My Astigmatism has been 'cured' - What does this mean? If anything?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Kevin J, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. Kevin J

    Kevin J Guest

    Hi, I have had Astigmatism for my whole life, only moderate but it was
    always there, worse in one eye. About 18 months ago I started to be
    much more focused on a good diet, daily exercise including daily
    weights and 1/2 hour walk, more sleep, and a certain set of vitamins.
    I spend many hours every day on the computer, for 20 years.

    I am 48 years old and now - my astigmatism is 100% gone! Furthermore,
    when I go out, my visual feed seems unusually clear to me - its really
    good. Night vision is also very good. I did not expect my vision to
    get better in my late 40's. I am near sighted, and that part has not
    changed.

    I want to know how common this is, that someones astigmatism clears up;
    and that vision also gets better. Of course that is somewhat of a
    subjective statement, but my eyes used to vary a lot during the day,
    and many times things did not seem as clear as I thought they should -
    now, it is very consistent to be good vision. I keep noticing it - and
    i never notice it being bad. Could it be my vitamins and improved
    lifestyle? Or is it luck/chance that the astigmatism improved?

    For vitamins, I feel a good diet gets most of the vitamins so a multi
    is too strong. And I don't feel that an antioxidant pill does much at
    all since it has so few of antioxidants - when in the real world there
    are 100's of different antioxidents. Variety can mean a lot more than
    quantity since we really don't know a lot about what each does. You
    get a broader mix by having a variety of fruit every day; so I do that.
    So what I take for vitamins is this:

    breakfast:
    1/2 multivitamin
    1/4 aspirin
    Policosinaol (an alternative to Statins, for Cholesterol)
    Fish Oil tablet

    Lunch:
    Lutein (5 to 1)
    Green Tea
    Piece of pure chocolate (heart, and for enjoyment)

    Dinner:

    Folic Acid
    Glucosamine/Chrondontin/MSM/Jello for joints
    1/4 aspirin
    Small glass of red wine (unless its Saturday night... *ahem*).

    I take the aspirin twice because I have a long history of cardiac
    arrhythmia (heart surgery 10 years ago) and because I weigh about 200
    lbs so I think a single 1/4 aspiring is not enough.

    I have taken some of this for 10 or 15 years - the multi vitamin and
    the aspirin and the fish oil. But now its more regular, and the
    additional items.

    An alternative that I hope does not happen is that the astigmatism is
    not cured but still changing in a new direction, so that in another
    year or two i will have it again but in some opposite direction of what
    it was my whole life... so, obviously i am hoping my eyes stay right
    where they are. If my visual field stays crystal clear I can't
    complain...

    But any comments would be appreciated, and any suggestions for
    additional supplements or routine would also be of interest.

    Kevin
     
    Kevin J, Mar 10, 2005
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    Dr Judy Guest

    Since the lens in the eye grows and changes throughout life, your
    refraction, including astigmatism can change at any time. I am not aware of
    any research that suggests diet or supplements affect refractive error.

    Some possible reasons:
    1) You had some accommodative spasm which caused both the low astigmatism
    and the variable vision. At age 48, your accommodative system is now
    relaxed (normal aging).

    2) You were borderline diabetic with wildly flucuating blood sugar which
    caused variable vision. Now the good diet and exercise have made your blood
    sugar stable.

    3) You have started on the process that leads to cataract. Often it is
    causes against the rule astigmatism which would cancel out with the rule
    astigmatism.

    Reason #1 is most likely.
    Dr Judy
     
    Dr Judy, Mar 10, 2005
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    The Real Bev Guest

    AAARRRGGGHHH! So not only is my ATR astigmatism miserable, it's going
    to get WORSE! Is there a personal limit on the number of ways to be
    doomed, or is the number infinite?
     
    The Real Bev, Mar 10, 2005
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