Does myopia get better with age?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Andrew Chew, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. Andrew Chew

    Andrew Chew Guest

    Some people claim their myopia gets better as they age. Is this true? If so,
    will Lasik to plano result in hyperopia later on?
     
    Andrew Chew, Jan 15, 2005
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  2. Andrew Chew

    Dr Judy Guest

    "Andrew Chew" <> wrote in message
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    > Some people claim their myopia gets better as they age. Is this true?


    Some people become less myopic in their forties due to relaxation of the
    ciliary muscle, usually by less than 1D. Some get more myopic due to
    increase in density of the lens. Some don't change.

    >If so, will Lasik to plano result in hyperopia later on?


    If they were in the group becoming less myopic, yes.

    Dr Judy
     
    Dr Judy, Jan 15, 2005
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  3. Andrew Chew

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    "Dr Judy" <> wrote in message
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    > "Andrew Chew" <> wrote in message
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    >
    >> Some people claim their myopia gets better as they age. Is this true?

    >
    > Some people become less myopic in their forties due to relaxation of the
    > ciliary muscle, usually by less than 1D. Some get more myopic due to
    > increase in density of the lens. Some don't change.
    >
    >>If so, will Lasik to plano result in hyperopia later on?

    >
    > If they were in the group becoming less myopic, yes.
    >
    > Dr Judy
    >
    >


    Thanks. Seems my aunt had her vision improve in one eye by 2D(-5D to -3D).
     
    Andrew Chew, Jan 16, 2005
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    RM Guest

    perhaps she had been previously overminused in that eye when she was
    younger. Happens a lot.


    "Andrew Chew" <> wrote in message
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    > "Dr Judy" <> wrote in message
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    >> "Andrew Chew" <> wrote in message
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    >>> Some people claim their myopia gets better as they age. Is this true?

    >>
    >> Some people become less myopic in their forties due to relaxation of the
    >> ciliary muscle, usually by less than 1D. Some get more myopic due to
    >> increase in density of the lens. Some don't change.
    >>
    >>>If so, will Lasik to plano result in hyperopia later on?

    >>
    >> If they were in the group becoming less myopic, yes.
    >>
    >> Dr Judy
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Thanks. Seems my aunt had her vision improve in one eye by 2D(-5D to -3D).
    >
     
    RM, Jan 17, 2005
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  5. Andrew Chew

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    "Robert Martellaro" <> wrote in message
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    > It's called "hyperopic shift".
    >
    > http://www.optometrists.asn.au/gui/files/ceo826236.pdf
    >
    > Hope this helps


    Thanks, it's very useful. Guess that rules out lasik for me since it seems
    myopia in my family regresses by large amounts in the presbyopic years and
    I'm already in my mid-30s.

    My current -2.25 & -3.00 would probably end up as -0.25 & -1.00.
     
    Andrew Chew, Jan 18, 2005
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    I have witnessed 40 years old ex -3 D myopic who have cured their
    distant vision and can read microscopic print (1/3 mm) at 20 cm
    distance.
     
    , Jan 18, 2005
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    wrote:
    > I have witnessed 40 years old ex -3 D myopic who have cured their
    > distant vision and can read microscopic print (1/3 mm) at 20 cm
    > distance.


    Well if you were a -3D myope you could see at 20 cm pretty well. Wow
    you're a genius.
     
    , Jan 19, 2005
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  8. Andrew Chew

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    what if someone has had cataract surgery ? Does the eye still continue
    to change as one gets older? Or does the set focal point remain at the
    orignal length?
     
    , Jan 24, 2005
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    RM Guest

    There is much less change after cataract surgery. However, it does happen.

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    > what if someone has had cataract surgery ? Does the eye still continue
    > to change as one gets older? Or does the set focal point remain at the
    > orignal length?
    >
     
    RM, Jan 24, 2005
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  10. Andrew Chew

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    Yes but he sees 20/10 without glasses now.
    I see you are a perfect genius.
     
    , Jan 24, 2005
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    Dr Judy Guest

    <> wrote in message
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    > what if someone has had cataract surgery ? Does the eye still continue
    > to change as one gets older? Or does the set focal point remain at the
    > orignal length?


    Since the lens is the source of much of the variation in refractive error
    over time in adults, those who have had cataract surgery (ie no longer have
    their lens) tend to have very little future change. It does happen, but is
    unusual.

    Dr Judy
    >
     
    Dr Judy, Jan 26, 2005
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    > Since the lens is the source of much of the variation in refractive

    error
    > over time in adults, those who have had cataract surgery (ie no

    longer have
    > their lens) tend to have very little future change. It does happen,

    but is
    > unusual.



    Please EXPLAIN HOW IT CAN HAPPEN IN SUCH UNUSUAL CASES.
     
    , Jan 26, 2005
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