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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    Dr Judy Guest

    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 they were in the group becoming less myopic, yes.

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

    Andrew Chew Guest

    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.
    RM, Jan 17, 2005
  5. Andrew Chew

    Andrew Chew Guest

    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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    g.gatti Guest

    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
    g.gatti, Jan 18, 2005
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    retinula Guest

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

    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?
    kemccx, Jan 24, 2005
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    RM Guest

    There is much less change after cataract surgery. However, it does happen.
    RM, Jan 24, 2005
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    g.gatti Guest

    Yes but he sees 20/10 without glasses now.
    I see you are a perfect genius.
    g.gatti, Jan 24, 2005
  11. Andrew Chew

    Dr Judy Guest

    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

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Jan 26, 2005
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    g.gatti Guest

    g.gatti, Jan 26, 2005
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