Is this normal at 48?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by BabyJane Hudson, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. I will be 49 this year. I do not wear glasses, however, I do have some
    to read with. It seems like things close up are blurry and hard to
    read, but distance things I have no problem with.

    I bought some reading glasses at the pharmacy a couple of years ago
    and the setting or whatever it is called was 150. Recently I bought a
    pair for book reading and find 175 strength to be better. Is this
    normal with age?

    Also, another question. If I go into a dark building from the outside
    during the day, and close my eyes, I see all kings of like dancing
    lines and within 15 seconds or so, eyes still closed, everything goes
    away. Is that normal?

    Everything worries me since several years ago I was told that Drusen
    is present in my macula. Every time I go to the opthomologist for
    annual eye exams, she says everything looks good despite the drusen
    presence.

    Thanks for your time.

    Jane
    "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. ... Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never."--Elie Wiesel ("Night") upon entering Auschwitz death camp
     
    BabyJane Hudson, Jan 20, 2006
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  2. Yes, getting a little more plus in your readers every couple of years
    is normal, and even expected.

    Drusen are made up of complex molecules that contain cholesterol, and
    the contemporary thinking is that drusen are an auto-immune response
    that your body created to protect your macula from sunlight. The three
    things that you can do that limit the growth and changing of your
    drusen are:

    (1) Limit your UV exposure! Look like a movie star, with dark glasses
    and a hat when you are outside.

    (2) Avoid smoking, even secondhand smoke. I have photographs of 30
    year smokers where you can see the tar from their cigarettes migrating
    to their maculas.

    (3) Beat your total colesterol down, while raising your good
    cholesterol through exercise.

    A non-smoker, who never tans, with good cholesterol numbers has a low
    risk of macular degeneration. A smoker who tans with a cheesburger in
    one hand and a cigarette in the other is asking for macular
    degeneration!
     
    doctor_my_eye, Jan 20, 2006
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  3. BabyJane Hudson

    Mark A Guest

    Yes, it is normal and called presbyopia. It is the progressive reduction in
    the eye's ability to focus, with consequent difficulty in reading at the
    normal distance, associated with aging. Very few people escape this
    condition as they get older, and you will likely need more powerful lenses
    as you age.

    150 actually means a +1.50 lens.

    If your distance vision needs correction in the future, and the correction
    is different than needed for reading, then you may want bi-focals or
    progressive (or PAL) lenses (no-line bifocals).
     
    Mark A, Jan 20, 2006
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  4. BabyJane Hudson

    acemanvx Guest

    Thats presbyopia for ya. You have been finding since 40 that things
    from near have gotten progressively more blurry. I am all too familar
    with presbyopia as I experience the symptoms too. Since im nearsighted,
    I can just take my glasses off to read or peak under them
     
    acemanvx, Jan 21, 2006
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