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Can Vision Improve With Age
Is an improved vision change ever a concern at age 59. Is it possible the onset of diabetes could cause it?
Other med conditions:
Improved vision? Do you have diabetes? Has your glaucoma tx changed? Medication changes that could affect your ocular pressure?
Moved to wetter/dryer area or different altitude?
Review any medication changes or environmental changes with your doc and make sure there is not a new condition or something that you have been exposed to that would affect your vision. ...Read more
Dr said my vision has improved and lowered power in my monovision contacts. He said it can happen with age. I'm 59. Is that common?
Yes: Prescriptions change over time. The elasticity of your cornea, the increasing density of your lens, and the accommodative ability of your eye muscle are all factors affecting your ability to see. Changing your prescription to accommodate your needs is common. ...Read more
Healthy Living: Vision is a very precious special sense that develops genetically. Living with a healthy lifestyle mindset is probably the only assured way to benefit our bodies (and eyes) though out our lives. This includes eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, protective eyewear (as needed), getting a healthy quantity of sleep, and maintaining your health, including the necessary medical/prevention exams. ...Read more
Improving vision?: It is possible to improve some visual problems and some of them may not be able to be ameliorated. The best thing to do is to go to an ophthalmologist (o) and discuss any vision problems with the o to get a better answer in your particular case. Good luck. ...Read more
Not a chance: Homeopathic products take a know chemical and dilute it fantastically in water usually. The dilution is marked on the bottle for instance 20X means a dilution of 10 to the 20th power. These high dilutions means you are paying a lot for water. There is no known way this could have any effect on eyeglass power or any other aspect of eye health. ...Read more
Vision enhancement: Blurry vision is caused by the light not coming in to focus in front or behind the retina. That is caused by the eye being too steep, too flat or in some way irregular. There is not way to bring your eyes in to focus with exercise, no more than you can make your feet smaller with exercise. ...Read more
Examination: Most vision lowered vision in your age group is due to a need for eyeglasses (or contacts). You can be evaluated for these by your ophthalmologist. If you have underlying correctable problems they can be addressed at this time. Other solutions may include lasik correction and some other means. Eye exercises will not work and methods such as orthokeratology are short term only. ...Read more
Several options: If you have 20/35 vision and it can be corrected with a lens to 20/20, then you can either 1) wear corrective glasses, 2) wear contact lenses of the proper power, 3) get LASIK surgery to correct the vision. If there is something else wrong with the eye limiting the vision to 20/35 then your ophthalmologist should be consulted to see if that can be corrected. ...Read more
Age old query: The heart of this question is whether eye exercises or dietary modification and/or supplements can affect the need for eyeglasses. The answer is that these have been proven to have no effect. What you have, is what you have and you will need eyeglasses, contacts or lasik surgery to correct them. ...Read more
Depends: For individuals with normal retinal function, there is, unfortunately, no way to develop superhero grade night vision. Conversely, for patients with decreased night vision or “nyctalopia”, as a result of dietary vitamin a deficiency, vitamin a supplementation will hopefully restore normal human grade night vision. Patients with degenerative conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa, unfortunately, lose night vision and peripheral vision from progressive photoreceptor loss. Patients with congenital stationary night blindness, cone/rod dystrophies and other degenerative disorders also have photoreceptor loss with loss of night vision. Although until now there hasn’t been much to offer these patients, research is currently underway investigating a large array of agents which may offer them some hope for the future. ...Read more
Astigmatism: Means that the front surface of the eye is not perfectly spherical. In other words, more like the side of an egg than an orange. Most eyes have astigmatism. If you have significant astigmatism, your vision will be blurred and you will need glasses or contact lenses to see well. ...Read more
Not much: It is almost impossible to consciously strengthen the muscle that are responsible for vision. In fact attempting to do so may cause them to deteriorate even faster. Surgery or eye glasses are still the most predictable way to correct vision. Speak with an eye specialist for advice on your best options. ...Read more
No: While wearing sunglasses on sunny days to protect your eyes is an excellent idea and will protect your eyes from uv rays, it will not actually "improve" your night vision. Protecting your eyes on sunny days may help with adapting to low light situations, but after 15-30 minutes you vision will have adapted sunglasses or not. Over the long term, not wearing sunglasses can cause some eye damage. ...Read more
Diet, Light, XRcise:
1) a well balanced diet is essential for optimal functioning of all parts of the body. If you are unable to eat certain necessary foods, speak with your family doctor about food supplements.
2) make sure you always have adequate lighting for reading, proper background room light when watching tv, and sun glasses for outdoor activities.
3) strengthen your ocular muscles by doing "push-ups", etc. ...Read more
Optional: Glasses are an optical aid for the improvement of visual clarity. If you find that the uncorrected vision meets all your needs then you do not need to wear the glasses. It also sounds as if the prescription in your current glasses is a bit off. You might have an ophthalmologist check that. ...Read more
Vision: Regular examination by the same person who can track your prior exams by the medical record in front of them. ...Read more
My vision goes from great during the day to awful at night. What can I do to improve night vision?
See an eye doctor: There are many causes to consider, but most likely you need your prescription adjusted. See your eye doctor soon! ...Read more
I have keratoconus and wearing rgp lenses in a piggy back. Does the power of the soft lens affect fit or improve vision?
Piggyback rgp kcn: The primary power is in the rgp (rigid gas permeable) that goes on top of the soft lens. The soft lens is mostly to improve comfort and fit of the overlying rgp. ...Read more
With glaucoma at age 58, it is hard for me to understand how I will be able to preserve my vision for 30 years. Won't this be difficult?
Not necessarily: It mostly depends on how advanced your glaucoma was when first diagnosed and detected. Unless the disease was very advanced, I see no reason why you should not be able to preserve your vision for your lifetime if you follow your doctor's recommendations and use your medications as directed. Glaucoma is by nature progressive, so the goal is to slow that progression to a crawl. We have great medications and surgeries to help. Compliance is very important. ...Read more
I am 43 yrs old and was told I might have keratoconus when I was 30. My vision is showing the normal signs of age. Should I be doing anything special?
Recheck: Keratoconus is progressive. You should get repeated examinations by an ophthalmologist (preferably, the same one over time). ...Read more