such thing as over work. We are here to improve your eyesight not make it worse.

Just remember the general rule. When your eyes feel tired, rest.

6. Look far away

As I’ve said, reading on close up is only part of the equation for your myopia. The reason for your reduced prescription is to focus and still read on the edge of blur on far away objects.

Look at the clouds, trees, Street signs or whatever it is. Tell your brain that you need to see far objects clearly. Combine this with print pushing then you have what it takes to improve.

I make it a rule to look far away, for at least an hour each day.

Now, there is a bonus I would like to share

Remember when I told you that I use contact lenses? If I wear one, I can’t do print pushing on close up work right? No, I have a trick.

Remember how contact lenses are Negative lenses and reading glasses are Positive lenses? Check this out.

I currently have an eye grade of 1.75.

This makes me wear a -1.25 contact lenses.

Now, by computing, I have 0.50 eye grade with my contact lenses. Perfect for looking far away. (1.75 – 1.25 = 0.50)

I need to get my eye grade to 2.00 so I can print push on close up work such as when writing this Article. Thus, I’m wearing a plus lens of +1.50.

Check this out, with contact lenses on, I have an eye grade of 0.50. Plus +1.50 lens (0.50+1.50), I now have 2.00 eye grade.

Now, I can do print push while writing this article.

So can you improve your eyesight with contact lenses? Definitely!

The Secret Ingredients to Succeed

It’s all about the right habits, Mindset and make it FUN

Remember, that it took years to get your eyesight work. It is reasonable that it will also take a long time for it to get back to 20/20.

As for my past failures. There is one reason why I still failed with the right information.

It is my habit.

Making print pushing and hormesis as a habit for your eye improvement is the most important and the secret sauce to your success.

Lose this, then you are done.

Everything you read, print push. Look far away, reduced prescription. Once this became your  habit, you are on the right track.

Last is motivation.

Take notes on your eye measurement, there might be times that you will not improve for months. It is alright, that is normal.

Just continue and record them.

One day, with your 20/20 vision, you can check your notebook and look back on what you did to improve yourself.A great story to tell your friends and family how you magically cured your eyesight without supplements, laser surgery or any other future ways of improving eyesight.

Give yourself a pat for taking your time reading this very long article, which by the way is oversimplified IMO.

However, I really tried to put the most relevant information in this article for everybody. By this part, I have already explained how to cure your myopia.

If you are still interested, you may continue reading. The next parts are what to take note for, final verdict and the FAQ.

Remember to comment down below! If you have successfully reduced your diopters and want to share something to the people here, feel free to share them. 🙂

Things to note when taking the natural way to cure myopia

Things to note when taking the natural way to cure myopia

1. It will take time

Unlike Lasik surgery and eyeglasses, it will take you months to years depending on the degree of your myopia to turn it back to 20/20 again.

As I said, it is not surprising considering that it took years for your eyes to be that way.

Do not lose hope. There are a lot of people who successfully cured their myopia. One day, you would too. Just stick with the habit and I’m sure that you will get there.

2. It might get Frustrating

Yes, it is frustrating to see that you are not improving at the rate that you want.

However, are you going to quit just like that?

If you really want to improve your eyesight. Stick to it. Continue.

Imagine the day you will be free from your glasses. Imagine how happy you would be to see that day.

That’s also what I think to keep me going on this journey.

3. You will sometimes get headaches

As I said, Print pushing or Active focusing is like an exercise to your eyes.

By putting stress, there will be times that your eyes will be uncomfortable. There will be headaches and teary eyes which I also experienced.

Remember to rest. Do not overdo it.

Most importantly, CONTINUE!

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

4. It is hard to Incorporate the Habit especially when Reading

Reading on the edge of blur is uncomfortable for your brain and eyes. it doesn’t get the crisp clear image that your brain wants.

That’s why you can sometimes slip and read on the edge of readability. When you do come back to your senses, read again on the edge of blur.

