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Eyes have myopia of -4.00 and -4.50 and I am 29/male/white. Have had astigmatism since I was very young. Am afraid of pathological myopia. Is this rare?
Not likely: The amount of myopia you have would be generally classified as moderate (you say you have astigmatism but your prescription as described does not show it). Pathologic changes in the eye are more typically seen with higher degrees of astigmatism than you have. To be sure, you should have a dilated examination with a careful check of your retina and the retinal periphery. ...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
I have myopic degeneration. Is that pathological myopia? OD: -15D macular pucker OS: -12D 1mm pigment on retina Both:100% PVD w/floaters gnats flashes
You can't: There is some evidence that the degree of myopia progression can be decreased with certain treatments (bright light when reading as a child, certain contact lens wear), but there is nothing that has been consistently shown to work. Fortunately, the progression usually stops in early adulthood. If not, see an eye doctor to discuss options to treat you. ...Read more
Yes: You have myopia because your eye is longer than normal. Rarely myopia is caused by an unusually curvy cornea or lens in a person with a normal length eye. The length of your eye can be measured but this is not done routinely. ...Read more
Corrected; not cured: Myopia is a refractive error that is corrected by the use of glasses, contact lenses, laser refractive surgery, phakic Intraocular lenses, & surgical clear lens exchang. E In some cases an individual may tolerate mild myopia without correction. To date, myopia is not curable. Genetically, myopia is predetermined & generally stabilizes in mid twenties. Exceptions apply infrequently. ...Read more
Examination: The best way to be sure what your refraction is: get an exam by an eye doctor. It is a bit unusual to become near-sighted at age 48. Another good reason to go and have a thorough examination. ...Read more
Femtosecond LASIK: Surgery of the cornea has been a proven method for myopia. It is one of the safest procedures on the human body and with the introduction of femtosecond laser to produce the corneal flap it is even safer. Evaluation for dry eye syndrome and retinal abnormalities is a must prior to any type of lasik or prk procedure. ...Read more
Not so far: Much work has been done to try and modify myopia including certain topical drops, some forms of surgery, bifocals at a young age and various optical additions. So far there is minimal to no change noted. Research is ongoing to determine environmental, structural and genetic factors modifying eye development, but this is laboratory information only at this date. ...Read more
Probably not: In general, you cannot alter your need for glasses by wearing or not wearing them (assuming that you have the correct prescription). Thus, your myopia will neither be worsened or be stabalized by wearing glasses - glasses simply make the vision as clear as possible. Wearing glasses will not make you more dependent on them, and not wearing them will not cause vision loss (except in young children. ...Read more
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Myopia: Nearsightedness or myopia is very common. It is not uncommon for us to see patients who are -10 diopters or more. Be sure you have a dilated retinal exam every year and you know what retinal detachment signs look like (burst of black floaters, flashing lights, new floaters, curtain coming down over your vision); consider polycarbonate glasses for protection especially during sports. ...Read more
Depends on age: Myopic glasses should be worn for reading to age 43-4 so you don't become early presbyopic. Presbyopia advances with age usually 45 =+1.25, 50 =+2.00 55= +2.25, >60 = +2.50. It may vary depending on other illnesses ; meds. So if you are a -2.00 you may read without glasses from 44 to 55. But if -6.00 you must wear a -4.75, bifocals/multifocals at age 45. If not accommodation ; convergence weakens. ...Read more