In spending many years on this subject, I was concerned with an accurate representation of the behavior of all natural eyes - as sophisticated SYSTEMS - not as "FAILURES". So I look at this animation of all natural eyes, where I measure a refractive STATE - never a "failure".http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~wildsoet/images/neg_lens_induce_myopia.swf
To me, this is the SCIENTIFIC REAL WORLD. Since it is an "imaginary world" for you (as it is for most ODs), then our discussion will end.
For a man in an "office" ... well he is dead certain the minus is the "right answer" in his "real world". But do not trust me, ASK HIM.
In pure-science, I am convinced that this animation represents a natural eye that will always have "negative states" if kept in a long-term near environment. (Today, 1.2 BILLION children have negative status, because an OD in his office is afraid to admit that the natural eye - is they way it is as presented above.)
I can not "force" prevention into an OD's office, and I will never attempt that "conversation". Indeed, if you check, you will find that I have friends in medicine. But I do not bother to "challenge" them with the above analysis, because they know there is NOTHING THEY CAN DO ABOUT IT. It is not worth my time to argue about it.
But if I desire prevention, I must take objective scientific facts seriously.
For ONLY for the most intelligent, and self-motivated, would I present and discuss the objective facts concerning prevention, and the possibility of SLOWLY clearing your Snellen (and refraction) from -1.0 diopters to +1/2 diopters.
If you wish further review and discussion, and know how to down-load and review an excel spread-sheet, just click here:http://myopiafree.wordpress.com/study/
Then click on "Refraction from 6 to 11". You will get the option to down-load the spread sheet.
After you have done that you will review a suggested study of true-prevention (similar to what Todd did), and what I consider the wise understanding of the person who wishes to be part of a truly PREVENTIVE study - so that he can get his Snellen CLEAR, and his refractive status positive by personal measurement. He will have to UNDERSTAND that that result is indeed possible - and in fact, people with enough resolve had made themselves successful.
As always, in many ways, the person does not "need" these statistics - once he "figures out" how to do it himself.
The goal is always the same - do it yourself - with your personal intelligence and resolve. There is truly no other way.