Can myopia be cured in 2-3 years?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by lyra, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. lyra

    lyra Guest

    Here I start a topic about myopia especially high-degree myopia.
    I am a myopia for nearly 13 years and now I am 24 years old. I donot
    want to do LASIK because it will do operation on my eye. And I am
    little afraid. And nowadays, medical technology such as gene
    engineering is greatly developing. I wonna to know if gene medicine
    will be coming into practise to cure myopia in the later 2-3 years.
    I really want to get rid of glasses. It is painful to wear it. It
    will be much appreciated if someone is familiar with the progress of
    gene engineering and could give me an answer. Thank you!
    lyra, Dec 14, 2006
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Of all the strategies being discussed, I have never come across gene
    therapy, and I try to keep abreast.

    If you don't like eyeglasses, try contact lenses. Many people wear
    them successfully.

    Dr. Leukoma, Dec 14, 2006
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    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Lyra,

    Myopia can not be "cured".

    But if you had clear vision (and a postive refractive STATE) by
    age 5, you could have avoided entry into myopia if you had,
    and would accept support from a second-opinion optometrist. See:

    Just one man's opinion.


    otisbrown, Dec 14, 2006
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    Dan Abel Guest

    Contacts. I was -12 and -10 and contacts were much better.

    What is your prescription?
    Dan Abel, Dec 14, 2006
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    lyra Guest

    "Dan Abel дµÀ£º
    I do not want to wear contact. Because someone told me that wearing
    contacts will cause serious dry eyes disease. I believe it.
    lyra, Dec 15, 2006
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    It's probably more accurate to say that--for SOME people, contact lenses
    CAN cause dry eyes.

    However, it doesn't happen overnight. If this is a concern, you can be
    monitored for it by regular visits where your eye doctor checks things
    like Schirmer's values, TBUT testing, etc.

    I think Dan's right: contact lenses could be a good idea for you.

    Of course, I'm not an eye doctor, so ....

    Good luck!
    Neil Brooks, Dec 15, 2006
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    A Lieberma Guest

    Dear Lyra,

    Please disregard Otis's postings. He is not in the medical profession and
    not in any position to give medical advice!


    A Lieberma, Dec 15, 2006
  8. Highly unlikely.
    Someone did not tell you the whole story. You haven't posted your Rx,
    but I'll guess that your best and safest fix at this time is indeed
    contact lenses. If you can follow instructions carefully you can
    probably wear them successfully without fear of "serious dry eye
    disease". Perhaps that person was referring to lasik, which has indeed
    caused some permanent dry eye problems. I've fit thousands of patients
    with contacts and never seen a case like that that could be traced to
    the contacts. In fact, we often successfully TREAT cases of serious dry
    eyes WITH contact lenses! By far most serious dry eye conditions are (1)
    in the elderly, or (2) in people who suffer from serious auto-immune
    disorders, or (3) in people suffering severe malnutrition.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Dec 15, 2006
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    Fidelis K Guest

    You don't want to wear contacts or glasses and you don't want to have LASIK.
    Then, there's no alternative for you now or in the near future.
    Fidelis K, Dec 15, 2006
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    lyra Guest

    "William Stacy дµÀ£º
    Do you mean that Gene enginerring is not that magic to cure myopia?
    Despire... I do not know why so many clever head can not think out a
    practical idea of treating myopia instead of wearing glasses. My glass
    is nearly -12.0 D. So high.
    lyra, Dec 15, 2006
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    Dan Abel Guest

    If you already have a problem with dry eyes, soft contacts may make it
    worse. It did for me. If I drank enough liquids, or put in saline
    solution, it just wasn't a problem. I resisted contacts for some
    decades. Finally, due to cataract, I was pretty much forced to try
    them. My doctor warned me that once I got used to them, that I might
    prefer them to glasses. That's what happened. Try them, you might like
    them. If they don't work, well, then stop wearing them. There will not
    be a serious problem, you will be able to control whether you are
    comfortable with them.
    Dan Abel, Dec 15, 2006
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    gudrun17 Guest

    gudrun17, Dec 15, 2006
  13. Most of the world does not consider myopia, even high myopia, a major
    disease needing huge experimental investments to cure. You might think
    it is, but most do not. So it won't happen, even if it is possible.

    -12.00 spectacles are easily and cheaply and comfortably and safely
    treated with about -10.00 Focus Night and Day contact lenses.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, O.D., Dec 16, 2006
  14. lyra wrote:

    That's EXACTLY what I mean. Most of the scientific world does not
    consider myopia, even high myopia, to be of such importance as to
    justify large expenditures on a genetic or any other cure, even if

    The fact is, your -12.00 spectacle disability can easily, safely,
    comfortably and inexpensively fixed with -10.00 Focus Night and Day
    contact lenses.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, O.D., Dec 16, 2006
  15. sorry for the double response on this thread. I thought my computer had
    sent my first one into cyberspace.
    William Stacy, O.D., Dec 16, 2006
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    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Lyra,

    If a negative refractive STATE is caused by genetics,
    then the most probable solution would be
    genetic engineering which would be used to
    PREVENT the development of a negative
    refractive STATE for the fundamental eye.

    So I would not "wait" for genetic engineering
    to change your refractive STATE from
    -12 diopters to 0.0 diopters.

    The other methods, Lasik, Contact lens, glasses,
    do work, and I would consider these other
    methods as the only practical solution
    to your question.


    otisbrown, Dec 16, 2006
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    A Lieberma Guest

    Dear Lyra,

    Please disregard Otis's postings. He is not in the medical profession nor
    in any position to give medical advice!


    A Lieberma, Dec 16, 2006
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