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Myopia Progression In Adults
How to stop the progression of myopia? I'm 28 years old, male, office work, -7 diopters with astigmatism
Little needed: At your age, myopia has run its course and there is little likelihood of further changes. You might be a good candidate for lasik as things have stabilized and the results should be good. ...Read more
No definitely not.: Current glass correction will only make you see better, to say it will cause a worsening of myopia means that that source of information does not know the principles of optics. Be carefully these sources have an alternate agenda to get money from you for a unproven program. ...Read more
No: There is not a way to stop the progression of myopia. The eyeballs grow very little after early childhood, but even a slight changes in the shape of eyeballs can increase myopia. A one gets older, the eyeballs will finally stop changing, but that may be in his 20's or 30's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will "close work" (e.g., computer at work, reading, etc) be impactful to peripheral lattice retinal degeneration? Or only for myopia progression?
Not likely: There are some animal studies that suggest that intense near work in children could enhance myopia. I don't believe that mechanism is still at play by age 41. There should be no impact on lattice degeneration from computer work or reading. Lattice degeneration per se does not progress. What changes in the eye is the state of the vitreous gel and its relationship to the lattice. ...Read more
I currently am at a -5.5 prescription at 19 (also male) and I'm still encountering a progression in worsening vision. Does this mean I have pathological myopia?
Pathologic myopia: Pathologic or degenerative myopia is high myopia (-6.00D), also known as near-sightedness, with any posterior myopia-specific pathology from axial elongation (meaning changes inside the eye/the retina due to the bigger eyeball length). Excessive computer work, near work is causing an epidemic of myopia & pathologic myopia. See: http://eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com/2016/11/pathologic-myopia-or-degenerati ...Read more
Not really: Many practitioners will tell people in their twenties, when myopia naturally slows anyway, that if they fit them with their "special" (frequently expensive) lens, that the condition will not progress. Putting a piece of plastic on the eye surface will not change its evolution into whatever power it will end up at. ...Read more
Depends on age: There is some information that use of certain eyedrops during childhood may be able to slow progression of, but not cure, myopia. After age 21, with stable readings, one can consider laser refractive surgery (i.e. Lasik or prk) if the affected individual does not want to wear glasses or contact lenses to correct the myopia. Myopic eyes are at higher risk for glaucoma and retinal detachment. ...Read more
I wish we knew: Myopia is becoming more common. Some relate it to chronic indoor life instead of outdoor activities common in human ancestry. There are many suggestive things to modify it including certain dilating drops, light changes and activity modifiers. No true cure is known but good eyeglass and contact correction exists and LASIK is commonly performed. ...Read more
Trouble Seeing Far: Myopia occurs in many people and means you have problems seeing far away but usually don't have trouble reading or seeing things closer to you. Typically it can't be prevented and occurs when the eye becomes a bit more oval or longer in shape. Any changes in vision should be evaluated by a doctor to be sure that it's not something more severe or dangerous. For example, diabetes can affect vision. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nothing new: Myopia, the most common form of eyeglass need, can be corrected with spectacles, contacts and refractive surgery. More extreme myopia can also be corrected with intraocular surgery emplacing a high power permanent lens. There are no effective ways to prevent or modify the progression although much research is being carried out for this condtion. ...Read more
Maybe if high myopia: Persons who are very nearsighted (high myopia) sometimes have problems with the retina. So, high myopia persons should see their ophthalmologists at least once a year, or more often if recommended by the doctors. Non-medical complications of myopia include getting into accidents, getting hit by balls, getting lost because one can't read signs well, not recognizing people from a distance, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer