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  • My children's myopia is stopped - dead in its tracks!

    No more progression, even though my 12 year old is at the age I was when myopia was progressing most rapidly, to end up at nearly -7 on the scale. DaddyGrok is around -6. But here's the scoop:

    2006 - 1.50 & 2.25, .75 astigmatism
    2007 - 3.00 & 3.50, .75
    2008 - 4.50 & 5.00, .75
    2010 - 5.50 & 5.75, NO astigmatism
    2011 - 5.75 & 5.75, no astigmatism. (all the numbers should have negative signs, btw, in case you care, lol)

    Her slightly stupefied optometrist said there is no need to change her prescription, and declared this pretty odd for her age and family history and personal history. He seemed skeptical about my discussion of sunlight & excess carbohydrates, but said, "Whatever you're doing, don't stop!

    My 9 year old son's progression went like this:
    2010 - 2.50 & 2.75, 1.25
    2011 - 2.75 & 3.00, 1.75

    He, too, didn't change enough to get a new set of glasses. At this age, my daughter's Rx was getting stronger by 1.50 per year. This is huge!

    My blog has the relevant studies that inspired me: Love Your Mother - E FP TOZ LPED PECFD I didn't significantly change their sunlight exposure until the last month or so, and dd gets far less than the boys. In our family's case, I think it's dropping the grains, which we first decreased dramatically three years ago and dropped altogether about 9 months ago. My son has slightly less compliance with this, and maybe that explains his slight progression.


    I'm so thrilled - I have three more children to try to raise myopia-free. And now I have hope!
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  • #2
    Yeah, I'm myopic as well and it was fairly abrupt that when I stopped eating crap, my vision plateaued and I haven't had a prescription change in at least three years... if not longer.
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    • #3
      My vision hasn't changed in several years, so I didn't expect to see any improvement in myself (although I'd love it if I actually became *less* myopic!), but to see it just halt in my children ... I haven't been so excited since our first dietary change (from CW healthy to WAP real foods) stopped my children's cavities, all of them, at the same time.
      5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
      Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
      Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
      Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
      ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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      • #4
        Fantastic to have it level off so young, although it should level off eventually anyway. I've had the same correction for at least 20 years now.
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        • #5
          Mine didn't stop till I was at least 25. Dh, either. Actually, his didn't even really start till he was in high school and it really took off in college.

          I personally think it is removing the grains that did this for us.
          5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
          Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
          Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
          Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
          ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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          • #6
            That's so encouraging. The eye doctor told me my six year old would need glasses in a few years but I'm hoping her eyesight doesn't deteriorate now.

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            • #7
              good stuff!
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              • #8
                Glad to see such measurable benefits in the next generation. Good job, mom!

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                • #9
                  It's good news, but I don't think it's uncommon and not necessarily caused by diet change. Could be just normal progress.

                  My prescription stopped changing when i was around 12-13 (been using glasses since I was 1). My siblings, on the other hand, didn't need glasses until they were 13-14 and 25 (both with myopia and astigmatism), so it really does vary from person to person.

                  It's also worth noting that as long as they grow the prescription can still change, but it may be a few years down the road.
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                  • #10
                    I got glasses in 3rd grade and havent had a prescription change since the end of jr high. It wavers a little bit .25 in either direction on either eye from time to time but I don't know if thats because of differences in my better like this, better like this responses or actual eye-sight changes. Either way its always -3,-4 or a quarter point to one side of the other. I think right now I'm at -2.75,-4 on my contacts.

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                    • #11
                      I first needed glasses when I was 19 and my prescription stayed basically the same from then until I was 37 (-0.75 in each eye). When I went this year after about 6 months primal, it was -1.25 and -1.5. My reaction was something like WTF! Not what I was hoping for.
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                      • #12
                        Cool to see. Both the husband and I wear relatively strong prescriptions, wonder if it'll level off.
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                        • #13
                          I wonder if anyone has me beat . . . I'm -8.00 in the right and -8.50 in the left! My 'script hasn't changed in about eight years so I think I've leveled off. Good to know I might be able to prevent my future children from being blind like their parents

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                          • #14
                            Perhaps no one will believe this, but I am less than a year away from being a licensed optometrist....so I might be able to help you out a little.

                            Myopia is caused by one of two different factors, and sometimes a combination of both. One is called "axial myopia", which means that one's eyes are simply too long, that is the distance from the lens to the retina is longer than the refractive power of the lens you were born with. The second type is "refractive myopia", which means that you lens is TOO powerful, and is focusing images too closely to itself, in front of the retina.

                            In short, I don't believe a person's axial myopia is something that is going to change. Your eye is the shape it is, and nothing will change that. On the other hand, it has been proven that one's refractive myopia, caused by the power of your lens, can and does change. It is expected that a child's rx level out sometime in their teens, due to hormonal changes becoming more homeostatic. Also, as one gets older, there is usually a "myopic shift", whereupon one's rx will get stronger for a few years, especially as estrogen levels lessen.

                            With all of this said, there is ample evidence that the amount of inflammation in ones body may contribute to their refractive error. Many people that have myopic rx's are actually what OD's call "pseudomyopes", meaning that they have accommodative spasms that SIMULATE myopia, but are not caused by either too long an eye or too powerful a lens, but by an eye that simply flexes their existing lens too much. (It isn't inherently more powerful, it is just being stimulated to accommodate too much by the brain). For this, it is reasonable to suggest that someone that is eating and exercising differently, or more in line with the way we were designed, might ease the accommodative spasms that are driving up their prescription.

                            I apologize if this seems overly technical, but I wanted to express that in my office, no one is thought to be crazy if big things in their vision change if big things have changed in their life, health patterns, etc. The body and brain are innumerably complex, so for me, anyone that says that "such and such is not affected by diet and exercise" is likely a simpleton charlatan and most certainly wrong...
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                            • #15
                              I am new to this forum. I am a -3.75 myopic mother with 2 children. My myopic 7 year old has been having rapid progression. 1.75 last summer both eyes and this summer 2.75-3.0. I am very concerned:-( Since June this year, she has 2 hours of sunshine every day, we have started adding more fruit and vegetables; fish and yogurt and cut down white rice by 70%. My question is : Is whole grain pasta still ok?
                              Any further recommendation and advice will be appreciated. My goal is to do anything I can to stop her progression. The last option is Ortho-K:-(((((

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