Just like a new habit, it would take a lot of hard work to make it one.

But once it becomes a habit, it would be a breeze.

 

Wishing to be Free form Glasses

Final Verdict

You are not alone in this journey, I am with you. As I am currently on 1.75, I can say that it worked for me.

If you are doing the bates method and eye yoga exercises, I’m sorry but that did not work for me. If it worked for you, then good for you. However, n this article, I am just being honest on my experiences and on what I know about reducing myopia.

I am not an opthalmologist or a guru. Just some guy who would like to share how I reduces to myopia (hoping for 20/20 soon), to help those in need of help since I know what it feels to be stuck on glasses.

 

So to end this, feel free to comment down below your experiences, questions or tips for us to have better results.

Thank you,

Lost of love to all of you,

Jason

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Do I really need to do all the things you have recommended to improve my vision?

No, you do not need to gulp down tons of carrot juice. Although it helps a lot especially on night blindness, you can successfully improve your vision just by hormesis alone.

But anyways, after putting these things into your habits, it will just feel normal to print push and active focus.

2. If there is ONE thing I could change in my lifestyle to improve my vision, what it is?

In my opinion, if there is one thing you could do to improve your eyesight from my tips above, it would be the reduction of your prescription.

Granted that the results will be much slower, it is still for me the most significant thing you do. DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR GLASSES. Reduced prescription is key

3. Would the result be faster if I will just drop like 1.0 diopters immediately?

No, as I said, we do not want blur adaptation where your brain thinks that the blur you have is normal.

We should always tell our brains that we need to improve our eyesight by focusing on the edge of blur and turn in into the edge of focus as much as possible.

4. I hate reading. Can I still improve my vision?

Well, I get this a lot.

If you hate reading, you could just do the reduced prescription and make sure to look far away. Look at the clouds, trees, street signs. The important thing is that you have to give your eyes that stress(Hormesis) for it to improve.

Or if you are using social media (which I do not think you hate) or browsing the internet, go to the edge of blur.

5. My work involves looking at close up range all the time, can I still improve my vision?

I have a blog which needs exactly a lot of close up work. Active focusing on the edge of blur is key.

Remember to use reduced prescription when going outside for a walk outside. Once again, we do not want blur adaptation.

So do not lost hope, you can still improve your vision.

6. I don’t get results. Am I doing something wrong?

It took years for your eyes to become that way. So it is also not surprising to improve slow. Don’t get frustrated. Just put these unto your habits and you are on the right track.

7. I do not have the same prescription for both my eyes, can this method work? or Only one of my eye has myopia, can this method work?

Yes, I said to have a separate measurement for both eyes. That is because not all of us are lucky to have the same prescription.

The key take here is to reduce 0.50 on whatever the prescription is on the specific eye.

For example if your left eye is -2.50 and your right eye is -4.00, use -2.00 for your left and -3.50 on your right.

8. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask in the comments down below!

Good luck to all of you guys!

Jason
Owner of ongjason.com

53 thoughts on “How I reduced my Myopia from -3.25 to -1.75 [Road to 20/20 Vision]”

  1. Michael azbil

    Hi! I’m not sure if you will see my question but I just wanted to ask you this, I’m a -1.5 and it’s not that bad so I have faith. If I understood correcly by watching the link you provided, you should be doing print pushing for about 2-4 hours a day, like really push your eyes. But what about the rest of the time, I mean I play sports and I can’t be using lower contact lenses because I actually need to see perfectly what is happening. So will it work if I push my eyes for a few hours but come back to normal the rest of the time. How did you do it because you can’t always be pront pushing, sometimes you need to see clearly

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hello Michael,

      It is important not to overdo it.

      There will be times that you need to use the full prescription such as when driving or taking a commute to school or work.

      Remember to always weigh the pros and cons in these circumstances.

      Just remember to use the method when doing tasks that don’t need much focus such as browsing social media feeds.

