I am friends with optometrists! But, in many ways, I judge that they are "tone deaf", to the concept of prevention (before that first minus lens). I will post this remark by Despina (OD), where she totally ignores the issue of "low myopia", and the need to consider wearing a plus, to get your Snellen, "back to 20/40", and self-measure your own refraction - at home. Here are the remarks:http://endmyopia.org/even-mild-myopia-linked-poor-quality-life/
I am certain that Despina is sincere. But being sincere - does not solve any problems. If you have a mild negative status - you will ALWAYS get a strong minus prescription. Despina - needs to discuss this issue with you. A supportive OD, should discuss the need for you to accept the 20/40 line - as a reasonable standard - for all our children. No OD will do this for you. He will try to sell you "Ortho-K", or contact lenses. But he will NEVER trust your intelligence - to intentionally avoid wearing a minus lens, and personally verify both your Snelllen (easy to do), and your refractive state (that takes more wise effort).
If they would meet the above conditions - I would negotiate with them. But they are absolute. No one can get himself out of it (or at least to 20/40. If anyone does it - the OD will say it was a "tear film", and that, "... it never happens".
SO ... what do I suggest? For a strong prescription - I make no suggestion. For a mild prescription - I strong suggest self-checking.
We must PASS a reasonable objective standard - at home. That is the 20/40 line.
For myself - If I were in that STATUS, I would order a minus one glasses - from Zennioptical, for about $10. Then I would verify that I could read the 20/25 line though that simple " - 1 D). I would then use that lens for driving at night.
For near, I would be wearing a +2.0 for ALL READING I DO. (And I do a lot of reading and computer work !!)
Virtually on OD will help you with this. They figure it is, "... not their responsibility..." because it takes wisdom and long-term plus wearing to get objective results.
In that sense - I agree with them. Most people are bored, or have no interest at all. In the sense of "pure default", I do accept the OD's argument - because few people have any interest at all.
Add your own thoughts. I might have a "problem" with long-term plus wearing - but quite frankly - there is no other choice.