Presbyopia and vision therapy

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Charles, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. Charles

    Charles Guest

    As part of my vision therapy I "exercise" with a minus lens.
    Basically, I read some small print with one eye and read through a -6
    lens for every other word. When I started I could only manage -3. I
    was wondering if there is any reason to believe that doing this type of
    thing could keep the eyes "in shape" and slow the onset of presbyopia?
    It only takes a couple minutes.

    Charles, Feb 8, 2006
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    p.clarkii Guest

    there is no reason to believe that such exercises will work.
    presbyopia occurs because the crystalline lens increases its diameter
    beyond the ability of the zonule fibers to produce tension upon it. it
    is not a muscle strength problem so exercising your ciliary muscle
    won't help. it sucks, but you just have to accept that it happens.
    there are some surgical procedures that are in the early stages to
    reverse the process but so far they are not very promising. below is a
    reference you might find useful:
    p.clarkii, Feb 8, 2006
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    acemanvx Guest

    There is no cure for presbyopia. Presbyopia is a complex beast where
    many things are responsable for it. Accomodating IOLs have been tried
    and they have very little, if any effect so more than just your natural
    lens is responsable for it. The best way to deal with presbyopia is use
    reading glasses or if you are myopic, take your glasses off.
    acemanvx, Feb 8, 2006
  4. Charles

    p.clarkii Guest

    thanks for your expert opinion.
    p.clarkii, Feb 9, 2006
  5. Charles

    Charles Guest

    Bummer. You guys shoot down every idea I have to help myself out!

    Charles, Feb 9, 2006
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    p.clarkii Guest

    not trying to be negative. just trying to tell you the facts.
    unfortunately noone can escape presbyopia. i have to deal with it and
    it sucks.
    p.clarkii, Feb 9, 2006
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    LarryDoc Guest

    Hey, I did "all the right exercises" and ate "all the right foods", took
    "all the right supplements" and guess what? I delayed the need for near
    vision specs about 4 years and then rapidly, very rapidly proceeded to
    age expected accommodative values.

    A guess what? That 4 year delay I mentioned----might just be a
    statistical normal variation. Take home message: eat your fruits and
    veggies and get some exercise and necessary rest and you'll still age
    and ultimately die. But at least you've got a better chance at a
    healthy and active quality life. And you'll still need near vision
    optical correction, unless, of course, you're a couple of diopters

    LB, O.D.
    thank goodness for multifocal specs and contact lenses!
    LarryDoc, Feb 9, 2006
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