      THanks,
      Jason

  2. Well, this kind of looks like a clickbait, but I think I’ll try this. I am tired of going legally blind in one eye, and my other eye hurts because of this.

    1. Hello,

      Just follow the steps and do not overdo it. Having pain on your eye means you are overdoing it. Give it some time to rest.

      Regards,

      Jason

  3. Wow! It’s awesome hearing your story. How long did it take for you to improve your eyesight from -3.25 to -1.75?

  4. Thanks for sharing!
    I have -1.25 so do I need +0.75 lenses for print pushing? When print pushing, should I stay on the edge of blur.
    And I would like to ask a question.
    I was in the passenger seat, looking at my phone and then I looked back up and my left eye could see so well for like 10 minutes. What does it mean?
    Thank you!

    1. Hello,

      You are doing well print pushing and exercising your eye.

      I am also experiencing that my eyes see so well after print pushing. This always happens when I use positive lenses for about 30 mins then remove then viola! Clear vision.

      This also means that you are responding well as I do. Continue the great work.

      Regards,

      Jason

  5. if i reduce my prescription by 0.5 , and then forget to do the homesis technique would my eye adapt to the blurriness ?

    1. Hi Momo,

      I would suggest to continue forcing your eye to see through the blur with the technique. Blur adaptation is actually bad since it tells your mind that the blur is normal.

      Always try to tell your brain that you need to see more clearly. That is the purpose if this method.

      Regards,

      Jason

  6. i am able to see far objects clearly but this happens when i stare at it for 30 seconds and it becomes completely clear for a minute or so and then i go back to seeing it all blurry is this what you mean

  7. Thank you so much for this article. I’ll definitely try these methods. And I hope you achieve 20/20 soon 🙂
    Also, I need to wear the reduced prescription glasses every time I’m reading, right?

    1. Hi Litchee,

      Based on my experience, it depends on what is your eye grade.

      I started with -3.25 which means that I can read without eye glasses on. I just need to focus on the edge of blur.

      However, once I reached -2.00, I started using positive lenses.

      The most important thing here is to read on your edge of blur.

      Regards,

      Jason

  8. Hi Jason,

    Glad to hear that the method worked for you. I have some questions that I hope you can answer:
    1. Does the method can be applied to kids (12-13 years old)?
    2. How can I know if someone has pseudomyopia?
    3. If I get the right prescription from day one, then I would not get myopia wearing glasses, since you say that real myopia was caused by wearing over-prescribed glasses.
    4. Did you already achieve 20/20?

    Best regards.

    1. Hi Carlo,

      1. Yes it is possible for young kids especially they always have a lot of screen time making their eyes focus only on near things. However, there are cases where the myopia is caused by other factors so better ask a doctor first. To prevent further deterioration of their eye grade, I think it is better to first limit their screen time to important activities.
      2. As said in the article, the most common cause of pseudomyopia is when your eyes get a lot of strain from looking near for a long time. This makes it harder for your eyes to instantly adjust to look at farther objects. It is different from myopia because it is caused by ciliary spasms rather than change in eyeball shape.
      3. This is true. However, most optometrist are taught to give overprescription. That’s why when they test you out, they bring you to this very dark room to read small letters.
      4. No, I am currently on -1.25 because I reached the plateau and we have a strict lockdown in my city. I can’t really go out more often than before. 🙂

      Thank you for these questions,

      Jason

  9. Hi Jason, thanks so much for your advice, I am trying my best to use them and its really nice to hear it works for you. I have some questions that I hope you can answer.

    1. How long would it take from -6.75 to 20/20 vision.
    2. How long should I use hormesis everyday.
    3. Will this method work for a 14 year old.

    Sincerely

  10. Shaurya Singh Jamwal

    Hi Jason! I am 16 years old. My right eye is -2.75D and left is -2.5D. In less than 2 years i have my SSB interviews and i want to reduce my number to at least below -2D. Pls give me some more tips as on how can i achieve this goal??
    BTW i loved your article thanks so much for writing it. Keep on helping other people if you can. You are awesome.
    Best Wishes from me

    1. Hello Shaurya,

      In my experience, the first 0.50-0.75 reduction is fast because you are already reducing pseudomyopia. Just follow the instructions, at least do print pushing for 2 hrs each day or when your eyes feel tired.
      Also, practice what the others call the 20 rules. Which means, after 20 minutes looking at screen, look far away for 20 seconds.

      Lastly, consistency is key. Tiny habits done in a long term produces staggering results.

      Wish you luck!

      jace

  11. Hey Jason,Thankyou so much for your detailed information…Its really helpful for all the myopians..But i have a doubt reagarding print pushing,i recently started with it,my left eye is -5 and my right eye is -5.5 and have started reading on the edge of blur ,so do we have to continue reading on the edge of blur or wait for each and every text to become clear and then resume reading.

    Also even after staring the text for some time like you have mentioned that the text becomes clear.I am not able to make the text clearer even when i stare for some time .Please help me…

    1. Hi Veena,

      There is a limit on print pushing, as you said there a certain distance where your eye can maintain having a clear vision. Just stay there, the more you do it, the farther you can go next time.

      That is normal and this is not a get instant 20/20 vision method. It relies on helping your eyes adjust again to seeing things far away.

      Also, do not overdo it. Just 2 hours a day or whenever you feel you your eyes are tired, you need to stop and do it again next time.

      Jason

  12. Zwe Wai Yan Tun

    Hi Jason,

    I really thank you so much for the advice you shared for improving myopia and I really like your articles. I would like to ask some questions that I hope you could answer.

    1. How long does it take to reduce the first 0.5 dipometer.
    2. Is it ok if there is dizziness when wearing an underprescribed glass.
    3. Is it really safe to wear underprescribed glass [are there any side effects?]
    4. How long should I use hormesis

    Wish you luck on your journey to 20/20

    Sincerely, Zwe

    1. Hi Zwe,

      1. Based on my experience, reducing 0.5 diopters is quite easy since it is mostly just caused by eye strain from too over prescription
      2. No, once it becomes uncomfortable, stop doing it. Just like exercising, you can’t just lift big weights right at the start.
      3. There is a side effect if you underprescribed too much. It is called blur adaptation in which your brain thinks that having an unclear sight is normal, which is not the case, that’s why I always emphasize on trying to go for the edge of blur not furthermore because it is counterproductive.
      4. You could do it for 1-4 hrs each day depending on your schedule

      Regards,

      Jace

  13. Hello,

    I am unsure by push pull. Does that mean focusing on something slightly blurry until it is clear using a weaker prescription?

    1. Also in regards to reading, I am nearsighted. How would this work for me since I can see fine from close when reading?

      1. If you are nearsighted like me, just go farther away from the one you are reading till you read the edge of blur.

        Jace 🙂

    2. Hi Elso,

      Exactly, but please do not overdo it. just focus on the edge where everything is still clear but a few more and it will become blurry

      Jace

  14. Hey Jason, thank you for your helpful information and your advice, I had completely read your whole article, and now I doubt about one part of your article. I am 15 years old and I have -1.25diopter and while I am reading books on edge of blur, I need to keep book very far away to read in which I look like granny only…, so you recommend that Putting up reading glasses will do the trick, but my parents say if I wear PLUS(+)lens it is harmful to my eyesight, so I am asking you that is there any side effect if we wear hypermetropic lens even we don’t have farsightedness. will it not harm my vision!!!!

    1. Hello Vis,

      With regards to that, there is still no scientific proof if using positive lenses will increase your chance in getting hyperopia in the future. While I hear people saying that, to be honest, I can’t tell for sure and I won’t because I don’t want to give some advice that is not backed by anything.

      Thus, it is actually based if you want to try it out or not, for me, it’s what I’m doing because I’m not really going out a lot these days.

      Don’t lose hope though, if you are scared to try positive lenses, then just decrease your prescription. Since you can reduce your prescription or add positive lens to deal with hormesis, if you just do one, then it is alright.

      Jason

  15. Hi,I have an eyesight of ‐6.5 on the left and ‐4.5 on the right should I do print pushing or reduce my prescription,please reply,iam really getting tensed and worried about my eyesight and started searching for everything I can do,how can I do print pushing with 1 eye that is the one with high myopia,please reply me,thanku!!

    1. Hi Prathyusha,

      I understand your pain that you can’t do hormesis on both your eyes at the same time.

      Based on what I learned from others with your case, what they did is closing on eye and then doing the same thing.

      For Example: Close one eye and then use the other in reading on the edge of blur for 30 minutes and then switch eye.

      It seems uncomfortable but I heard people get good results and reduced their headaches since if you read with both your eyes on the edge of blur, it is quite troublesome and impossible especially with that big of a difference.

      Regards,

      jason

  16. Hi Jason, I’m really thankful for answering my questions and helping me on my road to 20/20, sorry If I interrupt you but I have one more question。

    1. Is it ok if I constantly switch from active focus to non active focus while doing my work such as from doing print pushing to the computer and after a while write in a book which I don’t print pushing and the I repeat the same process? I hope you get what I mean.

    Sincerely,
    Zwe

  17. hi Jason,

    I came across your website when I started searching for how to reverse myopia. You have explained a lot of concepts and things about myopia very clearly and in depth, and thank you for the same…

    I have been myopic since childhood, since when I was around 11 years of age, and I’m 43 now. I now have high myopia (- 7 diopters), though it started low. Unfortunately my 2 daughters have also become myopic and have high myopia. One is 12 years old with -6 diopters, and the other is only 7 years old with -4 diopters. My elder daughter went from -3 to -6 within a span of just 2 years, which is a huge increase I believe. I am extremely worried for both of them, as they say myopia increases till the age of 20, and which has been my personal experience too…

    My question is whether myopia is really genetic as the mainstream doctors say, or did both of them did something wrong with their eyes – TBH, they spend most of their time indoors doing close-up activities, and have not gone out doing much of outdoor activities, especially due to corona. I am now taking them to the garden for a few hours every week. Kindly suggest what else can be done for kids with high myopia like my daughters.

    Do all the techniques you’ve mentioned work for both adults and kids in the same way, or is there something else needed to be done for kids.?.. I am ready to experiment with my eyes for their benefit, but don’t want to take any chances with my kids’ eyes. I tried Vision Yoga for both of them for more than a year where eye exercises are to be done, but that hasn’t helped at all. If it really worked, it could have arrested the growth of myopia, so I’m really skeptical about eye exercises, but am open to other ideas and techniques like yours…

    I have started following your techniques. How much time will it take for me to gain some improvement in my eyesight, which will convince me that they work, and then I can ask my daughters to follow the same….??? Any other suggestions are welcome for their benefit. Thanks very much again!

    A prompt reply will be really appreciated. Much love to you from India. Happy Dussera 🙂

    1. Hello Pritish,

      With regards to children, it will be hard to let them do this because it is uncomfortable to the eye. I think some doctors teach the 20/20/20 rule, which means that every 20 minutes, you need to look at least 20ft for 20 seconds. It is what they recommend. If your children can endure print pushing and they are willing to feel uncomfortable for a while then it’s okay.

      Just don’t push it too much.

      Regarding the time, usually you will have a fast recovery of about -0.5 to -0.75 then it will be slower.

      Regards,

      Jason

  18. Hey, I think I’m in the same footsteps as you were; I started doing the Bates method (palming, shifting, etc.) nearly a year ago but I can agree that I’ve not made any improvement. Even if I did, very minimal. Then, I lose motivation and go back to my “screen addiction” and then I google something new and try it out and same process. Now I’ve come across this and I feel motivated to improve my eyes again. Now, I able to do everything above except for the reduce lens method, which I’ve seen a lot of people having success with it BUT, here’s my issue: I can’t go to the optometrist because they’ll just give me even stronger glasses and even my mother says I need to wear my current prescription when I’m like siting 5 inches away from my computer screen. So I would really like your input here. Thanks.

    1. Hey David,

      I don’t recommend using full prescription 5 inches away from screen. The only time I want people to wear full prescription is when driving or commuting which is necessary to avoid accidents.

      Reading with full prescription strains the eye more than usual.

      Try print pushing and do not overdo it. Small things done consistency over time can produce amazing results.

      Jason

  19. Hi Jason! I’m from Brazil, and here there is no website in Portuguese showing how to reduce myopia. Most of them say that myopia cannot be changed for less and that it starts in childhood and adolescence, stabilizing between 18 and 25 years. I had to search Google in English, because after the doctor refused to do refractive surgery on me because my cornea was thin, I almost lost hope.
    With regard to focusing on texts and objects without glasses, it is normal for the eyes to water and burn a little, correct? I say this because, when I focus, my eyes water, they burn a little, and then I can see from a distance less blurred and, after a few seconds, what I see blurs again.

    1. Hi Felipe,

      I’m sorry to hear about what you are currently experiencing. Yes, for me when I do print pushing for long, I experience what you are saying. But it only happens when I feel really tired. Maybe it is because of your current situation. If ever it becomes uncomfortable, please rest your eyes. We want benefits to happen and not to overwork your eyes.

      I hope you get better soon..

      Jason

        1. Hello Felipe,

          Active focus is when you force your eyes a little bit to make texts clearer. You will notice that when doing it, you will notice that you can actually read farther than what you think.

          Jason

    1. Hello,

      Yes, you can read more about it in the lend reduction therapy above.

      We are preventing what others call blur adaptation when doing this.

      Jason

  20. Hi Jason.
    Nice to meet you and thanks for the great article.
    Can you tell me what’s the negative impact after yours become 1.75? Like your eyes became farsightedness, your eyes can’t see the near distance unlike when you were on 3.25, or something which the poin is your vision is blur when seeing the near distance?
    My parents can see far things clearly but bad in near distance (opposite with me), and my brother’s vision is clear both (i think).

    Thank you.
    Andreas (not my real name)

    1. Hey,

      For now, the only downside I’ve experienced is my eyes getting tired for the work. For the farsightedness you are talking about, it is not the case for me.

      As for the eye fatigue due to print pushing, I just sleep through the night and everything is back to better again.

      Jason

  21. My power is around -4 in both eyes and also have cylindrical power. I read your post and it seems convincing. I am really scared shall I try it or not. I have some concerns and questions regarding same. Don’t want to put in comments section. If you can give your email id or contact on my email I’d, I would be able to try this more confidently. Please please help me. I am desperate to reduce my power. Please contact me. Desperately waiting for your response. Will be really obliged for your help.

  22. Hello dear Jason, my son is nine years old and his degrees are -1 and -0.5. Can he use your reading method? How long is it better to read every day? And can he use the face mirror to practice reading? How much convex lens should he use? Thank you!

    1. Hormesis is inducing some sort of stress to your body to make it stronger. Like lifting weights so that you can lift heavier in the future. In terms of the eyes, to force your eyes to focus so that it can focus farther and farther (if you are near sighted) and nearer and nearer (If you are farsighted)

      1. thankyou so much…. so deos it also include the without-glasses-reading-at-edge-of-blur method as well? and for how much tie should i do that every day?

        I started yesterday

        1. Also, i’m 14, so I can’t have a -.50 prescription, but I do have on that is less( no idea howmuch)
          Can I also do the print push method without the glasses?

          1. Also, i’m 14, so I can’t have a -.50 prescription, but I do have on that is less( no idea howmuch)
            Can I also do the print push method without the glasses?
            I’m doing it right now

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